'American Idol' to Debut With Two-Night Premiere Wednesday January 15 & Thursday January 16

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January 13th, 2014


via press release:




New Surprise Round Sends Contestants to “Hollywood or Home”

Wednesday, February 5;

Hollywood Rounds Continue Thursday, February 6 and Wednesday, February 12


Top Semi-Finalists Revealed Thursday, February 13


Special Three-Night IDOL “Rush Week” Begins Tuesday, February 18,

And Continues Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20,

When the Top 13 Finalists are Announced


Top 13 Perform LIVE Wednesday, February 26


The original music show phenomenon returns this week! Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, American Idol XIII features a new all-star judging panel, including Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., along with in-house mentor Randy Jackson. Seacrest and the judges travel across the country, with stops in Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Omaha, NE, Salt Lake City, UT; and San Francisco, CA, searching for those who have the potential to transform from an everyday singer into a successful recording artist and join the ranks of famous IDOL alumni, such as Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.



The two-night premiere event begins by showcasing the nation’s best talent from the Boston and Austin auditions on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) brings more amazing auditions from Austin and San Francisco. Auditions continue in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); Atlanta, Thursday, Jan. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); and  Omaha, Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).



Those who prove they have what it takes to move forward in the competition think they are headed to the “Hollywood” round. But, even before they unpack their bags, the contestants will learn they must compete in a surprise “Hollywood or Home” round, airing on Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). In this intense new round, the judges will decide if these hopefuls really are committed and talented enough to become the next singing superstar. Some of the singers will be asked to perform one more time for the judges – and for some, this will be their last performance. It’s a tough decision for the judges, but even tougher for the contestants, because those who don’t make the cut must head straight home.


American Idol XIII”– Page 2



The “Hollywood” rounds continue Thursday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), as the hopefuls take the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for group and solo performances. On Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the Hollywood rounds end with a new twist as the Top semi-finalists are revealed.



During a special three-night IDOL event, the hopefuls will have their last chance to impress the judges and America. On the season’s first LIVE show, airing on a special night, Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the 15 remaining female contestants will face their IDOL fates; the 15 male contestants will do the same on the following night Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed). On both Tuesday and Wednesday night, the voting lines will open immediately after each LIVE show. On Thursday, Feb. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 13 finalists will be revealed in the first results show LIVE from Los Angeles.



The following week, the competition gets fiercer when the Top 13 finalists perform LIVE Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed). One finalist’s journey will end as America’s vote is revealed Thursday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed).







Wednesday, Jan. 15                           Season Premiere, Part 1 – Boston/Austin Auditions

(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)


Thursday, Jan. 16                               Season Premiere, Part 2 – Austin/San Francisco Auditions

(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)


Wednesday, Jan. 22                           Detroit Audition Episode

(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)


Thursday, Jan. 23                               Atlanta Audition Episode

(8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)


Wednesday, Jan. 29                           Salt Lake City Audition Episode

(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)


Thursday, Jan. 30                               Omaha Audition Episode

(8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)



American Idol XIII”– Page 3




Wednesday, Feb. 5                             “Hollywood or Home” Round

(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)


Thursday, Feb. 6                                 Hollywood Round, Part 1

(8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)


Wednesday, Feb. 12                           Hollywood Round, Part 2

(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)


Thursday, Feb. 13                               Hollywood Round, Part 3; Top Semi-Finalists Revealed

(8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)




Tuesday, Feb. 18                                Top 15 Female Singers Perform LIVE

(8:00-10:00 PM ET live/

PT tape-delayed)

Wednesday, Feb. 19                          Top 15 Male Singers Perform LIVE

(8:00-10:00 PM ET live/

PT tape-delayed)


Thursday, Feb. 20                              First LIVE Results Show  

(8:00-9:00 PM ET live/

PT tape-delayed)



Wednesday, Feb. 26                          Top 13 Perform LIVE

(8:00-10:00 PM ET live/

PT tape-delayed)


Thursday, Feb. 27                               LIVE Results Show; One Finalist Sent Home

(8:00-9:00 PM ET live/

PT tape-delayed)

AMERICAN IDOL XIII is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller and is executive produced by Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Trish Kinane, Per Blankens, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Louis J. Horvitz is director and Rickey Minor is musical director. “Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion using #idol. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AmericanIdol. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.

  • Phil

    yay can’t wait!


    And the beat goes on…

  • Rob R

    “Hollywood or Home” round simply sounds like the first day of Hollywood week like it’s always been.


    …Drums keep pounding rhythms to the brain

  • Lisa

    I thought they were cutting the results show down to half-hours? Ugh they are so not smart.

  • Dan

    And anyone who did not know this already has been living under a rock.

    @Lisa – AI results will be cut to a half hour beginning March 27 when Surviving Jack takes the 8:30 slot.

  • JT

    I am so looking forward to not watching this.


    Ratings will plummet even more so than last year I’m sure. Idol producers forget that despite all of the drama between Minaj and Carey they were at least responsible for people tuning in at the beginning because of all the promotion about said drama. Now they have nothing else to look forward for and boy did Candice Glover FLOP. How many times now that her album has been delayed (sure to be cancelled)?

  • Scott

    This will be one of American Idol’s best seasons yet, guaranteed. Even if the ratings go down, it’s still going to be a better show that the past few seasons, especially the last when there was too much focus on the judges.

    I’ll be watching.

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