Fox Releases Schedule for American Idol Season Nine

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A few weeks ago, American Idol announced its ninth season would premiere on January 12.

But Fox has now gone a few steps further and released a few important dates for the show. Along with the elimination of the Wild Card round, the competition will also return to its 24 semifinalist format.


Below, we've listed the series' upcoming schedule:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12: Boston Auditions
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13: Atlanta Auditions
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: Chicago Auditions
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20 Orlando Auditions Episode
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26: Dallas Auditions
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27: Los Angeles Auditions
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2: Denver Auditions
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3: “The Road to Hollywood” Auditions (Ellen DeGeneres debuts)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: Hollywood Round, Part 1
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: Hollywood Round, Part 2
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16: Hollywood Round, Part 3
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17: Hollywood Round, Part 4 (Semifinalists Announced)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23: Top 12 Women Perform
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24: Top 12 Men Perform
  • Thursday, Feb. 25: First Results Show
  • Tuesday, March 2: Top 10 Women Perform
  • Wednesday, March 3: Top 10 Men Perform
  • Thursday, March 4: Results Show
  • Tuesday, March 9: Top 8 Women Perform
  • Wednesday, March 10: Top 8 Men Perform
  • Thursday, March 11: Results Show (Finalists revealed)

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and has handled it with 3 children and a happy union.... Please IDOL do us a favor, spice girl has global appeal, she has good comments that are sincere and respectful of the raw soon to be talent, or not...I thank IDOL for intoducing us the homeviewer a new side of her, and now, I'm need a full season of her comments....experienced, knowledgable and very pretty, like her eye shadow...purple....your rock us spice girl...


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