“American Idol” starts on ABC on Sunday, March 3 with a two-hour premiere that includes auditions in Los Angeles and New York City as well as three of the other 18 cities on the itinerary: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Denver, Colorado; and Louisville, Kentucky. Ryan Seacrest, who emceed all 15 seasons of “American Idol” on Fox, is back as host as are the three judges who made this reboot on ABC such a hit last year: Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
As with the version of “American Idol” that ran on Fox for 15 seasons, the first few episodes of this revival are taped. These installments will include the auditions in various locales, Hollywood Week, the top 40 being culled to just 20, those Top 20 in both solo performances and celebrity duets, and the final winnowing down of the field to just 14 contestants who will take part in the live shows.
The schedule is not as straightforward as it was in 2018. “American Idol” season 17 will always have two-hour episodes on Sunday, with six special editions on Monday and even one on Wednesday. See the full list of 19 episodes below.
Sunday, March 3
Wednesday, March 6
Sunday, March 10
Sunday, March 17
Monday, March 18
Sunday, March 24
Monday, March 25
Sunday, March 31
Monday, April 1: Group and solo performances
Sunday, April 7: Group 1 celebrity duets and results
Monday, April 8: Group 2 celebrity duets and results
Sunday, April 14: Performances
Monday, April 15: Results
Sunday, April 21: Performances and Results
Sunday, April 28: Performances and Results
Sunday, May 5: Performances and Results
Sunday, May 12: Performances and Results
Sunday, May 19: Performances
Monday, May 20: Results