‘American Idol’: Everything you need to know about season 17 – start date, judges, format changes

American Idol” returns for season 17 on Sunday, March 3. This is the second edition of the show on its new home of ABC. Ryan Seacrest, who hosted last year as well as all 15 seasons of “American Idol” on Fox, is back as host. Also returning are last year’s trio of judges: country superstar Luke Bryan, pop princess Katy Perry and singer/songwriter Lionel Richie. Their search for the season 17 winner will run for 11 weeks this spring.

“American Idol” will start with a two-hour episode on Sunday followed by another on Wednesday, March 6 and again next Sunday (March 10). The premiere, as well as those episodes and the ones on Sunday March 17 and Monday March 18, will focus on the auditions held in 24 cities last fall.

As with the version that ran on Fox for 15 seasons, the first few episodes of this reboot will be taped. These shows will include the auditions in various locales, Hollywood Week, the top 40 being culled to just one score and those Top 20 in both solo performances and celebrity duets.

SEE ‘American Idol’ Winners: Where Are They Now (Seasons 1 – 16)?

Below is the complete schedule of the two-hour episodes of “American Idol” on ABC this spring, including the format changes.

March 3 –  Auditions

March 6 – Auditions

March 10 – Auditions

March 17 – Auditions

March 18 – Auditions

March 24 – Hollywood Week (Part 1)

March 25 – Hollywood Week (Part 2)

March 31 – Top 40 Showcase

April 1 – Top 20: Groups 1 & 2 solo performances

April 7 – Top 20: Group 1 (10 contestants) duets with celebrities

April 8 – Top 20: Group 2 (10 contestants) solo performances

April 14 – Top 14

April 15 – Top 14 results

SEE ‘The Voice’ winners: Where are they now (Season 1 – 14)?

Live shows

April 21 – Top 10

April 28 – Top 8

May 5 – Top 6

May 12 – Top 4

May 19 – Finale

May 20 – Finale Results

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