It’s almost time for the highly anticpated season 9 of wait is almost over for season 9 of American Idol, which debuts Tuesday January 12th. Hopefully you didn’t have any plans for your Tuesdays or Wednesday from mid-January to March, because based on the schedule just released by FOX, it looks like it’s going to be packed with American Idol.

After three weeks of Idol auditions, featuring rotating celebrity guest judges such as Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Shania Twain, Idol will head back to Hollywood to determine semi-finalists. During the all important Hollywood round, not only will we meet the semi-finalists, we’ll also get our first peek at new Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres who will join Simon, Randy, and Kara at the judges table.

Once the semi-finalists are chosen it’s up to us America to chose our Idol, here’s the full schedule up to the finals for you to set your DVR and to schedule your social calendar around accordingly.


All times are ET/PT: 

Tuesday, Jan. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM)           Season Premiere, Part 1/Boston Auditons
Wednesday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:15 PM)        Season Premiere, Part 2/Atlanta Auditions 
Tuesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM)             Chicago Auditions Episode
Wednesday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM)        Orlando Auditions Episode
Tuesday, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM)              Dallas Auditions Episode
Wednesday, Jan. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM)       Los Angeles Auditions Episode
Tuesday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM)               Denver Auditions Episode
Wednesday, Feb. 3 (9:00-10:00 PM)       “The Road to Hollywood” Auditions Episode
Tuesday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM)               Hollywood Round, Part 1
Wednesday, Feb. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM)      Hollywood Round, Part 2
Tuesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM)             Hollywood Round, Part 3
Wednesday, Feb. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM)      Top 24 Semifinalists Announced

Tuesday, Feb. 23 (8:00-10:00 PM)           Top 12 Female Semifinalists Perform
Wednesday, Feb. 24 (8:00-10:00 PM)      Top 12 Male Semifinalists Perform
Thursday, Feb. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM)            1st Results Show / Four Contestants Eliminated

Tuesday, March 2 (8:00-10:00 PM)           Top 10 Female Semifinalists Perform
Wednesday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM)      Top 10 Male Semifinalists Perform
Thursday, March 4 (8:00-9:00 PM)            Two Male and Two Female Contestants Eliminated

Tuesday, March 9 (8:00-9:00 PM)             Top 8 Female Semifinalists Perform
Wednesday, March 10 (9:00-10:00 PM)    Top 8 Male Semifinalists Perform
Thursday, March 11 (8:00-9:00 PM)          Four Contestants Eliminated – Finalists Revealed
Tuesday, March 16 (8:00-10:00 PM)         Finalists Perform 

Wednesday, March 17 (9:00-10:00 PM)    One Contestant Eliminated


(Schedule and Image Courtesy of FOX)

Abbey Simmons

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV