Anxious fans have already begun that full-time job known as watching American Idol.  FOX announced a detailed schedule for the series to make it easier for everyone to plan their weeknights for the next few months.  The show kicked off with a two-night, four-hour event on Tuesday, January 15, and Wednesday, January 16.  Continue reading for all of the details on when your favorite Idol episodes will air.

The early audition episodes, which I personally can’t get enough of, were the focus of the four-hour premiere. (If you missed any of it, you can still catch up with BuddyTV’s recaps and live thoughts: Philadelphia Auditions Live Thoughts and Recap, Dallas Auditions Live Thoughts and Recap.) The auditions continue through hour-long episodes that will air on January 22, 23, 29, and 30, as well as February 5 and 6.

Viewers who can’t stand to watch terrible singers humiliate themselves will want to start tuning in on Tuesday, February 12, which is when the Hollywood Round will begin.  It’ll kick off with a two-hour episode, followed by a one-hour episode the following night revealing the Top 24.

The Top 12 males and the Top 12 females will perform in two-hour episodes airing on Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20.  Those performances will be the first to allow audience voting, which means you can expect the elimination of two men and two women on February 21.

The male performers will then lay claim to Tuesdays, with the Top 10 singing during a 90-minute episode on February 26, followed by the Top 8 battling on March 4 from 8-9pm.  Wednesdays will be ladies’ night, with the Top 10 competing on February 27, and the Top 8 attempting to out-belt each other on March 5 from 9-10pm.  Eliminations will take place on Thursdays at 8pm, culminating in the reveal of the Top 12 on March 6.

Finally, the performances of the Top 12 will begin on Tuesday, March 11, with a two-hour episode.  The first single elimination of the season will take place the following night.

Luckily for American Idol fans, even if the writers’ strike continues you’ll have hours of glorious entertainment coming your way.  I just can’t wait to see Simon Cowell rip in to the horrendous crooners during the audition rounds.

– Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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