New Surprise Round Sends Contestants to “Hollywood or Home” Wednesday, February 5;
Hollywood Rounds Continue Thursday, February 6 and Wednesday, February 12

Top Semi-Finalists Revealed Thursday, February 13

Special Three-Night IDOL “Rush Week” Begins Tuesday, February 18, And Continues Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, When the Top 13 Finalists are Announced

Top 13 Perform LIVE Wednesday, February 26

The original music show phenomenon returns this week! Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, AMERICAN IDOL XIII features a new all-star judging panel, including Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., along with in-house mentor Randy Jackson. Seacrest and the judges travel across the country, with stops in Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Omaha, NE, Salt Lake City, UT; and San Francisco, CA, searching for those who have the potential to transform from an everyday singer into a successful recording artist and join the ranks of famous IDOL alumni, such as Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips

The two-night premiere event begins by showcasing the nation’s best talent from the Boston and Austin auditions on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM). Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM) brings more amazing auditions from Austin and San Francisco. Auditions continue in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM); Atlanta, Thursday, Jan. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM); Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM); and  Omaha, Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM).

Those who prove they have what it takes to move forward in the competition think they are headed to the “Hollywood” round. But, even before they unpack their bags, the contestants will learn they must compete in a surprise “Hollywood or Home” round, airing on Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM). In this intense new round, the judges will decide if these hopefuls really are committed and talented enough to become the next singing superstar. Some of the singers will be asked to perform one more time for the judges – and for some, this will be their last performance. It’s a tough decision for the judges, but even tougher for the contestants, because those who don’t make the cut must head straight home.

The “Hollywood” rounds continue Thursday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM), as the hopefuls take the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for group and solo performances. On Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM), the Hollywood rounds end with a new twist as the Top semi-finalists are revealed.

During a special three-night IDOL event, the hopefuls will have their last chance to impress the judges and America. On the season’s first LIVE show, airing on a special night, Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM live), the 15 remaining female contestants will face their IDOL fates; the 15 male contestants will do the same on the following night Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM live). On both Tuesday and Wednesday night, the voting lines will open immediately after each LIVE show. On Thursday, Feb. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM live), the Top 13 finalists will be revealed in the first results show LIVE from Los Angeles.

The following week, the competition gets fiercer when the Top 13 finalists perform LIVE Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM live). One finalist’s journey will end as America’s vote is revealed Thursday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM live).




Wednesday, Jan. 15
(8:00-10:00 PM)
Season Premiere, Part 1 – Boston/Austin Auditions
Thursday, Jan. 16
(8:00-10:00 PM)
Season Premiere, Part 2 – Austin/San Francisco Auditions
Wednesday, Jan. 22
(8:00-10:00 PM)
Detroit Audition Episode
Thursday, Jan. 23
(8:00-9:00 PM)
Atlanta Audition Episode
Wednesday, Jan. 29
(8:00-10:00 PM)
Salt Lake City Audition Episode

Thursday, Jan. 30
(8:00-9:00 PM)

Omaha Audition Episode 


Wednesday, Feb. 5
(8:00-10:00 PM)
“Hollywood or Home” Round
Thursday, Feb. 6
(8:00-9:00 PM)
Hollywood Round, Part 1
Wednesday, Feb. 12
(8:00-10:00 PM)
Hollywood Round, Part 2

Thursday, Feb. 13
(8:00-9:00 PM)

Hollywood Round, Part 3; Top Semi-Finalists Revealed


Tuesday, Feb. 18
(8:00-10:00 PM live)
Top 15 Female Singers Perform LIVE
Wednesday, Feb. 19
(8:00-10:00 PM live)
Top 15 Male Singers Perform LIVE
Thursday, Feb. 20
(8:00-9:00 PM live)
First LIVE Results Show


Wednesday, Feb. 26
(8:00-10:00 PM live)
Top 13 Perform LIVE
Thursday, Feb. 27
(8:00-9:00 PM live)
LIVE Results Show; One Finalist Sent Home


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