American Idol

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  • TV-PG
  • 2009
  • 20 Seasons
  • 4.2  (21,739)

In this competition series, aspiring performers attempt to impress both a panel of judges on set and the broad American viewing public at home. After being one of the biggest series in America for several years, the series was cancelled by Fox, only to be revived in 2017 on ABC.

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Seasons
Grand Finale
20. Grand Finale
May 22, 2022
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
Top 5
19. Top 5
May 15, 2022
The judges have the difficult decision of cutting down the top five to the top three. Singers must battle on stage for Mother's Day Night.
Top 7
18. Top 7
May 8, 2022
Singers with dreams of super stardom audition and compete in a series of challenging rounds in the hope of living their childhood and lifelong dreams.
The Great Idol Reunion
17. The Great Idol Reunion
May 2, 2022
In celebration of the milestone 20th season, "American Idol" greats Ruben Studdard, Scotty McCreery, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, Kris Allen, Maddie Poppe, Laine Hardy, Willie Spence, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Grace Kinstler, Laci Kaye Booth and additional surprise guests will reunite on the Idol stage for a night of unforgettable performances.
Disney Night
16. Disney Night
May 1, 2022
The iconic Disney Night tradition continues as "American Idol" returns for a magical night of pixie dust-powered performances and surprise guests live on the "Idol" stage. Award-winning actor and singer Ben Platt will mentor the Top 10 contestants from the Disneyland Resort in California as they prepare to perform beloved Disney tunes in hopes of securing America's vote.
Judge's Song Contest
15. Judge's Song Contest
April 25, 2022
For the first time ever, "American Idol" superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will pick songs for each of the Top 11 to perform. Without knowing which judge offered the suggestion, each contestant will select their favorite song to perform, revealing the winning judge.
Top 14
14. Top 14
April 24, 2022
"American Idol" alum and country music star Gabby Barrett returns to mentor the Top 14 and offer guidance on what it takes to become America's next superstar.
Top 14 Live Reveal
13. Top 14 Live Reveal
April 18, 2022
Following the Top 20 reveal, America's votes will determine which 10 Idol hopefuls will continue on in their musical journey, capping off a night of unforgettable performances. Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will choose the additional four singers to join the Top 14.
Season 20's Top 20
12. Season 20's Top 20
April 17, 2022
The competition heats up as the top 24 "American Idol" hopefuls return to Hollywood for a shocking night of reveals. Last week's votes are in and season 20's Top 20, hand-picked by America, will be revealed. All 20 remaining contestants will perform for superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and viewers at home will vote once again to determine who will make it to the next round.
Top 24 at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii Part #2
11. Top 24 at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii Part #2
April 11, 2022
"American Idol" waves aloha to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, wrapping up two nights of incredible Top 24 performances. Pop star Bebe Rexha mentors Idol hopefuls as they belt out unforgettable tunes in hopes of making it through to the next round. Audiences at home will cast their votes, keeping the dream alive for the remaining Top 20.
Top 24 at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii Part #1
10. Top 24 at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii Part #1
April 10, 2022
"American Idol" returns to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, to kick off two nights of spectacular performances by the Top 24. Season 10 Idol alum Jimmie Allen serves as a mentor, offering sound advice to aspiring superstars vying for America's vote, marking the first time overnight voting opens to audiences at home.
Showstopper/Final Judgment
9. Showstopper/Final Judgment
April 4, 2022
Following a competitive Hollywood Week, the search for the next American Idol continues with the Showstoppers round. Taking the stage for their first time with a band, Idol hopefuls sing their hearts out in their last chance to make it into the coveted Top 24. In the Final Judgment, two pairs of contestants face off in a sing-off with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, sealing their fate for the next round.
Hollywood Duets Challenge
8. Hollywood Duets Challenge
April 3, 2022
Hollywood Week continues as fan favorites form dynamic duos and hit the Hollywood stage for the Duets Challenge. Platinum Ticket winners handpick their duet partners and rejoin the competition in hopes of making it through to the next round. The judges are faced with tough decisions that will determine the fate of this season's aspiring superstars.
Hollywood Week: Genre Challenge
7. Hollywood Week: Genre Challenge
March 28, 2022
The search for the next superstar continues as "American Idol" kicks off its iconic Hollywood Week, with some of the most prolific alums in "Idol"'s 20-year history returning to mentor the contestants, including Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, Ruben Studdard, Chayce Beckham, Lee DeWyze and Haley Reinhart. Fan favorites from auditions will then take the stage for the Genre Challenge to sing their hearts out and impress judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie in hopes of making it through to the next round.
Auditions 5A
6. Auditions 5A
March 27, 2022
Season five of "American Idol" continues on ABC, as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie journey to find America's next singing sensation, with further auditions across Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee. The show's iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences and hopefuls alike with never-before-seen twists.
Auditions 5
5. Auditions 5
March 21, 2022
Season five of "American Idol" continues on ABC as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie journey to find America's next singing sensation. Auditions continue across Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee, where the show's iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences and hopefuls alike with never-before-seen twists.
Auditions 4
4. Auditions 4
March 20, 2022
Season five of "American Idol" continues on ABC as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie journey to find America's next singing sensation. Auditions continue across Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee, where the show's iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences and hopefuls alike with never-before-seen twists.
Auditions 3
3. Auditions 3
March 13, 2022
Season five of "American Idol" continues on ABC as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie journey to find America's next singing sensation. Auditions continue across Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee, where the show's iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences and hopefuls alike with never-before-seen twists.
Auditions 2
2. Auditions 2
March 6, 2022
Auditions continue across Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee, where the show's iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences and hopefuls alike with never-before-seen twists and the second-ever Platinum Ticket winner is revealed.
Auditions 1
1. Auditions 1
February 27, 2022
This season, viewers will embark on a nationwide search across Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, where the show's iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences and hopefuls alike with never-before-seen twists and a first-ever Platinum ticket winner.
Description

In this competition series, aspiring performers attempt to impress both a panel of judges on set and the broad American viewing public at home. After being one of the biggest series in America for several years, the series was cancelled by Fox, only to be revived in 2017 on ABC.

American Idol is a series that is currently running and has 20 seasons (700 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 2009.

Where to Watch American Idol

American Idol is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Idol on demand at Netflix, Hulu and ABC.

  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    4.2  (21,739)