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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.

Sundays & Mondays at 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
18 Seasons, 661 Episodes
January 8, 2009
Music, Reality
4.1/10
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American Idol Full Episode Guide

  • The Top 5 perform.

  • The remaining finalists perform two songs each, one from the Disney songbook and one dedicated to the mother figures in their lives; Laine Hardy performs.

  • The top 10 are revealed.

  • For the first time ever, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, host Ryan Seacrest, in-house mentor Bobby Bones and the Top 20 contestants participate from different locations.

  • A deeper look into the lives of the top 21 contestants, featuring never-before-seen performances.

  • Before America gears up to vote for the Top 20 finalists, Idol delves deeper into the lives of the Top 21 contestants as they share their journey so far with stories along the way and all-new spectacular, never-before-seen performances.

  • The remaining top 40 contestants perform in a concert showcasing their artistry before awaiting their final judgment for a spot in the coveted top 20. Tune in to watch as the remaining top 40 leave the judges with difficult, heartbreaking decisions and a shocking first-ever twist in the show's history for two contestants that no one saw coming.

  • The top 40 contestants take to the beach and perform solo in front of a live audience in Ko Olina, Hawaii. The judges sit down with each contestant to reveal their fate.

  • Hollywood Week wraps up with with solo performances. One contestant experiences an unprecedented medical emergency. Will one couple’s love survive the latest elimination?

  • Contestants perform a song in their selected genre.

  • Auditions across Georgia; Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; California; and Oregon come to an end.

  • In Oregon, a couple wins over the judges during their audition with their version of the iconic song "Shallow" ("A Star Is Born," 2018), taking their love and artistry to new depths. Later, the judges meet their match when one Hawaiian hopeful confuses the judges with other pop-culture icons. Plus, more incredible standouts are found, hailing from the California coast to the rural hills of West Virginia.

  • In the highly anticipated premiere episode, viewers will embark on a nation-wide journey across Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; and Sunriver, Oregon, where the show's iconic judge auditions will surprise audiences with never-before-seen twists. Those auditioning for the coveted ticket to Hollywood include a subway performer from Harlem who gives one of the most emotional auditions in "Idol" history; a garbage collector with no experience who heads to the streets of Savannah, alongside host Ryan Seacrest, to warm up for his audition; and a hopeless romantic who encounters her own fairy tale twist during her audition as she sings from the heart.

  • A look at the new season of American Idol.

  • The Final 3 perform live from coast to coast and the winner is announced at the end of the show. Also, special performances from music legends and other surprises.

  • Each contestant performs 3 songs, including a pick from mentor Bobby Bones, a song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day, and a selection from Elton John’s catalog.

  • Singers show off their singing talent in hopes of making it to the next round. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan serve as judges.

  • The finalists pay tribute to one of the world's most iconic bands, Queen, before partnering up for classic movie duet performances. Helping to prepare the Top 8 to rock the stage is Adam Lambert, who acts as celebrity guest mentor.

  • A look at each finalist's journey so far.

  • "American Idol"'s Top 10 contestants head to The Happiest Place On Earth, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, to prepare for the next phase of the competition, Disney Night. The finalists will be joined by celebrity mentor Rebel Wilson, who will offer up her pitch-perfect expertise as the superstar hopefuls prepare for their Disney-themed performances. All-star judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will perform a timeless Disney song in Disneyland Park's Fantasyland. The Top 10 will then return to the iconic Idol stage in Los Angeles to perform fan-favorite Disney songs, in hopes of winning America's heart and vote for a spot in the Top 8.

  • The 7 contestants with the most votes by America take their spot in the top 10, while the 7 remaining contestants must sing to impress the judges.

  • The Top 14 perform.

  • The remaining 10 of the Top 20 finalists perform duets with all-star celebrity partners. Following the performances, the contestants find out who has made the last 7 spots, rounding out the Top 14 during a final elimination that will leave audiences stunned.

  • The contestants duet with established stars.

  • The Top 20 perform.

  • The showcase round goes to Aulani, A Disney Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii, where the show’s Top 40 contestants take to the beach for solo performances in front of a live audience and the judge panel. Afterward, the judges sit down with each contestant to reveal their fate, culminating with the show’s Top 20 finalists.

  • Hollywood Week continues.

  • Hollywood Week commences.

  • The Top 5 finalists are revealed; the singers perform.

  • Auditions continue in Los Angeles; Louisville; New York; and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Included: the story of a girl reuniting with her egg donor; a performance that Katy Perry shares as one of her favorite voices she has ever heard; and an audition that makes Luke Bryan drop to the floor.

  • Auditions continue in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; New York; Louisville, Ky.; and Los Angeles. Included: an original song; the return of a fan favorite from last season; a walk down memory lane by Lionel Richie; and a surprise dance move by Katy Perry.

  • Auditions in Coeur d’Alene ID, Louisville KY, and Los Angeles CA.

  • Auditions in Louisville KY, Coeur d’Alene ID, Los Angeles CA, New York NY, and Denver CO.

American Idol News

Katy Perry Collapses During 'American Idol' Production

Did she take a fake dive after a reported gas leak on the set?

Are Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Headed for a Team-Up?

A once-unthinkable collab could be in the works.

Carrie Underwood Shows Off Her Baby Belly

She took to Instagram to bare her baby bump.

Nicki Minaj Defends Sex Offender Boyfriend

Kenneth Petty was convicted of attempted rape in 1995.

Kelly Clarkson Talk Show to Debut on NBC

The 'American Idol' alum will hit the air in several TV markets.

Katy Perry Slams Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress

We're not sure that any member of the royal family should take fashion advice from Katy, though.

Is Carrie Underwood Obsessing Over Her Post-Accident Face?

The 'American Idol' star admits that she doesn't always feel pretty.

Katy Perry Ends Her Feud with Taylor Swift

The formal end of hostilities was announced via social media.

Did Katy Perry Sexually Harass 'American Idol' Contestant?

The 'Idol' judge had trouble keeping her lips to herself on the show's premiere.

'The Voice' Beats 'American Idol' Premiere

The return of 'Idol" was not the hit that ABC had been hoping for.

Ryan Seacrest Shunned by Best Actress Nominees on Oscar Red Carpet

The sexual misconduct allegations against Seacrest might have had something to do with it.

Will Ryan Seacrest Be Pulled from Oscars Coverage?

E! News is worried that allegations of sexual misconduct are going to sabotage its red-carpet coverage.

Will Stars Shun Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars?

Accusations of sexual harassment may make Seacrest unpopular on the red carpet.

Ryan Seacrest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Seacrest denies the claims by his former stylist.

Is Carrie Underwood's Marriage in Trouble?

Rumors of a pending divorce have begun to circulate.

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