A Look at the American Idol Schedule

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Who will be the next Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks... or Antonella Barba?

We don't know yet - but we do now know the detailed American Idol schedule for the upcoming season:

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  • The show kicks off with two-night, four-hour event on Tuesday, January 15, and Wednesday, January 16.
  • Early audition episodes will be the focus of the four-hour premiere and these will continue through hour-long episodes that will air on January 22, 23, 29, and 30; February 5 and 6.
  • Can't stand the awful singers? Tune in on Tuesday, February 12 when the Hollywood rounds begin. These premiere kick off with a two-hour episode, followed by a one-hour episode the following night that reveals 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. Viewer voting begins on these nights.
  • The male performers will then lay claim to Tuesdays, with the Top 10 singing during a 90-minute episode February 26, followed by the Top 8 on March 4.
  • Wednesdays will be ladies' night, with the Top 10 competing on February 27, and the Top 8 on March 5. Eliminations will take place on Thursdays at 8 p.m., culminating in the reveal of the Top 12 on March 6.
  • The performances of the overall Top 12 will take place on Tuesday, March 11, with a two-hour episode. The first single elimination of the season will take place the following night.
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]