“AMERICAN IDOL XIII” reveal new surprises, changes to competition

Two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 16

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:22pm
  • New surprise round sends contestants to
       “Hollywood or Home” Wed., Feb. 5;
  • Hollywood Rounds continue Thur., Feb. 6 and Wed., Feb. 12;
  • Top semifinalists revealed Thur., Feb. 13;
  • Special three-night “Rush Week” begins Tue., Feb. 18, and
       continues Wed., Feb. 19 and Thur., Feb. 20;
  • Top 13 finalists perform live Wed., Feb. 26

LOS ANGELES — 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; Austin, Texas; Boston; Detroit; Omaha; Salt Lake City; and San Francisco, 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 (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Thursday, Jan. 16 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) brings more amazing auditions from Austin and San Francisco. Auditions continue in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 22 (7:00-9:00 p.m.); Atlanta, Thursday, Jan. 23 (7:00-8:00 p.m.); Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7:00-9:00 p.m.); and Omaha, Thursday, Jan. 30 (7:00-8:00 p.m.).

Those who prove they have what it takes to move forward in the competition think they are headed to the 'Hollywood' round. However, 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 (7:00-9:00 p.m.). 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 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) and Wednesday, Feb. 12 (7:00-9:00 p.m.), as the hopefuls take the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for group and solo performances. On Thursday, Feb. 13 (7:00-8:00 p.m.), the 'Hollywood' rounds end with a new twist as the Top semi-finalists are revealed.

During a special three-night 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 (7:00-9:00 p.m. live), the 15 remaining female contestants will face their fates; the 15 male contestants will do the same on the following night Wednesday, Feb. 19 (7:00-9:00 p.m. live). On both Tuesday and Wednesday night, the voting lines will open immediately after each live show. On Thursday, Feb. 20 (7:00-8:00 p.m. 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 (7:00-9:00 p.m. live). One finalist’s journey will end as America’s vote is revealed Thursday, Feb. 27 (7:00-8:00 p.m. live).

American Idol XIII is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller and is executive produced by Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Trish Kinane, Per Blankens, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Louis J. Horvitz is director and Rickey Minor is musical director. 'Like' the show on Facebook at facebook.com/americanidol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion using #idol. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AmericanIdol. Download the Americain Idol app for iOS devices from the App StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.  



Wed., Jan. 15 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Season Premiere, Part 1 – Boston/Austin Auditions 

Thur., Jan. 16 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Season Premiere, Part 2 – Austin/San Francisco Auditions

Wednesday, Jan. 22 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Detroit Audition Episode

Thur., Jan. 23 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Atlanta Audition Episode

Wed., Jan. 29 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Audition Episode

Thur., Jan. 30 – 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Omaha Audition Episode


Wed., Feb. 5 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
'Hollywood or Home' Round

Thur., Feb. 6 – 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Hollywood Round, Part 1

Wed., Feb. 12 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Hollywood Round, Part 2 

Thur., Feb. 13 – 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Hollywood Round, Part 3; Top Semifinalists Revealed


Tue., Feb. 18 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Top 15 Female Singers Perform LIVE

Wed., Feb. 19 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Top 15 Male Singers Perform LIVE

Thur., Feb. 20 – 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
First LIVE Results Show


Wed., Feb. 26 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Top 13 Perform LIVE

Thur., Feb. 27 – 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
LIVE Results Show; One Finalist Sent Home

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