It’s finally here! FOX has just released their American Idol 2011 schedule after presumably trying to keep as much secret as possible about the new season and its changes. We’ll have four rounds of auditions, starting in New York / New Jersey followed by New Orleans in the first week of the show. After they weed through the masses to find golden tickets we’ll be whisked away to Hollywood week.

New this season will be the Las Vegas round where the Idol hopefuls will be performing Beatles songs to stay alive during the Top 20 cut which comes at the end of February. After that we’ll be in to the real meet of the American Idol season when the first results show hits in early March.

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AMERICAN IDOL 2011 SCHEDULE:

(All times begin at 8:00 PM ET/PT)

  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 Season Premiere, Part 1
    New York / New Jersey Audition Episode

  • Thursday, Jan. 20 Season Premiere, Part 2
    New Orleans Audition Episode

  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 – Milwaukee Audition Episode

  • Thursday, Jan. 27 Audition Episode

  • Wednesday, Feb. 2 Audition Episode

  • Thursday, Feb. 3 Audition Episode

  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 Audition Episode

  • Thursday, Feb. 10 Audition Episode

  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 Hollywood Round, Part 1

  • Thursday, Feb. 17 Hollywood Round, Part 2

  • Wednesday, Feb. 23 Las Vegas Round

  • Thursday, Feb. 24 Top 24 Semifinalists Announced

  • Tuesday, March 1 Semifinalists Perform

  • Wednesday, March 2 Semifinalists Perform

  • Thursday, March 3 First Results Show and Top 13 Finalists Announced

  • Wednesday, March 9 Top 13 Perform

  • Thursday, March 10 Top 13 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, March 16 Top 12 Perform

  • Thursday, March 17 Top 12 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, March 23 Top 11 Perform

  • Thursday, March 24 Top 11 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, March 30 Top 11 Round 2 Perform

  • Thursday, March 31 Top 11 Round 2 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, April 6 Top 9 Perform

  • Thursday, April 7 Top 9 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, April 13 Top 8 Perform

  • Thursday, April 14 Top 8 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, April 20 Top 7 Perform

  • Thursday, April 21 Top 7 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, April 27 Top 6 Perform

  • Thursday, April 28 Top 6 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, May 4 Top 5 Perform

  • Thursday, May 5 Top 5 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, May 11 Top 4 Perform

  • Thursday, May 12 Top 4 Elimination Results Show

  • Wednesday, May 18 Top 3 Perform

  • Thursday, May 19 Top 3 Elimination Results Show

  • Tuesday, May 24 Top 2 Perform

  • Wednesday, May 25 Finale Results Show

That’s as far as the schedule goes for now, but as they release more dates for the rest of the season I’ll continue to add them on here.

Just one more week to go until the premiere of American Idol 2011!

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