Are you ready to find out when does American Idol start, when the finalists are revealed, and when is the American Idol finale? The next and last season of our favorite reality TV singing competition is almost here! We can’t believe it is all coming to an end when the curtain closes at the finale for season 15 in an early finish to the series.

Update: American Idol schedule updates from FOX reveal the official plan for the rest of the 2016 season which includes some very interesting plans to bring back past Idol contestants to sing with the Top 24. That sounds really cool. Details below.

American Idol judges at New Orleans auditions

American Idol judges – Source: FOX

We still have a long way to go until that unhappy moment, however, and a lot of shows to enjoy before the American Idol finale rolls around. There will be plenty of time to be sad after the series is over. Meanwhile, we have the details for the 2016 American Idol schedule so you don’t miss a minute of the final season!

Once again, the American Idol season 15 schedule will kick off in January. This time around, the two-night, two-hour premiere shows will take place on Wednesday, January 6th and Thursday, January 7th from 8PM to 10PM ET/PT. After that, the schedule will change to just one hour on Wednesdays.

Later on in the season, the American Idol schedule will once again collapse down to just one show a week, consolidating performances and results into just one episode on Thursday nights. Just like last season.

We have early details on what will air when thanks to more reveals by TIP, but as soon as we have the official information, we will bring them to you right here. Plus, of course, we’ll be with you throughout the entire season bringing you all the American Idol results, spoilers, recaps, news, and more!

American Idol 2016 Schedule:
– Wednesday, January 6th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Auditions in Denver & Atlanta
– Thursday, January 7th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Auditions in Little Rock & San Francisco
– Wednesday, January 13th: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Auditions in Philadelphia
– Thursday, January 14th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Auditions in Denver & Little Rock
– Wednesday, January 20th: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Auditions in Philadelphia & San Francisco
– Thursday, January 21st: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Auditions in Atlanta, Philadelphia, & San Francisco
– Wednesday, January 27th: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Hollywood Week, Part 1
– Thursday, January 28th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Hollywood Week, Part 2
– Wednesday, February 3rd: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Hollywood Week, Part 3
– Thursday, February 4th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Showcase Round & Top 24 Reveal
– Wednesday, February 10th: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Top 24 Part 1 Semi-Finals, 12 Perform
– Thursday, February 11th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Top 24 Part 2 Semi-Finals, Judges Vote
– Wednesday, February 17th: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Top 24 Part 3 Semi-Finals, 12 Perform
– Thursday, February 18th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Top 24 Part 4 Semi-Finals, Top 14 Revealed
– Wednesday, February 24th: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Top 14 Eliminations & Wild Card performances
– Thursday, February 25th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Wild Card Results & Top 10 Performances
– Thursday, March 3rd: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Double Elimination & Top 8 Performances
– Thursday, March 10th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Double Elimination & Top 6 Performances
– Thursday, March 17th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Elimination & Top 5 Performances
– Thursday, March 24th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Elimination & Top 4 Performances
– Thursday, March 31st: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Elimination & Top 3 Performances
– Tuesday, April 5th: 8-9:30 PM ET/PT – Idol Retrospective
– Wednesday, April 6th: 8-9 PM ET/PT – Finale Top 3 Performances
– Thursday, April 7th: 8-10 PM ET/PT – Series Finale!

The final season of American Idol wraps up in early April instead of late May so get ready for a short season. The early departure likely makes way for a mid-season run of a new series. I’m interested to see what they think can outperform Idol in those slots, but I’m sure they’ll try.


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