Update, April 17, 10:18 a.m.ET:
According to Entertainment tonight, American Idol will begin broadcasting episodes remotely from Sunday, April 26. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the top 20 remaining candidates will perform remotely from their homes. Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will judge the show virtually from California, while Luke Bryan and Bobby Bones will call from Nashville. Host Ryan Seacrest will also host the series from his home in California.
Original, April 5, 7:30 p.m. ET:
In the March 29 episode of American Idol, the fans watched the judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie chose some of the artists for this year’s top 20. But when the fans switched to ABC one evening later, they were shocked to find that there was no new episode of Idol aeration.
Of course, there is an important reason why American Idol the calendar has changed. Like many other television shows, the production American Idol was discontinued in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. At that time, the series had already filmed enough episodes to spend the rest of the month. But in order to keep the prerecorded episodes, ABC decided to broadcast new ones only on Sunday evening instead of Sunday. and Mondays – this explains why the rest of the top 20 finalists will be announced on Sunday, April 5.
To be clear, for the foreseeable future, no new episode will be broadcast on Monday evening. Below is the most up to date American Idol schedule (however, this subject may change):
- April 5 at 8 p.m. ET: The top 20 finalists will be officially announced at the end of the Hawaii showcase.
- April 12 and April 19 at 8 p.m. ET: ABC saves time by broadcasting American Idol: it’s me two Sundays in a row. The new episodes will bring together previously undisplayed footage of the top 20 candidates and delve deeper into the stories of the singers.
After April 19, the network will probably assess the situation of COVID-19 and whether production can continue for the rest of the season. Host Ryan Seacrest recently offered fans a glimmer of hope when he told TMZ that Idol working behind the scenes to try to figure out how to still have live shows and keep everyone safe.
“We want to deliver all this season. We want to put on these performance episodes, we want to put on episodes that allow America to vote for their favorites to come up with a American Idol winning this season, “said Ryan to the gossip site.” How are we going to do that? We haven’t fully decided yet, we’re looking at all of the different options. ”