'American Idol' to air live coast-to-coast on ABC to allow nationwide live voting
By Reality TV World staff, 04/23/2018
American Idol will be making history and begin airing live across America starting next week.
ABC has announced American Idol will air live coast-to-coast beginning Sunday, April 29 at 8PM ET with the season's two-hour Top 10 finalists broadcast and continue through the following two weeks.
The nationwide live broadcasts -- which will result in Idol airing before primetime from 5-7PM PT in the West Coast time zone -- will ensure viewers across the country will be able to have their votes count during the season's finals rounds, which will combine performances and elimination results in a single broadcast.
The move will mark the first time an American reality competition series will air live nationwide and allow viewers across the country to all watch simultaneously.
Viewers will be able to cast their votes by text, on AmericanIdol.com, or through the American Idol app.
"We set out on a journey to find the best talent this nation has to offer," ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement.
"As we head into the next phase of the American Idol competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America's next superstar."
The competition currently has 14 contestants in the running to be crowned the next "American Idol."