Fox announces early season 'American Idol 6' broadcast schedule
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 01/09/2007
Get out your datebooks and day planners -- Fox has announced the entire early season broadcast schedule for the sixth season of American Idol, from the outrageous auditions to when viewers cut the cast of contestants to 12.
American Idol's sixth edition will premiere on Tuesday, January 16 at 8PM ET/PT with two hours of coverage of the season's Minneapolis open auditions and continue on Wednesday, January, 17 at 8PM ET/PT with two more hours of coverage of the season's Seattle auditions. The search for America's next Idol winner will then continue with six more twice-weekly one-hour broadcasts of the season's Los Angeles, San Antonio, Birmingham, Memphis, New York City, and "Best of the Rest" auditions.
After four weeks of open auditions coverage and two more broadcasts that will chronicle the season's "Hollywood Round" callbacks, American Idol 6's Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed to America on Wednesday, February 14. Following three more weeks of thrice-weekly broadcasts that will eliminate two male and two female semifinalists each week (and also result in three new American Idol/Survivor Thursday night showdowns), Idol's twelve sixth season finalists will be revealed on Thursday, March 8. One week later, one finalist's journey will end when America's vote is revealed on Wednesday, March 14.
The following is the entire early season broadcast schedule for the sixth season of American Idol:
• Tuesday, January 16, 8-10PM ET/PT - Season Premiere Part 1, Minneapolis auditions
• Wednesday, January 17, 8-10PM ET/PT - Season Premiere Part 2, Seattle auditions
• Tuesday, January 23, 8-9PM ET/PT - Memphis auditions
• Wednesday, January 24, 9-10PM ET/PT - New York City auditions
• Tuesday, January 30, 8-9PM ET/PT - Birmingham auditions
• Wednesday, January 31, 9-10PM ET/PT - San Antonio auditions
• Tuesday, February 6, 8-9PM ET/PT - Los Angeles auditions
• Wednesday, February 7, 9-10PM ET/PT - "Rest of the Best" auditions
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• Tuesday, February 13, 8-9PM ET/PT - Hollywood Round, Part 1
• Wednesday, February 14, 9-10PM ET/PT - Hollywood Round, Part 2, Top 24 semifinalists announced
• Tuesday, February 20, 8-10PM ET/PT - Top 24 male singers perform
• Wednesday, February 21, 8-10PM ET/PT - Top 24 female singers perform
• Thursday, February 22, 8-9PM ET/PT - First live results show, two male and two female semifinalists voted off
• Tuesday, February 27, 8-9:30PM ET/PT - Top 20 male singers perform
• Wednesday, February 28, 8-9:30PM ET/PT - Top 20 female singers perform
• Thursday, March 1, 8-9PM ET/PT - Second live results Show, two male and two female semifinalists voted off
• Tuesday, March 6, 8-9PM ET/PT - Top 16 male singers perform
• Wednesday, March 7, 8-9PM ET/PT - Top 16 female singers perform
• Thursday, March 8, 8-9PM ET/PT - Third live results show, two male and two female contestants voted off and Top 12 finalists revealed
• Tuesday, March 13, 8-10PM ET/PT - Top 12 finalists perform
• Wednesday, March 14, 9-9:30PM ET/PT - First finalists live results Show, one finalist voted off