"American Idol" Will Air on New Nights in 2011; Two-Night Premiere Announced

News   "American Idol" Will Air on New Nights in 2011; Two-Night Premiere Announced
When "American Idol" returns for its new season, the country's biggest singing competition will air Wednesday and Thursday evenings rather than Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The tenth season will kickoff with a two-night premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 19 (8 PM-10 PM ET) and Thursday, Jan. 20 (8 PM-9 PM ET).

The evenings will welcome new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who will join long-time judge Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest, as well as an all-new crop of hopefuls from auditions held in Austin, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco and East Rutherford, NJ.

As previously reported, the program will also feature an in-house mentor, Jimmy Iovine, who is the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

The finalists in the competition will also face several new challenges. Contestants will be asked to create a music video and work with a full band and dancers to deliver an awards show-style performance, according to TVGuide.com.

"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe also told TVGuide.com that one of the initial rounds of the competition has been eliminated. The program will no longer have a period when the contestants shrink from a pool of 24 to 12. Instead, the competition will begin with the top 12. Producers of the show would not elaborate on this change. Among the many "American Idol" finalists and/or winners who have appeared on Broadway are Fantasia, Justin Guarini, Jordin Sparks, Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Tamyra Gray, Constantine Maroulis, Frenchie Davis, Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks.

For more information about "American Idol," visit www.americanidol.com.

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