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New 'American Idol' schedule set

November 18, 2004|by Zap2it.com

All of this talk of FOX's June schedule and FOX's September schedule and FOX's November schedule appears to have been moot, as the network is sliding into fourth place. FOX's only truly important season begins on Tuesday, January 18 with premiere of the fourth installment of "American Idol."

The new "Idol" season can't come soon enough for FOX, plagued with one big, fat, obnoxious disappointment after another. The talent show's two-hour premiere will air on Jan. 18 and will begin a month-long overview of the audition process, highlighting events leading up to the show's live episode on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Over three consecutive Tuesdays (Jan. 18 and 25 and Feb. 1) and three consecutive Wednesdays (Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2), "American Idol" will offer the standard audition episodes from Cleveland, St. Louis, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Viewers will get their first glimpses of the season's most talented performers, but they'll also get to watch a slew of horrible auditions and listen to the usual litany of hilarious abuse from the judges.

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As a rule, the Tuesday episodes will start at 8 p.m. and the Wednesday episodes will begin at 9 p.m., but since FOX has been known to extend, expand and juggle "Idol" coverage, always check your local listings.

On Feb. 8 and 9 and then Feb. 15 and 16, clips from the already completed semifinal phase will lead into the first part of the Round of 32, when viewers finally get the chance to vote for their favorites.

Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will return, as will host Ryan Seacrest.

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