American Idol

10:00pm – Sunday, January 22 on CTV

The auditions continue on a special, broadcast of AMERICAN IDOL as the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar.

8:00pm – Wednesday, January 18 on CTV

Host Ryan Seacrest and superstar judging panel Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler return for the 11th season, and travel across the country to audition the good, the bad and the outrageous for their shot at stardom. The second part of the premiere continues on CTV Two on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

CTV announced today the episode roll-out of AMERICAN IDOL as the remarkable 11th season, featuring host Ryan Seacrest and returning judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, premieres with a two-night event, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit and to confirm local listings).  

Auditions continue with a special broadcast of AMERICAN IDOL Sunday, Jan. 22 immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

With the addition of new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler last year, the 10th season of AMERICAN IDOL on CTV shot to the top, ranking as the #2 program in Canada (up from #4 the previous year) with total viewers last winter and spring. Second only to CTV’s THE BIG BANG THEORY, AMERICAN IDOL also reigned as the #1 program on CTV Two last season.

The show’s judges including Jackson, Lopez and Tyler, travel to Savannah, Aspen, Galveston, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego and St. Louis in search of contestants with the raw talent and potential to become the next AMERICAN IDOL. Auditions continue on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two; Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two; and Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

The contestants who impress the judges head to Hollywood and are put to the ultimate test during the “Hollywood Rounds,” airing Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two; Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV; and Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, those who make it through Hollywood compete in the “Performance Challenge,” where they face the judges one last time before the top male and top female semifinalists are revealed on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two.

The judges have their say after every performance, but the viewers determine who advances to the next round of the competition and who will go home. During the milestone 400th episode, airing on a special night, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, the first group of semifinalists will take the stage to sing for viewer’s votes.

The following night, Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, the remaining semifinalists perform. The competition takes an intense turn on the two-hour LIVE results show Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two, as America’s votes reveal the first set of finalists. The remaining contestants have one last chance to perform for the judges who will round out the 2012 AMERICAN IDOL finalists with their wild card picks. 

The next week, the competition heats up when the finalists take the stage on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV to perform LIVE. One finalist’s journey will end as America’s vote is revealed on Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET LIVE on CTV Two.


RECAP (All times begin at 8 p.m. ET with the exception of Sunday, Jan. 22)


Wednesday, Jan. 18 on CTV – Season Premiere, Part 1 

Thursday, Jan. 19 on CTV Two – Season Premiere, Part 2

Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. on CTV – Audition Episode (Special Broadcast following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)

Wednesday, Jan. 25 on CTV – Audition Episode

Thursday, Jan. 26 on CTV Two – Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 1 on CTV – Audition Episode

Thursday, Feb. 2 on CTV Two – Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 8 on CTV – Audition Episode

Thursday, Feb. 9 on CTV Two – Hollywood Round, Part 1

Wednesday, Feb. 15 on CTV – Hollywood Round, Part 2

Thursday, Feb. 16 on CTV – Hollywood Round, Part 3

Wednesday, Feb. 22 on CTV – Performance Challenge

Thursday, Feb. 23 on CTV Two – Semifinalists Announced

Tuesday, Feb. 28 on CTV – Semifinalists Perform on a Special Broadcast during the 400th Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 29 on CTV – Semifinalists Perform

Thursday, March 1 on CTV Two – Results Show; Finalists announced and judges’ wild card picks revealed (LIVE)

Wednesday, March 7 on CTV – Finalists Perform

Thursday, March 8 on CTV Two – Results Show; First elimination

It’s official: viewers still prefer American Idol over all the others.

The Fox reality series has claimed the award for favourite competition show at the 38th Annual People’s Choice Awards, which took place on Wednesday.

Idol kicked clear of Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, The Voice and So You Think You Can Dance.

The X Factor USA was missing from the list of nominees after a so-so performance in its first season.

It is the sixth win in the category for the Idol, which has picked up the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 titles in the past.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Adam Levine believes that The X Factor USA, American Idol and his own The Voice are not competing for the same fans.

The Maroon 5 singer, who is a judge/coach on The Voice alongside Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, believes the trio of talent shows all have their own unique fan bases.

“They have their own thing and their own fanbase. We don’t really concern ourselves with those shows because we are The Voice,” he told CNN.

“It’s never been about competing with those guys. It’s been more [about] co-existing and making our show the best it can possibly be.

“I think that speaks for itself as opposed to trying to get into some kind of petty battle. It doesn’t benefit us in any way and doesn’t interest us. I’ve never seen those shows in their entirety.”

Source: Digital Spy

Jennifer Lopez has confirmed finally that she will be returning to American Idol for another season next year.

The singer will re-join Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson on the judging panel for second season after presiding over this year’s run eventually won by Scotty McCreery.

American Idol’s creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said: “Having both Jennifer and Steven return to Idol in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted.”

Mike Darnell, Fox’s president of alternative programming, said: “From the very first day of auditions, we knew we had something special in our new judges’ panel, and we’re so happy that America felt that way too.

“Together with Ryan, who is fantastic day in and day out, they built an incredible connection with both the contestants and our viewers, and I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome them all back to Idolfor another season.”

Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz added: “Their chemistry and ability to select amazing talent made last season one of our most successful yet, and we look forward to going on another exciting ride.”

Source: Digital Spy

Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson have officially confirmed that they will be returning to American Idol next season.

The judging pair were confirmed by Fox to be returning for another run as judges and mentors in 2012.

Third judge Jennifer Lopez is yet to decide her future with the show, saying earlier in the month that she is “sitting on the fence”.

It will be Jackson’s eleventh season on the judging panel next year while for Tyler will join his for just his second after debuting in this year’s tenth season won by Scotty McCreery.

Source: Digital Spy

Jennifer Lopez says she is “on the fence” over a return to American Idol next season.

The singer and judge says she has doubts about returning to the show for a second run and claims it is too early to make a decision.

“I don’t know. I haven’t been forced to make a decision and I’m glad about that because honestly I’m very on the fence about it,” she said in a BBC interview.

Lopez and husband Marc Anthony recently teamed up with Simon Fuller to launch Q’Viva! The Chosen, a reality series that aims to celebrate Latin music, artistry and dance.

Source: Digital Spy

An L.A County Superior Court judge has temporarily halted the distribution of an alleged honeymoon sex tape involving current American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez.

The footage in question was said to be shot during Lopez’s honeymoon with ex-husband Ojani Noa, whose current girlfriend Claudia Vasquez is attempting to market the tape.

TMZ is reporting that Vasquez now owns the tape but was blocked from marketing it by the judge who says it cannot be released without Lopez’s permission.

Vasquez says there is no proof she is trying to sell the tape but the judge believes  her motives are more sinister.

Source: TMZ

With its biggest audience this season, AMERICAN IDOL came out on top as Wednesday’s most-watched program, with 3.4 million viewers watching the two-hour season finale at 8 p.m. on CTV.

Earlier in the day, OPRAH had its final curtain call with 1.6 million viewers, the highest audience on record for the series. Impressively, the OPRAH finale was #2 non-sports program of the day, following AMERCIAN IDOL, delivering more viewers than any program on Global or Cityttv Wednesday.

Up 17% compared to last year’s finale of 2.9 million, AMERICAN IDOL was also #1 Wednesday with the key demos of A18-49 (1.4 million) and A25-54 (1.4 million).

After a world-record 122 million votes, and cameos from some of music’s hottest stars, more than eight million Canadians watched some part or all of the finale on CTV. The finale also grew in every half hour, peaking at 4.8 million viewers at 10:02 p.m., just before 17-year-old country crooner Scotty McCreery from North Carolina was named America’s newest idol.

AMERICAN IDOL audiences increased for the second year in a row on CTV. The series ends Season 10 with performance shows on CTV averaging 2.83 million viewers, making it the second most-watched season in series history in Canada.*

OPRAH’s farewell episode also brought in blockbuster audiences as the most-watched episode on record. As the series ended its 25-year-run at 4 p.m. on CTV, 1.6 million viewers watched the Queen of daytime, and inspiration to people around the world, say goodbye. The finale episode was watched by nearly two-and-a-half times its average audience this season. Building up to the final show, 1.33 million watched Monday’s episode “Surprise Farewell, Part 1,” with Tuesday’s episode capturing 1.53 million viewers, the second highest audience on record for the show. As the world said goodbye, Oprah told viewers, “I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say, until we meet again.”

Throughout the AMERICAN IDOL finale, each of the 13 finalists performed together as well as with a slew of musical icons including Beyoncé, Bono and The Edge, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Gladys Knight, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, TLC and Judas Priest. Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez also took to the Idol stage, and Lady Gaga and Jack Black appeared for surprise performances, with Lady Gaga performing her new single, “Edge of Glory” live.

Tonight, ETALK has the finale covered from every angle with exclusive interviews backstage with Scotty and Lauren following the finale. They were also on the red carpet in LA, talking to Jack Black, Judas Priest and Tom Jones. ETALK airs at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on E! (visit and to confirm local broadcast times).