When Do the 'American Idol' Live Shows Start?

American Idol is back with a new group of aspiring singers hoping to make it big in the world of music.

The reality show returned on Sunday, February 28, with its first round of auditions for Season 20.

It will have four rounds of auditions, with each episode airing on a weekly basis to determine who among the thousands of applicants will make it to the top 64.

Here is everything we know so far about the live shows.

When Will the 2022 'American Idol' Live Shows Start?

The auditions process for Season 20 is slated to air over the course of four weeks, with episodes continuing on March 6, 13, and 20.

While only four audition rounds have been revealed so far for the 2022 edition of American Idol, there have been five episodes dedicated to auditions in past seasons, so there may well be another added in.

Once singers have been selected for the top 64, the contestants are expected to compete in Hollywood Week and a Showstopper Round, as they have done in previous editions of the show.

Performing in front of judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, the singers will give it their all to advance into the top 24 after the Final Judgment.

Once contestants have been named in the top 24 they are expected to perform once again, with the singers in the 2021 edition of the show split into two groups of 12 for two pre-recorded shows where they sing duets with celebrities.

From the Top 24, the group will be whittled down to a Top 16, and in 2021 this group of musicians performed in a pre-recorded show before they took part in a live elimination show.

After the Top 16 is reduced to a Top 12, the live shows should begin, and the live shows for the 2021 edition lasted for five weeks until a winner was named.

Each week of the 2021 live shows saw two episodes air, one on Sunday and another on Monday, so that fans were able to see the progress of each contestant and enjoy their performances.

The full release schedule for American Idol Season 20, including when the live shows will begin, hasn't yet been revealed by ABC.

However, judging by the schedule for American Idol in previous years, the live shows for Season 20 should begin four weeks after the auditions come to an end.

If there are indeed only four audition shows for Season 20 then the live shows should begin on Sunday, April 17, approximately.

However, if there are five auditions shows like in previous seasons, then the live shows should start airing from Sunday, April 24.

American Idol airs Sundays on ABC from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

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Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan in "American Idol" Season 20 auditions. The show will see the top singers compete in live shows on ABC. ABC/Eric McCandless