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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Fox announces 'American Idol' launch schedule

By Lisa de Moraes

"American Idol," and its new judges, kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 19. (Fox)

Can Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez compete with Bristol Palin, or will ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" finally depose Fox's "American Idol" as the country's most popular show? "Idol" is returning this month minus Simon Cowell - the sun around which all the other "Idol" planets have revolved for nine seasons.

Fox insisted this morning that sole surviving judge Randy Jackson, along with newcomers Tyler and Lopez, are a "triple threat of credibility, chemistry, and talent." Based on the clips shown to TV critics here at Winter TV Press Tour 2011, that translates to "they did not embarrass themselves during auditions." Their press-tour session begins today at 10:15 a.m. Pasadena time.

Meanwhile, Fox wants to help you set your calendars for next few weeks: Here's "Idol's" early schedule (and a video preview below):


(All times begin at 8:00 PM ET/PT)

Wednesday, Jan. 19 Season Premiere, Part 1
New York / New Jersey Audition Episode

Thursday, Jan. 20 Season Premiere, Part 2
New Orleans Audition Episode

Wednesday, Jan. 26 Audition Episode

Thursday, Jan. 27 Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 2 Audition Episode

Thursday, Feb. 3 Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 9 Audition Episode

Thursday, Feb. 10 Audition Episode

Wednesday, Feb. 16 Hollywood Round, Part 1

Thursday, Feb. 17 Hollywood Round, Part 2

Wednesday, Feb. 23 Las Vegas Round

Thursday, Feb. 24 Top 20 Semifinalists Announced

Tuesday, March 1 Semifinalists Perform

Wednesday, March 2 Semifinalists Perform

Thursday, March 3 First Results Show and Finalists Announced

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 11, 2011; 12:37 PM ET
Categories:  Winter TV Press Tour 2011  
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