ABC has announced the dates for the live shows on the second season of American Idol, as well as the return of the coast-to-coast simul-vote.

  • American Idol will kick off its live performances and America’s vote from Los Angeles starting Sunday April 14.
  • The season’s first all-live performance show will air Monday, April 15.
  • The schedule will continue with live shows on Sundays only for five consecutive weeks after that.
  • Last season, American Idol became the first reality-competition series in the history of American television to allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as the series was simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span.
  • The coast-to-coast simul-vote will return starting Sunday, April 21, once again allowing viewers at home to help determine the fate of this season’s “Idol” hopefuls.
  • The simul-vote will also be extended to the show’s Sunday, May 19, finale event, marking another historic first.
  • Next week, the show’s iconic Hollywood Week rounds kick off from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

More about American Idol:

  • American Idol is back on The ABC Television Network after first making its return to airwaves as the No. 1 reality show launch for its inaugural season on the network last year.
  • Helping to find the next singing sensation is music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, with Ryan Seacrest serving as the host.
  • The beloved singing competition series recently completed its open call bus tour auditions, visiting 24 cities across the country in a nationwide search for the next superstar.
  • Radio DJ, comedian, author, and recent Dancing with the Stars winner, Bobby Bones has taken on the roll of the in-house mentor for American Idol hopefuls.