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'American Idol' rollout dates

'AMERICAN IDOL' OVERHAUL Two new judges (do we


Two new judges (do we really need to name them?) and suddenly all that talk about great TV franchises and the death throes they must endure pretty much ended. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will be back in 2012, and fans will, too.

Photo Credit: Fox

Fox just announced (OK, three hours ago) the 11th season rollout dates for "American Idol," and without further whatever, here they are (and of course don't forget that supersized episode that follows the NFC championship game; that's certainly what's most unusual in this lineup). First elimination is March 8.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 Season premiere, Part 1

Thursday, Jan. 19 Season premiere, Part 2

Sunday, Jan. 22 Post NBC championship episode/auditions episode (special broadcast) (10 p.m. Eastern time / 7 p.m. Pacific time)

Wednesday, Jan. 25 Auditions episode 

Thursday, Jan. 26 Auditions episode

Wednesday, Feb. 1 auditions episode

Thursday, Feb. 2 Auditions episode

Wednesday, Feb. 8 Auditions episode

Thursday, Feb. 9 Hollywood round, Part 1

Wednesday, Feb. 15 Hollywood round, Part 2

Thursday, Feb. 16 Hollywood round, Part 3

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Performance challenge

Thursday, Feb. 23 Semifinalists announced

Tuesday, Feb. 28 Semifinalists perform/ 400th Episode (special broadcast)

Wednesday, Feb. 29 Semifinalists perform

Thursday, March 1 Results show; finalists announced and judges’ wild card picks revealed (ET live / PT tape-delayed)

Wednesday, March 7 Finalists perform

Thursday, March 8 Results show; first elimination (ET live / PT tape-delayed)

Pictured above: "American Idol" judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson


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