Is American Idol new tonight, March 12? (What time is American Idol on?)

AMERICAN IDOL Ð ABCÕs ÒAmerican IdolÓ stars Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
AMERICAN IDOL Ð ABCÕs ÒAmerican IdolÓ stars Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan. (ABC/Eric McCandless) /

A new season of American Idol is underway, with eager contestants from all corners of the country vying for their chance at stardom. The first round of auditions have already begun, with hopefuls showcasing their talents and sharing their personal stories with the judges.

With Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan returning to the panel, the competition promises to be fierce as contestants strive to make it through to the next round. Already this season, we’ve seen some truly amazing contestants enter the doors in hopes of chasing after their dreams in a season that is shaping up to be one of its best in years.

Tonight, ABC will be broadcasting the 95th Academy Awards across its primetime programming block which has left many fans to wonder what the Oscars telecast means for American Idol. 

Is American Idol new tonight, March 12, 2023?

If you’re hoping to enjoy a new episode of American Idol tonight we have both good and bad news for you. Let’s start with the good news, there will be a new episode of Idol airing this Sunday night on ABC — just not at the show’s regularly scheduled time slot.

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Now for the bad news. While there is a new episode of Idol coming our way tonight, the episode will not be airing until after ABC’s coverage of the Oscars. In other words, you’re going to have to stay up later than normal to watch Idol tonight.

What time is American Idol on tonight? (March 12, 2023)

Tonight, ABC is planning on airing a new episode of American Idol after the Oscars. The episode is slated to begin at 11:35 p.m. ET; however, the official start time for the episode could be delayed as the Oscars are known for running long.

Should the Oscar telecast run long, which we expect it will, the new episode of Idol will be pushed back by however long the Oscars run over. So if they run over 30 minutes, we could be looking at the episode kicking off sometime after midnight ET.

How long is American Idol tonight? (March 12, 2023)

While most episodes of American Idol have been two hours long this season, tonight’s episode will be a bit shorter than your average episode. Instead of the usual two-hour episode, tonight’s new American Idol will only be an hour long — which is probably for the best considering how late the episode will be airing.

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