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American Idol Season 4 Episodes

Season 4 Episode Guide

19 Episodes 2021 -

Episode 1


Sun, Feb 14, 2021 120 mins

Helping determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Ryan Seacrest will return to the competition series as host and radio and TV personality Bobby Bones is set to return as in-house mentor.

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Episode 2


Sun, Feb 21, 2021 120 mins

Auditions across California – Los Angeles, San Diego and Ojai – continue as the all-star judges bring laughs, emotions and surprises in the search for America's next singing sensation.

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Episode 3


Sun, Feb 28, 2021 120 mins

This week's episode sees determined hopefuls audition in front of Idol's all-star judging panel for their chance to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood.

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Episode 4


Sun, Mar 7, 2021 120 mins

Auditions continue in Los Angeles, California; San Diego, California; and Ojai, California, as the all-star judging panel searches for the next superstar on a brand-new episode. This week, more incredible standouts are found as they sing their hearts out for a chance at a ticket to Hollywood.

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Episode 5


Sun, Mar 14, 2021 120 mins

This week features the final auditions in front of the celebrity judges before heading to Hollywood Week, where contestants get one step closer to being crowned the next "American Idol."

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Episode 6

Hollywood Week: Genre Challenge

Sun, Mar 21, 2021 120 mins

With surprise twists no one saw coming, fan favorites from auditions return to the stage for the Genre Challenge to sing their hearts out in hopes of making it through to the next round.

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Episode 7

Hollywood Duets Challenge

Mon, Mar 22, 2021 120 mins

The hopefuls of the season are challenged with Hollywood duets as they continue to compete for their chance to make it through to the next round, coming one step closer to become America's next superstar.

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Episode 8

Showstopper/Final Judgment Part #1

Sun, Mar 28, 2021 120 mins

CloseThe Showstoppers round marks the first time contestants will showcase their talent by performing with a band this season for their last chance to make it into the coveted Top 24. Don't miss remarkable performances leading the judges to make difficult decisions and share shocking results in their final judgment.

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Episode 9

Showstopper/Final Judgment Part #2

Mon, Mar 29, 2021 120 mins

The remaining contestants will perform for the first time this season with a band, vying for their spot in the Top 24 and highlighting the level of talent still left in the competition. Stay tuned for the final judgment, revealing this season's Top 24 and a surprise twist the judges share that no one saw coming.

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Episode 10

All Star Duets and Solos

Sun, Apr 4, 2021 120 mins

Contestants will showcase their talent by performing duets with surprise celebrity guests for a chance to make it to live shows.

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Episode 11

All Star Duets and Solos

Mon, Apr 5, 2021 120 mins

Following Sunday's kickoff to the All Star Duet round, "American Idol" continues the two-night event. The remaining contestants will perform for their last shot at making it to live shows.

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Episode 12

Top 16

Sun, Apr 11, 2021 120 mins

Continuing the search for the next superstar, the Top 16 are revealed and perform in hopes of securing America's vote to the next round.

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Episode 13

Top 12 Live Reveal

Mon, Apr 12, 2021 120 mins

Following America's overnight vote, 10 contestants will be revealed from the Top 16, leaving six contestants to perform for a chance at one of two spots picked by the judges, rounding out the Top 12.

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Episode 14

Oscar Nominated Songs

Sun, Apr 18, 2021 120 mins

The top 12 contestants perform Oscar®-nominated songs in hopes of securing America's vote into the top nine. Plus, Lionel Richie opens the show with a special performance of "Say You Say Me."

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Episode 15

The Comeback

Mon, Apr 19, 2021 120 mins

In an "Idol" first, 10 finalists from last season will return to make their debut on the "American Idol" stage, where they will sing for America's vote. After a week-long vote, only one will remain in the competition this season, rounding out the top 10.

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Episode 16

Disney Night

Sun, May 2, 2021 120 mins

To kick off the night, the results of the Comeback show will be announced. Then, after the top nine travel to Walt Disney World for a one-on-one session with a celebrity mentor and inspiration from the Most Magical Place on Earth, the season's top 10 contestants, including the Comeback winner, will perform a song from the renowned Disney songbook in hopes of securing America's real-time vote.

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Episode 17

Coldplay Songbook & Mother's Day Dedication

Sun, May 9, 2021 120 mins

The remaining finalists will perform one song dedicated to the special loved ones in their lives in honor of Mother's Day and a second song from the Coldplay songbook, mentored by the band's lead singer, Chris Martin. Coldplay will also perform their recently announced new single, "Higher Power," in a worldwide exclusive performance.

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Episode 18

My Personal Idol/Artist Singles

Sun, May 16, 2021 120 mins

Award-winning songwriter, producer and artist FINNEAS will mentor the finalists who will be grouped to perform two of his songs, "Break My Heart Again" and "What They'll Say About Us." The top four will perform two additional songs each – one song will be inspired by their personal idol and the second song will be the debut of their new, recently recorded winner's single, each produced by a renowned music producer.

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Episode 19

Grand Finale

Sun, May 23, 2021 120 mins

The top three finalists will each take the stage one last time to perform in hopes of securing America's vote and, ultimately, become this season's winner. In addition to the finalists, Idol's all-star celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will each perform a hit song during the show.

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