'American Idol' Season 11 introduces post-Hollywood Performance Challenge & more schedule details

american-idol-11.jpg "American Idol" Season 11 is merely weeks away -- have you been singing extra-loudly in your shower in anticipation?

FOX announced the specifics of the first half of the "Idol" season. As we already knew, Season 11 premieres over two nights on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 18 and 19. Auditions will continue on Sunday, Jan. 22 after the NFC championship game, and then on the regular Wednesday and Thursday night time slots until Feb. 8, when Hollywood Week takes over the following three episodes.

After Hollywood Week is a new addition: the Performance Challenge, which will see everyone who makes it through Hollywood singing for the judges one more time before the semifinalists are revealed on Thursday, Feb. 23.

"Idol's" 400th episode will air Tuesday, Feb. 28, when the first group of semifinalists perform, followed by the second group on the 29th and the first live results show Thursday, March 1, when the judges will make their Wild Card picks.

Finally, the first live performance show with the newly selected finalists will air Wednesday, March 7, with the first elimination announced the day after.

Phew, a whole lotta news but it's exciting knowing "Idol" is just weeks away from starting.

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