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'American Idol' to Premiere on Jan. 15

Fox has set the schedule for the new season of ''American Idol,'' starting with next month's two-night, four-hour kickoff

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Who will be the next Jordin Sparks...or William Hung? American Idol fans will soon find out, as Fox has announced the schedule for the first several months of the show's next installment.

The seventh season is set to begin with a pair of two-hour segments that will run over two consecutive nights, Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 16. Episodes presenting highlights from auditions that were held in San Diego, Dallas, Omaha, Atlanta, Charleston, Miami, and Philadelphia will then air twice weekly, every Tuesday and Wednesday, through Feb. 6. The Hollywood round will air on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, with the top 24 contestants named on the latter show. The first performance episode, featuring the 12 male finalists, will air on Feb. 19, with the 12 female finalists taking the stage the following night; a live telecast revealing the results of the season's first vote will air on Feb. 21. And the top 12 finalists will perform for the first time on Tuesday, March 11. Mark your calendars!

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Originally posted Dec 26, 2007