‘American Idol’ Finale: Full Schedule, How To Watch Without Cable
‘American Idol’ For Season 19. Photo: pressboltnews

Something pitchy this way comes. Get ready to watch American Idol 2021 online, even if you don't have cable. The singing competition series returns for season 19 (its fourth on ABC) to sift through dozens of aspiring hopefuls, narrow them down to finalists and then crown one as the next big music star.

The pandemic also prompted the show to launch "Idol Across America," which allowed people to attend remote virtual auditions from across the country. They took place in early fall and the most memorable contestants moved on to sing for the judges.

A few changes are in store this year, Bones told Parade. "We have changed the categories a bit where people get to choose their format," he said. "In Hollywood Week, the judges went around into the rooms a bit more than ever before and worked with the contestants as well. We had duets last year, but the big twist this year was the judges paired people up."

Already, American Idol season 19 is generating buzz because one of those contestants is Claudia Conway, the daughter of Kellyanne Conway (former senior counselor to Donald Trump).

Full Schedule for American Idol 2021 from Top 20 Perform

American Idol season 19 is likely to follow a similar schedule to season 17 since the early months of the pandemic led to a shortened season 18, according to Toms guide.

Here is our best estimate of the American Idol 2021 schedule from Week 9 of Top 20:

  • Week 9 (April 11): Top 20 perform
  • Week 10 (April 18): Top 14 perform
  • Week 11 (April 25): Top 10 perform
  • Week 12 (May 2): Top 8 perform
  • Week 13 (May 9): Top 6 perform
  • Week 14 (May 16): Top 5 perform
  • Week 15 (May 23): Finale with Top 3

How to watch American Idol 2021 from anywhere on Earth

Just because ABC isn't available everywhere doesn't mean you need to miss American Idol 2021 if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (a virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

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How to watch American Idol 2021 in the US

Idol-ers can tune into the American Idol season 19 premiere on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

The broadcast network can be accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have cable, you can watch ABC on live TV services, like FuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now.

Of these options, we recommend FuboTV, one of the best streaming services on the market. Its affordable Family Plan comes with over 120 channels, including all the broadcast networks. Plus, it comes with 250 hours of Cloud DVR, so you can record all your favorite movies and shows.

How to watch ‘American Idol’ without cable

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Photo: thestreamable

If you’re a cord-cutter or don’t have cable, it’s easy to live stream “American Idol” on Fubo TV (free trial). One of the many options is FuboTV which offers viewers to access their favorite TV shows, live sports events, and much more. The OTT platform stands out as it offers ABC as a part of its line-up for a price range of $64.99 per month. FuboTV can prove to be a complete cable replacement and viewers can first try out the site by opting for a Free FuboTv trial. It enables one to check out if the provider meets one’s needs. Viewers can also enjoy watching ABC’s American Idol on the OTT site Hulu + Live TV. Free trials and regional restrictions differ from place to place for the streaming site. Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the current season’s audition was held at limited places keeping in mind all the safety protocols imposed by the state, Republic world cited.

American Idol 2021 judges

American Idol season 19 brings back judges Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie, and Luke Bryan, as well as host Ryan Seacrest and in-house mentor Bobby Bones. The 2021 edition kicks off audition rounds, all socially distanced in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Ryan Seacrest also returns as host, as does Bobby Bones as the in-house mentor.

The ‘American Idol’ Finale is Scheduled for Sunday, May 23

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Photo: techradar

At the time of writing, the season finale of American Idol is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, though it’s possible that will change at some point.

One thing that likely won’t change is the precautions the show is taking for COVID-19 safety reasons.

Luke Bryan recently opened up to People about the hardest part of filming the show this time around.

“The interesting thing is just trying to navigate all of the new rules of COVID-19,” Bryan said. “One tricky thing is a lot of times during the audition process, contestants will get very, very emotional and it will be an emotional situation for them.”

He added, “The fact that I and Lionel and Katy can’t walk out there and do the human element – hug and show support and love, is very, very tough.”

Bryan said that he feels it’s very important to be able to support contestants when they get emotional during the audition process.

“I think that’s one thing you’ll see as a viewer of me and Lionel and Katie,” he shared. “When someone is hurting and they’re emotional, you want to console them and hug them and love on them to help them through. The fact that sometimes we can’t go put our arms around them is pretty heartbreaking.”

The show itself hasn’t changed, however, Bryan stressed. American Idol is still about finding the best singer in the country.

“At the core of it, it’s all about those wonderful singers and talented singers walking in the door and really blowing our minds as judges,” he told the outlet. “I think through all of the COVID restrictions and rules, we’ve been able to really, really put an amazing show together, and very excited to see some of the talents that we’ve been able to find,” Heavy noted.

What is ‘American Idol’ about?

According to the official ABC website: The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol returns for a new season as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic on The ABC Television Network... The groundbreaking series launched the careers of superstars Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, and Chris Daughtry among many others. Idol alumni are responsible for 13 Grammys, over 61 million album sales, 47 Platinum records, 95 Gold records, 444 Billboard No. 1 hit, 257 million digital downloads, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award, NJ wrote.

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