Since American Idol kicked off its thirteenth season on January 15, it’s been a whirlwind of changes, many of them for the best. We’ve already gushed about how much we’re loving Harry Connick, Jr. as a judge and we were really digging the new approach to auditions. Now there are even more changes on the horizon when it comes to the 2014 schedule.

Fox keeps any specifics about the Season 13 schedule close to the chest (don’t ask us why) but we’ve done what we can to piece together a viewing schedule for the current edition of Idol. Be sure to check back here; we’ll be adding new information as Fox gets it in gear we learn more.


Auditions

Auditions are scheduled to end Thursday, January 30, with a one-hour show. Originally this evening was billed as the “Road to Hollywood” recap but Fox must have found some must-see audition footage on the cutting room floor to warrant a sixth night on the road.


Hollywood Week

Reportedly beginning with the two-hour Wednesday, February 5, show, Hollywood Week pits the contestants with the Golden Tickets against one another in California. Expect Hollywood Week to end on Thursday, February 13, after four nights of shows.


Vegas Semi-Finals/Rush Week

Traditionally, the lucky ones who make it through Hollywood get flown to Vegas for a final ring to jump through pre-Live Shows. This year, however, we hear there’s a major twist before the Top 30 are officially decided.

And, in even bigger news, Vegas won’t actually be the destination of this year’s semi-finalists. Rather, Idol is introducing something called Rush Week. On Tuesday, February 18, the top 15 girls will face off from 8 to 10 p.m. followed by the top 15 boys on Wednesday, February 19. Then, come Thursday, the Top 13 will be revealed during the first Live Results show from 8 to 10 p.m. That’s three nights of Idol!


Live Shows

Once the Top 12 are decided, we should head right into Live Shows and a pattern familiar to any longtime fan of Idol. Performances will take place for two hours on Wednesdays followed by eliminations during the Thursday episode.

The best part: We get to vote! The second best part: The elimination shows, which we’re sure we can all agree did tend to run a tad long, will reportedly only be 30 minutes this year starting on Thursday, March 27.


Season 13 Finale

The American Idol season finale typically falls in the month of May and this year is no different! Fox has announced the two-part Season 13 finale will span the evenings of Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21, starting at 8 p.m. sharp. Clear your calendars, fellow fans!

Source: TVLine

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!