American Idol changes schedule due to coronavirus and updates on live episodes

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From Digital Spy

American Idol has changed its schedule and is currently exploring options for its live shows as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The next two episodes of the ABC singing show – in which the top 40 contestants will give a concert performance for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan – will be spread across two weeks, rather than just one.

These episodes, which were meant to air this weekend, will now be shown on Sunday, March 29 and Sunday, April 5 between 8pm and 10pm.

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As a result of this schedule change, ABC will now run a repeat of Celebrity Family Feud and a special coronavirus edition of ABC News' 20/20 on March 30. This will then be followed by the season finale of The Good Doctor.

As for the live shows, which were meant to air on Monday, April 6, they'll now be replaced by two more repeats of Celebrity Family Feud and a primetime special of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

ABC says it is currently monitoring the situation and "exploring multiple options" for the singing competition's live episodes.

Work on the live shows, which includes rehearsals with the finalists, was suspended earlier this month due to the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

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