Here’s Why American Idol Will Not Air On Sunday, March 10

Fans will have to wait until Sunday, March 17 to witness the next round of American Idol auditions.

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Lauren Jo Black

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March 9, 2024

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Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

American Idol Season 7 (and Season 22 overall) is in full swing, with several rounds of auditions that have already aired and dozens of talented artists heading to Hollywood to compete in the next round. As anticipation builds for the remaining auditions, American Idol fans will have to wait another week as the show will not air on Sunday, March 10 due to The Oscars. 

Why Isn’t American Idol Airing on Sunday?

That’s right – American Idol will not air this Sunday. ABC is set to air The Oscars in place of American Idol. The 96th Oscars will take place on March 10 at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. 

Jimmy Kimmel; Photo by Disney/Mark Seliger
Jimmy Kimmel; Photo by Disney/Mark Seliger

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will feature presenters such as Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Regina King, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate McKinnon, Rita Moreno, John Mulaney, Catherine O’Hara, Octavia Spencer, Ramy Youssef, Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Fraser, Jessica Lange, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ke Huy Quan, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Yeoh and Zendaya.

Ahead of the show, ABC will air The Oscars Red Carpet Show, hosted by Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. 

Will Moseley; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless
Will Moseley; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

American Idol Contestants

So far this season, American Idol fans have been introduced to a slew of new country artists, including Triston Harper, Will Moseley, Aniston Pate, Dawson Slade, and the infamous Singing Barber. 

Another standout contestant is Emmy Russell, who happens to be the granddaughter of country music icon, Loretta Lynn. 

Mia Matthews, Jacy Matthews; Photo Courtesy Worth the Wait
Mia Matthews, Jacy Matthews; Photo Courtesy Worth the Wait

The Voice Alum To Audition For American Idol

Fans who also watch NBC The Voice may soon spy a few familiar faces because Mia Matthews and Jacy Matthews of the trio Worth The Wait revealed that they auditioned for the show. Fans first met the sisters when they appeared on The Voice Season 19 with their mother, Tara Matthews. As members of Team Blake [Shelton], the trio performed covers of country hits such as “Love Is Alive” by The Judds, “Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker, and “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” by Martina McBride. 

Mia and Jacy’s auditions, which took place in Nashville, have yet to air.  

American Idol 2024; Photo Courtesy Disney, ABC
American Idol 2024; Photo Courtesy Disney, ABC

This season of American Idol, featuring superstar judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, as well as longtime host Ryan Seacrest, has been centered around the idea of “there’s no place like home.” Taking a page from The Wizard Of Oz, each week, viewers have witnessed the judges returning to their hometowns and offering an inside look at where they came from. 

Recently, Bryan took the judges to Leesburg, Georgia, and gave Perry and Richie a tour of his father’s peanut farm. He also took his Idol cohorts fishing and returning to his alma mater, Lee County High School.

When Does American Idol Come Back?

American Idol will return to ABC on Sunday, March 17 at 8/7c.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.