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'American Idol' Sets January Return, Trims Results Shows to Half-Hour

American Idol panel

Fox has revealed the air date of the premiere for "American Idol" next year. The 13th season of the singing competition will return with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

According to Rolling Stone, "Idol" will follow its premiere with a second two-hour episode on Thursday, as has been custom with past seasons of the TV show.

The announcement follows a series of shakeups at the Fox mainstay in which multiple hosts and showrunners departed the show, creating rumors that "Idol" might be delayed from its customary January start date. Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey left the judging panel after season 12, with former judge Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. confirmed as their replacements. Keith Urban is staying on as a judge, while Jackson will remain with the show, taking the mentor spot previously held by Interscope Records' Jimmy Iovine.

Though certain aspects of the show will remain unchanged in its 13th season, The Hollywood Reporter did confirm today that "Idol" live results shows will be cut from hour-long telecasts to half-hour affairs, thankfully allowing host Ryan Seacrest to get to the point quicker than in previous seasons in announcing eliminations.