When does American Idol 2014 start in the UK on Channel 5?

Photo by Ana Carolina Kley Vita (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Returning Idol Judge: Jennifer Lopez – Photo by Ana Carolina Kley Vita (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

What date is the new 2014 series of American Idol due to air on Channel 5 in the UK?

UPDATE: As previously predicted in the comments below, it’s now been officially confirmed that the new series of Idol will start on 5* at 5:00pm on Saturday, 1 February, 2014. End of update.

According to Channel 5, they have officially secured the UK broadcast rights for season 13 of American Idol, with the show scheduled to air on 5*.

They’ve stated the series will premiere this side of the Atlantic in early 2014, though an exact start date is currently yet to be announced. At this time the 5* premiere looks likely to be the beginning of February.

We’ll update this page with the relevant dates and times as soon as we receive an official announcement from Channel 5. Season 13 begins on Fox in the US on Wednesday, 15 January, 2014.

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  116 comments for “When does American Idol 2014 start in the UK on Channel 5?

  1. Joanne
    Sunday 30 March, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Extremely annoyed that AI disappeared without any warning. It seems stupid to show half a series and stop. I can`t believe they didn`t tell viewers at the end of the last episode which they aired that it was being stopped whether this is permanent or not. I would stop watching 5 too but I have watched Home and Away for years and I also like the Hotel Inspector.

  2. Lorna
    Saturday 29 March, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Total agree with the comments , please bring back american adol!!!!

  3. Pat Clark Anastasiou
    Friday 28 March, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I could not believe American Idol was not coming on my Telly, I thought my Telly
    was going wrong. I was very disappointed. Love Jennifer Lopez she is so lovely and the two male judges are good looking fellows. I enjoyed watching the three of
    them, they did make me laugh a lot. I hope what ever was the problem that it can be sorted and the program will come back on again.Thank You

    • SueP
      Saturday 29 March, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Unbelievable, what a bunch of amateurs! I have just complained online to Channel 5. Its the only programme I watch on this channel and it will certainly be the last!!

  4. Bizzy
    Thursday 27 March, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I agree! This doesn’t make sense, I would like to know the real reason the show was taken off air in the UK?
    Truly shocking move by 5!

  5. Julie king
    Thursday 27 March, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I feel the same as everybody on this forum . It’s a disgrace to take it off, half way through the series . Ive always watched all of the american idols , which in my view is so much better than any talent shows that are shown on uk channels . Don’t know why they took it off ITV2 . I love all the judges , and the talent on the show are phenomenal . Why start something not see it through to the end very upset please please bring it back.

  6. Darren
    Thursday 27 March, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Channel 5 obviously sticking to what they think is amazing homeless and away & neighbours. They need the viewers on a Weekend so why not put it on Chanel 5

  7. john
    Tuesday 25 March, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I’m so angry .Been going through the channels everyday to find out when it’s showing only to find out that it’s been axed .channel 5 has no respect for its viewers.

  8. John
    Tuesday 25 March, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    so annoying .why start showing it in the 1st place if they knew they were going to axe it haif way through the series?

  9. American Idol dropped
    Tuesday 25 March, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Hi to all Idol lovers.
    well you know what to do don’t you???….if ch 5* has disustingly dropped our entertainment mid stream……..don’t view the channel ever again!!!!
    Boycott channel 5*. It’s about time that the TV channels realised we the viewer ARE the BOSS of all the channels…..if we don’t watch their programmes, they have no channel to air……so go on Ido;l lovers do the right thing and boycott this channel for good.

  10. Hilary
    Tuesday 25 March, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Have only just found this , like everyone else I thought I had gone mad , trying to find Idol on my tv. I’ve asked on FB , no one knew anything! How could they just axe a show that has produced the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Chris DAughtry, it’s outrageous . Come on Channel 5 get your act together and sort it out, Saturday tea time was not the best time to put it on when there are folk to feed. Personally I liked the Thurs/ fri spots. But I will watch it wherever you put it.

  11. chris greaves
    Sunday 23 March, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I think it’s all been said. This attitude is becoming more and more the norm. Take My Name is Earl. Absolute bloody disgrace. Sort this out you inconsiderate ba****ds.

    • Margaret
      Sunday 23 March, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I heartily agree with all the previous comments. I thought I was going mad, having searched for it for the last couple of weeks. I live the live shows as it’s a chance to see contestants from previous years perform and the final is the best music show on T V. Come on channel 5, sort sort something out, we want to see the rest of this series.

  12. Trev
    Sunday 23 March, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Channel 5 has lost my respect!!!! How could they just drop American Idol half way though a series. Ridiculous!

    • Mel
      Saturday 29 March, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Perhaps it’s the obvious? They can’t afford to pay for it?

  13. Jo
    Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Bloody furious!! How can channel 5 only show half a show, get us all hooked in and then leave us dangling!! I was so enjoying it!! Incredibly inconsiderate. Come on channel five, have a heart, let us follow our favourites onto the live shows, really rude not to!

  14. jackie
    Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Agree with all the comments that have been posted. I was really enjoying this series, the judges were brilliant. How inconsiderate to take it off mid series – very frustrating.

  15. Janet
    Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    So angry about American Idol being took off uk television. Loved it.

  16. LSL
    Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I coundn’t agree more with the comment above. I too have spent ages trying to locate the next programme. If it is to be rescheduled why are we not informed after the last programme. Customer care is crap.

  17. Tina
    Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 4:51 AM
  18. Oliver
    Saturday 22 March, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    Contact details for channel 5 executives: http://about.channel5.com/programme-production/programme-management/contacts
    Explain that sometimes they can and do make wrong decisions, then ask them to come on here and explain their thinking behind replacing a great family entertainment programme with something like “Police Interceptors” or “criminals caught on camera” …. Hopeless!

  19. Helen
    Friday 21 March, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Have spent hours looking through every channel to see where American Idol has disappeared to. Have watched every series since it started. This year’s auditions were brilliant, no putting down the applicants like they do on our much inferior X factor . The judges are brilliant- love them all. So great stuff Channel 5 for spoiling my Saturday and Sunday night viewing. No even an explanation. Until I found this website I didn’t realise that so many uk viewers had been complaining . What’s the point in showing it after it has finished in America? Whoever is responsible for this diabolical decision should be sacked. Like the politicians you don’t listen to the man in the street. If you do decide to bring it back now try scheduling it at a more appropriate time and let us know beforehand. I am so annoyed and feel that the more people complain the better chance we might have of changing your mind. Disgruntled to say the least.

  20. daisy
    Friday 21 March, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    could not agree more we need to protest!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. AR
    Friday 21 March, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Like so many of the comments on this site, I have watched American Idol from the very start and just love this show so much. What has happened since the boys week, why has it been taken off UK TV??? Please, please bring the show back. I think this season, the judges have found the very best talent to date and would have so enjoyed seeing which artist would have been crowned American Idol 2014! Please return the show to British TV.

  22. SY
    Friday 21 March, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Please please please bring back a I I’ve watched every series and enjoyed it so much. I agree it’s so much better than our talent shows. I had it in my planner and it just disappeared! What’s going on!!! What can we do to get it back?? 🙁

  23. Ed
    Thursday 20 March, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Best series there’s ever been. You really couldn’t make it up.

  24. Sin
    Thursday 20 March, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Absolutely furious with Channel 5!! I also emailed Ch5 but have had no response as yet, although not expecting one so will follow up with a call.
    Likewise, shouted at my husband for screwing up the recording with rugby, as I couldn’t believe they would simply cut the series!! Unbelievable. We can watch via YouTube but its not the same. Very very disappointed 🙁
    Bring back Idol!!!

  25. Dawn
    Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I am fuming…!
    I was annoyed enough that ITV2 got rid of American Idol and then was pleased to find it on 5 and enjoyed watching ..then BAM ! its suddenly gone !!!! what the hell ….I have watched this show from the very first season ,its brilliant and loved the new judges line up….im so fed up….the same thing happened with dancing with the stars ..grrrrrrrrrrrrr

  26. Janette
    Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Thought I was losing my mind could not find last weeks episodes of American Idol spend ages checking by view on demand. So glad I found these comments I could have been here for days. Totally stunned love Harry Connick Jr as a judge so funny 🙁

  27. Neil
    Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    I’ve set up a page called bringbackamericanidol on Facebook – like, share, comment – lets get this back on our TVs!

    Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Hi Folks

    So having sent two emails to 5 with no response I decided to try another tactic! So, I’ve set up a new Facebook page to try demonstrate to Channel Five that there are more than just a handful of people who want the show back on our screens ASAP!

    Like the page, send comments etc and perhaps 5 will listen – worth a bash!



  29. Fiona
    Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Thought I was going mad when I couldn’t find American Idol on the TV schedules last week. Now I know I’m not alone. Can’t believe that 5* could be so stupid as to axe a programme part way through. It’s hardly going to endear their viewers. Get a grip!!

  30. Lee
    Monday 17 March, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    This is the ridiculous! AI is so much better than the UK shows! Best judging panel to date and the knobs axe it!

    UK channels need to stop showing awful shows like The Only Way is Essex, Made in Chelsea etc and stop cancelling the decent US programmes…did the same with Teen Wolf as well!! Fuming is an understatement especially as I shouted at my family for deleting it off the planner!

    SORT IT OUT!!!!

  31. Loll
    Monday 17 March, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Unbelievable – done it again – watched right up to live shows last year & it went off screen & its happened again. What a waste of time Channel 5*

  32. jo
    Monday 17 March, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Shocked at show being axed, couldnt understand were it went on my planner, been enjoying it so much, bring it back.

  33. glenda
    Monday 17 March, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    thank goodness i have found this post cos i had no idea what was happening . american so much better than x factor so dont understand why we cant watch it

  34. Jenny J
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Has there been an official announcement that’s its been axed?
    I have watched this show since Day 1, all those years ago, How could they axe it so far into the series, its so cruel and so not fair. Does anyone know how you can get it on the internet, its my only hope.
    Channel 5 get your act together and bring it back!

  35. Andy B
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Channel 5, what a bunch of tossers! What the hell is the point in cutting a series part way through…absolute morons!

  36. John
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Way to go Channel 5. How to trash a program by killing it off mid-series. Do you really think people are going to “carry on where you left it” months later when all the usual publicity for the winners will have been announced worldwide? At least now I can delete all the channel 5, 5* etc. channels from my devices because I will not be watching again and that will be MY choice, not YOURS.

  37. Ann Other
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    ^ ^
    What A. Non said

  38. A. Non
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I’d love to be a surgeon performing an operation on the schedulers and executives in charge of making the decision to just stop showing this series half way through. I’d agree to operate on them, cut them open & start operating, then say, “nah, I’ve changed my mind, too bad if you’re somehow affected by my decision, but I’ve just lost interest…” and then just walk away from them on the operating table and leave them to their own devices.

    That’s what they’ve done to us, & it’s despicable. If they had reservations, they shouldn’t have started showing the series in the first place. Guess what, I don’t trust you now to be finishing any of the other series you plan to air, so I won’t be starting to watch any of your tv series in future. Bye bye 5*, your service is 1*.

  39. Lisa
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I have also emailed channel 5 & said I am disappointed with their scheduling as itv2 aired it 24-48 hrs after the US. Why bring it back in the summer, the final is in May??!!!! Not happy but guess I will watch via the internet.

  40. Amanda Newby
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    It’s been hard enough finding the series on Channel 5 this year with such random viewing times and now it’s been dropped with no explanation just before the live shows? Shocking channel 5, get it sorted.

  41. Ely davis
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I will email them & then if I do not get a response, I shall call them!!

  42. Hugh
    Sunday 16 March, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I’m so disappointed that American Idol has been axed. It was, however, placed in a terrible time-slot, which shows that Five either didn’t know what to do with the show or didn’t harbour much interest. Surely, if they broadcast the auditions, they must have invested in the rights to actually put American Idol on TV over here. So nothing really makes sense in most any respect, even if rating we’re poor. Because, surely, opportunity to better place the show were present with some thought about the scheduling; but I don’t even recall any ads or promos for this season throughout the Five network. I wonder if it’s too late for another channel to step in or at least show the final.

  43. Dee
    Saturday 15 March, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    So disappointed about American Idol the talent in the States is very good

  44. Sarah
    Saturday 15 March, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    They did this to xfactor too,least ways the one where alex and Sierra were on. Just do not get it at all !! Wierd.

  45. Lizzie
    Saturday 15 March, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    More than upset! If you buy in to a show see it on till it ends! Please bring it back!

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