Submit questions now via Twitter and Facebook using #AskIdol
The fun begins this January as fans in cities across the country are invited to attend an exclusive screening of the new season of "American Idol" on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. ET. After the multi-city free screening, there will be an interactive Q-and-A featuring "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.
For "Idol" fans at home, the Q-and-A will be available via a live stream on www.americanidol.com and www.livestream.com. This screening event comes one day before the two-night season premiere of "American Idol XIII" on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8-10 p.m.) and Thursday, Jan. 16 (8-10 p.m.) on FOX.
Originating from Royce Hall at the University of California Los Angeles, the premiere episode and live Q-and-A will be uplinked via television satellite from Los Angeles to venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle, Tampa, Minneapolis, Denver, Orlando, Sacramento, St. Louis, Charlotte and Nashville. Space is limited, so hopeful attendees should RSVP now by logging on to www.idolrsvp.com and submitting their names and contact information.
Upon conclusion of the free screening, Seacrest will moderate a nationwide interactive live Q-and-A with the judges. Fans watching the Q-and-A at the satellite venues will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel. For those fans at home, they can submit questions in advance via the "American Idol" Facebook page (www.facebook.com/americanidol) and via Twitter (@AmericanIdol). Questions also may be submitted the day of the event via Twitter using #AskIdol. The Q-and-A will appear in satellite venues, as well as streamed at www.americanidol.com and www.livestream.com beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET
The free premiere event will be held as noted below. Fans who would like an opportunity to attend in one of the cities may RSVP now at www.idolrsvp.com.
Event begins at 7 p.m. with the live Q-and-A starting at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
ATLANTAAMC Sugarloaf Mills 18, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Ga.
BOSTONAMC Framingham 16, 22 Flutie Pass, Framingham, Mass.
CHARLOTTEAMC Concord Mills 24, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, N.C.
DETROITAMC Forum 30, 44681 Mound Road, Sterling Heights, Mich.
NEW YORK AMC Empire 25, 234 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y.
ORLANDO AMC Universal Cineplex 20, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, Fla.
PHILADELPHIAAMC Plymouth 12, 494 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
TAMPA AMC The Regency 20, 2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Fla.
WASHINGTON, D.C. AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, Va.
Event begins at 6 p.m., with the live Q-and-A starting at 7:30 p. m. Doors open at 5 p.m., and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
CHICAGOAMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago
DALLASAMC Northpark 15, 8687 N. Central Expressway 3000, Dallas
HOUSTONAMC First Colony 24, 3301 Towne Center Blvd. S., Sugarland, Texas
MINNEAPOLIS AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18, 8251 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, Minn.
NASHVILLE Theater location to be announced
ST. LOUIS AMC Chesterfield 14, 291 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, Mo.
Mountain Standard Time:
Event begins at 5 p.m., with the live Q-and-A starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
DENVERAMC Highlands Ranch 24, 103 W. Centennial Blvd., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Event begins at 4 p.m., with the live Q-and-A starting at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m., and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
LOS ANGELES Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles
PHOENIX AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 East Ray Road, Phoenix
SACRAMENTO AMC Showplace Manteca 16, 848 Lifestyle St., Manteca, Calif.
SEATTLE AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St., Seattle
Seating at Royce Hall and at all satellite venues is free. Fans will receive an email notification if they have successfully RSVP'd for the event. Fans who have successfully RSVP'd will be added to the guest list and will receive a confirmation email. Please note seating at the venues is not guaranteed. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis at each venue, even if you are on the guest list.