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Hectic "Idol" Schedule Exposed!

4/16/2007 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained the regular weekly schedule for the "American Idol" contestants. Sources tell TMZ that the contestants work seven days a week, and while they do get some free time, they do not have a full calendar day off. It's not easy being Idol-ized!

A new "Idol" week starts after the departure of Wednesday night's eliminated contestant -- see-ya, wouldn't wanna be ya!

On Thursday, contestants mull over song choices and begin to work out their particular look for their next performance. This is where Sanjaya's hair-tastrophes are born! On Fridays, after song choices are nailed down, contestants hit the town to purchase any last-minute wardrobe. It was on a Friday that TMZ spotted "Idols" lunching after shopping at the celeb-heavy Grove mall.

On Saturdays, the wannabes meet with that week's celebrity mentor to pick up tips on their renditions and to make any needed tweaks to their song's arrangement. The meetings are filmed rehearsals, with J.Lo, Gwen Stefani, or, as was the case this weekend, Martina McBride.

Sunday is a busy production day, as the "Idol" kids tape those goofy Ford-sponsored music videos. Say cheese! TMZ has learned that if production wraps early, they usually get some much-needed free time on Sunday nights. You hear that LC?!

Monday is all about rehearsals, rehearsals and more rehearsals. Yes, Sanjaya actually rehearses.

Tuesday is live performance night, which finds everyone (contestants and production staff alike) scrambling to iron out all last minute details. A dress rehearsal run-thru happens just prior to the live taping at 5 PM PT. Afterwards, we're told, many of the contestants gather at their Hollywood apartment complex to watch the show together.

Now that Wednesday's elimination show is one hour, the contestants may be required to perform (as they did last week with Enrique Iglesias' "Bailamos.") After running through their performance, the singers prepare for the possibility of being sent home. After the eliminee is revealed, tears are shed and the entire group heads over to a local restaurant (usually Italian) for the weekly 'good-bye dinner.' After their last supper, the "Idols" retire to their home and the entire process begins all over again.


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Save Joe Francis     

Wow, for all that rehearsing, the results aren't very impressive. Except for Sanjaya - man, has that boy got talent!

2749 days ago


whew. i'm tired just reading what their schedule is like..imagine if i was singing too! nah, i would havenever made it past the initial audition!!! but whew anyway

2749 days ago


lots of Idol coverage lately, even though Idol ratings are down...coincidence or are these pay for posts? Or, access for posts?

2749 days ago


Does anyone know how much they are getting paid for all of this? I'm sure much more than we expect.

2749 days ago

Britney Spears Photos    

Just one of those daze I suppose

2749 days ago


It seems another channel is running AI Rewind where we saw the last four from season one. Wow! no one this season is even close to the quality of those last four!

2749 days ago


Really?? You call that work? Oh no!! I have to pick out a song... and practice it... and shop for new clothes... poor me!!!

2749 days ago


"Wardrobe" shopping on Friday sounds super difficult.

2749 days ago


Funny on Saturday they were all enjoying a night at Dodger stadium. When they showed sanjay on the jumbotron he was boo'd by the crowd.. If 56,000 there boo'd him who the heck likes him... :-(

2749 days ago


Wednesday, 10pm: contestants enter therapy after Sanjaya advances. :-D

2749 days ago

WWE does it right.    

Oh wow! That is SO hectic. Those kids sure are working hard. I feel so sorry for them. If I had to shop around for clothes and practice songs for a living I don't know what I would do with myself.

2749 days ago


There are so many more important things than these losers. Yes, all of them are losers. Sanjaya should stop embarassing himself and the rest of them should beat him up. I hate that show

2749 days ago

Real Love    

Yo Peter you're a real a**hole

2749 days ago

hello, it    

Enough about Sanjaya! Get off the kids back!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is getting so old already.

2749 days ago

just keeping it real    

Who Freakin cares they all Suck this year..................................................

2749 days ago
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