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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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JORDAN    

Why does everyone think sanjaya is so good? I'm serious, if he was too win, i know a lot of people that are going to quit watching american idol. That would be rediculous. SANJAYA SUCKS AND IS NOT CUTE LADIES!!!!

2748 days ago
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CreamyKiss    

Nice how you threw those little digs about Sanjaya in there. You are the best writer in the whole world. A##HOLE! Grow up and then Grow A Brain!

Sanjaya Fan***

2748 days ago
18.

bronte    

OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I have sooo much work!! boo hoo!! what the hell thats nothing and they still keep Sanjaya in this mess. this season is the absolute worst one.If Sanjaya is in the top 6 g-d help him. what kind of a name is that even. boo hoo!!! poor mee!!! lol. something has got to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh please g-d and that smile of his im just so sick of him hes awful!!!!!!!!!!!!

2748 days ago
19.

PopChatter    

I love the comment about Sanjaya at Dodger stadium getting boo'd like crazy. He needs to go!

Maybe if more people see Sanjaya photos like this they will STOP voting for him:
http://www.popchatter.com/678/Sanjaya+Raises+the+Roof

2748 days ago
20.

theresa    

TO ALL YOU BRAIN-DEAD, PATHETIC, IMMATURE, UGLY, COWARDS (INCLUDING TMZ) LEAVE SANJAYA ALONE! YOU ALL DON'T KNOW ANYTHING! JUST A BUNCH OF LOSERS!!! GO BACK TO THE HOLE IN THE GROUND YOU ALL CAME FROM! THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED SCUM LIKE YOU!!! SANJAYA WILL BE VERY RICH AND YOU ALL WILL BE NOTHING!!!! SANJAYA RULES!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU SANJAYA!!!!!!

2748 days ago
21.

Maddy    

All of the Idols were booed at the stadium. That is what sports fans do. They're macho men, don't you know. I happen to like Sanjaya. This is the most boring/talentless season of Idol to date and the kid is fun to watch. I could care less who wins this stupid show. If a contestant is talented, he/she will get a recording contract. I don't understand why some of act as if your life will be forever changed if Sanjaya wins Idol.

2748 days ago
22.

linda    

Who really cares anymore?

2748 days ago
23.

DaMama    

That is a LOT of work they have to do. I commend them for keeping up with that schedule. It's a huge commitment, especially for those with families back home or high school students who still need to be tutored 3 hours a day.

Even though this top 12 is nowhere near the talent of seasons 4 & 5, I still wish them the best. I probably won't go to the concert this year - not worth it when you don't have the caliber of talent like the last 2 seasons.

2748 days ago
24.

PN    

I know that the Idol's schedule is hectic, but.... people this is the MUSIC BUSINESS here! Many big-time artists have to go through all that rehearsing to get ready for their next shows or concerts. Those singers left need to understand that this isn't the auditions anymore. They need to be very serious about this if record labels execs want to sign them to their labels.

2748 days ago
25.

railbirdy    

Last nights idol had Sanjaya singing "Let's Give Them Something To Talk About".
Interesting choice of songs there. But what the ......? Last night was country night and that song by Bonnie Raitt is more in the genre of blues/pop than country. Why was he allowed to venture out from the theme while the others like KIKI had to sing country (even if it wasn't there best genre either. Why did Idol approve of this song choice for Sanjaya for country night? Makes me wonder if Idol producers wanted him to do that tune because of all the controversy and buzz about this weak singer.

2747 days ago
26.

Michelle    

Wow, what a rough schedule....But have we forgotten that this is a
COMPETITION that they signed up for??? Their not suppose to be relaxing by the pool all day, drinking margaritas. P.S. I think my Mom's work schedule is harder than this.

2741 days ago
27.

LMFAO    

SANJAYA>BRONTE and all the other losers who want to insult him!! S-jay will make it big while you will still be poor heh heh heh.

2741 days ago
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invitingshopper    

WELLLLLL!!!! Their schedule is rigorous - they are IDOLS afterall! This is NOT a playdate - it is hard work to nail a solid performance each week. I am hoping that all can see the talent in Jordin Sparks - she has not been a professional back-up singer for years - her stage presence is excellent in spite of that. And she can sing.....I just don't think the competition is on a level playing field when there are contestants who have been in the BIZ singing already for years. That's is just my humble opinion.l

2740 days ago
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