American Idol will break with tradition on Tuesday night by announcing a partial list of the top 24 contestants during the two hour special.

American Idol judges & host (FOX)

'American Idol' judges & host (FOX)

Judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres will deliberate following the solo performances on Tuesday and announced some of the top 24 American Idol semifinalists early.

The remainder of the top 24 American Idol contestants will be announced, as usual, on Wednesday night’s show. This marks the first time in nine seasons that part of the top 24 contestants will be announced in two parts.

American Idol airs this week on Tuesday at 8pm to 10pm ET/PT and Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm ET/PT on Fox.

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