This year on Fox 8 Australia will for the first time be getting American Idol screened shortly after it has been screened in the US.
At first I thought this was a good thing.
However they have the released the schedule and it is going to take about two months before they get to the final 12.
I feel it is milking it a bit, but maybe this has to do with the current writer's strike in the US where shows are unable to go into production as there are no scripts.
The first show screens in the states on Jan 15 but the top 24 are not revealed until Feb 13 - a whole month, and then the first final 12 show is not until March 11.
The full schedule is here.