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Why is 'American Idol' Season 19 not airing on Mondays anymore? Here's show's new schedule after 13-day break

ABC's highly popular singing reality show will air just one episode per week starting May
John Stamos and contestant Grace Kinstler in May 2 episode of 'American Idol' (ABC)
John Stamos and contestant Grace Kinstler in May 2 episode of 'American Idol' (ABC)

The popular singing reality show 'American Idol' returned to ABC after a 13-day hiatus on Sunday, May 2. Last week, there were no episodes of 'Idol' as it made way for the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25 and 'Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days' on April 26. However, the two-episode thing is canceled and for the remainder of Season 19, the show will air only on Sunday nights. 

The musical theme for May 2 episode was Disney and the Top 10 contestants performed some of the biggest and most popular hits from the movies. Actor and singer John Stamos was the celebrity mentor for this episode and the episode featured a special performance by John Batiste that left everyone on their feet including judge Lionel Richie who was pumping his fist with excitement. 

Top 9 contestants from American Idol Season 19. Arthur Gunn from Season 18 joined the competition completing the Top 10 lineup that performed on May 2 episode (ABC)

Chris Martin to mentor Top 7 contestants for Coldplay-themed episode

The Top 10 line-up was slashed and three singing superstars went home. The singers who still stand strong in the competition will perform on the Mother's Day episode of the show airing on May 9. Each singer will perform two songs for the episode, one of their songs will be dedicated to a loved one in their life in honor of Mother's Day, according to a report.

The second song will be one from Coldplay's discography and Martin will spend one-on-one time with each contestant and prepare them for the Coldplay-themed portion of the night, The band too will perform their upcoming single set 'Higher Power' set for a May 7 release during the live episode. This song is the band's first release since 'Flags', a bonus track from their 2019 album 'Everyday Life'

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California (Getty Images)

How to vote for Top 5 contestants on 'American Idol'?

Voting for the Top 5 will begin at the start of the episode on May 9. Those wishing to vote can either go online to, use the American Idol app, or text the contestants’ ‘numbers’ to “21523”. At the end of the episode, two contestants from the Top 7 line-up will be sent home and the show will reveal the five contestants who will perform in the May 16 episode to secure their position in the Top 3 followed by the finale which will air on May 23.