"A special two-hour event will reveal some of the semi-finalists on February 16, while the rest will be announced February 17 In an American Idol first, some of the Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed in a special two-hour event airing Tuesday, Feb. 16(8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

On Tuesday evening, the remaining contestants will take the stage to perform their final solo number in front of Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy in hopes of singing their way into the Top 24. Following these performances, the judges will deliberate, and for the first time in Idol history, will announce some of the Top 24 semifinalists.

Tune in Wednesday, Feb. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as the judges reveal the remaining contestants who will round out the Top 24.

American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, and Ken Warwick, executive producer, FremantleMedia North America.

Visit AmericanIdol.com for exclusive videos, interviews and photos of the Top 24, as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your American Idol news.