We’re getting close to the crunch final episodes of American Idol 2023, as judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and soul legend Lionel Richie look to unearth the next singing superstar.
From Jennifer Hudson to Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, the show, which is hosted by CNET alum Ryan Seacrest, has launched a string of big-name careers, and season 21 has already unearthed a number of hopefuls with hit potential.
New Yorker Wé Ani’s squeaky speaking voice belies a powerful singing range as witnessed with her thunderous rendition of Adele’s Bond theme Skyfall, while Hawaiian teenager Iam Tongi and his buttery smooth delivery remains the current favorite for those betting on an overall winner.
With the show set to reach its finale in the US on May 21, make sure you don’t miss a moment of the closing stages of the competition by following our guide to watching American Idol 2023 from anywhere in the world.
When is American Idol 2023 broadcast?
American Idol season 21 premiered in the US on Feb. 19. New episodes arrive every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, with each episode available to stream the following day after broadcast on Hulu.
How to watch American Idol 2023 from anywhere on VPN
So what if you’re traveling outside your home country and want to enjoy the show or want an added layer of privacy for streaming? There is an option that doesn’t require searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a VPN, or virtual private network.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the show. If you find yourself unable to watch locally, a VPN can come in handy. Plus it’s a great idea for when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
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Can I watch American Idol Season 21 in the UK?
There’s currently no confirmed broadcaster for this latest season of the TV talent show in the UK, however we suspect that like season 20, this new run of the show will eventually find its way to Netflix.
Tips for streaming American Idol 2023 using a VPN
- With four variables at play — your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN — experience and success may vary.
- If you don’t see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for city or country” option.
- If you’re having trouble viewing after you’ve turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log in to your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — like Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
- All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a network’s app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location.
- And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.