How to watch American Idol season 22 online from anywhere

American Idol season 22 will premiere on February 18 at 20:00 ET (17:00 PT). Presented by Ryan Seacrest, season 22 will see the return of judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. Don’t want to miss out? We’ll explain how you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to watch American Idol season 22 online even when traveling abroad.

In this article, we’ll only be recommending official sources for watching American Idol season 22. This is an extremely popular show which means there will likely be unlicensed streams. However, we don’t recommend you use these due to their inferior video quality. Unauthorized streams can even be taken offline for copyright infringement, causing you to miss out on the most important moments of American Idol season 22. Besides, there’s no need for unofficial sources as there’ll be various official streams available for you to enjoy.

American Idol season 22 will only be shown on region-locked platforms. To continue watching it abroad via your streaming services from back home, you’ll need to use a VPN.

How to watch American Idol season 22 online with a VPN

In case you’re wondering, a VPN allows you to change your IP address, making it appear as if you’re browsing from another location. One advantage of this is that you can then access geo-blocked content such as American Idol season 22.

Here’s how to watch American Idol (2024) online from anywhere:

  1. Sign up with a reputable VPN provider. We recommend NordVPN. However, Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two great alternatives worth considering.
  2. Download and install the appropriate VPN app or browser extension for your device (the device on which you plan to watch American Idol season 22).
  3. Sign in to the VPN app and connect to a server in the US. You’ll then be assigned a US IP address, allowing you to unblock ABC from anywhere in the world.
  4. Go to ABC and sign in with your TV provider. If you don’t have cable TV, you can sign up for a TV streaming service that offers ABC (more on these later).
  5. Select the ABC live stream on ABC or via your preferred streaming service. The content should be unblocked. If not, try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies.

American Idol will air live on ABC. We recommend you test your VPN with ABC in advance to avoid disappointment. That way, you’ll still have time to contact your VPN’s customer support for further assistance if you have any trouble.


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How to watch American Idol season 22 on US TV

How to watch American Idol season 22 on US TV

You can watch the 22nd season of American Idol on ABC. If you already have a US cable TV subscription, all you need to do is sign in with your TV provider. This requires you to enter your cable TV login details (username or email address and password). You can then live stream American Idol at no extra cost. n.

Fortunately, you can also watch American Idol on ABC cable-free by signing up for one of the following streaming services: FuboTV ($79.99 USD/month), Hulu with Live TV ($75.99/month), or YouTube TV ($72.99/month). Note that each episode will also be available on Hulu the day after they air live on ABC.

ABC and all the streaming services mentioned above are region-locked and only available in the US. Luckily, however, you can watch it abroad by connecting to a VPN’s US server. This will get you a US IP address, allowing you to bypass regional blocking.

NordVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. As such, you can try it out with ABC and request a full refund if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

Can I watch American Idol in other countries?

American Idol used to be broadcast simultaneously in Canada, before coming to Netflix in a variety of other regions. However, this no longer seems to be the case. At the time of writing, there’s no way to stream old seasons legally, and there’s no info about whether season 24 will be shown internationally. We’ll update you with more information as it becomes available.

What should I know about American Idol season 22?

American Idol is a highly popular show that first aired on Fox in 2002. Since 2018, American Idol has aired on ABC.

In season 22, we will see the return of the show’s host Ryan Seacrest as well as judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. However, this will be Perry’s final season, as the singer says she wants to “see the world”.