‘American Idol’ Goes Global: How Fans Around The World Can Watch

Jill O'Rourke
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The show may be called American Idol, but that doesn’t mean you can only watch it if you live in the United States. The current season is available to watch on television in a number of countries around the world.


Earlier this week, the official American Idol Twitter page shared information about where international fans can watch this season of the show. As it turns out, Idol reaches everyone from New Zealand to India.

Where To Watch ‘American Idol’ In Your Country

Below is a rundown of where and when you can watch American Idol in each of the areas listed on the show’s Twitter. In some cases, the episodes may be available several days or weeks after their American airing.

  • New Zealand: Choice TV, Saturday & Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • Australia: Friday & Saturday at 9:30 p.m. AEST on Foxtel; stream weekly
  • Canada: Sunday at 8 p.m. MT on CTV2
  • Middle East & North Africa: Saturday & Sunday at 19:00 Mecca on beIN Series
  • UK: Streaming Tuesday & Wednesday on Netflix UK
  • Latin America: Wednesday on Canal Sony; 8 p.m. in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru; 22 hs in Argentina and Chile
  • India: starting April 13 at 9 p.m. on Zee Café

While it’s awesome that so many people around the world can enjoy this season’s talent, that doesn’t mean everyone has a say in who wins. According to the ABC website, you must be at least 13 years old and located in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands to vote.


With the Top 14 having just been chosen, it’s an exciting time to start watching the show. Let us know if you’re watching from somewhere other than the United States, and who you’re rooting for to win the season.

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