Needed Changes to American Idol!
The producers of “American Idol” said Monday that the show’s new season will include changes to freshen it, including expanded song choices for contestants.
After tending toward a fair amount of golden oldies, the show’s song list will add more current tunes that the young contestants can relate to.
Former judge Randy Jackson’s new role will include leading a workshop that helps contestants deal with vocal and other challenges.
The talent contest also will introduce a “rush week” that precedes the Hollywood week auditions.
The series is still essentially “American Idol.”
Fox’s program enters its 13th season Wednesday with declining ratings and competition in the talent genre from NBC’s “The Voice.”
It’s the first season for the judging panel of Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who told the critics’ group they have fun working together and want to emphasize the contestants, not themselves.
Urban ducked a question about his experience last season working with judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, who became known for their on-air sniping.
It’s about time they let the contestants sing current songs. I fell asleep during last years season and most of those songs were older than me! Also…I have to say…. This is not really a very flattering picture of you guys!