Producers of American Idol Reveal Changes Made For This Season
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.15.2014
Including more song choices...
The Huffington Post reports that the producers of American Idol have revealed some of the changes they have made before the start of the thirteenth season while promoting the series at the Television Critics Association. Executive producer Per Blankens revealed that one change is the larger amount of song choices for contestants. Contestants previously were given mostly older song choices but now they will be able to pick more modern tracks.
According to executive producer Trish Kinane, Randy Jackson's new role will be to lead a workshop that helps contestants deal with vocal problems and other issues. Idol will also have a "rush week" that happens before the Hollywood week auditions. Kinane added, however, the series is still American Idol.
The 13th season begins on Wednesday in the face of decreasing ratings and stiff competition from shows like The Voice. This is the first season for the judging panel of Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who said they have fun working together and want to focus on the contestants, not themselves.
Urban avoided a question about Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, who bickered on-air. Urban and Ryan Seacrest jokingly pretended the question was about them, assuring everyone that they "worked it out" and are "fine".