Every year, someone at FOX gets the idea to slightly (or hell, strongly) tweak the country’s most popular show. One year it’s a difference at Hollywood Week, an emphasis on back story or even the addition of musical instruments. This year, American Idol will be truly fundamentally different for the first time. What can fans expect from the new season?
In addition to a new judge at the table (a shocking casting decision which will dramatically change the chemistry of the show), FOX promises this year’s contestants will be even more “emotional.” If you didn’t get enough tears out of Brooke White last year, this news is sure to please.
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Now that Dancing with the Stars has officially wrapped up, it’s time to shift our focus back to reality television’s reigning giant: American Idol.
With only 6 weeks left to go until the January premiere, promotion for Season 8 has officially begun. On today’s episode of The View, Randy Jackson tried to put everyone at ease about the new judging addition. When asked if Kara DioGuardi was brought in because of an eventual Paula departure, the producer quickly shrugged off the rumor and told everyone not to “believe what you hear or read.”
But should Paula decide to pursue “other ventures” as is speculated, would she even be missed? That’s hard to say. But in a recent interview with Extra!, Simon Cowell was actually kind enough to pay Kara a compliment. “She’s mouthy, this girl. I’m beginning to warm to her… I think she knows what she’s talking about,” he admitted.
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While it’s still unclear how the audiences will react to American Idol‘s new casting addition, one important question was recently answered. Prior to this season, contestants hoping to move on through the audition phase simply needed to get two out of three votes. But now that we have four judges, what does this mean for Idol hopefuls?
Well, when Simon Cowell said he planned on having more input this year—he apparently wasn’t kidding. In the event of any future ties, Cowell will be the one granted the deciding vote.
How do you feel about this development? Will Simon’s opinions prevent possible winners from reaching the finals? Or are his assessments usually spot on anyway?
(You can find all the American Idol 8 posts here.)
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“It’s like, you know, having dinner with three people for seven tears, and getting quite bored of each other,” Simon Cowell told reporters recently on the subject of new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, the first time the new foursome has appeared in front of the media together. “I think it’s gonna be interesting…And, she’s cute,” Cowell added.
Paula Abdul said that Kara “will be speaking her mind,” on the show. “That’s a nice way of saying she’s bitchy,” Cowell interjected.
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Could Paula Abdul be fighting more than just Simon Cowell next year?
Just hours after reporting that changes would be coming, it’s been announced that American Idol will be add a fourth judge next year. Someone who will be there permanently.
For the singing competition’s eighth season, fans will be introduced to Kara DioGuardi, a highly-respected songwriter/producer. As it turns out, DioGuardi already has a history with the reality show having written tunes for former contestants. Kara - whose songs have appeared on more than 100 million records - was behind such tracks as “Walk Away” (Kelly Clarkson) and “Love Story” (Katharine McPhee). Her name is also attached to hits by a number of other musicians including Christina Aguilera (“Ain’t No Other Man”), Gwen Stefani (“Rich Girl”), Ashlee Simpson (“Pieces of Me”) and Enrique Iglesias (“Escape”).
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Earlier this week, Simon Cowell made it known that changes - good or bad - will be a-coming.
The American Idol judge told reporters that given Nigel Lythgoe’s departure, he felt it was important to have more input for Season 8. As it was, Cowell felt a bit “bored” with last year’s contest - so this may be his only way of saving the show from sinking any further.
In an interview with reporters, Simon said that despite stories about overbearing stage dads and gay-stripping pasts, he thought Season 7 lacked the proper amount of controversy. By the time of the finale, he was left with no surprises.
“I felt I had known the contestants for years. And the other problem was that they were so media savvy, these contestants, that they never really showed us their true personalities - they were like robots. I didn’t know much more about them at the end than I did in the beginning. I think that it [‘Idol’] could be more interesting and controversial than it was last year - you’re definitely going to see a change and I think it will be an improvement.”
But how exactly will he explain the pathetically low turnout in Puerto Rico? Can he make that look exciting? I guess we’ll just have to until next year to see what’s in store.
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Although much was made of American Idol‘s ratings dip last season, it’s hard to criticize a show that produces numbers any program would kill for. On it’s worst day, Idol could still easily beat anything currently offered. But does that mean the series is still water cooler television?
Well, based on the recent turnout in Puerto Rico - maybe it isn’t. On August 2nd, the producers took the auditions over to the U.S. territory for the first time in eight seasons. Where best to find the next Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez or Ricky Martin? And while it’s still possible the next winner was discovered on that island, the judges only had a total of 300 to choose from. Yes, only 300 showed up to the San Juan auditions. (I doubt the crowd even filled one section of Coliseo de Puerto Rico.) If Ryan Seacrest can somehow skirt around the pathetic sight during Season 8, he’ll have totally earned his paycheck for the year.
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We may have just crowned David Cook only month ago, but it’s already time to start thinking about our television future. In just three weeks from now, the producers of American Idol will begin their search for the winner of Season 8.
Are you between 16-28 years old? Well, here are the locations you should start buying tickets for now.
- July 17: San Francisco
- July 21: Louisville, KY
- July 25: Phoenix, AZ
- July 29: Salt Lake City, UT
- August 2: San Juan, Puerto Rico
- August 8: Kansas City, MO
- August 13: Jacksonville, FL
- August 19: East Rutherford, NJ
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