American Idol Introduces “Hollywood or Home” week

idoljudgesAmerican Idol wannabes who get a Golden Ticket at their auditions will face an additional hurdle in Season 13 of the singing competition – the “Hollywood or Home” week. Before the hopefuls even have a chance to unpack their bags, some of them will be called in front of the judges to perform solo numbers. What they accomplish there (or don’t) will determine whether they continue on to Hell Week or go directly to the airport with a parting gift of shattered dreams.

In other Idol news:

* Explaining her decision to return as a judge, Jennifer Lopez said her original intention during her first tour with the show was just to stay for a single season. “When they asked me back this year, the decision was just as difficult because of the time frame,” given Lopez’s other projects including producing the TV show, The Fosters. “But somehow we were able to [work out scheduling].” She added: “I love coming to work every day which is why I’m back. … I am lucky enough to sit between two people [Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.] who I respect and have a good time with.”
* Detailing ex-judge Randy Jackson‘s new role as mentor, executive producer Trish Kinane previewed a two-day, yet-to-be-named Idol element that is a “sort of Randy Jackson workshop” “where the kids go through a series of education, where they can discover things about themselves or we can teach them things.”
* All told, Kinane promised “lots of freshening changes,” from start to finish. “We examined how we find that talent. We took our talent search out [via a bus tour]…. We have a new element called The Chamber… where they’re on their own [with Ryan] to collect themselves [before seeing the judges]…. We condensed the middle rounds into one week and we’re calling it Rush Week.” That said, however, “It’s still absolutely American Idol.”
* New judge Harry Connick Jr. may prove to be the truth-teller Idol and its ilk desperately need. He related tales of how, as a viewer of the series, he is prone to shout at his TV, “That kid can’t sing!” And, in perhaps more diplomatic terms, he aims to do the same as a legit panelist. “If somebody can’t sing,” he said, “they need to go home.”
* Kinane also confirmed that Idol has “expanded the song list” from which singers can choose, offering up “many more contemporary songs.” But with that comes a modification to the show’s hallmark theme weeks. “We’re going to work differently with the themes,” said EP Per Blankens. “We have a new approach … where we try to get songs they can really relate to and pick from.”

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  • Dave Ian Batten

    Why the hell is this worn-out show still going?

  • Jeseta

    I’m genuinely surprised anyone still auditions for this show. It seems The Voice and The X Factor would be better options at this point. I think many people try all three if they keep getting rejected but at this point the quality of contestants gets worse every year. I think it was last season that The Soup made fun of the top ten looking like real bunch of – let’s say ‘non-winners’ – and the winners never go on to anything, only two in the whole history of the show have really had a desirable career following their win.

    • Dave Ian Batten

      Of course two people out of… how many other wannabes are successful? The whole show has become a laughable franchise. It’s way past time to cancel it.