‘American Idol XIII': New bosses detail twists, changes, and expanded song listJanuary 13, 2014
“American Idol” seems to have itself firmly on track for season 13, and after everything that we have seen from the Fox series over the years, we have just one simple message to share as a response: It’s about time. This is a show that has stayed the course for a long time, and it’s thanks to that in a way that the show has remained successful.
However, at the same time there are also components in here that led to the show’s demise. For example, the songs performed by so many contestants were new years ago to viewers, and now have been beaten into the ground. Also, viewers are tired of hearing mostly the same audition songs over and over again. There isn’t really much in the way of creativity anymore, and that is desperately in need of a change.
Luckily, the good news is that is happening. Executive producer Trish Kinane said at a TCA panel for the show today that there are many more “contemporary” songs, for example, on the roster this year. Meanwhile, fellow EP Per Blankens said that when there are theme weeks that happen during the live shows, they will be significantly expanded in order to give contestants way more choice as to what they want to do on the show.
Also, there was confirmation that there will be a twist to Hollywood Week this year, and that Randy Jackson’s turn as in-house mentor will be very involved, and he will take substantial time to meet and work with the contestants throughout the process.
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