‘American Idol’ season 13: A rule change that benefits Breanna Steer, Elijah Liu

American IdolRemember Charlie Askew, Nick Boddington, or Zoanette Johnson? These were three of the most-notable performers in the “American Idol” top 20 this year, but they were surprisingly beat out across the board by some people who ended up capturing America’s hearts. Had things gone better for the two guys mentioned above in the top 20 round, they may have actually been larger threats in order to at least last beyond the first few weeks of the live rounds.

In the past, these singers would have been forced to go about their way and never audition for the show again, however, things have changed. According to The Idol Pad, there is a rule change now that everyone outside of the top 11 (which also includes Aubrey Cleland) will be eligible to participate on the show next season, at least so long as they are still within the age boundaries  (Sorry, Tenna Torres and Vincent Powell.) There are a few contestants who could seriously benefit from this, and we’re not necessarily talking about any of the singers above:

1. Elijah Liu – His whole “ladies love me” personality was actually the worst thing about him. He had a lovely voice, but his lack of screen time made it hard for him to ever be able to show it off.

2. Breanna Steer – On another season, she would have made the top 10. The women were just incredible this year, which made it hard for any of them to advance.

3. Charlie – This one’s a maybe. There is some talent here, and his voice sounds like Chris Colfer. His biggest issue is whether or not he can emotionally handle this show.

What we do really like about this rule is that it helps to ensure that good talent can come back, and it keeps some fresh faces around longer. When you have a show that is so old (look at “Survivor”), familiar faces always help.

What do you think about this change: Is it a cool one, or unfair to singers who have not previously appeared on the show when it comes to getting votes? We’re not done yet with our “American Idol” coverage: You can also click here if you want to hear all of the studio versions of the winner and runner-up’s respective singles.

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