‘American Idol’ Is Back With Season 13
“American Idol” is back with its 13th season Wednesday night (January 15). You’ll see a lot of changes this season. The first change you’ll notice is the judges. Keith Urban returns and is joined by Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Randy Jackson will no longer be at the judges table, but will have a mentor role. Ricky Minor, who left at the end of Season 9 to join “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” is also coming back to lead the band.
The producers of “Idol” listened to America and made changes based on what we didn’t like about the show. One of the complaints was ‘old music.’ The show’s song list will now add more current tunes that the younger contestants can relate to.
The top 13 will happen fast. Auditions will take place in the first three weeks. Hollywood Week will take place on February 6 and 12 and on February 13, the top semi-finalists will be revealed.
A new feature will be Rush Week. On Tuesday, February 18, the 15 remaining female contestants will face their fate. The 15 male contestants compete on February 19. Voting lines will be open both nights immediately following each live show. On February 20, the Top 13 finalists will be revealed in the first results show from Los Angeles.
The first live show with the final 13 will air February 26.
Auditions that air this week will be from Boston, Austin and San Francisco. Next week’s audition cities are Detroit and Atlanta. The last week of auditions include Omaha and Salt Lake City.
In related news, Forbes has released its list of Top Earning American Idols for 2013. Here’s the list:
1. Carrie Underwood – 31 million
2. Kelly Clarkson – 7 million
3. Phillip Phillips/Adam Lambert – 5 million
5. Chris Daughtry – 4 million
6. Scotty McCreery – 3 million
7. Taylor Hicks – 2.5 million
8. Fantasia Barrino/Kellie Pickler – 1.5 million
10. Katharine McPhee/Jennifer Hudson – 1 million