Sticking around on the same series for 13 years is a pretty incredible feat, regardless of what the show is. Reality TV is an even more fickle landscape for mainstays, and the surprisingly long-lasting American Idol is losing one of the few people who’d been around since it started.
After years of sagging ratings and lessened interest, FOX executives have decided to tinker with two of their longest running programs. One-time reality juggernaut American Idol will be cut from two nights a week to one, and Glee will likely get its episode count reduced from the 22 it was originally promised.
American Idol has begun churning out promos for its upcoming thirteenth season, including three that debuted online today and tease the audition process, but seem to go out of their way to keep us from actually hearing any of the voices of this year’s crop of Idol hopefuls. I guess we’ll have to wait until we get a bit closer to the Season 13 debut for any substantial footage from the auditions.
American Idol has undergone several transitional variations in its impressive twelve seasons, but for its upcoming thirteenth it wants to remind you of two things: superstars are found here, and the judges — they swear! — are ready to have fun again. And what Idol may lack, it makes up for with a track record of established, juggernaut careers. Sure…it’s been awhile since a Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood was born from the show's stage, but still: Idol wants you to come home. Will you?
If there’s one thing American Idol has that the other currently-airing singing competitions don’t, it’s a long history. And Fox showcases that with their new promo for the upcoming thirteenth season, which debuts in January. The video above takes us through the timeline of some of Idol’s highlights over the years, emphasizing a few of the series’ big winners, going all the way back to the great Kelly Clarkson, who took American Idol’s first crown.
Fox has been busy focusing on its midseason programming in recent weeks, which namely includes American Idol. Now, we have the first look at the brand new season of the singing competition series, which focuses on the new judging panel with a dash of Ryan Seacrest thrown in.
American Idol was a hot mess last time around. The ratings were a borderline disaster. Longtime producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe were forced out at the end of the season, and Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey spent as much time making wild statements to the press and glaring at each other as they did giving meaningful feedback to the contestants.
Believe it or not, we’re at the point in the year when the networks will start setting their January premiere dates. 2014 is not that far away, and for Fox, it marks the return of winter series American Idol and The Following, as well as the debut of new series Rake and Enlisted.
After plenty of rumors, speculation and reports, Fox has gone and made their American Idol Season 13 "Dream Team" panel official, announcing the three judges who will be critiquing this season's crop of singing talent, as well as the mentor and host. At the judges table, we have Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. Meanwhile, former judge Randy Jackson will be taking over for Jimmy Iovine as mentor, and Ryan Seacrest will continue what he does best in hosting the singing competition series.
Last month, the rumor mill teased the possibility that Dr. Luke would be joining Fox’s hit singing competition series, American Idol, rounding out the judges panel at three. We later found out he wouldn’t be able to make the time commitment, and it only took Fox’s singing competition a few more days to officially fill the slot. The choice is a bit of a strange one, but it’s looking like Harry Connick Jr. will be joining American Idol as the third judge on the panel in Season 13.
American Idol has been busy negotiating contracts for new judges for a while now. Keith Urban will be the only judge returning from last season and Jennifer Lopez is in talks to judge, once more. Music producer Dr. Luke has also been in talks to join the show for a few days and it has been confirmed that he will be the third judge on the panel for Idol’s Season 13.
One of the best things American Idol has had going for it is the expertise of Jimmy Iovine, who's served as mentor on the Fox singing competition series for three years. So, excuse me if I don't celebrate the news that Iovine is leaving the show, even if said news includes the report that departing judge Randy Jackson may take over as mentor.
The more things change, the more… things go back to how they were before things changed and got worse. In this case, I'm referring to American Idol. which didn't exactly benefit in the ratings after the most recent crop of judges took their seats at the table.
Following a season in which American Idol saw a downward spiral in the ratings, Fox’s singing competition series is putting the show through a huge makeover. Nicki Minaj is out. Mariah Carey is out. Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick, and Randy Jackson are out. However, it seems that Keith Urban will be the lone judge from last season to take a chair when Idol returns to the schedule in the spring of 2014.
We live in a country where some people like to sue one another if there is money to be made. Fox’s American Idol has made plenty of money for the network over the years, and now ten African American individuals hope to make $25 million apiece, thanks to rules and processes related to the competition series that they say are racist.