American Idol – New Year, New Changes

2011 American Idol Judges
American Idol

Oh what a difference a year makes.  The top rated show “American Idol” gets ready for the upcoming 2011 season with some major changes.

The biggest news is that three of last year’s judges are gone. Of course, lead judge Simon Cowell has left the show but news soon followed that Ellen DeGeneres had quit and then Kara DioGuardi had been let go. That left Randy Jackson as the only hold over judge from last year’s “American Idol”.

This upcoming season, the 10th for American Idol, brings two music icon legends, as Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler join Randy to form the American Idol’s judging trio.

When asked about his two new side-kicks, Randy Jackson replied, “We’ve got the rock legend, we’ve got the triple threat. We’re gonna be good.”

Of course, the glue that holds the show together, Ryan Seacrest will be back as the popular host.

With Simon Cowell’s departure, one big question is who will play the role of villain. Simon has well known for his candid and often brutal comments towards the contestants.

Personally, I don’t see either Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, or Steven Tyler being the bad person but all three bring years of music industry experience.

In fact, their professional insights will likely be more beneficial to the show’s young contestants who in past seasons, have crumbled under Simon Cowell’s evil tongue lashing.

Starting this week, American Idol will premier with two shows followed by three more weeks of traveling around the country, airing singing auditions of the good, bad and ugly.

For the contestants that survive out of Hollywood week, they will fly to Las Vegas to perform famous Beatles songs on the hit Cirque du Soleil LOVE stage on February 23 and 24. On the 24th, the judges will announce who their Top 20 semifinalists (10 males and 10 female) will be.

The semifinalists next go at it on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2. After that, we see who will be the top five male and five female contestants are as voted by the fans.

Lastly, the American Idol judges choose their “Wild Card” picks to create the finalists on Thursday, March 3.

So it’s time to sit back and watch and see if another diamond in the rough can be discovered, like Carry Underwood or Adam Lambert.


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