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Thursday
Jan202011

Steven Tyler Upstages Jennifer Lopez on 'American Idol' Premiere

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Randy Jackson took Simon Cowell's seat at the judges' table, alongside freshman judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, for the 10th season of American Idol, but it was clear that not one of them was out to replace the so-called "mean" judge.

After months of speculation about who would replace Cowell and fellow judges Ellen DeGeneres and Kara Dioguardi, who left at the end of last season, the new judges made their debut in an opening worthy of the American Idol finale.

Following a montage of headlines, host Ryan Seacrest made the announcements on the main stage of the show before hundreds of screaming fans.

"I took this gig because I love music," Tyler said in the opening minutes of Wednesday night's premiere.

"I think I'm going to be compassionate," Lopez said.  "I'm not in the business of crushing spirits."

"It's a different table," Jackson said, "but you know what?  It's hot.  Let's go baby."

As Jackson led the way, showing a more powerful role than before, during opening auditions in New Jersey, it at first appeared that Tyler and Lopez were competing for who could be nicer.  But it was Lopez, who, reminiscent of Paula Abdul, had a hard time saying no and seemed to hold back her harshest criticism.

Tyler, on the other hand, had plenty of them, punctuating the auditions with his signature scream and sometimes singing and tapping along with the contestants.

In the end, the judges gave golden tickets to 51 contestants to proceed to the next round.  But it was the last contestant who brought back the show's main mission -- to find the next superstar.

After sharing his heart-tugging story of spending part of his childhood in a homeless shelter in the Bronx, 16-year-old Travis Orlando performed for the judges.

"I think you sing beautiful," Tyler told him, with the judges giving him a unanimous "yes."

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Wednesday
Jan192011

'American Idol' Returns for 10th Season

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol season 10 gets underway Wednesday night, and America's most popular show has initiated sweeping changes for its milestone 10th season, with producers hoping viewers tune in to see what all the fuss is about.

Even the Wednesday night debut is a change -- American Idol has been shifted to Wednesday/Thursday from its traditional Tuesday/Wednesday berth.  Wednesday night also marks America's first chance to get a complete look at perhaps the biggest change: the new judging panel -- Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler are joining holdover Randy Jackson behind the big desk.

Another big change is that the minimum age requirement for contestants was lowered to 15, something host Ryan Seacrest says was a good move.  He told ABC News Radio, "The sweep across the country brought out...quite a few talented, very, very confident 15 and 16-year-olds," adding, "A couple in my head right now have...a good shot at being a finalist."

Testing the contestants to see how they perform under pressure is also a new twist.  Right after Hollywood Week, for example, about 60 of the the kids were taken to Las Vegas and told they had 24 hours to learn a Beatles song and perform it on the stage of the Cirque du Soleil's Beatles show LOVE.

After that post-Hollywood Las Vegas round, only 40 semi-finalists were selected to move on.  From that, the field will be narrowed down to 20, and then America will vote in a "sudden death round" to select the finalists.

The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16th and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23rd.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24th, and the 10 finalists, as well as the judges' wild-card picks, will be announced March 3rd.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Fox Announces 'American Idol' Changes; Judges Meet the Media

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Viewers will notice a few changes to American Idol once it debuts its 10th season next week.

At a Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday in Pasadena, California, Fox announced that only 20 semifinalists -- 10 guys and 10 girls -- will be selected following a special Las Vegas round, during which the hopefuls will perform Beatles songs on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired LOVE show.  The brand-new Vegas round will follow the Hollywood round.

In addition to holdover Randy Jackson, the show has a new judges' panel that includes Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, all of whom addressed reporters at the TCA panel.  Lopez said she and fellow newcomer Steven Tyler will bring a fresh perspective to the show.

She said, “We’re artists, we’ve been up there, we’ve auditioned, we’ve been through the rank  [Steven has] toured for, what, 40 years....There’s nothing like having that type of discussion with another artist to help you grow.”

Jackson says viewers will see a different side of him this season because of all the changes, describing himself as "more of an assertive dawg."

American Idol premieres Jan. 19 with auditions in New York/New Jersey.  The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16 and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24, and the 10 finalists -- as well as the judges' wild-card picks -- will be announced March 3.

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