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‘Idol’ Hollywood round huge with promises of more ‘transparency,’ promos focusing on the positive

Hollywood Reporter confirmed details about how the Hollywood rounds are going to work. “Idol” has given a whopping 325 people tickets to Hollywood, about double what they have in the past.

This should be a good thing: more talent hopefully means a stronger top 12 in the end. An extended Hollywood round means (hopefully) better filtering.

The top 12 return to a mansion and they will be able to Tweet again. “Transparency” is the new theme with possibly more behind-the-scenes footage. Will the traditional “confessional” start being used? Will we see any backstage cattiness, a standard practice on many recorded competition shows such as “Project Runway” and “America’s Next Top Model”? The show has generally kept behind-the-scenes access fairly limited even during years when there was a house. And last year, the Tweets were relatively limited to a general feed after a few weeks where each person had their own.

There may also be a road trip to Vegas to work with Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” show at some point during Hollywood, which is going on now. From Joe’s Place: Yesterday and today are the first solo days. Half will be gone by tonight. Tomorrow is group sing day, which is always fun. By Friday, with another solo day, “Idol” may have it down to as little as 40 to go to Vegas, supposedly. If that’s true, nearly 90% of those who came Monday will have been cut. Brutal!

Here’s a general positive promo that aired last night. (Thank you, as usual, MJ).

This promo focuses on Jennifer Lopez.

62 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
7:31 am

Morning!

All this sounds really interesting. I look forward to seeing how the “new” Idol is going to work. I hope that we don’t see that backstage cattiness you refer to. I’d like to continue living in my little delusional heaven that tells me all the Idols love and support each other.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
7:32 am

Sort of like Britney on Glee…I still believe in Santa…..at least where American Idol is concerned.

Mercedes S.

December 8th, 2010
7:56 am

Good Morning! Focus on the positive cattiness? It WILL be a new kind of Idol…

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
8:59 am

Morning, everybody. (And a good evening to Sakura.)

Was watching TV last night, when a commercial aired for the upcoming Narnia film. Turns out, Carrie Underwood is singing one of the songs on the soundtrack. (They had a few seconds of video of her singing. Turns out… she’s a pretty good singer!) :-)

Mo Schreibman

December 8th, 2010
8:59 am

If I should want cattiness I will go home for the holidays otherwise I want entertainment coming from my television set. Which reminds me that many of the department stores have the Christmas In Love record album of Frankie’s on sale. You should get it for a family member or even better someone you love. If you do not like that one he also has A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra or Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas or The Christmas Album or The Christmas Waltz or you can look it up yourself because I am getting a headache standing on my head trying to read the titles in the record cabinet.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
9:24 am

LOL! We already have one of Frank’s Christmas albums. And I inherited all my dad’s cd’s…lots of Frank, Tony Bennett, Rosemary, Lena, the Dorseys, Glenn Miller. Good stuff!

Woodpappy

December 8th, 2010
9:24 am

Maybe we just won’t recognize “Idol” anymore after they get through tweeking it. I do hope they don’t change everything about the show. I really liked some of it.

kelly&carriefan

December 8th, 2010
9:31 am

Hi y’all,

I saw the Jennifer promo last night. And while I’m not sold on her as a judge yet, she might be alright. At least, I’m giving it a chance.

D, I’m right there with you. I too want to believe that the Idols are all supportive of each other. In some cases they are. For example, Didi, Andrew and the Turban performed a show together out in L.A.

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
9:33 am

There’s another way to look at the 325 people going to Hollywood. With 2 new judges eager to establish a favorable image with the viewing public, they set the bar too low and put through too many people that Simon (and maybe even Kara) would have never allowed through.

We’ll just have to see.

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
9:36 am

“Half will be gone by tonight” so what is the point of having all that talent if half get cut in one performance? I think they are gearing up to beat us over the head with how GREAT this year will be even though most of the changes don’t address the key issues.

I’m not buying it. Change is good, but too much change is not.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
9:50 am

I’m taking a wait and see attitude. The former judges put through people like Sanjaya, Tatiana, Bikini girl, Nick and that guy a couple of years ago who cried all the time. If they’re going to actually focus on talent…then great. Used to be that talent was turned down for theatrics or comedy or personal drama. If we’re leaving that philosophy behind, I’m all for it.

Rodney Ho

December 8th, 2010
9:52 am

I’m going keep an open mind about all this. The show needed a shakeup. Why not? It is season 10. This is not a young pup of a show anymore. And without Simon, gotta distract us with all sorts of other doo-dads in hopes we don’t end up with another top 12 like we season 9…

Mercedes S.

December 8th, 2010
10:00 am

WoodPappy, as long as we recognize ourselves on this blog…I’m actually looking forward to Idol 10. And I was NEVER gonna watch again after last seasin’s fiasco.

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
10:05 am

Aside from the drama queen persona & annoying nervous laugh, Tatiana could actually sing.

I agree that Sanjaya never should have made it to Hollywood (his sister was more talented.) But that did allow “Crying Girl” to become a household face.

Don’t remember Nick.

Never saw the big deal with Bikini Girl (did see the bigger – surgically enhanced – deal in the season finale’, though.)

Mercedes S.

December 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
10:19 am

Nick, aka Norman Gentle or some such thing, seemed like a nice guy, definitely made me laugh, could sing some but didn’t belong in the group right from the start.

Tatiana could sing but, if you recall, she apparently could only sing one song…which she sang repeatedly!

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
10:38 am

Ohhhhhh THAT Nick!

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
10:39 am

Agreed. NEVER should have been put through.

And I still miss Shelby Dressler. :-/

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
10:40 am

Dressel, even! :-)

Sam-A

December 8th, 2010
10:41 am

Nick was the big blond buffoon who wore hawaiian shirts and big, pleated, baggy pants a lot. Crazy!

I don’t seem to recall “crying girl”. I agree Tatiana did have a good voice, but the rest of the “package” was unbearable!

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

December 8th, 2010
10:48 am

Simon was responsible for last year’s talent and reportedly wants 5 judges on XF. 5!

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
10:49 am

Crying girl was the cute little blondish pre-teen in the audience who wept uncontrollably whenever she saw Sanjaya perform.

Sam-A

December 8th, 2010
11:02 am

Oh, lord – yeah, I remember her. Her parents really needed to have a good talk to her. I guess now she’s crying over Bieber.

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
11:05 am

Oh that crying girl? Or that crying girl that was really a guy? I’m so confused, they seem to love the criers.

I feel that I’m getting mixed signals from Idol. Are we focusing on the talent, or is the talent taking a back seat to behind the stage and at the house drama? Are we looking just for talent, or are we going to pack them in and toot our horn regarding the numbers? I don’t have a problem with the bad talent of the past, because some that appeared that they could be bad turned out to be real good.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
11:10 am

I just read that someone in Oregon legally changed their name to Captain Awesome.

JT…we already know you’re awesome, sweetie…you didn’t have to do that!

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
11:23 am

Oh I’m not Captain Awesome… I’m Doctor Awesome!

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
11:42 am

So much better!

Fred

December 8th, 2010
11:50 am

American Idol, another great reason I do not own a TV.

People, TURN OFF THE TV AND GET A LIFE!!!!!!!

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
11:58 am

How much do you want to bet Fred has “Hulu” bookmarked? :-)

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

Too bad JT, had you changed your name to Captain Awesome, that would have qualified you for membership it the Council of Legendary Figures! :-)

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
12:17 pm

No TV, yet visiting a blog dedicated to a TV show… yeah I’ll keep the life I have now, thank you.

Sam-A

December 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

Fred, getting a TV might actually give you a better life than the current one (apparently) cruising thru newspapers looking for blogs to express opinions of which you know nothing, at least in the case of AI, since you profess not to own a TV!

Sam-A

December 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

K&C: Saw your entry on Rodney’s other blog – made me feel right at home!

Rickster

December 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

On the 30th anniversary of his murder (thank you Mark David Chapman)

American Idol Auditions we’d like to have seen: John Lennon (post-Beatles)

Randy: “Dawg…. you gotta ditch those ugly frames and get some hot specs like mine. But the music was just a’right.”

J-Lo: “You know… your audition song reminds me of my career. We’re both “Starting Over.”

Steven: “Dude… you need to ditch that woman. Yoko Ono is a big No No.”

kelly&carriefan

December 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

Sam-A, ha! Every so often I’ll post over there. But I like this one (and y’all) better. It’s more “homey.”

Sam-A

December 8th, 2010
12:50 pm

Rickster: you actually wrote “he who must not be named’s” name out – UGH. Unspeakable/unwriteable/unthinkable as far as I’m concerned

Urethra Franklin

December 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

hi I’m Aretha’s brother with a average at best singing voice. the Idol is just perfect for me to gain the notoriety I seek yet don’t deserve. right in line with the current American desire and fascination to make someone who embodies all the attributes needed to be kept in obscurity into a celebrity. the best example of this ever is that joke of a winner of America’s top singing contest – Taylor Hicks.
Hicks should never have received anything more that the 3rd or 4th place prize at any karaoke contest – a coupon for a free beer of his choice, provided the location has that beer available.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Without even looking, I’m gonna say “front page” Just a guess, you understand but a pretty good one if I do say so myself!

Rosita

December 8th, 2010
1:43 pm

ha ha double ha ha

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

December 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

American Idol has out worn its usefulness as a vehicle of truly predicting “REAL” success in the music industry anyway. It is just a reality show now just like Housewives of Atlanta, Biggest Loser and Jersey Shores, etc….predictable, average entertainment, and doesn’t cost the network much to produce.

It is sad that so many people actually watch this drivel instead of doing someting positive and meaningful with their time and their lives.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2010
2:11 pm

Sick…do YOU do something “positive and meaningful” with your life every minute of everyday? That’s pretty amazing.

I’m actually capable of watching a tv show on a regular basis and ALSO doing something positive and meaningful with my life. I’m sorry you can’t.

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
2:17 pm

Sick and Tired, I think the problem is that at some point you thought that American Idol was something other than “just a reality show” and that it promised to be a “vehicle of truly predicting “REAL” success in the music industry”

AI has always been a reality show, it was only billed as a “vehicle” in your own mind.

“It is sad that so many people actually watch this drivel instead of doing someting positive and meaningful with their time and their lives.”

Yes, because two hours a week watching television is sooo horrible.

Light

December 8th, 2010
2:57 pm

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
3:18 pm

One would think that after a year of posting Light would have caught on that there should be a ’s in there.

Mercedes S.

December 8th, 2010
5:17 pm

You mean an ’s, right?

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
5:30 pm

I noticed that after I hit “Submit Comment” but I didn’t want to bog down the enlightening conversation that we were having with correcting a minor typo.

thetruth

December 8th, 2010
6:11 pm

They found the best Idol winner in Season 5 – a soulful musician named Taylor Hicks. Why on earth do they continue with this show when they found the most authentic musician they ever will? You never hear anything about others like Jordin Sparks or David Cook – or Kris Allen or last years dud – Lee whatshisname….. it’s like they’ve fallen off the face of the earth.

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

That’s funny, because I would group Taylor Hicks in with all the people you named. They all have careers, they can pay the bills, but it’s not really the level of success that Carrie and Kelly have enjoyed. Not even close.

thetruth

December 8th, 2010
8:06 pm

JTesla – you want to nit-pic about those who make 3 million to those making 9 million? Really? Jordin, Taylor, Cook all are multi-millionairres, so I would say that’s way more than “just paying their bills”, wouldn’t you?

JTesla

December 8th, 2010
9:41 pm

So “thetruth” your 8:06 pm comment is basically disagreeing with your 6:11 pm comment. Thanks, I rest my case.

Mercedes S.

December 8th, 2010
10:12 pm

Just noticed we got 50 posts… time to turn to page two!

thetruth

December 8th, 2010
11:36 pm

Hey “JTesla” – have you seen this picture of Taylor Hicks and Clint Eastwood? Taylor was personally asked to sing Grand Torino for Clint’s gala at the Museum of Tolerance in LA a few weeks ago. Guess those winners like Taylor who “make enough to pay their bills” have to do crappy “gigs” like this to get by. What a ’shame’! Heh!

Gee i wonder why he didn’t ask the “successful” Idols like Carrie and Kelly to sing for him?

http://media.al.com/mcolurso/photo/9050125-large.jpg

JTesla

December 9th, 2010
1:43 am

Wow, he has it made now! He’s singing for Clint Eastwood… that’s bigger than winning a bunch of awards.

Oh, by the way, could you go back and address this statement “You never hear anything about others like Jordin Sparks or David Cook – or Kris Allen or last years dud – Lee whatshisname….. ” because you made that statement, but now you seem to be saying the opposite. I’m not saying Taylor is a failure, I’m saying they ALL are successful to some degree, even if that means they need to wh0re themselves out for a museum gala.

Deirdre

December 9th, 2010
7:27 am

Morning!

Re Taylor and Clint: My son has a picture of himself standing next to Bill Gates at the Halo III launch party because he was part of the casting department for that game. Doesn’t mean their buddies.

However, Taylor has come into his own a little more this year. We’re hearing about him more often. He seems to have established himself, made some friends in the right places and relaxed into his role in entertainment…not big but known and generally liked. While he isn’t really a big celebrity, at least his fame is based on some talent rather than say a Hilton or a Kardasian(and yes, JT, I know that you admire Kim’s “talents”)

Harriett

December 9th, 2010
8:17 am

Good morning. I feel like I am climbing up out of a dark coal mine or something. Our Internet here on campus was down all day long. It was a huge pain, especially given that students are in the middle of turning in final papers, grades being posted (or not, yesterday) and all, to say nothing of my annoyance at not being able to visit with all of you!

I am getting in the Christmas spirit now that I can relax and catch my breath! Of course, playing the music while working really helps.

Deirdre

December 9th, 2010
8:24 am

Harriett…isn’t it terrible that our lives and our work tends to revolve around the internet. I hate that vague panic-y feeling I get if my cell phone runs out of power!

As for Christmas spirit…I’m trying but with Mr Atlanta moving to Atlanta, a baby shower to plan and all the Christmas stuff to get done, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. so why am I talking to the blogsters, I ask myself. They relax me!

Mercedes S.

December 9th, 2010
9:26 am

True dat, Deirdre, “they relax me”…Morning, everybody! Working on my Ten best list today, which has to be ready by Sunday. On it: “Rabbit Hole”, “King’s Speech’, “127 Hours” and “Social Network”.

Sad news today about Aretha Franklin.

Harriett

December 9th, 2010
9:26 am

It really is, and I get angry with myself for it.

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

December 9th, 2010
10:16 am

Carrie and Kelly have busy schedules unlike Mr. Do I Make You Proud? Cost more too.

kelly&carriefan

December 9th, 2010
11:34 am

I’ll stick with Miss Independent and Mrs. Fisher. Thanks.

Happy Friday Eve, y’all.

Rodney Ho

December 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

New blog entry with good news for local Clay Aiken and Carrie fans. And more… promos!

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