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Fox gives reporters a 25-minute ‘Idol’ season 11 preview; Adam Lambert arrested in Finland

american-idol-2011-2012-seasonBelieve it or not, we are now up to season 11 of ‘American Idol,” which debuts on January 18.

As a preview, Fox has given reporters access to screen 25 minutes of footage from auditions this past summer on the same day “The X Factor” concludes.

“Idol” acolytes (and there are many) who miss the show after weeks of “The X Factor” onslaught will enjoy the clips (though this set of clips probably won’t be available to you all until the auditions begin.)

The producers went out of their way to create colorful background vistas for the judges, be it boats, airplanes or colorful trees. (The audition cities included Portland, St. Louis and Charleston, S.C.).

They included a segment out of San Diego, where auditions are held on the U.S.S. Midway, the first open-air auditions in the history of the show. This also mean far more noise problems than normal. The producers play it for laughs.

The backdrop where the “Idol” contestants audition no longer features past winners. Photos of the winners are now placed outside in the hallway. Instead, you get a generic dark cityscape with shadowy generic singers, kind of like the opening credits.

They add a video screen in at least one audition city that’s set outside the audition room and allows families and friends to watch the audition live.

And Steven Tyler’s little soul patch is as distracting as ever. Plus, it’s just good to see Ryan Seacrest in his usual element and make you quickly forget Steve Jones.

One thing’s for sure: this judges’ panel has far better chemistry than the odd quartet  on “The X Factor” and the trio is melding together even better in its second year out.

The handful of singers they featured for us were all at least pretty good. Watch for a Florida singer in St. Louis who croons “A Change is Gonna Come.” “You know you’re going to be a star,” Lopez said. “Keep singing!”

There is a 17 year old who looks 12 who sings a bit like Michael Jackson and claims he beat Scotty McCreery in a talent contest in 2009. (There is video proof.)

One dude sings a joyous version of the “Family Matters” theme. A Korean-American is plain goofy (William Hung alert!) but surprises the judges when he actually sings well.

A blonde teen tries to channel Jennifer Nettles. And a woman who loves Tyler squeezes his tush – but does she make it to Hollywood?

Countdown: 27 days!

- Adam Lambert was arrested in Finland after fighting in public with his boyfriend. He was released and no further action will be taken.

Detective Superintendent Petri Juvonen said the fight spread from a popular gay bar early Thursday into the street where Lambert was suspected of hitting two people who tried to break it up.

Juvonen said that Lambert’s boyfriend, “Finnish Big Brother” star Sauli Koskinen, also was held for questioning. He said no weapons were used, no one was seriously hurt and that it was not “a very serious incident.”

Lambert later Tweeted: “Jetlag+Vodka=blackout. Us÷blackout=irrational confusion. jail+guilt+press=lesson learned.”

21 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

December 22nd, 2011
12:42 pm

And a woman who loves Tyler squeezes his tush – but does she make it to Hollywood?

Well, we know that she got at least one yes!

DanJ

December 22nd, 2011
1:00 pm

Someone beat Scotty in a talent contest? He’s got my vote already!

JTesla

December 22nd, 2011
1:16 pm

“out of their way to create colorful background vistas”

From what I’ve seen of the Portland audition, they could have done better. Hopefully they will get plenty of “around town” shots.

Contrary to what I said at the end of last season, I’m starting to look forward to Idol. Thanks X-Factor.

Adam Lambert… “Don’t Tell Mama”!

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Allison Wonderland

December 22nd, 2011
2:28 pm

Make this go away!!! People still watch this junk?

JTesla

December 22nd, 2011
2:45 pm

Well it’s not on until January Allison, so no one can watch this junk yet. That is of course unless they have a time machine like me.

Deirdre

December 22nd, 2011
2:48 pm

Yes , Allison, apparently more people watch this junk than any other junk on tv.

Sam-A

December 22nd, 2011
2:52 pm

And yet, here you are Allison W – Since the heading was clearly Idol related, just why did you stop by this “junk” place?

Branch Loveless

December 22nd, 2011
3:00 pm

So, since Carrie had success with “Mama’s Song” can we look forward to a “Don’t Tell Mama’s Song” from Mr. Lambert? ;-)

Allison Wonderland – that’s catchy. Really. And yes people still watch “Idol” even though there have been many dire predictions that it has jumped the frickin’ shark . That’s why this particular blog has a page dedicated to it.

We all just need to get a life, huh?

JTesla

December 22nd, 2011
3:04 pm

I just got back from 5 years in the future. I have bad news for you guys, in the future you think this stuff is junk too. Oh and congratulations on the Snake Chopping Theme Park Deirdre, I’ll admit that I didn’t think it would work. Oh and you have my vote Rodney!

Branch Loveless

December 22nd, 2011
3:05 pm

Question: are we supposed to be able to see the clips mentioned above? Or is Rodney telling us to watch for these singers when the shows actually air? ‘Cause if it is the latter, this old fart will never remember it when the time comes!

Sad…youth and memory are so fleeting!

Rodney Ho

December 22nd, 2011
3:36 pm

Nope. You can’t see the clips yet. But if you are truly missing “Idol,” it all feels very innocent and sweet after that loud contraption called “The X Factor.”

Branch Loveless

December 22nd, 2011
3:41 pm

Thanks for the clarification, Rodney. I am ready for “Idol” and “The Voice” as well.

Deirdre

December 22nd, 2011
3:57 pm

Thanks JT…we’re thinking of adding an “I Lost My Dog” ride.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

December 22nd, 2011
3:58 pm

Oh Rodney, truer words may never have been spoken than your 3:36 post.
I’m STILL working on getting a computer i can use while watching AI, guys…I’ll be Back!!!
Promise! (Threat?)

Branch Loveless

December 22nd, 2011
4:12 pm

Dear Santa,

Please bring a computer to linny ,,,=^..^=,,, . She has been very good this year (unlike me).
Thanks and enjoy the cookies.

Branch Loveless

SimonSays

December 22nd, 2011
4:28 pm

I like X-Factor better
Found better talent
Judges are better, except Simon made himself look like a fake, never criticized those he mentored
Host on XF better then Seacrest, well spoken, does not bring attention to himself.
Like the live stuff, tweets message boards

only thing I didn’t like is the stage production was always overdone, could not focus on contestants for all the action going on on stage

SimonSays

December 22nd, 2011
4:29 pm

what was Adam Lambert doing at a gay bar, busted, bet he’s gay

JTesla

December 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

SimonSays has a time machine too I see, they are visiting from 2003 which was the time right before EVERYONE knew Adam Lambert was openly gay.

Deirdre

December 22nd, 2011
8:11 pm

LOL!!!..SimonSays….I was going along with you right up until you called the XF host “well spoken” LOL..great joke!!!!!

Nutmeg

December 22nd, 2011
8:19 pm

Pet peeve: in the video clip about Adam Lambert (AccessAtlanta), the speaker says that the two (Lambert and his boyfriend) have made up, saying there was “no love lost between them.” Well, that is not what that phrase means, whoever you are. Grrr.

So I’m going to be about half an hour behind, at least until I catch up through commercials.