Believe 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.”