While I was on vacation, “Idol” sent me this note six days ago. There is an advanced screening on January 9 at Discover Mills (apparently now Sugarloaf Mills) in Atlanta, a week before the actual debut. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is already full but you can certainly try to RSVP. A live Q&A with the judges will be available on www.livestream.com or www.americanidol.com. I will attend the local event for sure.
This is clearly an attempt to generate some advance buzz for a show that in years past hardly needed any.
FOX TO WORLD PREMIERE SEASON 12 OF “AMERICAN IDOL” FOR FANS
WITH ADVANCED SCREENING AND LIVE Q&A EVENTS NATIONWIDE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
Live Interactive Q&A Featuring
Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban
Starting at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT
Fans Can RSVP to Attend Free Event in their City at www.idolrsvp.com
Submit Questions for LIVE Q&A Now Via Twitter and Facebook
On Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT), fans in 11 cities across the country will have the exclusive opportunity to see the Season 12 premiere episode of AMERICAN IDOL for free one week prior to its debut on FOX. Immediately following (8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT), AMERICAN IDOL host Ryan Seacrest and judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will participate in a nationwide, interactive Q&A, which will be live streamed on www.americanidol.com and www.livestream.com.
Originating from Royce Hall at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the debut episode and LIVE Q&A will be uplinked via television satellite from Los Angeles to venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Boston, Nashville, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. Fans can RSVP by logging on to www.idolrsvp.com and submitting their name and contact information. The unique promotional event will enable thousands to see the season’s first episode before it premieres on the network in a special two-night event Wednesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan.17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
After the episode preview, Ryan Seacrest will moderate a nationwide interactive Q&A LIVE with judges Carey, Jackson, Minaj and Urban. The LIVE and interactive Q&A will appear in satellite venues, as well as stream on various websites, including www.americanidol.com and www.livestream.com, beginning at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT.
Additionally, fans may submit questions for the participating talent now via the AMERICAN IDOL Facebook page (www.facebook.com/americanidol) and via Twitter (@AmericanIdol). Questions also may be submitted the day of the event via Twitter using #Idol. Fans watching the LIVE Q&A at the satellite venues also will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel.
The free premiere event will be held as noted below. Fans who would like an opportunity to attend in one of the cities may RSVP now at www.idolrsvp.com.
Event begins at 7:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 8:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
NEW YORK AMC Empire 25, 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
PHILADELPHIA AMC Plymouth 12, 494 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
BOSTON AMC Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
WASH., D.C. AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, VA 22314
ATLANTA AMC Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
DETROIT AMC Forum 30, 44681 Mound Rd., Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Event begins at 6:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 5:00 PM and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
CHICAGO AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611
DALLAS AMC Northpark 15, 8687 N. Central Expressway 3000, Dallas, TX 75225
HOUSTON AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale, Houston, TX 77063
Event begins at 4:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 5:30 PM. Doors open at 3:00 PM and all seating is free and first-come, first-served:
LOS ANGELES Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
In other “Idol” news, Phillip Phillips‘ “Home” has sold three million downloads. And he won’t be performing on the Fox New Year’s Eve special. Instead, “X Factor” Tate Stevens will sub in. Why the last-second scheduling change? Dunno.
I can’t imagine Britney Spears will return for season three of “The X Factor”. Why? She was ineffectual and barely said anything on the show. At least Demi Lovato showed some personality. US magazine claims she won’t be because really, did she earn her $15 million?