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For first time, ‘Idol’ holds screening parties for season debut, including Discover Mills (now Sugarloaf Mills)

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Radio personality/producer Ryan Seacrest attends KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01: Radio personality/producer Ryan Seacrest attends KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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 or  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.




Live Interactive Q&A Featuring

Ryan Seacrest, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban

To Stream on and,

Starting at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT

Fans Can RSVP to Attend Free Event in their City at

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 and

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 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 and, 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 ( 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

Eastern Time:

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

Central Time:

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


Pacific Time:

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?

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20 comments Add your comment


December 28th, 2012
7:09 am

Britney didn’t offer much in the way of judging but with what normally passes for judging on these shows, i don’t know if that’s a bad thing!

She was definitely a better mentor than Demi.


December 28th, 2012
7:19 am


I think I’ll just skip the screening party and watch the show on tv like the rest of the country. I guess they’re feeling a little desperate. I would be to if I had been “stunt casting” the judges.

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2012
9:56 am

Good Morning!
Britney may not have said much, but her mentee reached the final two,right? She seemed warm and motherly and gavce good advice.
Demi came off as screechy and immature. Berating Simon for his 50+age (”I’m 21 and therefore I know best” was her motto on the show)can’t have endeared her to him. Also, her makeovers and wrong song choices sank her mentees early/

Discover Mills sounds like a beyond-exurb and therefore something I don’t care to go to.

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2012
11:33 am

Apart from the must-see “Les Misérables”, also opening today and worth seeing is “Promised Land”.Directed by Gus van Sant, and starring Matt Damon and Frances MacDormand as two slick Big Energy employees who talk hard-up farmers into allowing their land to be used for fracking. When Hal Holbrook, as crafty school teacher, asks people to reconsider the potential damage caused by pumping poisonous chemicals in the ground, and a private “environmentalist” (John Krasinski) arrives with pictures of dead cows, people take notice.

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2012
11:35 am

“Parental Guidance” is a must only for 6-year with highly developed sense of potty-humour.


December 28th, 2012
11:56 am

So I should just stick to seeing The Hobbit again. Thanks Mercedes.

Britney… LOL

Screening parties = it will be more about the judges this season.


December 28th, 2012
12:28 pm

Seems almost desperate to me.

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2012
1:18 pm

JT, did you see “The Hobbit” (better named “The Dwarves”) in 3D-48 frames? if so, reaction?


December 28th, 2012
1:57 pm

Yes. I saw it twice, once 3D-48 frames once just plain old 3D. I enjoyed it at 48 frames, but I’m not as into that type of thing as many people are. I did notice a difference, but was more impressed with the theaters comfy love-seats, better sound, and in theater waiters than with the 48 frames bit. For someone that is “into” modern technology sometimes I’m just not as impressed with it as I probably should be.

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2012
2:00 pm

Thanks, JT.

In other news, Fontella Bass died, at only 72. One of my erliest idols.
Loved “Rescue me”.


December 28th, 2012
3:58 pm



December 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

Mercedes: Saw the Barbra S movie – and I actually enjoyed it. Just bored, and it seemed the lesser of evils, but I had a good time. I abhor musicals, and the end of holidays are depressing enough, so not interested in “Les Mis”, and I’m not a Tolkein fan, though I sat thru the 3 LOTR movies with my sister, who’s a huge fan, but even she thought “Hobbit” was just okay.

Will probably see “Promised Land”, and dying for Bin Laden bye-bye film (I have a hard time remembering movie titles, as you might be able to tell). Still my fave this year is “Moonrise….”.

Rickster, when are you starting the countdown to Idol? I’m looking forward to it.


December 29th, 2012
6:38 am


My CA son, d-i-l and grandson are heading here from the airport. I will be chasing a toddler for the next few days. I’ll check in at naptime….unless I’m napping, too! ;-)


December 29th, 2012
3:21 pm

Hi guys! A couple of replies from last thread… thanks, Mercedes, for the wrapping stand scoop. I got very behind on reading, and must have missed that post from Rodney. Interesting concept – wonder who else they had wrapping besides Bo?

Sam, hi back! Yes, I have been MIA for a while… work stress. :-( And we are still twins on most things. Remember, I didn’t watch Kelly’s season or she might be my all-time fave. But to me, Carrie’s season was just magical (and the only one I’ve ever watched that turned out “right”… IMO, anyway. ;-) )

And G, yes, I started to take a little tiny jab but then thought what the heck, it’s Christmas, I’ll shut up for a change. LOL. ;-) (Though I do think pp was VERY lucky to be handed such a good song. “Home” would’ve been just as huge no matter who sang it. One of those catchy, stick-in-your-head hits that transcends the artist…. :-) )

And Deirdre @7:19 – oh, I could not agree more!!! The stunt-casting seems SO desperate to me. And I don’t like audition episodes enough to fight the crowds… I’m perfectly content to wait a week and watch on my own tv, where I can fast-forward. :-)

Mercedes S.

December 31st, 2012
12:44 pm

Adam Lambert, on a high horse, criticizing “Les Misérables” a) for not using “good enough” singers and b) recording the performances live, which means they are not as pleasing to the ear as studio doctoring would be. Adam doesn’t get it. Or maybe he thought he should have been asked to co-star?


December 31st, 2012
12:54 pm

Adam tends to be more of a sour grapes type of person.


December 31st, 2012
3:37 pm

Dang, Here’s everybody. Happy New Year to all my IDOL friends.


December 31st, 2012
8:04 pm

Happy New Year blogsters!!!!!!


December 31st, 2012
11:49 pm

Happy New Year everyone. For some reason I’m watching Jenny McCarthy’s New Year thing. Why… oh why does anyone give her a job?


January 2nd, 2013
8:08 am

Morning! And I hope everyone had a great holiday!

Time to kick it into gear folks. Idol is a mere 15 days away!