American Idol Season XIII premieres on Fox with a four-hour, two-night extravaganza on Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 17th.
And, I am hoping beyond hope that Executive Producer Pers Blanken and his team of Idol specialists can deliver as promised.
Personally, the biggest coup in this nicely tweaked format this season is the reinstatement of the Rickey Minor band along with his talented vocal coach, Dorian Holley. They are magnificent musicians and will bring a high degree of credibility to this show. The show needs them and not the other way around. Rickey is a brilliant arranger and his musical genius has been notably missed over the last few seasons.
I love the diversity of the new judging panel of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopezand Harry Connick Jr. . Three judges are more than enough. Any more and my eyes glaze over listening to the comments.
There will be format changes galore and, more important, the song list will be more detailed and current. Thank Heavens!!
On Wednesday, the judges travel to conduct the Preliminary Auditions in Boston and Austin and, on Thursday, the auditions continue in Austin, followed by San Francisco.
Here is the complete breakdown of the format and schedule.
I have to say – I am very excited about the positive aura surrounding this show this season. And, leading the troops is the invincible Ryan Seacrest. He has always been a soothing and stable presence on this show, don’t you agree? Totally unflappable.
So let the season begin. We are back in the saddle again, MCL community. Comment away!