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American Idol - Season 13

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by JLucPicard, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Jan 15, 2014 #1 of 338
    JLucPicard

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    May be old news, but I just read this article today:
    http://tv.msn.com/american-idol-season-13/story/preview/

    One thing I noticed that I am happy with is the results shows will be just a half-hour (not sure about the finale at this point, I suspect that will be more of an event) rather than bloated, filler-laden crap-fests.

    I like all three judges, and am REALLY happy that Randy Jackson won't be on the panel again.

    I was growing quite weary of this and didn't even watch several eps at the end of last season, but what I read gives me a little hope that I may actually enjoy this again. We'll see.
     
  2. Jan 15, 2014 #2 of 338
    BrettStah

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    Yep, we may actually watch it again.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2014 #3 of 338
    Alfer

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    I haven't watched a full episode of this show in years.

    I may actually try to sit down and watch this new group/format to see if it's an improvement over the crapfest previous seasons.
     
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    That Don Guy

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    I'll believe this when I see it. They were going to do this three years ago, but when most of Fox's new comedies crashed and burned, Fox shuffled its schedule around and kept the results shows at an hour. (New show Surviving Jack is supposed to fill the hour, but if Enlisted does bad on Fridays, Fox may decide to move Jack to Fridays and keep the Idol results show on for an hour.)

    Another thing you might notice this year; semi-finalists from last year (and only from last year) are allowed to come back.
     
  5. Jan 15, 2014 #5 of 338
    Maui

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    I think that Harry Connick Jr will add some fun to the panel. I liked Keith last year and while I sometimes could not understand why J-Lo went ga ga over certain artists I never really disliked her.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2014 #6 of 338
    Satchel

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    So how many shows before they get to the final 12 or whatever it is???
    I can't stand all the audition shows where they pick the people with the worst voices to put on TV. That part seems too set up.

    I'll pay attention when they get to the actual singers.
     
  7. Jan 15, 2014 #7 of 338
    Cainebj

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    I'm actually thinking of not watching this season.

    I have never been a fan of Harry Connick and having him front and center on the judging panel might just be the deciding factor to help get over my singing competition show fatigue.
     
  8. Jan 15, 2014 #8 of 338
    Cearbhaill

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    So far I am liking Harry.
    Example- when he called them out for being overly impressed with runs, as I find melisma for the sake of melisma offensive and tedious. Wrong or right I like that he says what he thinks, and extra points for knowing music theory.

    I reserve the right to change my opinion :D
     
  9. Jan 16, 2014 #9 of 338
    Maui

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    I liked that point too. He is consistent because he also said he did not like it last season when he was a mentor. I loved that after he called out Jennifer and Keith for cooing about runs and told them to back up the tape that they did so and he was right.
     
  10. Jan 16, 2014 #10 of 338
    DLL66

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    I can say this panel of judges is a huge improvement from last year. I actually enjoyed watching this first episode. What a recovery!
     
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    BrettStah

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    brettatk

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    I think HC will be a good addition. I usually watch all the early auditions but last night I just wasn't feeling it and deleted the show after about 40 minutes. I think I might just wait until the Hollywood auditions before I start watching again.
     
  13. Jan 16, 2014 #13 of 338
    Cearbhaill

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    Forgot to mention- I also loved when he called out the girl for singing a song inappropriate for her age and said he was skeeved out by the lyrics.
    How refreshing to see an adult man take a stand on that.
     
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    TomK

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    I actually tuned in to AI last night and liked it. I didn't see any drama queen judges and I think that someone in charge decided to not focus on the oddball singers. I hope that trend continues.
     
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    Jstkiddn

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    :up:
     
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    Fahtrim

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    JLO is still there.........but hopefully HC will be a positive influence to bring up the level of conversation, and less drama queen crap
     
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    crazywater

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    Huge improvement over the last few years. Didn't watch a full episode last year due to Nicki Minaj. This panel is not trying to upstage the contestants which I liked. And they are finally ditching the focus on the truly terrible auditions and showing more "normal" people. You could also tell the editing of the show is different, less manic.
     
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    BrettStah

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    JLO wasn't there last season - it was Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj who were there, and who aren't back this season.
     
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    Maui

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    I kind of felt that the last season she was there that Jlo had more sway with Randy and Steven. I don't think she'll be able to sway Keith or Harry as much, especially Harry who seems to be someone who will not be swayed from his opinions easily.

    It's either going to be really fun to watch him show his disdain for excessive vocal runs or it will get old. I am hoping for the former.
     
  20. Jan 16, 2014 #20 of 338
    tem

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    My impressions from last night were that there were *way* more 15,16,17 year old kids than in years past. I know they are trying to stay/get hip with better song choices so I'm sure younger contestants will help.

    And while I was initially skeptical of Harry Connick, who seemed to me to definitely *not* be in the kiddie demographic they want/need, he was affable and fun last night. Not sure if he will be the panacea they seek but who knows.

    They really need to follow through on more contemporary songs/mentors and ditch the Motown, Burt Bachrach, Year You were Born, Beatles, Broadway and Judge's choices themes. No one wants to see a 16 year old sing showtunes. Nobody.

    If they do that they have a chance. Otherwise, Idol will be yet another snoozefest and will die at the hands of The Voice.

    edit: Idol opens to worst ratings ever. Doh !
     

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