American Idol 10 Spoilers: Hollywood Week to Begin December 6

The intrepid American Idol spoiler site, JoesPlace has the deets on American Idol 10 Hollywood week! Reportedly, it begins on December 6 and runs 11 days til December 17.

All of the Hollywood bound Hopefuls will be boarding planes all over the country on Monday, December 6th, bound for LAX, and Hollywood. The Contestants will be staying at the Pasadena Sheraton. (Anyone in LA, how about visiting that hotel with your camera??). I believe that the competition will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium (300 East Green Street in Pasadena).

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December 7th and 8th the contestants will be split into 2 groups. Half performing on the 7th and half on the 8th. The first cut will be on December 7th. No instruments during the first performance, but they can be used after that.

Joe speculates that the first part of the round will be like the typical Hollywood week, with the judges winnowing down the field of contestants to about 50 or so.

After that, as Vote For The Worst recently reported, the Top 50 or so will be presented to viewers in video packages and interviews for online voting, sponsored by AT&T.

Nigel Lythgoe has told the press that the traditional Top 24/36 semi-final rounds will be eliminated.

It’s beginning peeps!  Are you excited?

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25 Comments

  1. After that, as Vote For The Worst recently reported, the Top 50 or so will be presented to viewers in video packages and interviews for online voting, sponsored by AT&T.

    I’m most excited about this. I’m REALLY hoping that they push content to the web. Wouldn’t it be great if they had one, say 3 minute performance by each contestant? Maybe a pipe dream, but I’d love to see this.

  2. December 6 and runs 11 days til December 17.

    That’s a monster long Hollywood week. Isn’t it normally 3-5 days?

    Can’t wait to get some serious spoilers (when they winnow down the bazillion contestants to a number we can actually process).

  3. I’m most excited about this. I’m REALLY hoping that they push content to the web. Wouldn’t it be great if they had one, say 3 minute performance by each contestant? Maybe a pipe dream, but I’d love to see this.

    It would be a smart idea. I don’t know why Idol is so reluctant to embrace the internet. SuBo wouldn’t be half the success she is today if BGT had been as diligent at yanking her videos off youtube as AI generally is. The videos allow others to find AI and get caught up.

  4. It’s a good thing that they are doing this in december, the editing for the auditions suffered last year when they began to air before doing Hell week.
    As for the rest of the changes, it’s hard to tell without some more information. Will there be unlimited voting or will they limit per ip address like on DWTS (looking forward to the usual suspects finding a way around that)? Will they put an equal number of guys/girls through or allow an unbalanced top 12?

    As for the semifinals, instead of having performances to judge the contestants, we’ll have video packages edited by TPTB. Not sure it’s an improvement.

  5. I’m most excited about this. I’m REALLY hoping that they push content to the web. Wouldn’t it be great if they had one, say 3 minute performance by each contestant? Maybe a pipe dream, but I’d love to see this.
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    It would be a smart idea. I don’t know why Idol is so reluctant to embrace the internet. SuBo wouldn’t be half the success she is today if BGT had been as diligent at yanking her videos off youtube as AI generally is. The videos allow others to find AI and get caught up.

    I agree. Also, Arnel Pineda, Charice, Greyson Chance and Justin Bieber originally attracted attention through videos of their performances on youtube. Ellen now regularly features “undiscovered” artists on her show from youtube.

    Will there be unlimited voting or will they limit per ip address like on DWTS (looking forward to the usual suspects finding a way around that)?

    DWTS has been doing this for years, so I’m sure that if they want to limit the votes, it would be easy . I hope that they do.

  6. It’s a good thing that they are doing this in december, the editing for the auditions suffered last year when they began to air before doing Hell week.

    Yep. The audition episodes were practically useless. I think that was one of their first MAJOR misteps last year.

    As for the semifinals, instead of having performances to judge the contestants, we’ll have video packages edited by TPTB. Not sure it’s an improvement.

    I’m resigned to there being no “where-did-he-come-from?” contestants this year.

  7. Hmm, I may need to do some Christmas shopping at Paseo Colorado next week and I had a movie date already scheduled there. Oh look, the Civic Centre is just across the street. Imagine that.

  8. As for the semifinals, instead of having performances to judge the contestants, we’ll have video packages edited by TPTB. Not sure it’s an improvement.

    Not sure either. Especially for a show that is largely about live tv, and showing people who can truly sing well live (as a goal anyway,lol).

    Picking the finalists based just off pre-taped, pre-packaged videos seems a lot less interesting to watch than seeing how they do live on camera.

  9. As for the semifinals, instead of having performances to judge the contestants, we’ll have video packages edited by TPTB. Not sure it’s an improvement.

    I’m not suggesting a ‘package’, I’m talking about one performance beginning to end. So instead of just seeing Hollywood week footage from 1/2 dozen that TPTB want you to see, you could view all of them & then vote accordingly.

    Every year there are finalists that come out of nowhere… or should I say finalists that TPTB thought were unworthy. *snark* Well, how would things have changed for those finalists or other even more talented contestants to be seen in uncut footage earlier.

  10. It would be a smart idea. I don’t know why Idol is so reluctant to embrace the internet. SuBo wouldn’t be half the success she is today if BGT had been as diligent at yanking her videos off youtube as AI generally is. The videos allow others to find AI and get caught up.

    Ain’t that the truth? And after seeing the Glee cast get a Grammy nomination for “Don’t Stop Believin’,” you have to wonder why the Idol PTB are so against releasing the iTunes numbers to the public and allowing Idol songs to track on iTunes. Can you imagine how many sales they’re losing because those songs don’t appear in the “Top Charts” listings?

    The whole “competitive advantage” thing doesn’t hold much water with me. They’re all about giving advantages to their favorites; why not let the free market decide what sells?

    I would imagine there were many Idol covers that sold just as well, if not better, than the current crop of Glee hits. And I’m seriously hoping either Shirley Halperin or Richard Rushfield got their hands on some of those numbers!

  11. It would be a smart idea. I don’t know why Idol is so reluctant to embrace the internet. SuBo wouldn’t be half the success she is today if BGT had been as diligent at yanking her videos off youtube as AI generally is. The videos allow others to find AI and get caught up.

    I have wondered about why AI is so internet clueless too.

    Although they have stopped being quite as diligent about yanking AI8 videos from YT.

    And last year’s social networking effort was not exactly a big success. I’ve come up with a few theories….

    1. Follow the money: Fox pays for AmericanIdol.com and they really are mostly interested in promoting the show but not doing much more than that. Integrating the internet this site with the show would require an investment. Why would Fox pay for any more than they have to? And CKx isn’t interested in reinvesting their share of the profits in an internet site — currently they make money on AI.co.

    2. The people running 19E/American Idol lack vision and have no understanding of how to use the internet and social networking to build engagement with the show. SuBo was a once in a lifetime event and can’t be replicated (by AI or on X-Factor or AGT).

    3. Unless they let people vote online for the Finalists, it is hard to fully link the internet to the show. Letting people vote online and by twitter is difficult to control and to limit. Even texting has a limit of maybe 10,000 votes per person — and they can ID massive voting phones. (But People’s Choice has figured both out.)

    4. They make money from AI.com and they want people to go there to watch the videos to drive ad revenue. (refer to #2.)

    Overall, I come back to……

    short-term profit focus
    + lack of vision
    + risk aversion/”it’s working, why mess with success*”
    + fear that they audience won’t like it
    = no need to think about the internet.

    * Since the show is not so successful anymore, I think this one is gone — the audience appears to be getting bored so time for change.

  12. I’m resigned to there being no “where-did-he-come-from?” contestants this year.

    Kirsten, I’m ok with that. I’m sort of done with the “come out of no where” situations. Depending on if they peak late, I sometime feel that they skate by in the early rounds.

  13. Kirsten, I’m ok with that. I’m sort of done with the “come out of no where” situations. Depending on if they peak late, I sometime feel that they skate by in the early rounds.

    I think we may have a different definition of “where-did-they-come-from?” contestants. These are contestants like Kelly, Bo, Jason, Kris, etc who were practically invisible during the edited rounds (auditions/Hollywood), but explode out of the starting gate during the first few voting rounds to capture an audience and survive. The smart ones know they are already behind the 8-ball (because they’ve watched the show and seen how invisible they are), take chances to stand out and go flat out from the very beginning. It pushes the other contestants and makes for interesting television (IMO).

    I feel that it is some of the contestants that are over-pimped during the edited rounds (background package, auditions heavily promoted and shown, lots of focus in Hollywood) that sometimes get to skate in the early rounds because they come in with a massive fan base and people keep voting for them convinced that they will get better (people like Sundance Head, Scott MacIntyre and Andrew Garcia).

    The “where-did-they-come-from?” contestants are fun because they feel like our own little discovery. They weren’t handed to us on a platter with garnish. This year, with the limited slots, it doesn’t look like any capable fodder will get through. There will be one or two Bobby Bennets to allow the chosen ones to find their legs, but there will be no Kellys.

    Of course, some of the invisible fodder should remain invisible and pimped contestants are often very good. I just think it adds dynamics and depth to the season to have some of both capable over-pimped and capable “where-did-they-come-from?” contestants.

  14. I think we may have a different definition of “where-did-they-come-from?” contestants. These are contestants like Kelly, Bo, Jason, Kris, etc who were practically invisible during the edited rounds (auditions/Hollywood), but explode out of the starting gate during the first few voting rounds to capture an audience and survive.

    Yeah, I’m going to miss those, too – I think this gives TPTB more control over who is getting through since they get to edit the packages. That said, I’m interested in the changes so I guess at least so far they’re effective ;) Woohoo, Idol fills up the dreadful January/February where it is cold and we have not much going on with sports and I’m trapped in the house with the kids all the time… and it’s one of the few shows we can all watch. So bring it, Idol!

  15. I’m guessing this has to do with the new top 24 format? I thought the reason they moved the Hollywood round to January this year was to keep spoilers from leaking out.

  16. Hmm, I may need to do some Christmas shopping at Paseo Colorado next week and I had a movie date already scheduled there. Oh look, the Civic Centre is just across the street. Imagine that.

    TWIG, if you do, email me jp@joesplaceblog.com :)

  17. I thought the reason they moved the Hollywood round to January this year was to keep spoilers from leaking out.

    And, I thought it was because Ellen wasn’t available before then. Could be a combo of both, though.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see how these changes play out.

  18. I think it’s an interesting discussion about how AI does or doesn’t use the internet (specifically YouTube) to boost their contestants. Last season I couldn’t watch AI most Tuesdays (I forget why, exactly), so I had to catch the performances at the AI site. Which was quick, because I didn’t get to see any background packages or judge’s comments. But it was also annoying, because I did want to see what the judges said. Of course, by the time I saw anything, it was too late to vote.

    But I’ve also noticed that in Season 8 the contestants themselves were taking advantage of YouTube to gather fan bases. In reading posts from early in the season, Adam’s performances from the Zodiac Show and Upright Cabaret caused as much excitement as the “pimping” in the audition and Hollywood rounds. Anoop was also getting some buzz, because his Cleft Hangers videos were available for viewing. There were a couple Allison videos from the Telemundo contest, and one or two of Danny singing at his church. Later on, YouTube versions of Kris’s songs started appearing on the net as well.

    I’d guess that AI had some clause preventing the contestants from posting their own videos, but of course, they couldn’t prevent friends or strangers from doing so. This does give an advantage to contestants who have performed enough in public to have videos to post. On the other hand, it can be a disadvantage if the videos create the wrong impression. For example, there were probably more Danny singing at church videos, but he didn’t really want to leave AI as a niche singer. And the racier Adam videos seemed to disappear quickly.

    I don’t know if this happened in Season 7 or 9, because I haven’t been obsessed enough to read back through the posts. But I do think it was an interesting way for the contestants to generate their own buzz. If that’s what they were doing and it wasn’t just complete coincidence.

  19. And, I thought it was because Ellen wasn’t available before then. Could be a combo of both, though.

    It was the reason.

  20. Of course, some of the invisible fodder should remain invisible and pimped contestants are often very good. I just think it adds dynamics and depth to the season to have some of both capable over-pimped and capable “where-did-they-come-from?” contestants.

    IA. Totally come from nowhere guys are going to be hard to come by with this system.

    What may happen is TPTB decision to create one guy like that. I suspect that they often don’t show one of the best contestant during the auditions just to surprise the audience when he gets to perform the first time.
    I think that was particularly the case with Elliott who got next to no screen time before top 24 and whom Simon callle “the best male voice of the history of the show”, the first night out. Or even Jason Castro who was not shown at all seemed like someone they liked a lot even tough he wasn’t shown previously. Nigel talked about his audition singing “Crazy” during HW that they couldn’t show because they couldn’t get the rights.

  21. So many of you have expressed some of the same doubts I have. I just hope Idol will do their best to have limited voting. Say 10 votes per person (or housebold?). This is a whole new ballgame.

    Now, the voting is on an AT&T website. I have AT&T phone service, but not Internet. This will not matter, right? That is, everyone can vote.

    I still see TPTB have more control over all areas than what I would like. LIVE PERFORMANCES AT ALL LEVELS, PLEASE!

  22. I’m excited. Cause the second the holiday season is over, I’m just bored about winter and can’t wait till spring. Idol makes the long winter months pretty fun. I guess if you like Idol that is. :)

  23. iluvai:
    12/03/2010 at 11:29 pm
    I’m excited. Cause the second the holiday season is over, I’m just bored about winter and can’t wait till spring. Idol makes the long winter months pretty fun. I guess if you like Idol that is.

    Yeah. I pretty much feel the same way. Very little of interest for me to watch on tv anyways, and so I always look forward to watching AI in the winter and spring. I’ll watch it again, especially with all the big changes, which will at least keep me interested to some degree even if the contestants might not necessarily (we’ll see). I’m already missing Simon, though. At least you could count on his snark. But the new judges and rules should make for some interesting debate and discussion.

  24. So, if you’re a fan of DWTS and American Idol – there are four days a week taken up, unless you can record it.

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