ETA: Nobody said these guitar players were all guys! Also, I’m hearing a 15/15 gender split in the Top 30
I have just a bit of intel from the American Idol Hollywood Rounds, which concluded yesterday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
The remaining contestants had final solos yesterday (Dec 20) with the band. At the end, the field was cut down to 30.
At the moment, American Idol XIII has a Top 30. No word yet on what comes next.
Also, sources say that the judges are in love with guitars, similar to how they were gunning for a girl winner last season. Guitars, guitars. Everywhere guitars!
Also, this isn’t a spoiler. But it’s interesting. On Wednesday (Harry talked about group auditions in his latest interview) the press were in the audience watching auditions.
But there were also a group of women pegged the “Idol Tweet Hearts” who were invited to watch and tweet from the auditions. You can check out their twitter list. Many of them are bloggers (lots of mommy bloggers) and/or have a strong presence on social media. It’s interesting that the group is ALL women, mostly white and middle American.
It looks like a grassroots effort, on the part of Idol, to spread the word via socially connected members of the show’s largest demo, that it’s safe to come back to their once-favorite show.
Here they are having lunch with Harry.