American Idol XIII premieres TONIGHT at 8/7 on FOX!!! New season, new judges! I’ve already watched the premiere, and if you abandoned Idol after last season’s shenanigans, come back. It’s worth another look. Join our live blog/party. See you then!
The Idol fun isn’t finished. Kelly Clarkson makes a cameo on the Nashville winter premiere at 10/9c PM on ABC. She sings Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”. Plus, who bites the bullet, Will or Peggy? Windmills will supply the answers as she live blogs.
American Idol judges, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. drop by the Ellen Degeneres show to promote the new season. Check your local listings for time and channel.
Kellie Pickler will join forces with Nashville Ballet to perform at the organization’s annual fundraising event, Ballet Ball 2014. On Saturday, March 8, Pickler will sing two songs from her recently released project, The Woman I Am, providing a live soundtrack to original dance performances by Nashville Ballet company dancers, choreographed by Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling. – Read more at Music Row
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young to Lead SAMSON AND DELILAH Concert at 54 Below, 1/30 – 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young in “Samson & Delilah, A Love Story” Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM. An evening of songs from the soon-to-be-released Broadway Records album Samson & Delilah, A Love Story containing songs from the forthcoming new musical Samson & Delilah, music and lyrics by Ron Yatter. These songs will be performed along with other songs from the musical. Newly married lovers and American Idol / Broadway stars Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo sing the roles of Samson and Delilah. – Read more at Broadway World
‘American Idol’ is returning: Do you care? – “American Idol” returns this week with not a single original judge at the table, new possible contestants and some changes to the format. Have we lost you already? There was a time when a new season of “Idol” would send fans into a frenzy, especially with the addition of new judges. This season will see the return of former judge Jennifer Lopez, along with last season’s judge Keith Urban and newcomer Harry Connick Jr. Original judge Randy Jackson will this season serve as a mentor. – Read more at CNN
7 Ways ‘American Idol’ Revolutionized TV – Many people have already written off ‘American Idol’ as a past-its-prime reality TV corpse. Before its season 13 premiere, here’s a reminder of why that’s definitely not true. When American Idol returns Wednesday night, you’d half expect Ryan Seacrest to be a zombie leading a chorus of singing corpses. That’s if you believe the litany of obituaries that have been written for the reality TV juggernaut over the past few years, proclaiming the show “dead” because its ratings have fallen about as quickly as its buzz has. (The surge of rival The Voice certainly hasn’t helped Idol’s “not dead yet!” cries.) But the show hasn’t flatlined yet. The truth is that after 12 seasons, millions of record sold, and an embarrassing number of hours of watercooler conversation later, American Idol is as essential a pop-culture presence as it ever was. – Read more at The Daily Beast
8 ways ‘American Idol’ could be better than last season – Die-hard American Idol fans got an early look at the show’s 13th season at movie theaters across the country Tuesday night. If the response of the audience coming out of the Nashville screening was any indication, the show’s new producers may have fixed many of the problems that caused a precipitous drop in viewers last season. American Idol XIII premieres Wednesday (8 p.m. ET/PT, FOX) with auditions from Boston and Austin. If the season’s first episode is a sign of things to come, the new season has improved in several ways. Here’s a list: – Read more at USA Today
Can American Idol’s Revamp Save It? 5 Reasons Why We’re Optimistic About Season 13 – All signs are pointing to American Idol Season 13 being a lucky one. The landmark music competition show kicks off another season Wednesday (8/7c, Fox) and is hoping to distance itself from last year’s disastrous circus that featured the excruciating weekly rivalry between former judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Add to that series-low ratings for its forgettable finale, and it’s clear that Idol needed to step back, take stock and make big changes. Harsh troublemaker: The two sides of new Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. Check out the five ways how American Idol is resetting its brand this season and why we’re excited: – Read more at TV Guide
Behind the Scenes: American Idol Gets Back in Tune for Season 13 – After holding auditions in seven cities, the judges hand out 212 golden tickets, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an automatic trip to Hollywood. In December, the judges and contestants reunited at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar for a new surprise round of eliminations that will air immediately before Hollywood Week. “In this first portion, [the contestants] have actually gotten better as a whole and there is less crumbling,” Seacrest observes. “They’ve been more impressive than we thought when we first met them.” This new round is just the first of producers’ attempts to make over the middle section of the show — typically the lowest-rated — which, during the past few seasons, has included a post-Hollywood trip to Las Vegas that has now been dropped. Instead, the semifinalists will participate in an intense Rush Week, which Blankens says “is about trying to single out the [talented] kids as fast as possible.” – Read more at TV Guide
Glee Stars Spill Secrets on NYC Move, 100th Episode Reunion and the Return of the Unholy Trinity—Watch Now! – We were on a mission to bring you as much Glee-tastic news as possible so we caught up with a few of our favorite cast members at Fox’s semi-annual all-star party on Monday night, to ask all the hard-hitting questions about the series’ future. Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, and Becca Tobin spilled secrets on the fate of your favorite characters and we’ve got the all the exclusive updates! – Watch the videos at EOnline
‘Nashville’ boss Callie Khouri dishes on Rayna’s new label, Deacon’s solo career, Juliette and Avery, plus more – “This season we’ll see a lot more crossover musically with all of our characters,” Khouri tells Zap2it. “We realized, life imitating art, we were getting all of these actors to sing together at various functions and they sound incredible together. So we decided that we should be taking advantage of this more on the show. We’ll be seeing a lot more of our characters performing with each other.” – Read more at Zap2it
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