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'American Idol 13' spoilers: Tweaks in place to draw viewers back to show

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American Idol 13” debuts Wednesday night, and fans are anxious to get started. There are quite a few spoilers out about this season, and on Jan. 13 TV Guide shared some of the tidbits about what fans can expect this season. There has been a shift at the judge's table, but it sounds like it will be a change viewers like. What else can viewers expect?

Fans already know that season 13 of “American Idol” will feature Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. as judges. From the sounds of things, this trio has thoroughly hit it off and gone are the days of tension like viewers saw with all of the Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj drama. That is good news for viewers who took a break from “Idol” and may want to return.

Randy Jackson is no longer at the judge's table, but he will still be quite present. He's working with the contestants on song selection, building their image and style, and handling the pressure of the show. This is a change that many fans think will be a good one.

Even better is that the song catalog for the show is expanding. Viewers apparently will hear songs that are more relatable to both the contestants and likely the viewers. This has been a big issue in some recent season where theme weeks seemed a major fail.

The process to get to the live shows has been tweaked some as well. Those who get a ticket to Vegas will face an additional challenge that could send them home before they really get going. In addition, there is now “Rush Week” where the middle rounds of the competition, between the initial auditions and live shows, will be condensed. This was the phase of the season that least excited viewers, it seems, so production has sped things up a bit.

All-in-all, season 13 of “American Idol” is shaping up to be a solid season. “Idol” spoilers regarding the top acts are out and viewers are anxious to start hearing this year's talent. “American Idol 2014” premieres on Fox Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 16.


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