"American Idol" season 12 has a lot of changes in store for viewers. Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban aren't the only new additions for 2013. One of the big upcoming changes will be how the finalists are chosen. Mike Darnell, the president of Alternative Entertainment for Fox, confirmed the new details on Jan. 19, 2013.
The judges have already picked the top 40 which consists of 20 boys and 20 girls. The next step is for them to whittle that top 40 down to a top 20. At that point, the audience will get involved in the voting process for the remainder of the season. This will give America more control over who they want in the top 10. In past seasons, the judges picked approximately six boys and six girls before America was allowed to vote.
This year, during the "American Idol" 2013 auditions, Randy Jackson will surprise people who wouldn't attend the auditions on their own. Friends and family are able to nominate a singer for the first year ever. Some talented singers are too shy to try out so "American Idol" is coming to them. Randy will present the surprised singer with an audition number that the contestant can use to skip the lines and go straight in to see the judges.
A positive addition to the show is The "American Idol" bus. This bus travels into small towns to pick up the singers who would normally not be able to attend the auditions in the big cities. The show's producer Nigel Lythgoe has decided to do away with the wildcard this season. He is also considering the addition of a leaderboard like the one used in "The X Factor" and "Dancing With the Stars."
The judges will be visiting Charlotte, N.C., in search of more talent next Wednesday. That episode of "American Idol" will air Jan. 23, 2013, on FOX channel WAWS 30 in Jacksonville. Keep checking back here at Examiner for more spoilers throughout the week.