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'American Idol': Another big change announced for Season 14

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Ryan Seacrest, and Randy Jackson
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Ryan Seacrest, and Randy Jackson
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Today, June 17, “American Idol” made a new and exciting announcement regarding next year’s Season 14. As first reported by TV Line, “Idol” will not only crown a winner, but they will also award a $50,000 prize to the winner’s “True Believer.” That person could be the winning contestant’s relative, friend, mentor, co-worker, or a loved one who has helped them to achieve their dreams just by believing in them.

American Idol” also revealed the news on their website, explaining that each contestant will be asked to select one “True Believer.” Then, should that contestant win, their “true believer will also walk away with the $50,000 award, simply for believing someone they cared about could make it on the show. In case the winning contestant doesn’t choose a “True Believer,” the money will instead be donated to a charity chosen by “American Idol.”

E! Online previously announced some changes “Idol” intends to make for 2015 – Fox’s Kevin Reilly alluded that the show will likely remain on for two nights a week throughout the audition episodes, but it could transition to one night per week as the season carries on. This would combine the performance night with the results show and eliminate the results shows completely. Result shows were already cut down to just 30 minutes throughout Season 13.

Ryan Seacrest will definitely be back to continue his hosting duties next year. Additionally, all three judges – Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. – are expected to return. So far, no official announcement from “American Idol” showrunners has surfaced.

Caleb Johnson took home the title of “American Idol” for Season 13, and he is currently working hard with his fellow contestants, recording his album and rehearsing for this summer’s upcoming tour across the United States. The “American Idols Live!” tour kicks off next Tuesday, June 23 in New York and runs through Aug. 23. Caleb’s debut album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, and you can already purchase his first single, “As Long As You Love Me.”