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‘American Idol’ makes changes

“American Idol” begins its new season with new changes and twists. ABC News reported on Jan. 15, 2014 that the show will be bringing more current songs to the table for contestants and this season will include the “Hollywood or Home” round which is a new surprise to the contestants and a “Rush Week” that will happen before the Hollywood auditions take place.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Musician Keith Urban, singer Jennifer Lopez, host Ryan Seacrest and singer Harry Connick Jr. arrive at the premiere of Fox's 'American Idol Xlll' at UCLA's Royce Hall on January 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
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The judging panel returns to three people sitting behind the table. Keith Urban is the only returning judge from last season being joined by previous judge Jennifer Lopez and new judge Harry Connick, Jr. joining the fun for the thirteenth season of “American Idol.” Ryan Seacrest is still holding down hosting duties and Randy Jackson has been moved into a mentoring role. reported that executive producer Trish Kinane described “Rush Week” by saying “It’s a new part of the show not done before, a sort of Randy Jackson workshop” adding “Randy is going to be hosting a two day workshop in which the kids who got through will be taught things like how to choose a song, what’s your style, how do you want to look…how to look after their voice.”

“American Idol” kicks off the two night season premiere on FOX Jan. 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST and continues with the audition rounds on Jan. 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The “Hollywood or Home” round happens on Feb. 5, 2014. “Rush Week” will be a three night special beginning on February 18, 2014 through Feb. 20, 2014 which is the night the 13 finalists are announced. The top 13 finalists begin competing live on Feb. 26, 2014.

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