American Idol is getting a big preview at the Television Critics Association tour on Tuesday. The American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban sat down with television critics for a very interesting panel about the upcoming season of American Idol. The judges all got along quite well and it was obvious the new season really is focused on the contestants.
According to Nigel Lythgoe, one of the producers of the show, there were 276 contestants who went on to Hollywood after the nation wide auditions. The staggering number definitely caught the attention of the people in the room.
"You have to have nerves of steel. You have to have confidence to sing in front of the four of us," said Randy Jackson about the new competitors who auditioned for American Idol. While the singers might need confidence, they also need focus as the process is going to be different than in past years.
Also another major difference this year will be how the contestants are separated. The male and female contestants are separated beginning in the Hollywood week and will stay divided until the top 10 hit the stage.
Will American Idol be better than previous seasons? The judges definitely impressed the critics who came to see if the four stars could work together cohesively to find America’s next American Idol. While the competition might be fierce, it appears the contestants have a good batch of stars helping guide the way.