I am not the biggest fan of the talent show competition shows like American Idol where the winners are chosen by public votes. I’m not one to even watch much TV ummm, unless it has some juicy reality show drama. I have to admit, I only began to watch American Idol over the last few years. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t watch the entire season. I let the show start and ended up catching up with the show when there were about 10 contestants left. In fact last year my hubby and I rooted for opposite contestants in the end. He wanted our hometown hero Kree to win but I loved the voice of Candice. And I was right, Candice walked away with the win. This year may be a bit different.
I had the lucky opportunity to get a backstage tour of this years American Idol production during Hollywood week right before Christmas, compliments of American Idol. I also had the chance to see a private viewing of the recorded auditions episode that will be airing on January 13 and 14, 2014.
First let me tell you that I am seeing this years American Idol in a whole new light. There were a total of 16 ladies from different walks of life that were invited to the American Idol social media preview. Most of the ladies had became huge fans of American Idol over the years. I seemed to be the only one who could not name at least 5 previous contestants. As I watched the preview, I did notice something different that I had never noticed before. The usual audition show focused on the absolute worse contestants mixed in with the ones who were actually invited to Hollywood week. American Idol season did not focus on that. It showed the judges, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr, and Keith Urban educating the “want to be” artists instead of insulting or making fun of them. This is something about American Idol Season XIII that caught my attention. I also loved the fact that most contestants were in love with Jennifer Lopez and then told Harry Connick Jr that their mother loved him or told them to tell him hi. While others did not even know who he was.
The day after our private viewing in Hollywood we were taken to have our private backstage tour. We had the chance to meet some of the movers and shakers of the show. Those people who make the show happen season after season, year after year.
During lunch in the judges lounge, Harry Connick Jr actually came in and spoke with us about how excited he was about the upcoming season. It was a great jester to stop by. And he also left us each with a copy of his recent CD, Every Man Should Know, each personally signed with our name and his signature.
We also had the chance to walk on the actual American Idol stage and the dressing area that the contestants go into right before entering the stage. That room also has the only American Idol sign that says Hollywood Week Now that’s what I call cool.
During the tour we also had the chance to watch about 2 hours of group auditions. These kids have talent. I have a few personal favorites already.
So do you think you will be tuning in to America Idol Season XIII?