It’s almost that time again…and no I don’t mean Christmas time, I am talking American Idol time. The show will be back staring its 8th season on January 13 – 14 from 8 – 10. Yes that’s right, 4 hours of idol to remind you why America fell in love with this show in the first place. There will be some changes for season number 8 and those include less time spent watching all those crazy untalented contestants. Don’t worry you will get your fill just not weeks upon weeks of them. Also instead of 24 contestants coming to Hollywood to compete there will be 36.
Some other big changes include the addition of the new female judge Kara DioGuardi. Kara herself is a singer – songwriter and will help Paula stand up to Simon. She is also known to let the contestants know how it should be sung by belting out the song right there. So she should be an interesting addition to the team. For all of you who might be worried about Paula fear not, executive producer Ken Warwick says that Paula is “one of the foundation blocks of the series. And I certainly don’t want to lose her”. That’s good to know because who doesn’t love to watch the tension between Paula and Simon? Another change is that the wild –card system is back, which means that while the audience gets to pick 9 favorites, 3 wild card singers will be picked by the judges. Last but not least “Idol Gives Back” will not be back this season, but may switch to an every other year production. “Idol Gives Back” has been hugely successful and has raised over $130 million in the past 2 years for many different charitable causes. In the past “Idol Gives Back” has featured big names such as Bono, Brad Pitt, Chris Daughtry, and Miley Cyrus. One of the reasons for the change includes our current economic crisis here in the U.S.
Who will be this years Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson or David Cook? It is amazing how idol has really given these talented young stars their break and they have risen to such success so quickly when otherwise, they would probably still be trying to get discovered..