So what is in store for us tonight? Judge Randy Jackson gives us some insight into what the new batch of American Idol hopefuls will have to go through.
Nigel Lythgoe earlier revealed that five contestants fainted under the pressure. One even fell off the stage.
Why was it so pressurized this year?
Randy Jackson admitted that they had switched things up a little this year, making it tougher. But he says it produced a breadth of talent coming through, from church singers to singer-songwriters via jazz singers and country.
Hollywood Week was made tougher by a lot of golden tickets being given out, although not as many as last year.
When asked whether former contestants like Colton Dixon or Baylie Brown have any edge going into Hollywood Week Randy said that it perhaps helps with the nerves a little bit, but that’s about the extent of it.
The judging criteria remains the same as any other year, he said. He pointed out the judges often tell people they are not ready for the show and to go away, practice, then come back. He says it just so happens that this season a lot of these people decided to come back.
He’s apparently retired a few catchphrases like “Are you in it to win it?” Yeah, that’s so last season!
Randy also promised “a couple of little wrinkles we will throw in”. He hinted at what some of the changes may be, saying that he wished the judges had more than one save in a season. Last year, the save went to Casey Abrams.
On the speculation regarding the host’s future on the show, he said he hoped Ryan Seacrest would be returning.
“He’s the best at what he does; it’s hard to find hosts that really wrangle all of us.”
American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.