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American Idol Season 11: The Judges Drop Hints!

January 10, 2012 10:00 AM by Ashley Lee

So they’ve talked a lot about The X Factor and The Voice, but what about their own show? Finally, American Idol judges Randy JacksonJennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are dropping hints about the upcoming season that premieres next week, including group numbers that put contestants up for elimination and a venue switch in the middle of the season. Read on for details, and why the winner may be male for the fifth year in a row!

When asked about the upcoming season of “It hasn’t changed, we’re all the same people. We’re a little bit more comfortable, we’re still having fun. We have amazing talent, which makes it more exciting.”

Randy Jackson joked that Lopez was handing out “a lot more No’s,” and Steven Tyler stressed that it was a necessity to truly find a star. “I’m not sure if we [should have been] harder — we’ve got our eyes on the ones that have that magic that we see in either ourselves or other people through the course of our careers, we see that in these kids.”

Jackson said, “The judges should always call it as they see it, not as people want them to call it — this is what should happen. What I love about the show is that this is the most authentic talent show — the way we do it is to help mentor and nurture the talent.”

“We try to give them advice as we would want it to be given to us, that’s how I always deliver what I’m saying. I want them to hear me, but there’ nothing’s wrong with a little tough love and a little encouragement either,” said Lopez. “And we have our own style and personalities of how we do that, but at the end of the day, we’re trying to get them through to be the winner.”

“May the best talent win,” said Jackson. “If it’s another boy this year — in my eyes, that’s who should win. Look at the success of Justin Bieber — a lot of girls vote for boys.”

Though the judges insinuate that everything will pretty much remain the same, it won’t. Since so many contestants were put through, they’ll be subject to elimination by group numbers by harmonizing on a traditional late ’50s song and then singing a solo. “We took them out of their comfort zone – they had to sing a song that’s nothing like what you’d find on radio today,” said executive producer Ken Warwick. “We’ve had to reinvent those middle rounds to get the numbers down.”

Added production company FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz, ”That center portion of the series is now always going to change up…different venues and musical choices.”

Idol Gives Back will not be returning this season, though it remains an active charity.

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Topics: American Idol, FOX Reality TV Shows, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler |

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