Thursday, January 08, 2009

wait...season 8??...

Seems like just two weeks ago we were debating Clay v. Ruben or just yesterday arguing over the Davids. Looks like this season we'll be discussing the judging merits of Paula v. Kara as a fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi, will join the judging panel this season.

Nigel Lythgoe will be a no-show this go-round, as he is off making his fortune elsewhere, and in his absence the show format has undergone some new changes and brought back some old favorites. The schedule is in the sidebar to the right, but here's a rundown.

The eighth season premieres Tuesday, Jan. 13 with the traditional parade of auditioners. The audition episodes (which are promised to highlight more the valid contenders from the pranksters) will continue for three weeks or seven episodes, wrapping up Thursday, Jan. 29. We'll get to see more than 15 minutes of Hollywood in exchange for the abbreviated audition airings (thank you!), with three full episodes of Hell Week, followed by the elevator/long walk/chair celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

We're flashing back to the days of old this season, with 36 semi-finalists chosen from Hollywood instead of the 24 of the past few seasons. Each of the semi-finalists will perform just once for a chance to advance to the final 12, a departure from the three weeks of performances we've seen from each of them since season four.

The semi-final episodes begin Tuesday, Feb. 17 with twelve of the 36 performing. Another twelve will perform the following week, and the remaining twelve will sing the third week. Results nights will be Wednesdays with three finalists chosen by popular vote: one male, one female, and a third determined by the vote, regardless of gender.

By the end of the semi-finals we will have nine finalists, determined by votes. And we will see the return of the WILDCARD episode (YAY!!) where the judges will choose the remaining three finalists.

Those twelve will try to become the next Kelly, Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie, Taylor, Jordin or David, beginning Tuesday, March 10.

As usual I will not start regular blogging until the semi-final round, but I do plan to catch the audition episodes to see if they're going to live up to their promise of more grit and less grime. Your commentary is always welcomed and appreciated.

It's good to be back!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

hopefully it will be the paula+kara vs simon season hehe

3:13 PM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

Welcome back!!!! I'll have to start blogging again as well. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!

8:05 PM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger DrillerAA said...

Welcome back. I'm looking forward to your commentary this season. Let the games begin.

12:13 AM, January 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, WELCOME BACK!!! I look forward to this season, although I have to admit that I hate the audition weeks. Maybe they will be better this year.

6:34 AM, January 09, 2009  
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5:13 PM, January 10, 2009  
Anonymous tracyintpa said...

Glad to see you back.... I've been looking forward to the return of the show and to your blog.... Very happy about the improvements to the format and hope that with Nigel's absence the show will have some freshness to it.

2:03 PM, January 12, 2009  
Anonymous grannyvi said...

Welcome back Jennifer! Good to see you're (almost) back in business. Also happy about the changes BUT....they also need to 86the mosh pit so I don't have to try to see the performer through all those stupid waving arms, AND PLEASE do away with the call-in questions. There must be better ways to fill time! Other than that, looking forward to another season and to your comments on it. Yay!!

2:36 PM, January 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you got your computer fixed and your back! Hope season 8 is a great one!


3:23 PM, January 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay!!! I'm glad you're back! Looking forward to your comments.


12:31 PM, January 13, 2009  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

Yay for the beginning of Season 8! I'm especially excited about the return of the Wild Card round. Only 4 1/2 more hours until Idol....

3:30 PM, January 13, 2009  
Anonymous ChrisROCKS said...

Hiya Jennifer!

Welcome back! I'm looking forward to this season with its many changes and really looking forward to your humorous blogging! woohoo!!

Shout out to all the regulars who've been commenting here for years! (Dori, drillerAA, JJ, Dave, Kristi, connie, tracyintpa, Sunshine, and of course LEN. ;) Can't wait to get into the nitty-gritty with ya'll!)

3:32 PM, January 13, 2009  
Anonymous LEN said...

@ChrisROCKS - Oh boy - I'm a regular! See you soon, Sweetie :-)

P.S. Hi, everyone!

7:47 PM, January 13, 2009  
Anonymous Water Flood Damage Livingston County said...

It does really fly by. It just seemed like David Cook was crowned yesterday.

1:28 AM, January 19, 2009  

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