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American Idol Season 13

SEASON 13 - 2014

The thirteenth season of American Idol, also known as American Idol XIII, is slated to premiere on the Fox television network on January 15, 2014. Keith Urban returned for his second season as a judge. Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. joined the judging panel as replacement judges for Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. Rickey Minor returned to the show as musical director after having left at the end of the ninth season to go to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Auditions

Auditions took place in the following cities: Boston (Massachusetts), Austin (Texas), San Francisco (California), Detroit (Michigan), Atlanta (Georgia), Salt Lake City (Utah) and Omaha (Nebraska).

In addition, special audition bus tours were held in Little Rock (Arkansas), Oxford (Mississippi), Tuscaloosa (Alabama), Knoxville (Tennessee) and Winston-Salem (North Carolina). Those chosen proceeded on to Salt Lake City to audition in front of the judges.

An auditioner this season was Tristen Langley, son of season one's third-placed finalist Nikki McKibbin, who made history as the first of the second-generation contestants on American Idol.

Hollywood Rounds

A special "Hollywood or Home" round was introduced this season whereby contestants were eliminated soon after they have landed in LAX airport before they even reached Hollywood.

52 contestants the judges were uncertain of performed solo in an airplane hanger, and 32 were sent back to the airport. The 160 contestants left then proceeded on to Hollywood and performed solo in the Dolby Theatre in groups of ten. After this round, 104 contestants remained where they performed in groups of three or four. 77 contestants went through to a further solo round.

The Hollywood rounds ended with a Top 30 being announced on 12 and 13 February 2014. However a new twist was added and the judges chose only 15 girls and 14 boys, with the "15th boy" to be chosen by the voting public. The options were Ben Briley or Neco Starr. The result of the vote and the name of the public's choice to complete the Top 30 was announced on February 18. And it was Ben Briley who had made into the Top 30.

Semi-Finals - Rush Week

The semi-finals round started on February 18. The three-day event on February 18, 19 and 20 was marketed as "Rush Week". The top five males and top five females, along with the three wild card choices by the judges, advanced to the finals. In a series first, the judges eliminated five of each gender before they even had a chance to perform in front of the live studio audience. The females started the semifinal round, and the males continued on following night's episode, and the contestants performed songs of their choice (there was no particular theme).

Finals

In this season, there are 13 weeks of the finals and 13 finalists, with one finalist eliminated per week based on the American public's votes.

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