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'American Idol' - Season 8 on FOX HD

post #1 of 1887
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It's that time of year again: thousands of ordinary folks aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and others in being the U.S. of A.'s next musical superstar.

The Fox PR with a brief rundown of the season schedule:

http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/pid/1500

There are several notable changes this year, most notably the addition of a fourth judge-noted songwriter Kara DioGuardi. The broadcast schedule is slightly different: three weeks of auditions, then two weeks of the Hollywood round (with the return of group numbers). There will be 36 semifinalists (up from last year's 24) announced on Feb. 11; they will perform in groups of 12 on Feb. 17 and 24 and March 3. The man and woman with the highest total of viewer votes from each group, along with the next highest vote getter, will move on to the final 12.

The wild card round is back this year; the four judges will pick their favorite remaining semifinalists to perform once more on March 5, after which they will select the last three of this year's finalists.

The final round begins on March 10 and will continue until the finale in mid-May; no word yet on what themes or mentors will be selected, though one of the producers recently said that he would like to have Britney Spears as a mentor.

There will be NO Idol Gives Back special this year (probably due to the current state of the economy); the producers plan to bring it back next year. And, as far as I know, the current viewer voting system, allowing for unlimited phone and text message voting, has not changed.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN
post #2 of 1887
While this annual lame karaoke exhibition inexplicably has its share of fans here, can't we please at least change the thread title? If I have to look at that on the Programming front page every day for the next 5 months, I'll barf. A lot.
post #3 of 1887
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Originally Posted by SowegaBowler View Post

There will be NO Idol Gives Back special this year (probably due to the current state of the economy)

That's funny because now, more then ever, is a time to give back a little due to the state of the economy.
post #4 of 1887
How are they going to break a tie with four judges?
post #5 of 1887
is this in HD or FOX SD WIDE?
post #6 of 1887
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Originally Posted by dtv757 View Post

is this in hd or fox sd wide?

hd
post #7 of 1887
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

How are they going to break a tie with four judges?

They have had four judges before. The only difference will be there will be a fourth judge during the Hollywood rounds.
post #8 of 1887
Simon Cowell breaks any tie.
post #9 of 1887
New judge Kara was on Letterman last night. I found her cute but very annoying. Either way, I'm looking forward to watching this with the kids tonight.
post #10 of 1887
On a related front, Fantasia may be allowed to keep her house outside of Charlotte after negotiating a payment plan to keep it out of foreclosure. It was heavily liened to pay back taxes.
post #11 of 1887
Another vote for worst thread title EVER.
post #12 of 1887
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I'll barf. A lot.

Could be the latest weight-loss fad; write a book, get rich, and thank the thread-starter for motivating your efforts...
post #13 of 1887
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On a related front, Fantasia may be allowed to keep her house outside of Charlotte after negotiating a payment plan to keep it out of foreclosure. It was heavily liened to pay back taxes.

As far as I know, I don't think anyone has ever accused her of having any brains.
post #14 of 1887
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Another vote for worst thread title EVER.

And another vote! Maybe we could get a Mod (CPanther95) to delete the last part.
post #15 of 1887
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Could be the latest weight-loss fad; write a book, get rich, and thank the thread-starter for motivating your efforts...

Not if you throw up in your mouth like I did.

[comic book guy] Worst thread title ever! [/comic book guy]
post #16 of 1887
Bring on the new season. I can't wait!
post #17 of 1887
Title edited.
post #18 of 1887
Awww, CP; you're denying so many AVSers that opportunity for the treacle-induced up-chuck...
post #19 of 1887
Thread Starter 
Thanks to CP95 for shortening the thread title, per my request; maybe there can now be a bit more peace here as the season progresses.
post #20 of 1887
very poor feed over here on a motorla 3416 / pioneer pdp-5080hd... noisy picture, text overlays are jittery... i don't watch this show gf does, but i remember last year the picture quality was outstanding. hmm?
post #21 of 1887
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Not seeing any problems here thus far, watching OTA on WTLH-DT out of Tallahassee.

Tonight's show covers the auditions in Phoenix. It should be noted all of the auditions were held last summer; no report on whether the hot Arizona sun dried out some of our hopefuls' voices.
post #22 of 1887
pq looks great here too..watching on ctv via rogers cable in toronto

pioneer 6010 and SA 8300 box.

that bikini girl is going to provide laughs for a few weeks i think haha
post #23 of 1887
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that bikini girl is going to provide laughs for a few weeks i think haha

She just may...though her voice is plausible, she reminds me a bit of Amy Davis from last year. I wonder why she got through while teen songwriter/country music fan Lea Marie (sp?), who I thought was almost spot-on, was turned down.

I was also impressed by Emily, who did a very good job on "Barracuda;" though her pink hair and tattoos may be turn-offs for some, I would not be surprised if she makes at least the top 12. I also liked Brianna (the one who led a dance lesson before her tryout); she could also go far with the proper voice coaching.

EDIT: I forgot about Stevie Wright-she was such a joy to hear.

Tomorrow, it's on to Kansas City...
post #24 of 1887
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She just may...though her voice is plausible, she reminds me a bit of Amy Davis from last year. I wonder why she got through while teen songwriter/country music fan Lea Marie (sp?), who I thought was almost spot-on, was turned down.

After 7 seasons, you can predict that girls like Lea Marie won't get very far, so you may as well cut them off early, and let someone better have a shot. Of course, I don't expect bikini girl to get past Hollywood, but she will be fun to watch.
post #25 of 1887
Decent premiere tonight. Kara is pretty cute.

I like the country boy and the country girl. And the horror loving guy isn't so bad. Finally, while I dislike being spoonfed heartwarming stories, I want to see how far the final contestant goes. I hate to think that his handicap will help him, but without it he's just another good voice/musical talent. Nevertheless I hope he's awesome.
post #26 of 1887
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How are they going to break a tie with four judges?

If you watched tonight's ep closely, it still takes only two votes to move on. It's pretty stupid as it really should have 3 of 4 to go to Hollywood and if you split, it's a no.

But watch tonight's ep and you'll see at least once a 2-2, and they say "You're going to Hollywood."
post #27 of 1887
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If you watched tonight's ep closely, it still takes only two votes to move on. It's pretty stupid as it really should have 3 of 4 to go to Hollywood and if you split, it's a no.

But watch tonight's ep and you'll see at least once a 2-2, and they say "You're going to Hollywood."

I think that may only apply when Simon is one of the two "Yes" votes.
post #28 of 1887
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Originally Posted by SowegaBowler View Post

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I was also impressed by Emily, who did a very good job on "Barracuda;" though her pink hair and tattoos may be turn-offs for some, I would not be surprised if she makes at least the top 12.

If she is the one I'm thinking of, I thought the big, stretched out, ear lobes were biggest turn-off. What is she going to do when her fashion sense changes some day and she's stuck with these ginormous, droopy, spaghetti lobes!
post #29 of 1887
Good beginning to the show. A couple stand out people. It will be interesting to see how far the blind guy can go, I suspect top 12.
post #30 of 1887
The girl with the pink hair did good but like someone said earlier.....the earlobe things were crazy, my wife kept telling me that they were ear rings but I told her " no, those are her earlobes all stretched out" it was freaking me out when she shook her head and they flopped around

Which judge told the bikini girl to come naked next time??? I remember hearing it from the panel.

Did anyone else see Ryan Seacrest try to "High Five" the blind guy.
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