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Top 10 Reasons to Watch American Idol

2014 January 13
by Emily Hill

Disclosure: American Idol Productions treated me to an all-expense paid trip to Hollywood Week. All thoughts, opinions and behind-the-scenes photos are 100 percent honest and mine.

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American Idol stage at the Dolby Theater.

Let’s be honest. If you knew Harry Connick Jr. was a judge this season, your top 10 list would look something like this:

Top 10 Reasons to Watch American Idol Season XIII

  1. Harry Connick Jr.
  2. Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.
  3. Phenomenal talent.
  4. Harry Connick Jr.
  5. Family-friendly entertainment.
  6. Harry Connick Jr.
  7. Harry Connick Jr.
  8. Less focus on bad auditions.
  9. Amazing chemistry among the judges.
  10. Harry Connick Jr.

But in all seriousness, Harry Connick Jr. is the main reason I’ll be watching.

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Screenshot of my convo with Harry Connick Jr. via Facebook.

Touted as the “Simon” of American Idol Season XIII, Harry doesn’t mince words when it comes to judging Idol contestants, yet he does it without an ounce of sarcasm or meanness.

I can’t say the same for his predecessor.

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Harry, JLo & Keith arrive for groups.

Harry* has seriously classed up American Idol with his handsomeness vast musical education and training. He is all about the voice, not the backstory. When I tell friends and family that little piece of information, I hear “hallelujah” every time.

Sometimes I even hear “halle-freakin-lujah!”

Though Harry is reasons 1,3, 5, 6 and 10, the other reasons are no less important. Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez make for a well-rounded judging table. Though nicer (i.e., more cheerleader) than Harry, they bring valuable industry insights to the table without the egos and drama found in past seasons.

Can I hear another “hallelujuah”?

And the talent. OH MY, THE TALENT. We had a sneak peek of the Idol premiere and I’m here to tell you, American Idol Season XIII has talent in spades.

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Waiting area for contestants just off stage.

I’ve already picked a few favorites. And no, I’m not going to tell you who they are. You will have to see—and hear—them yourself on January 15th and 16th.

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I was able to watch some of the group performances and listen as the judges gave their feedback to those hopeful contestants. I’m not gonna lie. Watching firsthand as some were sent home was extremely hard. I can only imagine how it was for the parents sitting in the audience.

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Family friendly? Totally. I can’t wait to watch the show with my kids thanks to a more positive, wholesome vibe. You won’t find Steve Tyler giving a contestant a golden ticket simply because she’s wearing a short skirt (thank heavens) and you won’t see the humiliation of less-than-stellar contestants found in seasons past.

This season has “feel-good family entertainment” written all over it. And this family will be watching.

* Yes, I call him Harry. We’re pretty much BFFs after I snapped this photo just outside his dressing room.

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13 Responses Post a comment
  1. mom permalink
    January 13, 2014

    Great write up!


    Emily Hill Reply:

    Thanks, Mom! :)
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  2. January 14, 2014

    How did you hooked up with all of this Idol stuff? It’s so cool!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    If you read my original post (I think I linked to it at the beginning somewhere), I talk about the random tweet American Idol sent me in early December. I still don’t know how I was chosen–maybe some crazy algorithm from some marketing company? I’m just soaking it up while I can!
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  3. January 16, 2014

    So fun, Emily!!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Thank you, Mariel! You’r so kind to say so!
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  4. Sandra Travis permalink
    January 19, 2014

    Haven’t really been a fan of Idol for years b/c of all of the “drama” that has been on there. Watched it the other night and kind of liked the judges and their rapport w/the contestants and each other. It’s still not as good as The VOICE, but thanks for the giveaway! Have friends that have been on both!


    Emily Hill Reply:

    I too love The Voice because of the “blind” part of the auditioning process. Fortunately I think Harry is pretty good at seeing past the outer package and focusing on the voice. Glad you took the time to watch it the other night. And how awesome you’ve had friends on both!
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  5. Wendi S permalink
    January 19, 2014

    What a great experience you have had.


    Emily Hill Reply:

    It really was a dream come true!
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