‘American Idol’ 12 debuts Thursday

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“IDOL” judges (from left) Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, with program host Ryan Seacrest (center).

Long-Running talent-reality show “American Idol” spices things up by introducing three new judges with “strong personalities” for its 12th season, which premieres globally today.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe stated that the “passionate” new additions to the team will be looking for “something else” this year, according to an interview released by Star World.

The show’s new judges—country star Keith Urban, popular hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj and chart-topping R&B diva Mariah Carey—join the only remaining original judge, music producer Randy Jackson.

Lythgoe hinted that season 12 already looks promising for female contenders. “This year, there is more strength in the talent, I think, of the girls,” he said. “That is not to say that one of the boys will not sneak in because there are, I would say just off the top of my head, five or six really good guys, and only five of them are going to make the top 10. At the end of the day, when you’ve got five guys and five girls… it’s anybody’s game at that stage.”

No winning formula

And as previously evidenced by some of the show’s tighter, more divisive competitions, the ultimate showdown for the “Idol” crown can be unpredictable: “It isn’t always about the voice; it is about charisma, personality, attracting an audience. If there was an absolute formula to stick to in order to win ‘Idol,’ we’d have probably found it by now, bottled it and I’m sure one of the production companies would be selling it. But we haven’t! It’s really what grabs you.”

Lythgoe described Urban as “a lovely man.” Nicole Kidman’s country singer husband sometimes “looks like he’s watching a tennis match” when caught between Minaj and Carey’s exchanges.

“But when it’s his turn to speak, he gives his mind and he won’t put up with anybody else knocking him down—he’s had rounds with Mariah, Randy and Nicki,” Lythgoe revealed.

The season’s “strong personalities” will attract renewed interest, according to Fox International Channels Philippines territory director Jude Turcuato.

Dueling divas

“I think it’s very healthy as far as entertainment is concerned,” Turcuato said during a phone interview. “As a viewer, I’d be excited to see if there really is a tiff between Nicki Minaj and

JUDE Turcuato, Fox International Channels Philippines territory director

Mariah Carey. Nobody knows whether it’s fabricated or not, but I think it’s real, and it makes for good TV.”

Turcuato added that the dueling divas, who collaborated on a song in 2010, inevitably created buzz for the show, replacing the harmonious—and some fans say, predictable—dynamic of the last panel.

“There wasn’t much conflict with Steven Tyler, J. Lo (Jennifer Lopez) and Randy last season, so expect that to change with the new panel of judges,” he said. “It’ll bring back the tension between them, like in the early seasons with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.”

Fil-Am surprises

As for the “next” Jessica Sanchez, there’s a possibility that the new season might have a few similar surprises: “I was told that there are Fil-Ams this season. It’s a tight community, and those who join and make it to the finals are really supported by their fellows abroad and all over the world. That was made evident by Jessica’s success in the previous season.”

(The 12th season of “American Idol” premieres today, 6 p.m. on Star World.)

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  • Ros Feliciano

     Some
    Filipinos back home are proud of those people of Philippine ancestries than our
    own kind who are in the Philippines. Why do we have such kind of mentality as
    feeling so proud for a singer who is an American simply because she is of a
    Filipino ancestry or a boxer who is also an American but of Filipinos ancestry?
    We must love our own kind and be proud of

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OV52HITJPMWQKZYH4UNKAGYZ3M Cherrie

      Why make an issue out of where one talent comes from? This is not about Fil-Ams or homegrown Pinoys, it is pure talent that we are celebrating here, and not one particular personality. The world and the Philippines have so much room for talents. Everybody has the right to showcase his/her talent and be appreciated by those who happen to like him/her.

      • Ros Feliciano

         Naturally we can admire people in terms of their being talented;
        however, not to the extend of more than expected. Why the Italians are
        not acting like us Filipinos in admiring Frank Sinatra or other
        celebrities of Italian ancestries; and what about those whose ancestries can be traced to the African nations like the American President? Is any of the African nation is acting like us Filipinos? Yes not for a minute, does any one country? I am not saying that no one has the right to appreciate those whose talents are beyond normal people, do I? Read again my post Ma’am, it’s just a simple English language put in writing.

  • julymorning

    GOOD BYE AI. MANOOD NALANG AKO NG MGA BADUY NA PINOY PELIKULA KAYSA MANOOD SA MINA MANIPULA NYONG PAKONTES. TSAKA, YANG NICKI MINAJ NAYAN AY MAS MALASWA AT TRYING HARD KAY LOLA MADONA AT JLO AT   AT WALANG KABULUHAN AT PURO KABABUYAN ANG KANTA. OO NGA SEXY PERO ANG MUKHA AT ANG KULAY AY PARANG PUWIT NG KAWALING DI NADAMPIAN NG SABON AT TUBIG

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.agoncillo1 Danny Agoncillo

    The winning formula is quite predictable: single white guitar-playing American male. Sorry, but this is racist America’s show. Other nationalities need not apply or watch.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OV52HITJPMWQKZYH4UNKAGYZ3M Cherrie

    I am NOT going to watch American Idol anymore. IMO, only Americans who look like Americans can be American Idol, so why patronize it?  We were all witnesses last season when Jessica Sanchez was deprived of the title in favor of that white guy with guitar. Boycott American Idol, Philippines!!!

  • akimaxx

    These ‘new judges’ are in American Idol show simply just to entertain us viewers. 
    THE REAL JUDGES OF THE SHOW ARE VOTES DECIDED BY THE PEOPLE

  • kishbuff

    This time, am not wasting my time watching this show! Lokohan lang yan!!!!! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    AI WILL FURTHER GO DOWN WHEN IT COMES TO VIEWERSHIP SHARE BCOZ OF THESE NEW JUDGES, SPECIALLY THE LADY JUDGES……..GET SOME WHOLESOME JUDGES, TAYLOR SWIFT & DIOGARDI AGAIN AT LEAST…..MINAJ LOOKS LIKE A HORSE!!!!!!!SHE SUCKS!!!!!!!! CAREY IS BOASTFUL !!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    WE WILL NOT WATCH IT BCOZ OF THE NEW JUDGES !!!!!!

  • Ros Feliciano

    Naturally we can admire people in terms of their being talented; however, not to the extend of more than expected. Why the Italians are not acting like us Filipinos in admiring Frank Sinatra or other celebrities of Italian ancestries? 

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