American Idol Season 12 is gearing up to start shortly after the holidays. This season promises to be one of the best yet with its new, intriguing mixture of judges. I must say that I was disappointed to hear about the departures of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, but I am starting to feel the excitement of what kind of sparks may be ignited by the additions of American Idol 2013 judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Randy Jackson is the only returning American Idol 2013 judge from previous seasons. I was really glad to hear his decision to continue with American Idol Season 12. This “dawg” is one solid judge who consistently tells it like it is without demeaning contestants as his former cohort Simon Cowell would do. Jackson’s opinions and delivery of them are honest and believable, which demands viewers’ trust, giving the judging credibility.
Sadly, sexy singer and dancer Jennifer Lopez left to pursue her own career goals. What I liked about Lopez was that she was also just plain cute and down-to-earth. She was the nurturing one of the bunch, as was her predecessor Paula Abdul. Someone seems to always fill this role, and I have little doubt that pop star Mariah Carey will be the one to step into the nurturing role on American Idol 2013.
My greatest disappointment in the changes of American Idol 2013 judges is seeing Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler go. This iconic rocker won a lot of hearts with his surprisingly easy going nature and often overused approval phrase of “That’s beautiful. Just beautiful.” Not so beautiful sometimes was his attire that sometimes bordered on “costumes,” but he sure did add an element of interest and flair—and sincerity—that will be missed.
Nicki Minaj might just be the one to fill that void in American Idol Season 12 with her own flair. Songwriter, rapper Nicki Minaj will certainly provide a different style to the panel, as well as a different perspective. I’ll watch with great curiosity to see the changing styles—and colors—of her hair each night, if nothing else.
Then there’s country music star Keith Urban to round out the American Idol 2013 judges. That was the biggest surprise to me, as the country music has never been as well represented as it will be with Urban’s presence on the panel. Urban seems to be kind of a quiet, charming, yet unassuming guy, qualities in direct contrast to those of the flamboyant Nicki Minaj.
Will this new panel of judges for American Idol 2013 get along? For sure their personal as well as professional styles are different, so there are bound to be varying perspectives. Whether they bond as buddies remains to be seen, but as long as they respect each other’s differing opinions, they are sure to be one of the most diverse and arguably effective American Idol panels of judges thus far. That can only be good for the contestants, as each judge will coach America’s voters from a fresh perspective.
The American Idol 2013 premiere is right around the corner, and I, for one, can hardly wait to see the interaction of the judges. The American Idol 2013 auditions are my favorite shows, as we see a spread of auditions from wacky to wonderful. The auditions, however, are just part of the attraction. I’ll be watching the American Idol 2013 judges for sure.
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