The fourteenth season of “American Idol” is slated to return to Fox in January 2015, and the producers are introducing a twist to the reality-singing competition. Read on to learn more about the latest scoop on “American Idol.”
Calling it the “True Believer Program,” the twist involves awarding a cash prize worth $50,000 to a contestant’s family member or friend who is seen as the most involved and influential in getting the winner to audition for “American Idol” Season 14, hence the title “True Believer.”
According to the rules, anyone who auditions and makes it as a contestant on the show will be asked to name a person they know is their true believer. The winner of this rewards program, however, will only be determined if the contestant will emerge as the titleholder of “American Idol 2015.”
The True Believer Program was officially announced during the first round of auditions for Season 14 in Minneapolis on June 18, 2014, and it will subsequently be announced in the other audition locations like New Orleans (June 25), Uniondale, New York (July 23), Nashville (July 30) and San Francisco (Sept. 29). The complete rules are found on the show’s official website.
“American Idol” Season 14 auditions are also happening online via various social media platforms with interested contestants being asked to use the hashtag #TheNextIdol. They can also submit their videos on the official website.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reported that all judges would be back for Season 14. Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban will still keep their chair at the judges’ panel, while Ryan Seacrest will remain as the show’s host. This will be the first time since 2011 where no changes in the judging panel has taken place.
“Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season,” says Fox’s senior executive David Hill in the Entertainment Weekly report on the judges’ return.
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