Posted: 11:43 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
By Elisabeth Kramer
Getting a golden ticket on American Idol is a great first step on the journey to be America’s next superstar, but man, is it a loooooong journey. Idol’s producers don’t fool around, putting contestants through the wringer before they even make it to the Live Shows. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon, either.
Season 13 starts on Fox on Wednesday, January 15, with three weeks of auditions. We’ll be seeing the best and the worst from this year’s tour of the U.S. including the scenic pitstops of Salt Lake City, Detroit, and Austin. After five nights of audition footage (including, we’re sure, at least one new internet meme sensation), we’ll reach the always enjoyable “Road to Hollywood” recap on Thursday, January 30, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Fox has yet to release the specifics on where this crazy trip called Season 13 goes then, but we’re guessing at least a week or two of Hollywood magic before the surviving contestants roll the dice in Sin City.
As you may remember from seasons past, Vegas Week can be one of the most brutal the Idol stars ever face. With the competition getting tougher each week, the narrowed down pool must fight all the harder to claim one of the coveted 24 to 36 spots in the Semis.
Of course, for Season 12 the producers decided to throw in another curve ball by making Vegas into a Sudden Death round. The judges picked their top five girls and guys each night for four nights until they had their Top 20. No word yet on if that’ll be the case this year but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
Are you excited for Vegas Week or just want the Live Shows to start already? Tell us in the comments below. Ryan Seacrest, that means you!