Today Show: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol Season 12
Ryan Seacrest will be hosting the 12th season of American Idol, starting January 16 2013, where viewers are going to see a whole new cast of judges on the show for the first time. Randy Jackson, the only judge from previous years, is going to be joined by Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban.
Seacrest told the Today Show his preparation for the show hasn’t changed much but the show itself has transformed. He said the show starts off with a bang as viewers get to see Minaj and Carey, who have had major disagreements in the past, settle a disagreement they had on the elevator seconds before cameras started rolling. “They are not shy about their opinions,” Seacrest said.
Today Show: American Idol More About the Judges?
Seacrest said some people have been criticizing the show for being so much about the judges, but he felt the show was still doing what it did in the beginning – bringing talented people on a stage and giving them the chance to show off their skills. He did say this year is more of a “two-parter” though, focusing on the personalities of the judges as well as the contestants.
Today Show: American Idol Bus
Seacrest said they also added a new way for people to audition for the show. American Idol traveled the country looking for people who didn’t have the time or money to make it to the big cities where auditions are held. If they were good enough for an audition, American Idol flew them to the audition.
Today Show: Stuttering Solved With Music
Seacrest told the Today Show that this year’s auditions were all about “the heart, the hope and the hair extensions.” Plus, there are some tear jerking stories from some of the contestants. One such story involved Lazara, a singer form Chicago, who grew up with a stuttering problem that left him with little friends in school. But Lazara was able to turn to music to stop the stutter. Although he has a hard time speaking clearly, he was able to wow the judges with an amazing performance, completely stutter free.
Today Show: Interviewing American Idol Parents
Seacrest said his favorite part about the auditions is talking with the parents while their child is in the audition room.