Everyone's favorite singing competition returns for its highly anticipated 13th season with a new dream team judging panel, new contestants and the best and worst of auditions. Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., travel across the country to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco where the good, the bad and the outrageous audition for their shot at stardom. This season promises to deliver the most talented group of singers yet and as always, it's up to the viewers to root and vote for their favorite contestants, ultimately crowning the next American Idol. Don't miss the auditions from Boston and Austin that everyone will be talking about the next daymoreless
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In Canada, the hashtags for the viewers to vote if they think the contestant is going to Hollywood or not, don't appear on screen.
Only Day 1 of the Austin auditions are shown. This is the first time ever that one city was split into two different episodes.
This episode started with an audition. This is the first time there has ever been an audition to start not only the show but a season. Usually Ryan does some sort of speech with various clips of auditions shown, but the first actual one isn't shown until after the credits.
This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #IdolPremiere, #TheChamber and #ThisIsReal.
25 contestants from Boston made it through and 21 contestants from Day 1 of Austin made it through to Hollywood.
This season there is no "coming up" segment before commercial breaks, like in all previous years.
This is the first episode of American Idol to not feature Randy Jackson. Ryan now becomes the lone person to have appeared in every single episode of American Idol ever. And is the lone original cast member.
The Idol Bus is back. Although not mentioned specifically in this episode, the cities it visited in Season 13 were: Little Rock, Arkansas, Oxford, Mississippi, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Knoxville, Tennessee and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Those chosen proceeded on to Salt Lake City to audition in front of the judges.
During the audition rounds the show chooses one audition which they show a clip of before a commercial break and then the fans at home can tweet #IDOLHOLLYWOOD or #IDOLHOME. Right after the break they reveal, the audiences votes and if the person went to Hollywood or not.
There are a number of changes this season, both the rules and the look of the show. This season was advertised and stylized as American Idol XIII and the classic Idol logo was used but with the roman numerals underneath it throughout. The opening is much shorter and very different and does not feature any former Idol contestants. They also adapted a split screen (similar to that used on the show "24") to show multiple things happening (ie, they would be showing the judges talking after a performance and also be showing the contestant back with their families). The Golden Tickets look different and are a small rectangular card as suppose to a yellow 8x11 paper, and it is kept on the Judges' desk and they hand them to those they put through. A new feature is "The Chamber", which is a small room which contestants stand in right before seeing the judges, to collect their thoughts, and when the green light goes on, they enter the judging room. At the end of each episode for the audition round a map is shown and the various places where auditioners were from, are pointed out and Ryan updates the amount of contestants with a Golden Ticket in not only each city, but in total. Rule wise, contestants are now allowed to play an instrument during the audition rounds, and Semi-finalists from season 12 (but not previous seasons) who were not in the top 10 nor on the Season 12 Tour were eligible to return, provided they met all of the other requirements. Executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick left and Per Blankens, from the Swedish version of Idol, took over.
Due to Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson all leaving, there is a new judging panel. Keith Urban stays on and Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. join. Jennifer Lopez previously Judged in Seasons 10 and 11, and is the first person to return after leaving. Harry Connick, Jr. had been a guest mentor twice before in Seasons 9 and 12. This is the first season to have an all-singers panel, as suppose to having record producers, such as Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.
Durring the Harry Connick, Jr. montage about people not knowing who he is, the words and song Who Dat were shown/heard. Who Dat is the slogan of New Orleans, which is Harry's hometown.
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