American Idol New Season: New Sudden Death Challenge Round!

American Idol new season offers a new twist to the process used to choose your next American Idol contestant in its 12th season – Sudden Death round!

The new season started to air last January 16, 2013 and as usual, auditions all over the U.S. were held. But this time around, this major singing competition moved the stage from major cities to small towns and suburban areas in order to cater to idol hopefuls who live in far flung areas. Not only that, we are witnesses to the new breed of judges in the persons of country star Keith Urban, R&B diva Mariah Carey, and Barbie-doll pop princess Nicki Minaj. Randy Jackson remains a resident judge with Jimmy Iovine as a mentor and Ryan Seacrest as host.

American Idol New Season
Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban
The format remains pretty much the same with the auditions leading to Hollywood week. To advance through group round, all contestants had to sing solo performances simultaneously with four other singers from the same gender. Then, the dreaded group competition follows where everyone performs songs they choose from a list. They perform as a group but is judged individually. This year, females and males are still grouped within their gender but the show had chosen group assignments this time around.

After the group round, remaining singers still had to battle through a solo piece performance of their choice where only 20 for each category (male and female) must remain. But since there were more than 20 left for each bracket, there were several contestants who had to sing yet another song in order to prove their worth in the top 20 for their category.

This week, the Sudden Death Round is a new addition to the already exciting American Idol competition format. Here, the top 20 boys and top 20 girls will sing live with half of them going home in a shocking sudden death. There were 10 females and 10 males who already performed with 5 sent home and 5 saved from each group this week. Next week, 20 more (10 women and 10 men) will be singing for the judges. Afterwards, the top 20 overall (10 males and 10 females) will sing live for America’s votes.

What else will American Idol surprise us with this season? I’m sure they have more to offer up their sleeves these coming weeks. We can only watch, wait, and anticipate how American Idol new season will turn out. 
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