American Idol Season 8! - AI8

American Idol Season 8

The 8th season of American Idol will premiere on January 13, 2009. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson will return to judge once again, along with Ryan Seacrest as host.Producer-Singer-Songwriter Kara DioGuardi was announced as the 4th and newest permanent judge to the 'Idol' panel.

Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly has stated the competition would feature fewer "William Hung-like" contestants & "funny auditions", and will quickly move its focus on the potential singers during the earlier stages of the competition. The upcoming season of the show will also move at a faster pace and will revert back to half hour result shows, which was formerly done prior to Season 5 of American Idol.

Due to the ongoing economic recession in the US, Idol Gives Back will not return this season 8.

The AI semifinals will see the biggest change as the Wild Card round returns. Also, there will be 36 semi finalists picked instead of 24. They will be divided into 3 groups of twelve. The groups of 12 will perform on Tuesday. At the conclusion of each results show on Wednesday, the male & female semifinalists who received the highest number of viewers votes for their previous night's performance will instantly become a Top 12 finalist. In addition, another semifinalist that had received the next-highest number of votes after the performance episode -- regardless of whether he or she is male or female -- will also become a finalist.

In the Wild Card round, the next highest finishers plus other eliminated semi-finalists will return for one more chance to compete. The judges will pick the 3 performers left that they consider the best. No voting by the public will be done at this stage

International broadcasts

*United Kingdom: American Idol in the United Kingdom will air on ITV2
* Canada: The eighth season of American Idol will broadcast on CTV.
* Philippines: Q11 will air the season eight of American Idol after receiving a high number of audience share from the past season.
* Asia: Star World will air simultaneously the eight season with a ten-hour delay.

Watch some American Idol Season 8 promotional videos after the jump.

Carrie Underwood American Idol Season 8 Promo

Get Ready To Share Your Voice As American Idol Returns With A Brand-New Season, New Contestants and a New Judge Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14 on FOX.

* Top 36 Semi-Finalists Revealed Wednesday, February 11.
* Voting Begins Tuesday, February 17.
* Top 12 Singers Revealed After Judges' Wild Card Round Thursday, March 5.
* Top 12 Finalists Perform for First Time Tuesday, March 10.

4 Comments on "American Idol Season 8! - AI8"

limferdi on January 09, 2009 said...

Yehey! AI na naman!

janes on January 10, 2009 said...
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Anonymous said...

Definitely a good show. I'm glad to see some wholesomeness in America's top show. I love it, and can't wait until the season starts up again.I think American Idol is ultimately the most influential, and one of the finest, reality shows currently on air.

madine on January 12, 2009 said...

nice blog

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