American Idol will have three new judges on the panel next season.
Randy Jackson will be joined by pop diva Mariah Carey, country singer Keith Urban, and rapper Nicki Minaj in Season 12 of American Idol.
The three came on board after the departure of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who both joined the panel for two seasons.
Like most of the show’s fans, the finalists from Season 11 are also excited to see how these music superstars are going to judge the Season 12 hopefuls.
The Top 10 of American Idol Season 11 are currently in the Philippines for their one-night concert to be held on Friday, September 21, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
During their press conference yesterday, September 18, at the Manila Hotel, the Idols were asked what they think about the new judges.
Phillip Phillips, this year’s winner, said, “I’m excited to see how the judges panel is gonna be this year. It’s gonna be interesting.
"It’s a whole new crowd, you know, besides Randy. There’s gonna be a lot of different opinion going around.”
When asked who among the new judges he will be most scared of, Phillip replied, “I would still be scared to every single one of them like I was this year.
“I think it is still gonna be the same thing.”
Country singer and fifth-placer Skylar Laine, on the other hand, said, “I know that I’m excited for Keith Urban to be a judge because finally there’s a country judge in the panel.
“But I think it’s a great panel of judges.
“You got Nicki Minaj. It would be great for RnB to bring in a lot of young people to the show.
“There’s Mariah, who is a multi-platinum artist and has been around for years.
“She knows exactly what she’s talking about.
“So, I’m really excited about what’s gonna happen this year.”
American Idol Season 12 is set to begin on January 2013.
EATING AND SHOPPING. Before their one-night concert, the Top 10 of Season 11 will spend their two days doing interviews with the local media and meeting their fans through a couple of mall shows.
If they do get a spare time, the Idolssaid that they would spend it by shopping and trying some Filipino food.
Skylar, who is from Mississippi, said, “I’m a big food fan. I miss the southern food so it’s great to come here and experience some new food.”
Runner-up Jessica Sanchez, who is half-Filipino, is also interested to try authentic Pinoy dishes.
She said, “I eat Filipino food in America.
"It’s actually amazing to be here in the Philippines and have home-cooked foods. I’m excited for that.”
Meanwhile, British-American Hollie Cavanagh was raving about shopping during the press conference.
She said, “I heard there’s a really good shopping so I’m really excited to go shopping!
“If we really have some time, I know Jessica and I will get on that really quick.
“I also talked to one of the previous contestants and said this is one of the really amazing things.
"I think we’re really excited for it.”
Korean-American Hee Jun Han, on the other hand, joked about going to the casinos, which, according to him, is one of the things he heard about the Philippines.
Last season’s resident clown said, “My fiancée, Jessica, told me there are a lot of pretty girls. But so far I couldn’t see anyone.
“I’m kidding... I see beautiful girls here, I’ll give you my number later.
“[I heard about] a lot of great things, great food, lots of casino.”
FILIPINO AUDIENCE. Aside from shopping and food, the Idol alumni are most excited about the reception that they will get from the Filipino audience at their concert.
Third-placer Joshua Ledet said, “I’m extremely excited to be here.
“Coming from the contestants from the last season... [they] said that you guys are very appreciative and it’s a lot of fun here.
“I’m really excited, thanks for having us.”
Erika Van Pelt, who finished tenth, said the same thing when asked what she heard about the Philippines.
“We heard that it’s beautiful and the rest of the guys [from last season] said that there’s a warm reception here, everyone has been really nice.”
Since their concert on Friday will be their last performance for the American Idol Live! Tour 2012, seventh-placer Colton Dixon said, “I think it’s the chance for us to spend time with each other, this last week, as a family. It’s foreign to a lot of us who are excited to be here.”
Before their concert on Friday, the American Idol Season 11 Top 10 finalists will be at the Eastwood City and Glorietta Activity Center today, September 19; and at the Alabang Town Center and Venice Piazza McKinley Hill tomorrow, September 20.