The American Idol 2013 season premiere is less than two weeks away! Can you believe it is already time for American Idol season 12? There are lots of changes in store for the new crop of hopeful contestants, including a brand new panel of American Idol 2013 judges: Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and — the only returning judge — Randy Jackson.
In addition to an almost entirely new panel of American Idol season 12 judges, there are rumors of other major changes to how things may work this time around. One strong rumor in particular indicates that it will be the judges, not the voters, who narrow the field down to the top 10 or 12 to make sure the ‘right’ kind of finalists end up going into the live shows.