October 6, 2013
American Idol 2013: A Better Judging Panel, A Better Season?

American Idol 2013 is shaping up to be exactly the opposite of the previous season. With Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj out of the picture the current judging panel actually seems to be working well together.

On Thursday American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keither Urban, and Harry Connick Jr., appeared on Ellen and the chemistry shared between the judges seemed natural. There were no mean looks, no back talking, and most importantly, there is no Nicki Minaj.

When talking about her fellow judges Lopez revealed: "And, this (pointing to Keith and Harry) is working really great... So yeah, we're having a great time. At the end of the day, everything that's meant to be happens."

The 13th season of American Idol won't begin until January 15 but snoops are already claiming that the first several rounds of auditions have went off without a hitch. According to reports the lack of any original judges (Randy Jackson is now gone) has revived the show.

Randy Jackson will return to the show, this time as a mentor replacement for Jimmy Iovine.

American Idol has suffered in the ratings war as The Voice and X Factor have cut into the shows freshness. X Factor however hasn't been the ratings juggernaut that Fox TV was hoping to land.

It's still unclear if the 2013 American Idol reboot will lead to higher ratings or mark another downturn for the once top-rated TV show. We suspect there will be some format changes and a new pace for the show.

Despite last seasons horrendous ratings and poor judging choices we still look forward to seeing what the shows produces can do with a refreshed judging panel that actually likes each other.

One steady factor playing into the new season is Ryan Seacrest who remains as the shows always present host.

Will you be tuning in for the 2013 season of American Idol?