Mark your calendars, Idol-izers! Fox has just announced the premiere date for Season 13 of American Idol. (Finally, huh?)
The thirteenth go-round of the hit singing competition will kick off on Wednesday, January 15, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox — and will then continue the following night, Thursday, January 16.
Interestingly, Fox is slashing the runtime of the season, eventually cutting the results show down to only 30 minutes, though the network hasn't announced when in the season the change will occur.
You'll see a drastically-different judging panel come January, too. Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have moved on — taking their frenemy-ship with them — and Randy Jackson will be an in-house mentor instead of a judge.
But in their place will be returning judge Jennifer Lopez — you know, "Jenny from the Block" — and a judge new to the franchise: jazz singer Harry Connick Jr.
And if the show has a different energy this season, it might be because Ken Warwick and Simon Lythgoe (aka that So You Think You Can Dance judge) are no longer executive producers — they've been replaced by Per Blankens from the Swedish version of Idol. No word on if he's bringing IKEA furniture from his homeland to replace the judges' tables and chairs.
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