Tonight, 40 of the still-surviving new Season 10 American Idol contestants watch a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love at The Mirage. Call it a reward because 60 hopefuls arrived here Saturday, and after auditions in duets and trios, 20 were eliminated.
Idol host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, plus returning judge Randy Jackson, were at The Mirage theater yesterday as production of the first-ever Hollywood Week on the road was wrapped.
It was announced that Season 10 premieres Jan. 19 and with a change of night broadcasts to Wednesdays and Thursdays.
J.Lo said: “Here in this theater, it gave them an opportunity to experience singing on a real stage with a real set and a real band. It was an important step to see if they really stood out, and we got to see who are the real performers. We don’t like having to eliminate the hopefuls. It’s heartbreaking. They have to deliver every single time, and so this is fulfilling where we’re pushing them.”
Veteran rocker Steven Tyler of Aerosmith added: “We have to put them through a gauntlet. Now that some of the contestants are as young as 15, they may have never heard a Beatles song before, so they’re singing the best songs ever and adding their own flavor.”
A Fox executive on American Idol told me this morning: “It was a great experience to come to Las Vegas and film this way. We had several record producers in Vegas to act as mentors for the contestants. We don’t know yet if we’ll be returning to Vegas this season, but viewers will certainly see the images of Cirque’s Love all over the new season premiere episode.”
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