'Idol' is here! (almost)

You know how Christmas season starts before Halloween? Well, it’s Nov. 6, 2006 — so what better time than now to officially start the countdown to American Idol season 6, which premieres on Jan. 16, 2007? That gives us 71 days, Idol fans! 71 days until that magical goodness returns into our collective mind-spirits with beautiful karaoke song. Sigh.

Did you miss having guest judges during the auditions last year? Fear not. In just 71 days, we’ll be graced with the presences of Jewel, Olivia Newton-John, and Carol Bayer Sager, each of whom makes a stop in a different audition city.

You read me right: Jewel. So apropos! After all, the yodel has been anointed en vogue by none other than Gwen Stefani, so why not bring the original yodel gangsta into the Idol canon of judges? And if you’re thinking, "Carol Bayer who?" let me explain: songwriter Bayer Sager is responsible for "That’s What Friends Are For." (Question: Did Burt Bacharach use some of his Idol pull to bring her into the limelight again? Scandalous!)

As for Newton-John, hm. She has been through a lot, no? She deserves this guest-judge thing. Maybe it’ll lead to some aspiring screenwriter penning a treatment for Grease III. No! Wait! Xanadu on Broadway! The money!!

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  • Nick R.

    No no! A Xanadu remake with…umm…hell, ANYONE! “Spread the word”, Xanadu Redux would pretty much make me the happiest person “all over the worrrrrrrrrrrrrld”

  • Preston

    You MUST do a Popwatch of Faith Hill’s reaction to losing to Carrie Underwood last night at the CMAs:

  • Michael

    The fact that “American Idol” is the most popular show in America is almost as depressing as the fact that we have an idiot as president.

  • Paul

    Come on, Grease 3??? That would be an excellent straight-to-dvd movie with the characters from One Tree Hill and other CW (WB) shows. Keep us posted on further Idol news. I want to hear all the dirt.

  • Love

    How the mighty have fallen – Jewel??
    Helin – you rock for bring AI back into my consciousness again. I had been missing it.

  • Mark K.

    Xanadu Redux? I’m in love! It should star Jessica Simpson with Richard Gere in Gene Kelly’s role…. thoughts?

  • Mark K.

    Xanadu Redux? I’m in love! It should star Jessica Simpson with Richard Gere in Gene Kelly’s role…. thoughts?

  • Millie

    American Idol is entertainment. The only true successful stories are Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Oh yes, and Clay has not done bad for himself either, until his latest CD. It stinks!

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  • music_lover

    We’re down to 36 days!!!
    *…”American Idol” lives on!!!…*

  • hype

    XANADU is going to Broadway soon.

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