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American Idol 10 to air on Q-11

Posted on January 18, 2011

Local fans of the widely popular talent show American Idol can again watch the program via satellite on free TV through lifestyle channel Quality Television (Q-11).

The UHF channel of listed GMA Network, Inc. bagged the rights to air the highly anticipated 10th season of the hit reality TV program starting on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Q-11 has been broadcasting American Idol in the Philippines since 2008, and the show has been a ratings winner for the TV station.

However, GMA Network confirmed last year that it has plans to reformat Q-11 into an all-news channel this year, making this the last season of American Idol to air on the UHF station.

Q-11 will broadcast the show via satellite starting with the season premiere on Thursday (Jan. 20), and on the following night (Jan. 21) both at 6 p.m., with replays on the same night at 8 p.m.

Q-11 will then broadcast the entire 10th season on its new time-slot every Thursday and Friday nights at 6 p.m. with encore telecasts the same night at 8 p.m. until a new singing champion is declared in May.

The new season will have a number of changes -- including two new judges -- which are expected to renew viewer interest in the show which has seen its US ratings sag in recent seasons.

Joining recording executive Randy Jackson on the judging panel are music superstar Jennifer Lopez and rock legend Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. The two new judges replaced Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, and Ellen DeGeneres, who all left the show last year. Former judge Paula Abdul left after Season 8.

American Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in a press statement sent by Q-11: "Our 10th season begins with a completely invigorated panel of judges... This is combined with the world’s most successful and brilliant music executive Jimmy Iovine [chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records] becoming the contestants’ special mentor."

Ms. Lopez said in the same statement that she has been quite impressed with some of the contestants she met during this season’s auditions. Mr. Tyler, on the other hand, said they, the judges "switch on being brutal" during the auditions.

Mr. Iovine joins American Idol this year after Universal Music Group replaced Sony Music Entertainment as the show’s official partner record label. Sony Music, which was the show’s partner since the first season, ended its ties with American Idol after Mr. Cowell left last year.

This year also marks the first time that the show lowered the age limit for contestants to 15 years old, from 18. The upper age limit remains at 28. Season 10 is also the first season that allowed auditions through the social networking Web site MySpace.

For this season, American Idol conducted auditions in Nashville, Tennessee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New Orleans, Louisiana; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and in San Francisco, and Los Angeles in California.

As expected, thousands lined up for the chance to become the next American Idol recording superstar.

Originally conceived as the US version of Britain’s Pop Idol, American Idol exploded into a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon. The show has launched the careers of numerous recording artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and David Cook.

American Idol is shown in over 100 nations outside the US. -- JOV