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'American Idol' adding expanded song list, format changes for 13th season

Judges, from left, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. are seen during the panel of "American Idol" at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. The producers of the show say the new season includes changes to freshen it, including an expanded song list for contestants. Executive producer Per Blankens said Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, that the show's song list, which has included a fair share of golden oldies, will add more current tunes that the young contestants can relate to. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
January 13, 2014 - 4:06 PM

PASADENA, Calif. - The producers of "American Idol" say the show's new season includes changes to freshen it, including expanded song choices for contestants.

Executive producer Per Blankens said Monday that after tending toward a fair amount of golden oldies, the show's song list will add more current tunes that the young contestants can relate to.

Executive producer Trish Kinane says former judge Randy Jackson's new role will include leading a workshop that helps contestants deal with vocal and other challenges.

The talent contest also will introduce a "rush week" that precedes the Hollywood week auditions.

But Kinane told the Television Critics Association the series is still essentially "American Idol."

Fox's program enters its 13th season Wednesday with declining ratings and competition in the talent genre from NBC's "The Voice."

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