After hearing a variety of voices featured on Idol this season, as far as I can tell, I think the judges are looking for a well-rounded performer with either a big voice (i.e. Jessica Sanchez & Joshua Ledet from season 11) or someone with a throwback kind of vibe to their voice a la Amy Winehouse or Haley Reinhart (season 10).
"I think Nicki is looking for an artist. I think Mariah is looking for the complete singer/songwriter. Randy is looking for somebody that sings on pitch, and Keith isn't just looking for a country star. Keith is looking for an instrumentalist, a good singer, and somebody that can capture that sort of magic charisma, if you will, and connect with the public. They all have their own agendas," Lythgoe shared.
This week the audience will get a better idea of what the judges are looking for as the first part of the semifinals begins on Wednesday, February 20. Still split up by gender, 10 girls will perform that night and 10 guys will perform the following night, Thursday, February 21.
After each night of performances, the judges will eliminate five singers from each group. This process will repeat the following week on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28 and the Top 20 (10 girls, 10 guys) will move onto the second part of the semifinals where the audience gets to have their say during the first voting round of the season.
So let's hear it - what do you think about this season's panel of Idol judges, and what kind of singer do you think they're looking for?