'American Idol' Reveals Rush Week Details, Top 30 Won't All Perform
'American Idol' Reveals Rush Week Details, Top 30 Won't All Perform
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
American Idol is getting ready for the live shows, but season 13 will come with even more twists as not everyone who appears on the live shows will actually get to sing for America's votes.

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Hollywood Week ends on Thursday, February 13 when the Top 31 will be revealed by the judges. There will be 15 girls, but the judges will pick 16 guys, two of whom will face America's vote to decide which of them gets the final spot in the official Top 30.

Then comes Rush Week, with a double dose of two-hour live performances shows on Tuesday, February 18 and 19 at 8pm. The girls will perform on Tuesday and the guys on Wednesday, all mentored by returning Idol judge Randy Jackson. But they won't all get to sing.

Instead, the judges will announce on the live show which of their Top 15 from the guys and girls will get the chance to sing for America's votes. Some of the singers won't be picked, and they will simply be eliminated from the competition.

After each of those shows, America will vote for their favorites. Then on Thursday, February 20, we get the first live results show as the top five guys and top five girls from America's votes will make up the Top 10. Then the three judges, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, will get to pick three other contestants to get a second chance, making up the Top 13.

American Idol returns to its normal format, with the Top 13 performing on Wednesday, February 26 and a live results show on Thursday, February 27.

Are you excited for American Idol's new Rush Week format? Is eliminating contestants on the live shows without even giving them a chance to sing for America even crueler than the bus to the airport in the Hollywood or Home round? And is there any way of preventing the return of Randy Jackson?

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