Much has been said about the transformations that producers would bring to the revamped season of “American Idol,” leaving purists to ask: Will it rejuvenate the aging show, or will the stream of tweaks flounder?
One change that had the potential to make the most difference -- besides new judges, of course -- was the addition of some marquee music producers to help the contestants dress up theme nights.
Viewers got the first taste of this when the 13 finalists took the stage Wednesday to tackle songs by their personal idols.
Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M Records and the competition’s in-house mentor, enlisted his own dream team of producers to rotate duties, including Polow Da Don, Rock Mafia, Rodney Jerkins, Don Was, Jim Jonsin, Ron Fair and “Tricky” Stewart –- and that was just for the first week (Timbaland and Alex Da Kid are also confirmed for the show as well).
The producers were each given a finalist and had a hand in arranging and producing his or her selected song, all under the watchful guise -- and often criticism -- of Iovine.