A source close to Ben also somewhat supports this in a less straightforward way by saying
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Is it really all about the singing?
Does American Idol really want to recognize the vocal talent… or do they just crave a great entertainer??
That was the big question at the judges' Q & A session Wednesday night. And PerezHilton.com was on site when a fan got real and asked Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson what finding the next Idol is REALLY about!!
To our delightful surprise, there were some GREAT and HONEST answers:
Nicki: "It's about diversity. There are four of us, and our collective vote [decides at first], but then (with a matter of fact face and a head nod) it's up to America. America will decide if they want a big singer or if they want an entertainer!"
Randy: "Honestly, I want both. And I think you can have both. Look at Beyoncé. I think Beyoncé has it all. So I think and I KNOW you can have it all, and that's what I want!"
So you've heard it now, contestants! Y'all better channel your hand-wavin' Queen Bey if you want a chance to win. LOL!
"It's difficult to compare legends to a brand new artist, because they may have an inkling of that person, but they'll never be that person."
Truth! And we think we all know a few examples of pop culture proving that theory!
So if you want to win Idol, you gotta bring it like Bey but stay true to yourself. After all, Randy said the top three qualities in a winner are uniqueness, unbelievable talent, and star power.
Note that UNIQUENESS came first!
And most importantly, even when you pair originality and drive together, that needs to stem from a true love for the art of performance to really make it as an Idol. SexXy aussie Keith made sure to express his feelings on what comes after the birth of a star, saying:
"Staying relevant [is key], [You have to] make art that stays with the times [without] losing yourself in the process."
Got all this down, hopefuls??
We're cheering for you! This season really has the potential to be one of the best seasons yet. But a lot of that lies in the contestants themselves, and we really hope they bring the whole package like Bey and the performer judges do! They've got to or else!