American Idol season 10 promos highlight winners, not judges

The first promos for American Idol‘s 10th season are out, and guess what they focus on? Not the judges–and thus the absence of Simon Cowell. Instead, the two ads highlight the winners, both their auditions and their hometowns, because as we all know, the journey is much more important than the singing, which is probably why Taylor Hicks is included.

Fox has two ads, a 60-second and a 30-second version, and while the full version shows all nine winners, the 30-second one includes only Kelly Clarkson, Lee DeWyze, Ruben Studdard, David Cook, and Carrie Underwood, an interesting mix.

Watch the two promos here:

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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