Friday, January 12, 2007

`Idol' hands hard at work for season six

Last year, Prince. This year, Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey

As "American Idol" starts singing again Tuesday, those connected with the Fox blockbuster acknowledge few limits when it comes to guest stars or ratings or product spinoffs. Or even rampant enthusiasm.

"This is the greatest music talent show ever," judge Randy Jackson asserted in a telephone news conference last week.

The series begins with a pair of two-hour episodes airing 8-10 p.m. EST Tuesday and Wednesday and featuring auditions in Minneapolis and Seattle. Details of a previously announced song-writing contest for the eventual winner's first single are pending, Frot-Coutaz said.

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