Now in its fourteenth season, American Idol has to find new and exciting angles to keep the show fresh. Next week FOX debuts its latest twist on Idol with “Showcase Week” featuring the Top 48 at the Sunset Strip’s House of Blues.

Showcase Week at House of Blues

Showcase Week at House of Blues – Source: Instagram

Starting February 18, 2015 American Idol will arrive at the House of Blues with its Season 14 Top 48 contestants. There we’ll have back to back nights of performances taped late last year featuring the remaining Hopefuls performing before a live audience.

This could likely be the first time for many of these aspiring artists to play such a large scale gig and another chance for the Judges to see who stands up and who cracks under the pressure. Their performance will drive the next round of American Idol results when the Top 48 are cut down to the Top 24 contestants.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the Showcase Week held back in December. Looks like a great venue and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out next week on American Idol 2015!

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