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    'American Idol' behind the scenes: 'Idol' coaches talk the Top 12 -- EXCLUSIVE

    Continuing last week’s exclusive, American Idol vocal coach and arranger Debra Byrd and associate music director and arranger Michael Orland chatted with EW following the Top 12 performance show. For 10 seasons, Byrd and Orland have been on the front lines with the contestants, from Hollywood Week to the grand finale in May. The two work with the contestants on their respective songs, helping them shine on the Idol stage and in front of a national TV audience. Click through to read their take on this week’s “Year the Contestants Were Born” show, including what Thia needs to accomplish to make it to the later rounds, which 1980s song Orland thinks is going to reemerge as a hit thanks to Idol, how Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” wasn’t Casey’s first song choice, and why Casey got to play an instrument.

    'American Idol' behind the scenes: 'Idol' coaches talk the Top 12 -- EXCLUSIVE | PopWatch | EW.com


 

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