“American Idol” comes to Omaha Thursday night.
On Thursday's episode of the singing competition, expect to see features on local singers, shots of downtown Omaha and the CenturyLink Center and, most likely, a few scenes of farm fields and cattle.
The footage was filmed in two parts last year, when auditions took place at the CenturyLink Center and months later when contestants returned to perform for judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.
Fewer than 100 contestants were called back after thousands auditioned. “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest told The World-Herald that they were looking for a “superstar.” They want someone “not just good, but great — excellent.”
Talent, look and charisma were all factors the judges looked at, and Urban said all three enjoyed similar traits in singers.
“The great thing is when someone really has 'it,' we really respond to it,” Urban told The World-Herald. “It's really not about genre. It's about ...”
“Just being good, ” Lopez continued.
While they were in town, the celebrity judges enjoyed a little of Omaha. Urban had a “great” steak at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, and Connick watched NFL football.
“I love it here, man, ” Connick said. “The people are great.”
Previous episodes of “American Idol” have shown auditions in Boston, Austin, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.