Of course, when discussing a karaoke game, the most important aspect is the music. When selecting songs this go round, the developers looked towards American Idol favorites for inspiration. You'll see tunes such as "Build Me Up Buttercup", "Let's Stay Together", "The Real Thing", "Do I Make You Proud" and "Breakaway". I was surprised that Carrie Underwood's smash hit, "Jesus Take The Wheel" wasn't included, but I guess that was considered too religious?
The songs are well translated, since they are not done by the original artists, but they sound very similar to them so it's all good. I was pleased with most of the song selections, however I did find that simply by going with Idol-flavored songs, by nature they were more challenging. The purpose of American Idol is to find America's best singer and these songs are all about showcasing one's voice. Therefore, if you have been a Karaoke Revolution star up to now, you may find that although you are able to hit the correct pitch and get a good score, you might not sound all that good doing it.
As with the last version, you can still map your face using a EyeToy camera to truly create your own personal character. Plus, as always, there are plenty of choices to create your avatar. I was disappointed that there weren't more choices, to be honest. Even having some of the past contestants or winners from American Idol as character choices would have been fun, but they didn't go that route.
Present also in all of their "glory" are Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, voice likenesses and all, plus a few announcing lines here and there by Ryan Seacrest. The judges are on-hand to give comments, both good and bad, just as they do in the show, although I found I saw a lot more nicey-nice comments from Mr. Iceberg Cowell than I have ever seen on the show. Strangely enough, Paula Abdul doesn't make an appearance in the game as a judge, however she does show up in the unlockable extra videos several times. In her stead is "Laura", a judge who looks a whole lot like her and basically makes comments like Paula. The American Idol cheerleader is what some folks call her. I call her the American Idol minah bird. Her comments? "Yeah, just what he said."