02:52 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 03/27/2014 07:15PM
American Idol has been on the air for 13 seasons, but somehow there are still plenty of behind-the-scenes tidbits you can't see from home.
"There is a lot of stuff that I did not know," contestant Dexter Roberts tells PEOPLE.
So what are these unearthed gems? Here are five secrets about the FOX reality show.
Originally posted 03/19/2014 10:20AM
American Idol's Top 13 are just as excited to watch the show as couch potatoes as the viewers are at home. It's just a different couch.
"You get to watch a free concert right in front of you and also feel a part of the TV show. It's fun," contestant C.J. Harris, 23, tells PEOPLE of spending the performance shows watching from the blue couches in the stageside contestants' lounge.
In seasons past, the contestants have spent the performance shows backstage until it's their turn to grab the mic. But the season 13 singers are unanimously excited to watch their fellow competitors.
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