American Idol Judges Join Codemasters At E3

Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, two of the three judges on Fox’s American Idol, will be on hand at E3 in Los Angeles this week as attendees get their first look at Codemaster’s upcoming video game version of the hit TV show.

Participants will compete by controlling the voice of their virtual American Idol contestant. Abdul and Jackson will appear in person at booth No. 746 in the south hall to scrutinize every note on Thursday May 15. The contest will begin at 12:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session from 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Set to hit stores this fall, the American Idol video game will be a music-based, rhythm-action title that allows players to create, style and train a character, then compete as a singer. Each virtual contestant will choose from more than 40 top-ten music tracks to perform for the judges, computer generated versions of Jackson, Abdul and the notorious Simon Cowell. The title was developed by Hothouse Creations.

Codemasters will also publish Pop Idol, a U.K. edition of the game, based on the original British TV series.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) takes place May 14-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located at 201 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, Calif. For more information, visit www.e3expo.com.