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Konami Announces Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol

Konami caught up with American Idol’s famous judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson to get their comments about the upcoming video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol for the PlayStation 2. Gamers will not only come face-to-face with Cowell and Jackson as they rate performances and provide feedback, but Konami’s groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) inside the game will also enable them to critique specific parts of any performance, a first in the award-winning video game’s history.

“Over the years American Idol has produced some amazingly talented singers, but let’s be honest most of the people who turn up for the auditions are useless,” said Simon Cowell. “For anyone who wants to know what it’s like to audition in front of me, now you’re about to find out. This game is a great representation of American Idol.” Randy Jackson added: “The number one show on television and the top karaoke video game around – wow, this is going to be big time!”

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“Our goal with Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol is to deliver the experience of being a contestant on the television program. Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson have become synonymous with the show and having them as part of this game adds one more layer of authenticity,” said Matt Knoles, Product Manager at Konami. “Cowell’s and Jackson’s presence goes beyond just their likenesses. With the addition of our groundbreaking AI, their personality will really be felt in the game as they critique specific parts of a player’s performance.”