More ‘American Idol’ Changes Coming

In the wake of this morning’s official announcement that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have signed on as judges for the popular televised singing competition, Deadline Hollywood reports that there are also some major changes in store for the show’s format.

First off, according to newly returned producer Nigel Lythgoe, neither of the new judges—and there are no plans to add a fourth—will be filling the “villain” role left vacant by cantankerous Brit Simon Cowell:

“It’s not about role playing, it’s about (judges) playing themselves.”

Perhaps more significantly, there will be no guest judges or celebrity mentors this season. Instead, Interscope Records honcho Jimmy Iovine will serve as the in-house mentor for the music-biz hopefuls. Moreover, contestants will be allowed to stick with the genre they’re most comfortable with as the show shifts to decade-themed rounds.

Which isn’t to say things will be totally easy for this season’s contestants; starting with season ten, contestants will be forced to move around a lot more onstage, which presents its own perils. According to Idol executive producer Ken Warwick,

“They have to present themselves much better.” 

Better start brushing up on your dance moves, aspiring Idols….

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