More Changes in Store for ‘American Idol’

The sweeping reform that goes into effect for American Idol’s next season isn’t stopping with a few fresh new faces on the judges’ panel.

Returning AI executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells TV Guide that contestants will face a barrage of new challenges when the popular singing competition returns to the air in January. Aspiring Idols will now vie against each other in contests to make the best music video, promote themselves, and craft an awards-show-style performance with the band and backup dancers.

Lythgoe also reveals that the show will be streamlining the elimination process, dropping the round that shrinks the contestant pool from 24 to 12 and insteag going straight to the top 12. Says Lythgoe,

“I didn’t think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there.”

As reported earlier, Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler are stepping in to replace departed judges Simon Cowell, Elen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. Record-label honcho Jimmy Iovine has also joined the crew, serving in a mentor capacity.

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