More Changes To Come At American Idol! Does Anyone Care?

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We’re really curious to see what all the new changes at American Idol will mean for the show in it’s tenth season. From certain angles, the show seems dead already, but from others, it’s obvious that the producers and judges are desperate to breathe new life into it. But will it work? Producer Nigel Lythgoe hopes so, and he’s made a few changes to keep us interested.

In an effort to keep the audience engaged, Lythgoe has cut out the round of 24 episodes, saying “I didn’t think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there,” so instead, we will see the audition process and then immediately proceed to the Top 12. That works for us! In addition, it’s been revealed that Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, will serve as a resident mentor to the contestants. Not sure if this means we’ll lose the pop-star mentors of yore (if so, we shall miss you Harry Connick, Jr. and Shania Twain…but not you, Jamie Foxx), but it seems like a they’re taking bigger steps toward creating a star with staying power and industry savvy, unlike most of the past Idol winners. In addition, the contestant’s minimum age age been lowered to 15, creating a larger pool to pick from.

The show debuts on January 12, at which point we’ll know for sure just how crazy/good/bad the new judges and format changes are.

[Photo: Plixi/Nigel Lythgoe]