is getting a makeover, and we're not talking about a simple set change or a new opening song. We're talkin' big changes that could make or break the show in its first Simon-less season. Are you ready?Confirmed Changes: These Are Definitely Going Down
Adjust your DVRs. The show will no longer air on Tuesday nights. The weekly performance show will move to Wednesday nights. The AI
results show will air on Thursday nights.2.
They're the ones making all the headlines, but Jennifer Lopez
and Steven Tyler
aren't the only new cast-members in the mix. The show has hired Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine
, an in-house mentor who will help to mold the contestants throughout Season 10.3.
Top music producers will also drop by to work with the Idol contestants during Season 10. Timbaland has already been recruited.4. American Idol
will no longer be just about singing. Along with proving their vocals, contestants will be challenged to make music videos, promote themselves, and participate in other contests never before seen on Idol
. (If they start selling their CDs on Hollywood Boulevard, we'll might as well change the channel to The Apprentice
Theme weeks will be decided by decade. "We are no longer going to get the country singer to sing rock, or the rock singer to sing country," executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said at a press conference. Now there's
a change we’re excited about.6.
The minimum age is now 15, and the singers will live together in a house.7.
And last but not least, no more top 24! "I didn't think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there," Nigel told TVGuide.com
. The show didn't confirm how many final contestants would be chosen — or how and when they would be selected, but there's been some speculation.Unconfirmed Spoilers and Rumors
reports, based on anonymous tips, that 242 competitors will advance to the Hollywood round, which has been expanded to six episodes. The episodes will focus on 40 to 50 singers so that viewers can get to know the contestants from an early stage.2.
Here's the big one: After the Hollywood round, the home audience will reportedly select the top 12 by voting online.3.
The judges and Jimmy Iovine won't be completely left out of the selection process, though. They will supposedly select three wild cards, bringing the number of finalists to 15 before the live shows begin.
We'll keep you posted on all of the American Idol
changes as they are announced. What do you think of the direction the show is going in so far? Sound off in the comments below!
Sources: Fancast.com, VotefortheWorst.com, TVGuide.com