While many fans and critics are prophetically labeling American Idol season 10 a complete trainwreck, TV Squad's got 10 reasons why putting Steven Tyler, J.Lo and a bunch of 15-year olds on live TV together may make for the best season yet.
1. So Long, Simon!
That's right, American Idol season 10 is better off without the man who made it a household name. Yes, the acerbic, biting commentary and Cheshire Cat grin will be missed, but when the star/lead judge of the show is more bored by the competition than you are, it's time to bring in new blood. His absence will surely be felt early on, but fans can be a fickle lot. If J.Lo, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson can bring back that power trio magic of Idol's early years, fans will find letting go of Simon (and Ryan Seacrest's constant ribbing of the Brit) that much easier.
2. Cutting the Crap
If there's one thing we've learned from the past nine season of Idol, it's that winning isn't everything — or even anything in some cases (Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard can attest to that). In fact, it's often the finalists, and not the winners, who find the most post-Idol success. Which is why the move to cut the round where the Top 24 is whittled down to 12 makes sense. Idol's producers smartly reason it will give viewers more time to get to know the cream of the crop with special "musical challenges" rather than wade through three weeks of mediocre performances. It'll be a welcome and much-need tightening of the season.