November 19th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
New judges aren’t the only changes coming next season on “American Idol.”
Speaking to TVGuide.com, producer Nigel Lythgoe said there will be some new challenges in the upcoming season including eliminating the top 24 rounds, and contestants having to market themselves and make the best music video.
Lythgoe, who is returning this season after having taken up duties on another hit fox show “So You Think You Can Dance,” said he’s happy to see the show go straight to the top 12 rather than dawdle with eliminating folks from the top 24.
“I didn't think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there," Lythgoe said.
While he didn’t reveal how “Idol” will be dealing with cutting those rounds leading up to the final 12, Lythgoe did say audiences will see more diverse talent this season with more jazz, indie and country singers aspiring to win. The show has also lowered the age of eligibility to 15 years old.
Do you think these changes will help grow the audience of “American Idol” which will soon be facing competition from Simon Cowell’s new show “The X Factor?”
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