Looks like “American Idol” may be trying to kick things up a few more notches.
According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” producers are considering several ideas for the upcoming season, including possibly having the Top 12 contestants live together in a house in the Hollywood Hills. No word yet on whether the show will feature behind-the-scenes footage of the Top 12 in their communal home.
Said contestants may also be more accessible to fans via social networking. Last season’s group started out the season on Twitter, but those individual accounts were eventually discarded for a main, show account.
"American Idol's" already got new judges, new age limits, and a new night. Will there now also be new voting options?
The web has been abuzz ever since VoteForTheWorst.com announced they had received a tip that “Idol” will be allowing viewers to vote online this upcoming season.
“The online voting will take place at AT&T's website,” a story on the site said. “Auditions will take place for the first 6 episodes (California, Nashville, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Austin [and] New Orleans, in that order)."
Then, the site goes on to claim, "There will be 5 Hollywood episodes, a live voting kick-off episode that highlights the eligible contestants, a reveal episode to announce the top 12, and a wildcard episode to let 3 more people into the finals. The online voting may stay in place until the finals are down to 12.”
When contacted by CNN, representatives for Fox declined to comment about the accuracy of the report. “Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe recently told TVGuide.com that changes in the upcoming season include eliminating the top 24 rounds.
Should Simon Cowell be nervous?
TV Guide reports that former “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi is penning a memoir. “A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol,” is scheduled to be published by a division of HarperCollins, a rep for the publisher confirmed to TV Guide.
DioGuardi served as a judge on the hit show for two seasons. After Cowell left and new judge Ellen DeGeneres announced that she would be leaving after only one season, the show revealed that DioGuardi was also making an exit. Rocker Steven Tyler and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez will serve as new judges along with original judge Randy Jackson.
DioGuardi is set to serve as a judge on the upcoming Bravo reality series, “Going Platinum.”
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.
Looks like Kid Rock isn’t happy with Steven Tyler’s choice to join "American Idol."
Tyler, the Aerosmith frontman and rock legend – along with Jennifer Lopez – signed on to be a judge for "American Idol’s" 10th season, which starts in January. As if trying to fill the void left by the contentious Simon Cowell weren’t enough, Tyler is now faced with some heavy criticism from one of his peers.
“I think it’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” Kid Rock told Entertainment Weekly in an interview set to hit newsstands next week. “He’s a sacred American institution of rock n’ roll, and he just threw it all out the window. Just stomped on it and set it on fire.”
"American Idol" is adding some big names for its 10th season, and Jimmy Iovine is one of them.
For those of you unfamiliar with Iovine, the Interscope Geffen A&M Records chairman has been a celebrated figure since the 1970’s, and has worked with artists such as John Lennon, U2, Eminem and 50 Cent.
Iovine joins "American Idol" as an in-house mentor, where he will lend his expertise and creativity to contestants backstage (Fast Company named him as one of the top 100 Most Creative People in Business this year).
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