More change coming to 'American Idol'
November 19th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

More change coming to 'American Idol'

New judges aren’t the only changes coming next season on “American Idol.”

Speaking to, 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?”

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. banasy

    I haven't watched 'Idol' in years. They need to RAISE the age limit; Susan Boyle would never have been eligible on the American version. Who knows how much talent goes undiscovered because of the age requirements?

    November 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nancy

    I think it's a bad move to lower the age limit. If anything, they should've made the minimum higher and the cut off age higher. I'm bored with "teeny bopper" music. It doesn't appeal to a wider crowd. If anything, it makes it more of a teenage show drastically reducing adult viewing.

    November 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Danny

    This show is doomed.

    November 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jean2009

    Have they changed the stupid elimination process featuring no talent idiots? Have they improved the voting method so that the true talent wins...not some teenager's dream boat? That is the only things that will improve the show.

    November 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yasmin

    we will see what happens.

    November 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. odalice feliz

    love Jennifer Lopez!

    November 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg in AZ

    This show is on its way out. Probably this season or next will be the last run of the show. They shouldn't get rid of top 24 what the SHOULD do is bring back the wild card round so that when America votes in all the lousy singers and performers the judges can bring back 3 people they felt should have made it. Thats how Jennifer Hudson got back onto AI..........

    November 20, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. LoJenk

    American Idol EXPOSED!

    November 20, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jenn

    yawn, I am over this show

    November 20, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. bartus

    I agree with "me"...they are getter desperate for viewers. No Simon, No Paula...the show is just going to SUCK!!! Especially with Jennifer Lopez and Steve Tyler....BARF!!! I sure will not be watching American Idol no more!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. me

    they are getting desprate for viewers now that Simon is gone. I know I wont be watching

    November 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ILOVEU2

    I love you too

    November 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |

    I love Me

    November 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

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