Canadian Idol allows auditioners to play instruments

Canadian Idol will at least one of the ratings-increasing changes made to the Australian version of the show: Those who audition will be allowed to play instruments.

While the new rules “allow competitors to play instruments during their auditions,” the CP reports, “producers say competitors who perform a cappella this year will be judged the same as those who play instruments.” While the show remains a singing competition, “The instruments may also return later in the series next summer.”

Auditions start January 27 and continue through April, and the show debuts in June.

‘Idol’ OKs singers to play instruments [CP]

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