Audition episodes on American Idol 8 will change as a result of low ratings

The low ratings for the audition episodes will result in a change to American Idol 8‘s auditions next year.

“It won’t necessarily be anything radical; we just have to figure out how to start the show next year,” Fox exec Preston Beckman told Broadcasting & Cable. “The early part saw some erosion and then we got to Hollywood. … The good news is that there is still enormous sentiment for the show. If you listen to the audience, you will generally be fine.”

The site reports that “Beckman said it is far too early to talk about any specific changes, but the show is heavily tested through market research and that will help to guide the plans.”

Fox Looks at Changing American Idol Audition Shows [Broadcast & Cable]

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