American Idol 8 will be more “controversial” with “more jeopardy,” “personality”

The upcoming eighth season of American Idol already has one major change in the form fourth judge Kara DioGuardi, but as Simon Cowell has previously promised, more changes are coming.

In a conference call last week, he gave some specifics. Among them, producers will “put people on the show that have personality” because last season’s group “never showed us or you their true personality. I mean, in parts they were like robots,” Simon said, according to Reality TV World.

“I think that it could be just more interesting and controversial than we did last year,” he said. He also said, “I’d like to see the middle stages of the show change because I think we can make them better. I think we can make the end part of the show much more exciting than we’ve done before. We’ve got some ideas which are definitely going to give the show a little bit more jeopardy than we’ve had in the past. You’re definitely, definitely going to see a change for the show and I think it will be an improvement. I feel confident.”

Jeopardy? Is it time to bring out the lions and tigers? Or will producers adopt my earlier suggestions, such as “tear[ing] out the contestants’ teeth with pliers and shoot[ing] their family members in the thigh”? One can only dream.

Simon also told reporters that with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe’s exit, Simon will be a “more involved this year.” However, he said, “I don’t like to give myself a title really. I feel uncomfortable if I’m on the show.”

Simon Cowell weighs-in on Nigel Lythgoe’s ‘American Idol’ departure [Reality TV World]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.