American Idol drops semi-finals, adds challenges for contestants

For its 10th season, American Idol is changing significantly: Besides adding mentor Jimmy Iovine and Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who will judge with Randy Jackson, the show will not have a top 24 or semi-final round, and the top 12 contestants will have to complete various challenges. That’s according to its returning executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe.

The show’s “finalists will face new challenges, including contests to make the best music video, to promote themselves, and to work with a band and dancers for an awards show-style performance,” TV Guide reports.

And the semi-finals will be dropped because, Nigel told the magazine, “I didn’t think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there.” But as of now, we don’t know how the show will go from a mass of people during Hollywood week to the top 12; perhaps the show doesn’t even know yet. But if it stays with the same four-plus month schedule, there will be a lot of extra time to kill—though the magazine notes that “more contenders are being sent through to Hollywood” this year.

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