“American Idol” Has Revealed More of the Changes That Are Coming This Season

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american idol kevin winter American Idol Has Revealed More of the Changes That Are Coming This Season

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“American Idol” boss Nigel Lythgoe has revealed more of the changes that are coming to “Idol” this season.

Most notably, there will not be a Top 24 this year.  Instead, it sounds like the middle rounds will be beefed up and then they’ll skip directly to the Top 12.

Nigel told “TV Guide” that “I didn’t think [the Top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there.”

He didn’t elaborate much on what would be added to replace that round, but he did say there would be new challenges such as “making a music video, and working with a band and dancers [to create] an awards show-style performance.”

By the way, Nigel says Randy has been Rockin’ His Dawg in the auditions to make up for the absence of Simon Cowell.  He says that “Randy is pulling his weight.  He really has stepped up.  He’s essentially come out of himself.”

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