American Idol getting overhaul

american_idol.jpgFox is planning to overhaul American Idol‘s format for the upcoming new season. A memo within the network says they plan to air less audition rounds and instead of focussing on the bad singers, more “aspirational” talents will be featured during the early shows. There will be a top 36 instead of a top 24, who will compete for a place in the semi-finals. They’re also bringing back “Wild Card Week.” The Idol Gives Back charity show will not take place every year, but will instead be an every-other-year event, next appearing in season nine. As previously announced, songwriter Kara DioGuardi is joining the judging panel to bring the number of judges up to four.

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  1. Nancy • December 15, 2008 @ 12:19 PM

    Uh…Jeeze…do you think this has anything to do with the BS that the producers of AI recently put Paula Abdul through. I mean with the stalker who killed herself outside of Paula’s home. Paula supposedly begged them not to allow this woman onto AI because she had previous problems with her and had previous restraining orders, but the producers supposedly wouldn’t hear of it…it made for good tv, and Paula couldn’t back out of the show because she’s under contract. It’s a shame that someone who was disturbed and needed help had to die and Paula now has to sell her home just so that the ratings of a show would be improved!

  2. anonymous • December 15, 2008 @ 4:06 PM

    the only thing good about that show is the bad singers in the audition. The only thing there going to accomplish by doing this is lose viewers.

  3. Nancy • December 15, 2008 @ 5:19 PM

    I know I only watch the auditions! LMFAO at them!! I could care less about the rest of the show.

  4. Jo-Anne. • December 17, 2008 @ 10:35 AM

    Thank The Lord they are showing less focus on the bad “singers”, no focus would be even more optimal. What a huge bore that was, so goofy and staged.

    Once that was over with the show was really entertaining, last year’s battle with the two Davids was extremely good,(loved David Cook’s performances from the very beginning and was happy to see he won) along with the others who competed in the last 10 or so. Talent is worth watching.

    I’d be happy if Paula left the judge’s box entirely, her input was mediocre at best.

  5. tributegirl • December 17, 2008 @ 1:22 PM


    Anyway, I also love the auditions, as does everybody I’ve ever talked to about it, it’s *almost* everybody’s favorite part of the whole show. Goofy for sure, but boring and staged? I don’t think so.

  6. Jo-Anne. • January 9, 2009 @ 2:16 AM

    well, not surprisingly, we have different circles of friends

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