When FOX’s “American Idol” returns to TV in January, you may not recognize it after all the work it’s had done.
You already know about the judges: Simon, Kara and Ellen are out; Steven Tyler and J-Lo are in. That in itself should be a big deal, but according to TV Guide , you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Say buh-bye to the famed Top 24. Exec Producer Nigel Lythgoe found it boring. And he’s right. How many of last season’s Top 24 can you name?
And if you’ve had enough of themes like Rat Pack Week, Barry Manilow Week and Songs from the Cinema, you’ll be happy to know that this season’s artists won’t be pigeonholed in such a way that they’ll have to perform songs completely out of their genre ( I still cringe when I think about Sanjaya Malakar’s performance of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” during British Invasion Week).
Instead, the themes will be now by decade. So surely the contestants can find a song that suits them if they have an entire decade to choose from!
The contestants will also be expected to step things up a notch by promoting themselves, working with dancers and a band and creating music videos.
And just to add some serious credibility to the show, you won’t see mentors like Miley Cyrus or a newbie recording artist like “Idol” runner up Adam Lambert doling out advice this season. Instead, the show is bringing out the big guns: this season’s mentor will be Interscope Geffen A&M chairman, Jimmy Iovine (you know, the guy whose wife wrote all those Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy books).
Yep, it sounds like “American Idol” will undergo a complete makeover for Season 10. Even Ryan Seacrest may look a little different this season. He’s been bitten by the love bug, you know…
The 10th season of “American Idol” will debut on January 12th on FOX.