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‘American Idol’ Mixes It Up for ’09

According to a memo that’s been circulating around FOX, a few changes are going to be made for the 123rd season of American Idol. Some of those being:

  • For the semifinal round, “American Idol 8” will have 36 instead of 24 contestants
  • The audition episodes will be reduced while the pre-semifinal Hollywood round episodes will be increased
  • The wild card round will return, giving eliminated contestants the chance to compete for one of the top 12 finalist spots
  • The show’s focus on “bad singers” will be minimized
  • “Idol Gives Back,” the show’s charity telethon, will not air this year.
  • The memo also revealed that “there will be a couple of more 2-hour shows than in the past” and that the series’ “promotional thrust will have fewer bad singers and more ‘aspirational’ singers.”
  • Although the memo says no Thursday episodes are planned, the show will have the “same overall number of hours as last year,” but with some changes to those episodes’ focus. 
  • Season eight will likely have four episodes, since two episodes air every week and the memo says “there will be 3 weeks of auditions and 2 weeks of Hollywood rounds.” 
  • One less week of auditions

December 12, 2008 - Posted by | Did you know?, TV Shows | , , , , , ,

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