February 16, 2008 12:22 PM by Joe Reality
It’s a whole new season of American Idol, and things are changing. As American Idol viewers already know, the contestants were allowed to play instruments during Hollywood week for the first time ever this year. According to American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, this new twist did not end with Hollywood week. American Idol contestants will be able to use instruments during the regular competition as well this year.
Also, American Idol will kick off its first theme week during the semifinalists rounds. For the top twelve girls and top twelve boys performance shows, the theme will be songs from the sixties. Contestants will still be able to choose their own songs, but they will be asked to select from fifty approved songs from the sixties.
Even though the boys were very strong during the auditions, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe gave hints that things might be changing. When discussing the upcoming sixties week, Lythgoe said, “The girls have been fantastic this week.”
Another big change for American Idol this year involves the mentors. While there have been no mentors officially named yet, it has been revealed by American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe that there will only be four mentors this year. One of the main reasons is that because American Idol wants to focus more on the contestants.
The increased focus on contestants will also be evident during the results show, which has been expanded to an hour in length for season seven. During the results show, American Idol will feature major packages on the contestants. The results show will also include “Where are they now?” packages on previous American Idol contestants.
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