December 09, 2010 07:00 AM by Shayla Perry
The premiere of FOX’s American Idol is just a few weeks away, but with new judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, the elimination of the Top 24, and a move to Thursday night, will fans even recognize the show when it returns for it’s tenth season? Not likely. Especially now that it’s being reported that even more changes are in store, including a trip to Las Vegas. Keep reading for all the details.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans can expect even more big changes to the American Idol format in Season 10, including a visit to Las Vegas and a bigger group of contestants during Hollywood Week. But “bigger” is a bit of an understatement, as we’re told that 325 Idol hopefuls will hear those famous words, “You’re going to Hollywood!”
After Hollywood Week, where drastic cuts will be made, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that 60 contestants will go to Las Vegas, and possibly meet up with Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage.
Forty of the 60 contestants will return to Los Angeles to be voted on by viewers. Earlier in the week, it was reported that for the first time in American Idol history, viewers will be able to cast votes online, but a confirmation has not yet been made my either AT&T or AI.
It’s also rumored that fans of the show will get to know the Top 12Â (though a Top 15 has also been rumored) contestants of AI even better, with cameras filming their every move off stage at the Idol house, much like The Real World or Big Brother, complete with “confessionals” and everything. These finalists will also connect with fans via their own Twitter accounts, rather than the single Idol account that was used last season.
Season 10 of American Idol premieres Wednesday, January 19 on FOX.
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