Jennifer Lopez joins American Idol and suddenly everything changes on the show! The show execs must be desperate for ratings, because they’re basically going to be turning their contestants into Lady Gagas overnight.
Nigel Lythgoe talked to TV Guide, and ran through the changes viewers can expect on Idol this year.
First to go is the “top 24.” Producers are now going to go straight to the top 12 instead. "I didn't think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there," Lythgoe says of previous seasons.
The contestants will also have to make the best music video, to promote themselves, and to work with a band and dancers for an awards show-style performance.
Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, will act as an in-house mentor. As for J. Lo and Steven Tyler, Lythgoe says they’re taking their new jobs really seriously.
"They both listen intently, and don't make glib remarks," he says. "They give honest critiques."
As for Randy Jackson, Nigel said, "Randy is pulling his weight. He really has stepped up. He's essentially come out of himself. He's enjoying being in that position."
Good, because I was getting sick of the “dawg” comments on every contestant. Sounds like this may be the little kick in the bootie Idol needed…time will tell!