Eight big changes coming to "American Idol"

Wed Jan 5, 2011 12:28am EST
 
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By Shirley Halperin

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - New judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler aren't the only changes in store for the 10th season of "American Idol," premiering January 19 on Fox. Here are eight other fixes designed to help the talent show recover from a disappointing 2010 outing.

1. UPDATED SET

The set is undergoing substantial modification, including the location of the band, led by musical director Ray Chew.

2. FASTER ELIMINATION

The elimination process is speeding up considerably; viewers at home will still shape the semifinals, but the Top 24 may go directly to 12 contestants -- or 15, as producers are still mulling over a final number.

3. ONLINE VOTING

The voting procedure will be overhauled. Plans are in the works for an online integration that would include bonus content and the ability to vote with a click.

4. NEW LIVING ARRANGEMENT   Continued...