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Major Changes for 10th Season of "American Idol"

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This January, when the 10th season of American Idol debuts on Fox, it will be with a whole new list of expectations.

Gone are the days when one simply had to be a good singer to get through to the next round. The upcoming season will see many changes along with a new panel of judges.

Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe spoke with TVGuide.com and told them what will be expected of the latest round of American Idol hopefuls.

First, let’s start off with: they have eliminated the round that drops the number of contestants from 24 to 12, opting to go straight to the top 12.

Lythgoe said of previous seasons:

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“I didn’t think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there.”

Theme weeks will no longer focus on a single artist, but will now focus on an entire decade, opening up the show for more variety. And speaking of variety…

The finalists are going to be facing new challenges such as making music videos, promotion of themselves, and working with bands and dancers to make more of a spectacle as would be seen on award shows and the like.

The upcoming season also sees changes to the judges' panel, with superstars Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining in.

This will undoubtedly bring American Idol some much needed refreshment. Do you think that these changes will better or worsen the show? Sound off in the comments section!

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