Nigel Lythgoe told TV Guide that “Idol” is getting rid of the semifinal rounds which usually get us from 24 to 12.
Hmm… what will they replace it with? Will the judges pick the 12 straight out? How will “Idol” fill those extra three weeks?
He also said contestants will have to make their own music videos and create an “award show” type performance. The lack of stagecraft this past year was appalling so it’s clear they are hoping to rectify that big time.
He repeats the focus on decade-style themes as opposed to genres.
And the launch date is January 12, 2011.
Now will somebody address the issue of unlimited text voting?
-Crystal Bowersox’s first single will be “Farmer’s Daughter,” AINow announced. The problem: Rodney Atkins has a single out now also called “Farmer’s Daughter,” which is in the top 5 on country radio. She may have to change the title.
- “Mama’s Song” makes a comeback. After a week-over-week slippage yesterday, the Carrie Underwood ballad makes a modest comeback today, jumping to 5,697 spins from Nov. 11-17, up 97 spins from Nov. 4-10. It remains at No. 11, 300 spins ahead of the Keith Urban song “Put You In a Song.”