A Glimpse of the New American Idol Set and WILDCARDS (PHOTO)

Check out this fun rehearsal pic featuring top 20 American Idol semi-finalists, Lazaro Arbos and Nick Boddington! As you can see, the stage has been redesigned for Sudden Death Part 2!

Don’t forget–Idol will run THREE NIGHTS this week.  The Top 10 Girls sing on Tuesday, while the Top 10 Guys take the stage on Wednesday. Both shows are 2 hours beginning at 8/7c PM on FOX.

Thursday, the finalists head back to Los Angeles for the first results show of the season which will run 90 minutes beginning at 8/7.  A Top 10 reveal requires 90 whole minutes, you might ask?  Well, it looks like Idol producer,  Nigel Lythgoe, may have something up his sleeve…

When a fan asked him via twitter whether he stood by his earlier statement that there would be no wildcards, he answered: “Up to FOX and the Judges”. Hm.

The American Idol finale airs on May 16. After this week’s semi-final that leaves 11 weeks of competition. So there’s got to be at least one wildcard in the mix. And with 90 minutes to fill on Thursday, I expect a few surprises. The question is…will the judges bring back a contestant from the Top 20 or expand their selection from the Top 40 or even beyond?

Remember when Simon Cowell chose an eliminated Hollywood contestant as his wild card? That would be Carmen Rasmussen from Season 2!  She made it all the way to 6th place that year.


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