Vote For The Worst received an anonymous tip about how the Top group of contestants will be selected on American Idol:
Apparently, 242 people have received golden tickets to Hollywood. The Hollywood episodes are supposed to feature Q and A sessions and workshops so the viewers will get to know the contestants. 40-50 contestants will be featured prominently in the episodes, and viewers will be able to vote via online ballot for their favorites. The 12 highest vote getters will advance, with 3 more contestants advancing to the top 15 via a wildcard with Jimmy Iovine and the judges.
Everything about this scenario seems plausible, except I find myself raising an eyebrow at the “online voting” deal. Idol has always resisted internet voting. AT&T is one of their big sponsors and it’s hard to believe they would not be involved in the voting process somehow. But, hey, you never know.
Again, anonymous tip, totally unsubstantiated, so take with a grain of salt.