Next Year’s Idol – Musical Instruments Make A Return – So Do Randy, Paula and Simon

Randy, Paula and Simon will be back for another season of Idol, according to Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. Also, the audition phase of the competition will be tweaked. From OK Magazine (of all places!)

…That felt like a healthy thing to do in terms of the setup of the show, getting through all the audition phases that people still love, ” he explained. “But now, everyone knows the format… They say, ‹let get to the legitimate competition. I think you will see some fine tuning.

Oh, hell yeah! I’ve come to really loathe the audition phase of the competition. The novelty of watching bad singers wore off a long time ago…

There’s more…

Also, as previously reported, Idol will go …to more half-hour results shows, Reilly confirmed.

That’s great. The trick is sticking to that promise. I don’t think TPTB will be able to resist the temptation to squeeze as many ad dollars out of the franchise as possible, particuarly if FOX is having a poor year otherwise.

Here’s the best news:

And with the success of last season introduction of instruments into the Idol mix, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says it’s a recipe he’s happy with. …We are going to keep the idea of being able to play instruments, he said. …I really like that. Id like to see a really good singer/instrumentalist.

I love what the instrumentalists have brought to American Idol. For me, musicians are often the most compelling performers.

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