The next season of American Idol could be more streamlined than the current run it seems, starting with the number of seats at the judges’ table.
The 12th season of the show hasn’t even ended yet but already rumours and gossip are spreading thick and fast. It’s been reported over the past week that Fox bosses are planning to wipe out the current panel in it’s entirety and replace it with all new stars. However, all we really know for sure is that Randy Jackson won’t be taking part.
It seems that the team won’t be replacing him either and in a conference call with reporters today, FOX Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly revealed that it is “likely” the show will go back to three judges for 13th run, though he didn’t confirm whether there would be any familiar faces on it.
Reilly was asked directly if Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj would be welcomed back and said:
“Absolutely. But everything is on the table at this point, and we’ll talk about it starting Friday [May 17]”. The current season ends on Thursday evening.
Reilly also talked about the dip in ratings Idol has experience this year and he was candid enough to blame the show’s age and some of the format changes. It seems he has realised that segregating the male and female contestants and taking away some of the viewers’ chances to vote may not have been popular moves and he said:
“We expanded some of the middle rounds, we did a boy-girl thing that went over three weeks. That is really where the ratings kind of took their biggest hit. So really if I were to point to any one thing, it might have been that format.
He will then be taking a fresh look at the format and how it can be revamped, changed and improved upon for 2014 and continued:
“Our next season begins on the Friday morning after our finale. That’s when we’re really going to go to work in earnest, because I think the format more than anything will have a few fresh twists next year that we’ve already identified that I think will really be a nice little jolt.”
Nicki Minaj must be keen to return because she has been busy gushing this week about the show.
Despite her frequent run ins and Twitter spats with fellow judge Mariah Carey, the ‘Starships’ singer insists that she is ‘really happy’ on the talent show and told MTV news that the team are like ‘family’ to her now.
“It’s kind of sad that what people read all the time is only when something is negative.
“But they don’t realise that we built a family. I feel happy here and I have to thank them for giving me this chance. They could have picked anyone in the world. And they picked me. So that’s all I’ll say about that.”
However the ‘Pound The Alarm’ hitmaker refused to confirm whether or not she will be back for a second crack of the whip and teased:
“That’s a million-dollar question”, before adding:
“I have to say this all the time, but I want people to know it’s genuinely from my heart. I love the people on ‘Idol.’ I genuinely do. If I had to do this all over again, I would have done ‘Idol’. Because it’s fun, it’s laughs.”
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