New American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler arrived in Pasadena, Calif. for Hollywood Week on Wednesday. While Steven seems to have taken up former judge Paula Abdul‘s job of supplying quirky outfits, J.Lo looked ready for business. Luckily, AI vet Randy Jackson is still there to lend the newbies a helping hand. But the upcoming season features changes even Randy will have to navigate blind.
In an effort to boost ratings after last season’s dismal low, Idol has already lowered the eligibility age to 15 and is planning to incorporate contestant music videos. Now, they might be adding in a even more new features to raise appeal.
The top twelve contestants will move into a house in the Hollywood Hills together where they will then be allowed to interact with fans via Twitter.
Last season, contestants had access to a joint Twitter account, but it’s speculated that producers will relax their social media constraints for Season 10 and possibly allow each singer their own Twitter feed.
It’s still undecided as to whether or not producers will air the behind-the-scenes footage and confessions from the new Idol house. The decision will most likely be based on whether or not the clips are interesting.
One new possibility that is definitely interesting is the rumor that contestants might take a roadtrip to Las Vegas where they would work with Cirque du Soleil’s “Love.”
It’s a lot of changes at once, but after 10 seasons American Idol is ready for a face lift. And with an almost entirely new judging panel this season, timing couldn’t be better for a fresh-faced comeback!