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The New American Idol

This year's American Idol is getting a bit of a makeover.  The biggest change for the next season will be seen at the judges table.  Although the number is back to three, only one of the original judges remain; Randy Jackson.  Sitting by his side will be Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.  This Idol will also be eliminating the round of the show that cuts 24 semi-finalists to 12 finalists and will go straight to the top 12.  Those 12 lucky contestants are looking at some extra challenges this year as well.  Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TVGuide.com that finalists will now participate in a number of new challenges, including making a music video, promoting themselves as singers and creating an awards show-caliber performance that includes a band and dancers.  Idol will premiere on FOX on January 12th. If you want to know exactly whats in store for the upcoming season take a look at the press conference from the American Idol Crew.

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