A new judging panel isn't the only change coming to season 10 of American Idol.
Producer Nigel Lythgoe told TV Guide this week that he has a couple unique ideas for the season that kicks off in January:
1. There will be no top 24, as the show will cut contestants directly down to the final 12. Explains Lythgoe: "I didn't think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there."
2. Theme weeks will focus on decades instead than individual artists.
3. Finalists will face new challenges, most prominently contests to make the top music video, while also working with a band and dancers for an awards show-type performance.
It also sounds like we'll be treated to more country music than ever before this season. Sounds good to us. What does everyone else think of the changes coming to Idol?