A new judges panel isn't the only change coming to American Idol this season.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells TVGuide.com that the finalists will face new challenges, including contests to make the best music video, to promote themselves, and to work with a band and dancers for an awards show-style performance.
The producers have also eliminated the round that shrinks the contestants from a group of 24 to 12, instead opting to just go straight to the top 12.
"I didn't think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there," Lythgoe says of previous seasons.
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