‘American Idol’ Once-A-Week Show Explained
American Idol producers were at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday to explain the changes happening this season, specifically the cancellation of the results show during the week.
The show will now air once a week, combining the performance show and the results show in one jam-packed episode, starting with the live Top 10 show. This is similar to what other shows have done such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, both copying from the now revived Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV.
Executive producer Trish Kinane said:
“The one thing I can tell you is that we’re not going to do the elimination at the top of the show. We’ve got some cool ways to incorporate the drama throughout the course of the [episode]. We’re actually rather pleased that they’re down to one per week. We’re going to have all of the drama of an elimination, as well as the performances for America to vote on for the next week. It’s going to be jam-packed.”
As you guys may recall a couple of years ago, So You Think You Can Dance when trying out the once-a-week format, decided to do the elimination at the top of the show. That was of course a disaster.
American Idol airs for two nights this week with more auditions. Make sure to check out our live blogs and performance highlights.