Can returning American Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, breathe new life into the rapidly dying American Idol format?
Well, according to this article, it looks like the 10th season may be everything that the viewers have hoped for and more.
The most intriguing new change to the show’s tired format was the revelation that the singers could stay true to their individual genres throughout the entire competition. Now, that’s huge!
This news was a bit of a deja-vu
moment for me. A few years ago, I had suggested this idea via this blog and it sort of fell on deaf ears.
Now, we will be able to witness true growth in each artist, especially knowing that Geffen A&M Records Chairman, Jim Iovine, will be guiding the process each week.
Also, personal mentors will be assigned to each singers. How great is that?
And, speaking of mentors, there will be no guest mentors this season. Hallelujah! In past seasons, the majority of guest mentors were only available to push their own careers and, as a result, exhibited limited interest in the singers.
I loved Harry Connick Jr., Barry Manilow, David Foster – you know, the true musicians who were wonderfully experienced and passionate in their quest to guide and foster young talent.
That being said, I have very little to add in terms of the new judging panel. It’s a “wait and see” situation and we all should be patient, giving them the opportunity to evolve as a team.
Is it January yet?