Monday, January 17, 2011

"American Idol's" Tenth Season Begins This Week

It's only a matter of days before fans get to enjoy an all-new season of Fox's hit vocal competition "American Idol." The show's tenth season kicks off on Wednesday night, and there will be a few new, but familiar faces for viewers to enjoy. Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez will be making their debut as the show's new judges. Tyler and Lopez were tapped to join veteran judge Randy Jackson on the panel following the departures of Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres last year. This year's installment will also feature a few changes in the rules. The show's final 60 contestants will be taken to Las Vegas where they will take the stage at The Mirage to perform songs from The Beatles. Forty contestants will return to Hollywood where they will then be reduced to a field of 20. The remaining hopefuls will be divided into two groups of ten, at which time ten to 12 finalists will be selected.

"American Idol" will also experience a schedule change this season. Rather than airing on Tuesday and Wednesday, "Idol" will now be seen on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Tune in to Fox Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern for the two-hour season premiere of "American Idol."