American Idol To Bring the Noise

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As the seventh season of American Idol ramps up (producers and perspective Idols currently are filming the “Hollywood” portion of the season, which begins airing in January), news has emerged on the show’s changing face. Musical mentors will be deemphasized! (But what, pray tell, will they use for the padding that Jennifer Lopez‘s ass provided?) The A.I. tour may include a Dancing With the Stars element! (Tentative name for the tour: The Bland Leading the Bland.) And, most importantly, those in the competition who can play instruments may get the chance to on stage. Because, really, what this show needs is a multi-instrumental freak-show element of the America’s Got Talent variety. Explains A.I. majordomo Nigel Lythgoe:

We knew Chris Daughtry, Carrie [Underwood] and Bo [Bice] could play the guitar but we really couldn’t show it. If [the contestants] can play an instrument this year we want to be able to see that, and we’ll introduce a couple of days of that during Hollywood week.

Let’s hope they don’t stop at guitars. I want french horns, giant organs, pan-flutes and bassoons, damn it. Bassoons totally FTW, obviously. [New York Post]

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