American Idol 8 Spoilers, Changes

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According to an internal Fox memo posted online, American Idol will have several changes to its format when it debuts next month.

The memo reveals the following:

  • For its semifinal round, the eighth season will have 36 contestants instead of 24;
  • The audition episodes will be reduced, while the pre-semifinal Hollywood round episodes will be increased;
  • The wild card round will return, giving eliminated contestants the chance to compete for one of the top 12 finalist spots;
  • The show's focus on bad auditions will be minimized;
  • And “Idol Gives Back,” the show's charity telethon, will not air this year due to the economy.
Idol Gives Back

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