American Idol Unveils New Schedule

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As previously reported, season eight of American Idol will unveil a few changes.

A significant one will be a special "Wild Card" round, which will air on March 5 and feature each semifinalist group's highest remaining vote-getter, an individual that didn't automatically advance to the finals.

This singer, along with additional semifinalists that the judges select, will receive a second chance to perform.

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"They [will be able to] make that fourth show up to probably about nine or ten people, we haven't quite decided yet," American Idol Producer Ken Warwick said.

Following the performances of these Wild Cards, the judges - as opposed to home viewers - will immediately select three of them to complete the season's twelve finalists.

American Idol's Top 12 season eight finalists will then take the stage for the first time on Tuesday, March 10.

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