American Idol is going to have some changes this year. As usual I will watch the audition rounds and probably nothing else. Nigel Lythgoe told TV Guide that one of the big changes to the show will be the disappearance of the Top 24. He says they were awful singers and he was bored so wants to focus on the Top 12. While I agree that the top 24 were not always the most talented, I still think cutting it would be a mistake. When I was an avid viewer of the show, you watched Hollywood week and got invested in the stories of people. You wanted them to at least have a shot even if they were not the most talented. You wanted them in the top 24 to give them that outside chance of continuing.
My memory is for crap, but didn't Clay Aiken only make it through because of the top 24 format? Please correct me if I am wrong. The age limit on the show has been lowered to 15 so that will probably make for some better stage mom and dad stories for the tabloids, but I don't know how it will affect the show. They are probably hoping they will get a Biebs out of it.