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 Heads up American Idol enthusiasts! If you're still getting used to the idea of Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler taking over the judge's panel, wait until you hear about what's in store for next season.

In an exclusive interview with TV Guide, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe reveals that the voting round that pares down 24 contestants to 12 finalists will be no more. The English-born television mogul thinks such a move will keep the elimination process more streamlined and interesting.

"I didn't think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there," Lythgoe said in reference to prior seasons.

A contender's ambitious imagination will also be put to the test in several "new challenges". Requirements include creating your own music video, learning the trick of the promotional trade, and working with a host of dancers and musicians for an unforgettable "awards show-style" concert.

Um, this sounds like some X Factor-like re-styling to me. What do you think? Here's hoping these wannabe pop stars can face the heat.

The 10th season of American Idol premieres January 12 on Fox.

by MacKenzie Wilson

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By MacKenzie Wilson