Host Ryan Seacrest says Fox’s long-running singing competition will scale down starting with its Top 10 rounds
“American Idol” isn’t going to make its viewers wait a day to find out who’s eliminated during its Top 10 portion of its upcoming 14th season.
Host Ryan Seacrest revealed the format change on Friday’s Z100 Jingle Ball red carpet.
“[It will be] one night when we get to the final stage, the Top 10, there will be one night of performances and results all in one night,” Seacrest told THR.
The move takes a page from ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” playbook, which consolidated much of its season to one night as ratings began to fall for the show ahead of its 17th season last year.
“So there won’t be a ‘wait ‘til tomorrow night.’ There won’t be a ‘Coming up, coming up, coming up.’ We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting,” Seacrest also said.
Fox representatives didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
“American Idol” went through an intense period of changes in 2013, including firing longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick in its continuing bid to win back viewers and shake up the show.
For its upcoming season, original judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson had decided not to return. In the mentoring slot, “Idol” brought in president and chief executive of the Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta, as Jackson’s replacement.