(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Viewers will notice a few changes to American Idol once it debuts its 10th season next week.
At a Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday in Pasadena, California, Fox announced that only 20 semifinalists -- 10 guys and 10 girls -- will be selected following a special Las Vegas round, during which the hopefuls will perform Beatles songs on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired LOVE show. The brand-new Vegas round will follow the Hollywood round.
In addition to holdover Randy Jackson, the show has a new judges' panel that includes Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, all of whom addressed reporters at the TCA panel. Lopez said she and fellow newcomer Steven Tyler will bring a fresh perspective to the show.
She said, “We’re artists, we’ve been up there, we’ve auditioned, we’ve been through the rank [Steven has] toured for, what, 40 years....There’s nothing like having that type of discussion with another artist to help you grow.”
Jackson says viewers will see a different side of him this season because of all the changes, describing himself as "more of an assertive dawg."
American Idol premieres Jan. 19 with auditions in New York/New Jersey. The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16 and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23. The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24, and the 10 finalists -- as well as the judges' wild-card picks -- will be announced March 3.
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