'American Idol': Contestants will perform in Vegas after Hollywood week, Top 12 may start tweeting

American Idol is going to Las Vegas. Roughly 60 contestants auditioning for the upcoming season of Idol will be performing Beatles songs on the same stage in the Las Vegas Mirage hotel that Cirque du Soliel performs its Beatles-themed show LOVE, an Idol insider confirms to EW. The contestants — winnowed down from the initial 325 potential superstars who made it to Hollywood week — will only be performing for judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, and not a live audience. The Vegas round will likely happen within the next week, perhaps by this weekend. (The Hollywood Reporter first reported the possibility of a Vegas trip.)

EW has also confirmed that, once the show finds its Top 12 finalists, Idol producers are seriously mulling increasing the coverage of the contestants inside the fabled Idol house. The insider points out that with likely more minors than ever in the Top 12, thanks to the new lower 15-years-old age requirement, several parents and/or guardians will likely be living in the Idol house as well, and that could make for some compelling television. (What is more unclear, and may be for quite some time, is where that “house” will be located in Los Angeles.) Another possibility: Giving each Top 12 contestant their own Twitter account, an experiment attempted last season with the Top 24, but eventually abandoned. Nothing has yet been set in stone, but it’s all part of an effort to make the contestants more accessible and relatable to Idol audiences. Fox has no comment on the reports.

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  • Aunt Sassy

    YAWN. I mean seriously – the Beatles AGAIN. Sorry but all of these “changes” just stink of desperation.

    • LW

      Hey I’ll never get sick of the Beatles! American Idol itself, that’s another story.

      • Aunt Sassy

        I agree – I love the Beatles, however having to sit through a bunch of amateurs slaughtering the Beatles, YET AGAIN? PASS!!!

      • you sing?

        So then why don’t you audition for American Idol Aunt Sassy? You sound like you think you could sing The Beatles better than those amateurs…oh gee…do you even know how to truly sing?

      • too old

        I actually wish they wouldn’t choose the old beatles music! sorry, just saying, the beatles gets boring after a while.

      • @ Aunt Sassy

        Note to self: I don’t need to SEE that!

    • Brianna

      My favorite place in the world…VIVA LAS VEGAS!!! :) They are lucky that they get to have the memory of being in Las Vegas while competing for American Idol, no one else from American Idol has ever gotten to go to Vegas while competing. Who gives a crap about Hollywood?!?! Vegas is the place to be!!! VeGaS VeGaS VeGaS(to quote Chevy Chase in the movie Vegas Vacation) :) :) :)

    • Nick

      I suspect a deal with iTunes. AI needs to stop the sucky cross promo deals.

    • beatles bore

      the beatles are long old! sorry

    • Sally in Chicago

      I agree — not the Beatles AGAIN. But it’s Cirque so they’re plugging the circus show. And it seems like they’re copying AGT by going to Vegas.

  • Matt

    And 15-year-olds, eh? Just what the world needs. Gross.

    • Lakshmi

      G. and Rose A. WOW! I really don’t know what to think after tiohgnt! I was disappointed Carson Higgens got kicked off! I was not too surprised about Cris Medena. I didn’t think his solo was too good. I was glad to see that one girl go. They went kind of fast for me! Did Ashley is it Sullivan? The blond who is always whining get kicked off~the one girl I mention above? Not to be mean! But she has got on my last nerve! I am kind of nervous about tomorrow night. They did 2 hours tiohgnt even though it says above.(Nigel Scuttled doing 2 hours tiohgnt!) Because I was going to watch something else. But my husband said it’s not over. I sure hope James Durbin makes it. My husband said he is very talented. Rose, You and Phyllis are both my very dear friends since ADAM. I just love ADAM! You can go to google and google Adam and there is one ” At Upright Cabaret”, where he sings ” Dust in the Wind by Knasas.” So sweet a song coming out of Adams mouth! Phyllis, are you nervous about tomorrow? Have you or Rose any thoughts about who might not make it? I printed out their pictures and x~ed out the ones that did not make it.I hope Scotty McCreery makes it.But my hopes are not good. I am a bit confused because they called 7 up front and told them they had made it? Then they went to a second hour,and told 5 of them they had made it. Somebody Help me please. I’m going no where! Staying alive.( (Bee Gee’s) I have not been as excited about this show since ADAM was on. There is so much talent it is going to be hard to pick a winner! Jennifer needs to quit crying! It’s only going to get tougher! I really did enjoy the show! But I was on pins and needles! Well goodnight My friends Rose A and Phyllis. We will see! Sherry K

  • Truthhurts

    Yay for parents getting to exploit their kids for their own failed dreams! Lets all watch and celebrate!

    • D

      No kidding. I have ZERO interest in seeing parents and their “behind the scenes” antics.

      • Snsetblaze

        Ditto. I am ok with the Beatles tunes. I wish they’d expand the artist list. But I don’t want to see any 15 year olds. Why 15, why not 14, or 13. If they had to change the age, it should go the other way. Wasn’t it 30 at one point? Waht about 32 or 35? And I certainly don’t want to see their parents, guardians, or other relatives.

  • Meli

    I don’t even hear the engine revving up on the boat anymore. Idol has jumped the shark and its not even aired yet.

    • Nick

      LOL

  • as

    Nothing like those heart-felt-no-real-life-experience karaoke renditions from 13-15 year-olds. Who do they think wants to watch that?

    • Rangel

      Whoo Hoo~!!!! Can’t wait. Definitely would like to see James Durbin, Casey Abrams, Carson Higgins, Jacob Lusk, John Wayne Shultz, Brett Lowenstern, Jovanny B,Robbie Rosen, Deandre B., and Colton Dixon in the rnnuing for males forgot about Scotty McCreery and Jacee) ~ (there are so many guys with so much talent this year hard decision)Females in the rnnuing, Pia Toscano, Ashton Jones, Naima Adeapo, Sophia Shorai, Mollie DeWolf, Lauren Alaina, Karen Rodreguez, Julia Zorilla and Haley Reinhart for the females If I had to pick a favorite right now it would be James Durbin for the guys and Ashton Jones for the girls I am going to just sit back, be entertained and enjoy the ride Whoo Hoo~!!!

  • Dave

    Who wants to see their parents? Why would anyone care to see that? Ugh, looks like we’re in for another season of annoying, overly sentimental, pandering backstories.

  • dctoronto

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to covering the Idol house. I want to hear them sing and see them perform. I am not interested in coverage that is highly edited in order to create drama.

    • competing divas

      LOL–It’s gonna be like America’s Top Model. Can you imagine seeing some of them go all Mariah Carey diva!

  • dctoronto

    Given that they are considering this, does it mean they are going to be looking for singers who only fit certain reality TV (stereo) types?? Sad Sad Sad.
    They did the twitter thing on SYTYCD. Boring.

  • Joesplace

    Um I FIRST REPORTED a Vegas Trip.

  • suebrody

    So…going contemporary with 15 year olds means…Beatles songs that they get to slaughter? Wow, way to NOT go, Idol. Keep jumping that shark..

  • tarc

    Egads, no coverage of the living situation. please. It just totally cheapens the entire professional musician contest credibility. It’s not about capping the toothpaste, but being the next big music star!

  • If You Ask Me

    Please let them sing something from this millennium! Completely amuses me when the judges say “it doesn’t sound current.” Duh! It doesn’t sound current, because it’s NOT current.

  • Michael David Quinn

    Hey Randy, see my video on youtube. its called American Idol Reject. How not to sound like me. im the worst ever. Can u use me on your commercials?

  • karen

    I thought Steven Tyler didn’t want 15 year olds going to idol. It is too young and you see so many young people getting on drugs when all that pressure is put on them.

  • Graham

    The Beatles song book as a group and as solo artists are the best of any performer/artist ever and they were so far ahead of thier time they never date

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