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OTRC: 'American Idol' could see more drastic changes for the tenth season

Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson in a promotional still from 'American Idol's 10th season. (Fox / Michael becker)

The changes at "American Idol" under the care of executive producer Nigel Lythgoe continues with news that the Top 12 will live together in a house in the Hollywood Hills, use social media, and could head to Las Vegas on a road trip.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers of the show might use footage from the "American Idol" contestant house as part of the show, depending on how interesting the footage is.

Contestants will also be set up with their own Twitter accounts. Season nine contestants were also given accounts; however, those were later condensed on to one sole Twitter account mid-way through the season.

The industry paper also writes that the contestants could also take a road trip to Las Vegas and will do an integration with "Love," the Beatles-inspired Cirque du Soleil show at The Mirage Hotel and Casino.

In an earlier interview, producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed that the elimination round that cuts the contestant pool from 24 to 12 is now gone. Instead, the show will just go straight to 12 final contestants. "I didn't think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there," Nigel Lythgoe tells TV Guide magazine. However, he did not specify how the 12 finalists will be chosen.

Theme weeks will also feature decades and instead of just individual artists. The contestants, who may be as young as 15 - thanks to a newly lowered age requirement - will have to make a music video in order to promote themselves during the contest. In addition, record executive Jimmy Iovine, who is the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, will also serve as a mentor to the contestants.

The biggest change in "American Idol" for season 10 is Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining Randy Jackson at the judges' table. Lopez and Tyler were hired as part of a series shake-up made amid declining ratings and following the departures of Simon Cowell, Ellen Degeneres and Kara Dioguardi.

As for the adjustment on the judge's panel, Lythgoe says, "Randy is pulling his weight. He really has stepped up. He's essentially come out of himself. He's enjoying being in that position."

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