'American Idol,' Reading the Playbook of Reality Shows Such as 'Real World,' 'Big Brother' and 'Jersey Shore,' Adds Another Element to Show This Season THR's Live Feed blog

It looks like "American Idol" is adding an element to its show this season that's similar to one used by a number of  other reality shows.

"American Idol" producers and Fox are planning to have the top 12 finalists in the competition live together in a house in the Hollywood Hills, reports James Hibberd in the Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed blog.

It's unclear whether the house will become a visible part of the show, with behind-the-scenes footage and confessionals becoming part of "Idol,"  the story notes.

But the producers do plan to allow the Top 12 to chat with fans through Twitter while living in the house, the story says.

They also may give "Idol" contestants a break with a road trip to Las Vegas, with a potential integration with Cirque du Soleil's "Love" show, which is inspired by the Beatles, the story notes.