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‘American Idol’ Producers to Introduce New Twist

Jan 17, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The sixth season of Fox’s top-rated talent show, “American Idol,” will probably bring a twist to the singing contest’s format that will give more aspiring musical stars a chance to be discovered, executive producer Kenneth Warwick said.

In the show’s final weeks this season, the producers are planning on holding a competition within a competition for songwriters, Mr. Warwick said in an interview with TelevisionWeek Publisher Chuck Ross for TVWeek.com’s Backlot Talk podcast feature. Former “Idol” winners will perform the songs, and viewers will get to vote for their favorites, giving them another way to participate in the show, Mr. Warwick said. The winning song will be performed by this season’s singers in the finale.

To hear Mr. Warwick’s complete comments about the planned contest, as well as his assessment of the first two nights of “American Idol,” go to TVWeek.com’s Backlot Talk for a podcast of the interview and a transcript.

(Editor: Robbins)