'Idol' Contestants Living in Houses, "Big Surprise" Awaits Top 12
Fox reality chief Mike Darnell said in a TV Week interview released yesterday that the American Idol Top 12 will feature a "big surprise." He said it won't impact the show's core concept but that it will definitely be talked about. He also cited the element of controversy surrounding it, which will probably garner mixed reactions. In addition to the big surprise, there are other changes, including the reintroduction of the wild card spot (which was known weeks ago) and that contestants will be living in houses.
He also said that there will be a lot more behind-the-scenes footage of the Top 12 contestants, which I think is fantastic. It's always nice to see the Idols' day-to-day activities and to know they are enjoying themselves