They’ll Be More To Worship On American Idol

Changes for “American Idol” season 8 – Thirty-six hopefuls, up from 24, will be chosen for February’s semifinals, and wild-card picks — back for the first time since Season 3 — will let the judges put three singers into the top 12. Those changes, along with the addition of fourth judge, songwriter Kara DioGuardi (picture) and a second week of the Hollywood round, constitute Season 8 “tweaks” for Fox’s top-rated Idol, executive producer Ken Warwick says. “They’re not mega-changes. They are just little things to keep the whole format fresh and interesting.”