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Since the ratings slide of American Idol there has been much talk about the future of the show--but no one would speak on the record. That's changed now.
After weeks of rumors, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly finally addressed the problems American Idol had this past season. He blamed the ratings decline on the age of the show, as well as some creative changes they made to the format. “More so than any one factor is the age of the show right now, but [also] maybe the format this year,” he said. “We expanded some of the middle rounds, we did a boy-girl thing that went over three weeks — that’s really where the ratings took their biggest hit.” But even though he blamed the decline on this season’s tweaks, he adds there will be more, promising “a few fresh twists…that will be a nice jolt for next season.” As for the judges, when asked if Mariah Carey, Keith Urban or Nicki Minaj will back he said “everything at this point is on the table,” but added it was “likely” the show will return to a three-judge panel instead of four.