'American Idol' Roundup: Not Many Tweaks This Season, But Can We Please Have Tough Judges?
Just before you all head out for your Thanksgiving travels (or, maybe, if you're already travelling and find yourself looking for something to read and watch): another American Idol roundup!

"I'm not sure that we want to make too many more tweaks this year." That's what Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said in an interview with the Associated Press, about the show's upcoming 11th season. He is proud that last season saw a diverse range of singers who weren't forced to do genres that didn't suit them, although I actually miss those moments. (Watching Scotty and Lauren be predictable wasn't fun, but maybe it's just me.) However, all I want is to see more critical judges -- seeing J.Lo fawn over James Durbin in a really off week will never cut it for me. Please, Nigel, listen to me!

And listen to Chris Daughtry too! "I think last season everyone was being a little too fluffy with their comments," he told the Huffington Post. "Criticism is a welcome thing and I think it was necessary for me to grow. Sometimes you have got to get to the truth." See?

Elsewhere in the Idol-sphere:

A little bit of Idol invading X Factor? Kelly Clarkson performed "What Doesn't Kill you (Stronger)" on the results show earlier -- and no, no big band treatment like she did during Sunday night's American Music Awards. Also, it's too short:

Watch Katharine McPhee sing "Beautiful": NBC released a full-length music video of the Idol runner-up singing the Christina Aguilera hit, her signature song off the upcoming Broadway-themed series Smash. The show premieres on February 6.

Watch Scotty McCreery meet Miss Piggy: this further confirms my newfound realization that women young and old love the guy.

And finally, does Stefano Langone have a record deal? He says yes. I don't think it's going to be a big deal though.

More updates, as always, on the American Idol Insider on Facebook!

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