New ‘Idol’ Rule: Top 40 Contestants Will Sing For Their Lives

by | December 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM | American Idol, Eye on Idol

Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest,  Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson (Michael Becker/FOX)

Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson (Michael Becker/FOX)

The phrase “sing for your life” will reportedly be taking on a whole new meaning in the 10th season of “American Idol.”

Used recently to save a finalist one time from elimination, the “sing for your life” concept will be extended to the final 40 contestants, according to a report from joesplaceblog.com, a site that regularly breaks “Idol” news and calls out spoilers, including which finalists have made it through to the final rounds.

“The top 40 will be brought back to Hollywood for a round called “Sing For Your Life”. What is unknown at this time is if this round will actually cut the top 40 down to a top 12, or 15, or 20,” the site reports.

It goes on to say that the contestants will be given a chance to sing one song – either an “Idol” approved tune, an unapproved song in hopes that it will be approved by the artist, or, for the first time, an original song. The song will be performed with no band or backup singers, either a cappella or with one instrument chosen by the singer.

This is yet another in a series of changes for the upcoming 10th season, which premieres on Jan. 19 on FOX. Here’s a rundown of the rest of the adjustments, from new judges to online voting and new age restrictions, and more.