American Idol’s Revamped Format Cuts Elimination Episode

When "American Idol" returns with official judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban, there will be some major changes.

As part of an already teased revamp, "American Idol" producers have decided to slash the long-standing hour long elimination episode, making it a half hour affair.

According to THR, the half hour elimination episode will be more fast paced, allowing host, Ryan Seacrest, an opportunity to get straight to the results from the previous night's voting.

FOX will then air a comedy series titled "Surviving Jack."

"American Idol" returns January 2014 on FOX.