American Idol 6 Will Include a Songwriting Competition

UPDATE - APRIL 27: Big, huge, fun American Idol liveblog + discussion happening on our new discussion boards.

UPDATE 4.5.07: American Idol Songwriter Contest Rules Now Online

UPDATE 4.4.07: American Idol Songwriting Competition Signups Open!!

Now that's something I wasn't expecting.

Along with the routine awful auditions and awkward evolutions of the next round of Idol contestants, we'll get a parallel contest for folks to actually write the eventual winner's first single. I always thought that the first two seasons of Nashville Star were excellent, since they emphasized instruments and songwriting. While understanding that not all vocalists can play other instruments, I'm curious to see how the Idol producers will pull the Oz-like process of creating hit singles out from behind the curtain.

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