As American Idol prepares to launch its sixth season this week, the creators of U.S. television's No. 1 seriesare set to adda songwriting competition to the mix.
Details of the contest are still being worked out, but creators of the show have revealed it will be decided by viewers.
"At the end of it, the[audience] will not only have the singer they want, they'll have the song they want," said executive producer Ken Warwick,adding thatthe competition will not be introduced until later in the season because attention is now focused on completing the first few episodes.
Warwick concededthat some of the songs written for recent finalists have fallen short.
"Kelly Clarkson's A Moment Like This [in season one] knocked us out, but since then it's been a bit blank," Warwick said.
Judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson will not weigh in on the merits of the song that will serve as the winner's first single.
Instead, plans are to allow viewers to vote for their favourites through the show's website, americanidol.com.
"I just want the poor contestant who wins to be happy to sing a song that radio isgoing to play," Abdul said.
American Idol's sixth seasonpremieres Jan. 16.