NEW YORK (AP) -- "American Idol" tried to end on time Tuesday, enacting a format that only allowed two judges to review a singer.

Host Ryan Seacrest explained: "We're working in teams tonight, so we make it in on time."

Judge Simon Cowell said they had to do it that way because fellow female panelists Paula Abdul and Kara Dioguardi talked too much last week

Still, the popular Fox talent contest ran three minutes over schedule.

Last Tuesday's show ran over by eight minutes. Judges did not have time to comment on Adam Lambert's rendition of "Mad World."