Dim the lights…here we go. After much speculation and rumors surrounding the judges’ table on American Idol, it appears the powers that be are t-h-i-s–c-l-o-s-e to announcing the judging line-up for Season 10. The expected announcement is that the judges for the tenth installment of American Idol will be Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler. The formal announcement will be made on September 22, 2010.
American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe returned to the helm of American Idol this year after two seasons away. His return provides a much needed adrenaline shot for the faltering television phenomena. Last seasons ratings slide, along with the departure Simon Cowell, forced American Idol to rethink its strategy.
Let’s hope the judges for Season 10 are able to breathe fresh air into the Idol lungs and not turn out to be another case of New Coke.
American Idol Season 10 Judge #1: Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson returns for his tenth season judging American Idol. The only original judge left, following the departures of Paula Abdul at the end of Season 8 and Simon Cowell last year.
Keeping Randy Jackson is a smart choice by Idol executives. He will provide a sense of continuity, the perennial dawg who tells it like it is without being cruel. His experience in the music industry brings credibility
American Idol Season 10 Judge #2: Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez, a latecomer to the American Idol judges’ rumor mill, fills the void left by Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres. After months of will-she/won’t-she gossip, the deal between AI and J.Lo is finally done. Producers are hoping she will bring some much needed energy to the show.
Lopez is not totally new to the American Idol landscape. She served as a guest mentor in Season 6, providing guidance to the Idol hopefuls during Latin Week.
American Idol Season 10 Judge #3: Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler, frontman for legendary rock group Aerosmith, rounds out the judges’ table, perhaps requiring the largest stretch of the imagination. Hey, he should at least be fun to watch.
Tyler’s decades of experience should enable him to provide sound advice to the young contestants embarking on a journey into the harsh reality of the music biz. That is, if he can remember any of it. Or if he doesn’t spend the whole time comparing fashion notes with Jennifer Lopez.
When American Idol returns in January, the new panel of judges will likely not air until the Hollywood week round, since auditions were complete before the lineup was finalized. Auditions began in July in Nashville, followed by stops in San Francisco Milwaukee, New Orleans, East Rutherford, NJ, and Austin, TX. Los Angeles was added as a final audition city and is scheduled to wrap up on September 22.
Regardless of who the new American Idol judges are, it should be very interesting to watch. Let’s hope it was worth the wait. American Idol premiers on FOX in January 2011.
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