After much speculation, Ryan Seacrest has announced that Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will be the American Idol judges for Season 10. Viewership has been diminishing and now, without Simon Cowell, the show’s fans may switch to other stations. The popular Dancing with the Stars seems to have replaced American Idol as the favorite showcase for artistic talent.
It has been rumored for several weeks that Jennifer Lopez was being considered as one of the judges, but contract negotiations with her have stalled the procedure. Otherwise known as J-Lo, Jennifer is married to singer/songwriter Marc Antony. They are the parents of fraternal twins, Max and Emme. She herself has had successful careers as a singer and as an actor. Born in the Bronx of Puerto Rican parents, J-Lo gained prominence with the song Jenny from the Block which compared her early life with her later prominence in the entertainment field. Jennifer will be an asset to American Idol, bringing her multiple talents to mentor the contestants in Season 10.
Steven Tyler has also been added to the judges’ bench of American Idol. He is the lead singer of the band Aerosmith and the father of actresses Liv Tyler and Mia Tyler. Tyler can be recognized by his trademark scarves which always hang from his microphone stand. Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Steven Tyler is also a songwriter. His song Dream On became Aerosmith’s signature song. His lengthy resume in the music world makes him a perfect candidate as an American Idol judge.
Randy Jackson is one of the original American Idol judges. He played bass guitar with the band Journey, as well as doing stretches with Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. The Grammy award winning guitarist is also a music manager and record producer and is one of the most highly regarded music experts in the field. He has always been the least controversial judge on the show and is well loved by both viewers and contestants.
With the departure of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi, it is hoped that the new judges will add some constancy and consistency to a show that desperately needs a shot in the arm.