The American Idol judges are finally set after months of speculation surrounding Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. American Idol hosted a press conference in Los Angeles on their own website to officially unveil who the American Idol judges officially are this afternoon. The live event, which was scheduled to be aired live on UStream on the official American Idol website, was marred with technical glitches. One writer even called it a “disaster”. Many folks in the chat room were wondering what was actually happening with the live event. Finally–at 12:45 CST, the event began to air in its entirety.
The big reveal of the AI judges might have been one of the worst kept secrets ever–but there was plenty of interest as viewers hopped on the internet to watch the very sporadically placed festivities. “We’ve never asked this question,” Ryan Seacrest said after he opened the ceremony, “Who will be the new judges on American Idol?” That question was answered today in Los Angeles.
So who are the new American Idol judges for the upcoming season? As it turns out, the rumors were on the money. Jennifer Lopez, who was rumored to have signed a very healthy contract, will take a seat as an American Idol judge for the first time. Lopez will join Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson for the upcoming season of AI.
“I can now make it official,” Seacrest teased a very appreciative crowd before introducing the one returning judge.
Seacrest introduced Randy Jackson. Jackson hooted and hollered as he took to the stage. “I am calling Idol Season 10 the remix baby,” Jackson said of his new judges. “I think we are going to find the greatest American Idol ever.”
Set on the typical American Idol stage, Ryan Seacrest finally introduced new judge Steven Tyler. Steven Tyler, the lead singer for the rock band Aerosmith, will be an interesting twist as a new judge. Fans are so familiar with hearing Steven pound out lyrics, almost screaming, that it will provide a stark contrast when he analyzes and critiques contestants. Tyler, in fact, screamed and sung a screeching lyric as he walked out.
Ryan Seacrest asked Tyler how it feels to join American Idol. “Fabulous, wonderful, it feels like the perfect feathered nest,” he told Seacrest. “I am going to bring some rock to this roller coaster,” said Tyler. “Sing like you do when nobody is watching,” Tyler said when asked of advice he’d give to potential contestants.
Tyler was asked later at the American Idol press conference how he finally chose to accept the American Idol gig.
“When I found out who was onboard, I threw down right away.”
Lopez was announced as the final new addition to the judge panel. “Who will be speaking up to the ladies?”, Seacrest asked of the audience before introducing Jennifer Lopez. Lopez then finally emerged from a cloud of smoke on stage wearing a very sparkly gray outfit. “I love you guys,” said Jennifer Lopez. “I am so excited to be here,” she said of her new gig with American Idol. “I am looking for the next Michael Jackson,” Lopez said to a round of applause. “Like Randy said, we are looking for the best American Idol ever.”
Lopez was asked about her rumored diva demands later in a press conference carried on the website. “I’m kind of used to it,” Lopez says. “We know what the truth is, the truth always shows itself in who you are.” Producers of the show denied Lopez had any such diva demands.
Was the press conference today announcing the new judges surprising to anyone?
The secret wasn’t so hush hush-not enough anyway that people were surprised by the addition of Tyler and Lopez. The information was pretty much already out there. How will the judges fit in with American Idol? That’s the question many fans are asking of this coming season.
American Idol fans were saddened to see Simon Cowell go. He was such a fixture that it’s obvious a guy like that will never truly be replaced–not matter which judges the American Idol producers decided to go with. Who will replace Simon Cowell and his hard ass nature? “I don’t think there will be,” Randy Jackson said later at a press conference when asked who would be the new villain. “I believe in tough love,” Lopez said but then added “I don’t think I could ever be cruel.”
There just isn’t any other way to describe the demeanor of the guy who set the precedent for what a judge could and can be like. There will be imitators but chances are we’ll never see someone that America loves to hate as much as they did Simon Cowell.
So the addition of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler plus the subtraction of Kara and Ellen doesn’t necessarily lead to bigger and better things for American Idol in terms of judges. The show has always revolved and evolved around the promising talent. My gut feeling is that American Idol will survive if the new judges figure out ways to advance the top talent during the course of American Idol tryouts. That’s the absolute key in my opinion. If American Idol has top notch talent in the final ten, people will inevitably watch regardless of who the judges are.
The American Idol “Meet The Judges” live press conference event already had over 30,000 viewers by 12:20 CST. As fans of the show got wind of the live “Meet the Judges” event, the numbers of those watching increased dramatically within a few minutes. The popularity and buzz of American Idol is still obviously huge-even without Simon Cowell. The process is still something people will want to watch unfold-even if the show lacks the quick witted comebacks between judges. The bottom line is the show will still be quite watchable and interesting if the talent continues to deliver.
American Idol has produced so much top talent over the past few years that the show will most likely still thrive. Music lovers will inevitably still cling to the television set to see performances from promising new artists. Tyler and Lopez will provide a new boost to the show just from delivering unexpected and fresh perspectives on talent.
Randy Jackson will also provide the stability the show needs-for those who wish for someone familiar to be around. The show probably won’t grow stale for quite some time–if the ratings were to flop that would raise some interesting questions and people would certainly place blame on the choices for judges. It seems unlikely that the show will lose a great amount of viewers. Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson are still the staples–but the talent is always the single greatest factor that keeps fans tuned in in my opinion. Watching a guy like David Archuletta or Adam Lambert grow and evolve–and not just that, but seeing what they’ll do next is always the ultimate from any television competition.