Well it is official, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are the new American Idol judges this season. Along with Randy Jackson the new judges gave their official reveal yesterday and were well received. What an incredible choice the show made by drafting these two celebs. I think that this will make for an amazing season.
Ellen was a big name to have on the panel last season but she isn’t in the music business. It didn’t really make sense except that she could promote the show even more, as if it needs help. However, J. Lo and Tyler are music super stars and have been for many years. Though Tyler isn’t in the mainstream news as much as Lopez, he is a part of music history and has been successful for decades. The combination of music styles that each person brings to the table will prove to be interesting.
Lopez is known for her movies, music and style. Although her personal life has been in the tabloids many times over the years, she is undoubtedly a talented actress and singer. With her background in pop music she will have a young, fresh outlook on the talents in the competition. Perhaps more importantly than her singing experience, she has fashion experience. It is true that she has been on the worst dressed list a few times. But, she is one of the leading women in showbiz and she knows how to work an outfit. The image of the contestants plays a big role in the competition and who better to judge this than J. Lo.
Then there is Steven Tyler. This man has been in the music industry for a long time and will have a great perspective on talent. So far the winners of American Idol have been primarily pop or country. I think he will look for the next rock idol to come forth. Tyler’s band is known not only to rock but all genres of music which broadens his popularity and his ability to judge music talent. Though he hasn’t changed his image very much over the years, it hasn’t hurt his popularity and has helped keep him who he is.
Not only are these new judges famous and successful but they are likable. I think that they both are down to earth people who haven’t forgotten who they are and where they came from. Watching this season unfold will be the best yet in my opinion. I wonder how many times they will hear one of their own songs get mangled in the beginning auditions. America is waiting….