After two months of speculation, “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced in a live press conference Wednesday in Los Angeles that Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will take their seats next to Randy Jackson as judges for season 10 of “American Idol.” This ought to be good!
Lopez and Tyler will replace Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi, thus bringing back a three-judge panel.
According to People, Lopez signed a deal worth $12 million. It is not yet known what Tyler’s compensation will be.
“American Idol” has undergone big changes in the last couple years with funny lady Ellen DeGeneres being brought in to replace Paula Abdul who left the show a year ago over a contract dispute.
Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell left the show at the end of the ninth season and DeGeneres resigned over the summer; DioGuardi’s contract was not renewed by Fox.
Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez May Be What “American Idol” Needs to Get Back On Track:
“American Idol” saw a decline in ratings last season and it is Fox‘s hope the addition of Lopez and Tyler will turn that around. Consider this season a makeover, the biggest in “Idol” history as the show brings in two huge names in the music industry who may very well be the shot in the arm this program needs.
USA Today reports “American Idol” hopefuls surrounded Lopez and Tyler when the pair was introduced. Tyler told the crowd, “You want to bring some rock to this roller coaster,” while Lopez told auditioners she is “looking for the next Michael Jackson.”
Nigel Lythgoe, “American Idol” executive producer, rejoined the show this summer and has said he thought last seasons show focused too much on the judges with the spotlight needing to shift back to contestants.
Lythgoe said of Lopez, “She’s had a brilliant career. She has been inspirational to so many kids … She knows the business is tough … She’ll be honest about it.”
Pop music critic Glenn Gamboa says Lopez is “opinionated … she has a strong music background … a good idea of what she likes and what she wants to see more of in terms of singing and dancing. I think she could be a good judge.”
He described Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as a “rock legend (who has) been through the worst part of it, too. I think he would probably be the one I would be interested to turn on to watch, not knowing what he was going to say and where he’s going to come from. As a TV producer, I love that.”
Of Tyler, Gamboa said he thinks “… Steven Tyler should make for good television. I think he’s very opinionated. He also has a really long music history … a really good idea of what it takes to be a success. He reinvented Aerosmith many times to make them more successful and more in tune with what was happening with the music of the time …”
Gamboa added, “… he’ll be fun to watch and it will be interesting to see what he says.”
But Will They Have Chemistry?
It will be interesting to see how well Jackson, Tyler, and Lopez interact with one another. It’s too soon to tell what kind of chemistry this trio will have, but it’s doubtful there will be a dull moment. Which judge will be the next Simon Cowell in their brutally honest comments? Hey, someone has to be the bad guy or gal.
“American Idol” season 10 will begin airing January 12, 2011 on Fox. Auditions for the show were being held today in Los Angeles. To celebrate the shows tenth season, Fox expanded the eligibility age to 15 to 28 in order to tap into undiscovered talent. Prior to this season, the minimum age was 16-years old.
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