The American Idol judges 2011 lineup is still unofficial. However, most believe the American Idol judges 2011 panel will include new American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, along with Randy Jackson. Yet nothing has been officially announced, as FOX is still trying to keep a lid on things, and maintain suspense. For all anyone knows, perhaps a deal has been made under the radar with someone else, as one final twist. Either way, the mystery will end with the American Idol judges 2011 announcement today online.
Today, the biggest Idol announcement since May’s season finale will be at hand, as they will finally disclose the new panel on their website. At 1 pm est, americanidol.com will host a live webcast, where the new partner will be introduced.
Speculation on the American Idol judges 2011 lineup has been heavy all summer, after Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres quit, and Kara DioGuardi was allegedly pushed out. With the show already on the decline, moving on without Simon is set to make things even tougher next year.
It would appear that the show’s way to recover is to hire big names, and at least a few are rumored to be unveiled today. Rumors may have already spoiled the American Idol judges 2011 panel, as Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have been said to sign big deals.
Allegedly, Lopez’s deal is as high as $12 million, and Tyler came on board for $18 million. If these two newcomers are already on board, there is uncertainty on whether the only original judge will remain. Randy Jackson is the only holdout left from the old guard, with expectations that he will stick around for now.
Although the American Idol judges 2011 lineup is expected to be Jackson, Lopez and Tyler, fans are still hoping for a surprise or two. Other popular names proposed by fans over the months are Harry Connick Jr, Elton John and Bret Michaels.
Given the revolving door over the last few years, it might be disappointing if there’s not one more surprise today. After all, the last few Idol seasons have had the favorites fall to underdogs at the last moment. Therefore, some similar drama might be fitting for the American Idol judges 2011 announcement – especially since the lineup may be the biggest reason to watch next season.
In any case, there will be no more speculation in just a few minutes, as FOX cannot put the inevitable off any longer. The American Idol judges lineup for 2011 will be revealed online just after 1 pm est – assuming there are no extended commercial breaks first.
FOX News- “American Idol Gears Up to Announce Judging Panel”
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