American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe’s recent Twitter pic gave fans of glimpse of what things will look like when American Idol season10 premieres in January. Lythgoe tweeted a picture of the new AI judges panel- Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez – at auditions in New Jersey this week. And in this case a picture is worth a thousand words.
Most telling- and not all that surprising? Randy Jackson has taken over the coveted final judge’s seat previously occupied by Simon Cowell. At least at this audition stop, anyway. So does that mean Randy is replacing Simon as the show’s head honcho?
Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler is the first judge on the panel and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez is sandwiched in between the guys. That means Randy will get to mull over what Tyler and J-Lo say to the contestants. I wonder if it will affect his critiques and prompt him to say something more than “pitchy” and “Dawg”.
Aw, I’m not being mean. I like Randy Jackson. And he’s the only original American Idol judge to survive the show’s tumultuous house cleaning so he gets mad respect from me. Still, it will be interesting to see how Jackson comes across as the man with the final word this season.
And as for the anticipated judging styles of Tyler and Lopez? According to MTV, Lopez said that she would be open to giving hopefuls second chances and she described her judging style as “tough, easy and fair.” I’m not sure what the “easy” part means, because it can’t be easy to break the hearts of thousands of Idol hopefuls. At a reported 12 million dollar payday, she may mean this is the easiest money she’s ever made!
Meanwhile Tyler wonders if the Idol kids realize how long it took him to get to the top. Back in his day, television singing competitions weren’t a shortcut to fame (Steven, your age is showing again!).
The New York Daily News reported that at the American Idol press concert last week , Tyler and Lopez agreed they will both offer “tough love”.
Tyler declared he’s ready to “bring some rock to this roller coaster,” while Lopez said. “I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson.”
So will this be a kinder, gentler season on American Idol? Lythgoe is looking for “creative criticism” from his new judges and will have zero tolerance for “testicle kicking”.
Meanwhile, ball buster Simon Cowell hasn’t had much to say about his Idol replacements. But he’s probably too busy dealing with that pesky X Factor leak.