American Idol: New judges confirmed as Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

American Idol: New judges confirmed as Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

After months of speculation surrounding the judging panel Fox has confirmed the new lineup of judges for the next season of American Idol starting in January 2011. Once Simon Cowell announced he was leaving the lineup we wondered if the show could ever be the same. Then we heard the news of Ellen DeGeneres leaving and finally Kara DioGuardi quit.

The speculation continued and back in July we spoke of the revolving door for judges and wondered who’d be walking through that door but two of the names we mentioned have now been confirmed. J. Lo and Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler will be joining the top-rated show along with original judge Randy Jackson making it a return to the original 3-person panel, according to Lynn Elber over on

Ryan Seacrest took to the stage along with the whole of the judging panel for Season 10 and the whole quartet posed for photographs. Jennifer Lopez exclaimed, “I’m so excited. I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson.” That’s some look it has to be said. Steven Tyler meanwhile said the show appealed to him because, “it’s being a part of something much bigger than yourself. … I want to bring some rock to this rollercoaster and show if you’ve got the heart, the talent, the feeling to do this you could be the next American Idol.”

Audience figures started to slide for the last season of Idol and it’s hoped that this new regenerated panel will bring some interest back to the proceedings and appeal to a wide range of viewers. For more on this go to I have to say that this new 3-member judging panel looks really good to me. The proceedings got a little slow when there were 4 judges in my opinion and I really think that J. Lo and Tyler will add some sparkle to the show again. I want to know what you think though so please do send in your comments about what you think of the new judges for American idol.

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