Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are the new judges of American Idol
Announcement of American Idol Season 10 judges
Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, 41 and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, 61 are the new judges of American Idol Season 10 airing in January 2011, together with original judge and record producer Randy Jackson, reports Reuters.com. According to the report, the composition of the show’s panel of judges will go back to its "original three-person format" as Lopez and Tyler replace British Judge Simon Cowell, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and songwriter Kara DioGuardi. Ryan Seacrest remains as the host of the reality TV singing contest.
Tyler told Reuters.com, "I want to give everybody a little love before I decide who goes home heartbroken. If you don’t like what I say, don’t get mad, get better." During the announcement shot at the American Idol set, Tyler said he would like to "bring some rock to this roller coaster."
Lopez has long been a fan of American Idol; the pop star told Reuters.com that to judge the show "felt like the right thing and the right time for me." Lopez told Seacrest during announcement that she is looking for the next Michael Jackson.
The producers of American Idol are revamping it for its 10th season to get rid of the show’s "karaoke" feel, reports Reuters.com. Returning Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe said, "we are 10 years old and we are being given the opportunity to recreate the magic." Lythgoe added that contestants will be encouraged to master their own style and not be required "to sing different genres each week." According to Reuters.com, celebrity mentors will no longer be used and contestants will have to do more dancing.
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