Don’t act so surprised. After weeks of rampant speculation, FOX offically annouced the new panel of judges to be featured in American Idol season 10. They are Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy “the dawg” Jackson. Joining the new slate of judges is Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records; he will serve as an in-house mentor for the contestants.
Says Jenny from the block: “For nine years I’ve enjoyed watching artists compete to get a meaningful chance to achieve their dreams. I know from my own experience how hard it is to succeed, and I’m looking forward to discovering and nurturing that spirit in the many American Idol contestants I look forward to meeting this year.”
Tyler, former frontman of Aerosmith, told fans of the show: “I’ve been on tour for most of my life in a band with four guys who judge me every day. Sometimes it hurt, but it only made me stronger. 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. I’m ready to bring some rock to this ‘roller’ coaster and show these kids if they have the dream, the talent and the drive, they will be the next American Idol.”
If you were hoping series creator Nigel Lythgoe would find a true Simon Cowell replacement, you will be sorely disappointed. “I don’t know whether there will be a replacement,” Randy Jackson said. “We all have our moments of toughness and nurturing and sweetness.” J. Lo added, “I believe in tough love but I don’t think I can ever be cruel to another artist. There are definitely better ways to say things.” Oh fooey. American Idol returns January 2011.