At a 1 p.m. live press conference streamed on www.americanidol.com, Ryan Seacrest announced the three judges for season 10: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
Unfortunately, the sound didn’t work until 1:12 p.m. in the middle of Lopez’s comments.
“I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson,” she said, “Like Randy, the best American Idol ever. I’m so excited.”
We, the followers of the show, aren’t excited since this is possibly the most anti-climactic press conference ever.
We’ve already commented on this panel for weeks. I am a bit wary of this trio. Randy, as we’ve known, is who he is. That means nothing too substantive but comforting, like Cheez Doodles. Jennifer Lopez wasn’t half bad as a mentor a couple years back but will she provide much punch on the judge’s panel? I’m skeptical.
I’m also doubtful about Steven Tyler. Sure, he looks like he could say anything and might be a bit of a wild card that way. But will he be all that fun to watch day in and day out? And will he provide actual insight? Plus, as an artist, will he feel compelled to pull his punches? The panel needs someone who keeps it real and I’m not sure any of these three can do that.
Photo gallery of the new cast here.
Also, this from the press release:
In addition, Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, co-founder of Beats Audio and one of the world’s most successful and prolific music producers, will join AMERICAN IDOL as an in-house mentor. Throughout the season, IDOL will go behind-the-scenes to feature Iovine working with and lending his expertise to the contestants as they compete to become the next American Idol. As part of Universal Music Group’s long-term alliance with AMERICAN IDOL, Interscope Geffen A&M will market, promote and distribute albums globally from AMERICAN IDOL finalists and winning contestants across a broad array of retail and new media platforms.
Iovine’s presence means no more celebrity mentors in all likelihood. Ken Warwick told the press he’s sick to death of singers who hide behind guitars, like half the finalists last season. Nigel Lythgoe said he hopes to ‘recreate the magic,” especially from the middle rounds. Nigel promises more focus on singing but can’t preclude back stories. I can’t blame him on that but let’s hope that is the case. He promises a more serious tone this upcoming season but won’t cut out the fun (whatever that means.)
To give singers a greater focus on their own skills, there will be more genres based on, say, decades and less on genre.
And possibly a diss at Lee DeWyze: “We have got to go back to creating American Idols” says Nigel.