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‘Idol’ finally confirms the months-long rumors: Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are the judges

judges_20100922_1784120083_257_277At 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.

231 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

My goodness…what a surprise!!!!!!

RK

September 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

NOOOO!!! I had a conference call at 1 and missed it all!!!

RK

September 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

Does JLo know that Randy Jackson isn’t related to Michael?

Lara

September 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

YAWN! I think I will be passing on this last year of Idol….sorry Rodney!

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Come on Lara. You have to stick it out for our sake! Then again, I couldn’t blame you.

kelly&carriefan

September 22nd, 2010
1:24 pm

Aw, yay! It’s official! I’m soooo excited for this.

/sarcasm

;)

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Wait what? Where did this come from JLo? Steven Tyler? They just up and drop that on us like that, from out of nowhere? Idol how could you do that to us? Shocked, just shocked!

?

Lara, you just made Bo Bice sad.

RK

September 22nd, 2010
1:26 pm

I knew that whoever replaced Simon would be mocked, but by dragging it out like this, they’ve only made it worse.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Sorry, but imo , how could you not watch???? Just the temptation to watch a possible train-wreck in action is enough to keep me tuned in for awhile. If, and it’s a big “if”, Idol can come up with a super-talented bunch of contestants, then the curiosity about the judges could get enough people watching to attach themselves to the contestants. And voila…you have a season!

RK

September 22nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Is Randy wearing a pull-over sweater?

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:37 pm

Truthfully, the best news in all this is there will only be 3 judges.

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
1:39 pm

The opposite of what happened a year ago with Ellen DeGeneres.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:41 pm

True, Rodney, they could still be smarting from the big surprise from last year and wanted everyone to be prepared this year.

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
1:42 pm

That is one thing to be thankful of 3 judges, unless they pull a fast one on us. Another reason to watch… scroll up to Steven Tylers picture. Now think “deer in headlights”! Yes next year will be kind of like that.

RK

September 22nd, 2010
1:46 pm

The opposite of Ellen? They hired a man that looks like a woman?

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

I think Steve is going to be the new Paula. Not quite coherent, not quite sober, but with moments of almost lucidity that will make us wonder if he said something important.

I have high hopes for JLo…she was a good mentor…I hope that translates into her being a good judge.

Bored

September 22nd, 2010
1:50 pm

Still think they should have gone for Jamie Farr and J.P. Morgan.

Mike S

September 22nd, 2010
1:50 pm

SO it basic boils down to what we have been saying:

Randy will be Randy dawg.

J-Lo will be looked to to fill the serious critique roll (if she can)

Steven will fill the Paula “what the F*** is Steven talking about” roll.

Goof Loser

September 22nd, 2010
1:52 pm

RK, shouldn’t that be Dude Looks Like a Lady? (Sorry, just had to be first to say it.)

Mike S

September 22nd, 2010
1:53 pm

But, to Idol’s credit, they have garaunteed me watching at least the first few performance shows just to see if this is going to be as huge a train wreck as it has the potential to be.

And that is what they are hoping, people tune in to see the new judges and end up liking some of the talent.

gina

September 22nd, 2010
1:53 pm

I doubt if any of 3 panelist will give constructive, honest critique; this is probably the beginning of the end for American Idol!!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:56 pm

The hiring of Jimmy Iovine as the in-house mentor may mean that we’re done with celebrity mentors. That would not be a bad thing, imo, especially after Miley last year.

Paula

September 22nd, 2010
1:56 pm

WOW – I get at least TWO MORE HOURS per week to spend with my family now! J-Lo, I could probably tolerate. Steven Tyler – NOPE! Not going to watch! UGH!

BORING BORING BORING Panel!

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Now now, Miley wasn’t that bad, she kept the focus on what she knew and therefore avoided giving advice on actual singing.

Gina, I think the beginning of the end started about 9 years ago.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
1:59 pm

Nice Mike…paraphrasing my 1:26 post…great minds again!!!!

DebDoes

September 22nd, 2010
1:59 pm

All of this while Ellen is bringing new talent to her own show and promoting them…smart girl, that Ellen.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:00 pm

Oh and my 1:48 post, too. Seriously, maybe we ARE the same person!

Monica

September 22nd, 2010
2:01 pm

Stick a fork in me, I’m done watching Idol.

Steven Tyler

September 22nd, 2010
2:02 pm

KA KA KA KA YOW!!!! Joe Perry is a lady, and I kick his aaa-uuuss. Thats right Joe Ive moved on to be a J U D G E that Judge on American Idol. What? Dont cry Joe, I may let you and the broken down horses from MY PRIOR BAND, AEROSMITH make a guest appearance on the show but without me the performance will be a bomb.

YEA Joe…KISS MY ASS!!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

Yeah…all you people who are “done” with Idol…just wait until they come up with another Clarkson or Lambert or Underwood! Please, please let them come up with another Clarkson, Lambert or Underwood

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:04 pm

We can say “ass” now on the blog?

Joe Perry

September 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

Steven, let me tell ya something Brother. American Idol is just one step away from on CSI – LosersVille so you go for it buddy.

PS…I may sit in the audience on night on American Idol and when you begin running your big yap Ill walk right up and put my fist in it, yank you outa that chair and kick the livin SHYT out of ya.

Mike S

September 22nd, 2010
2:07 pm

Amazing that almost all of these people who are on here to say they will never watch AI again have never posted on this blog before now.

Just an observation.

Steven Tyler

September 22nd, 2010
2:08 pm

You better be careful. I ve already spoken to AI and they have offered protection plus I have RANDY JACKSON from The Jackson 5 there to help if I need assistance. You wont get away with this, Joe. You are just jealous because Im prettier than you.

Mike S

September 22nd, 2010
2:09 pm

So will this battle royale involve the person posting using his left handas “Steven” and his right hand as “Joe” while he punches his own face?

Just an observation.

Randy Jackson

September 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Hey Joe…Cmon Dawg let little Steven be, dawg. Steven is a good guy Dawg and just wants to enjoy the limelight Dawg. Now Joe I think you are cool and everything dawg but if needed I will jump into the mix, dawg.

Lar

September 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

I am disapointed in the judges but not surprised. I will still watch hoping they keep some of the best talent for a change and we find a deserving winner.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:11 pm

Whoa…was that a left foot typing??????

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
2:12 pm

Off soon to see an afternoon matinee of “The Town.” Ahh… vacation! I’m also reading a fascinating bio on Eliot Spitzer.

Mike S

September 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

IF that is the case, I don’t even want to venture what might be typing if J-Lo enters the conversation.

:D

J Lo

September 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

JOE! You leave Steven alone or I will be forced to swing by huge ass round and round until is smacks u in the face.

Hi – curumba.

Aqui vien La Migra en dias minutos, corrie corrie….

Mike S

September 22nd, 2010
2:15 pm

Eliot Spitzer. Is the title “Where the Ho’s are?”

Sorry couldn’t resist. Hope your vacation is a great one R.

I am taking the grand-daughter to see ELMO – Sesame Street Live tonight.

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
2:17 pm

It’s titled “Rough Justice.” Fill in the blanks there.

Anyway, Ken Warwick is telling the press he hated the fact too many contestants last season were hiding behind the guitar and not moving.

Joe Perry

September 22nd, 2010
2:17 pm

Randy. I have no problem with you my friend. You wanna get in on the mix well jump right in their friend.

J Lo. You are so old and ass so saggy ya probably would need a blubber-hook to get it back up off the ground. “Jenny from the block”…what TRASH.

Steven. You can run but ya cant hide. Im gonna kick your ass, buddy.

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
2:18 pm

And it appears no more celebrity mentors with Iovine around. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
2:19 pm

Is Nigel a bit full of himself by saying he will “recreate the magic” of Idol, especially the middle rounds of the competition.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2010
2:19 pm

Just an observation: the years have not been kind to Mr. Tyler. ;)

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2010
2:20 pm

I’d settle for 4 judges if we could just have Harry Jr! One good judge out of 4 would be worth it.

Mama J

September 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

I’m actually curious to watch Steven Tyler in a train wreck kind of a way. Who knows, he just might surprise us all and even if it doesn’t, I should be entertaining.

RK

September 22nd, 2010
2:27 pm

I really don’t care about the judges…but have they fixed the voting?

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:32 pm

Rodney…if Nigel needs to be full of himself to bring back the magic, then so be it!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:32 pm

Enjoy The Town. I did.

marilyn

September 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

How about replacing soooo smug Ryan Seacrest – that would be a definite IMPROVEMENT!!!!!

Joe

September 22nd, 2010
2:46 pm

I for one won’t watch the show anymore. I can’t for the life of me figure out why they’d put J Lopez on this show. They’ll have a season or 2 left at best.

Lara

September 22nd, 2010
2:46 pm

How about this….I will keep up with you guys here and if there is someone that stands out and is worth hearing – then I will tune in (via DVR, so I can FF). I think Bo will even side with me on this one!!
Man, JLo’s stylist should be shot, that outfit makes her look so hippy!

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm

Indeed–we do need someone to ask about the voting and the over-weighting of text messaging votes.

And Nigel–we can only hope he can make us forget about season nine. Oh, wait. Was there a season nine?

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm

Thanks Lara…you had us worried. After all, you are a founding member of the blog. We need you!

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2010
2:50 pm

Also, Nigel said there will be more “decade” type themes, fewer genres, to allow people to hone their skills on their strengths.

And let’s hope Jimmy Iovine can also teach these “Idol” contestants stagecraft as well. That was sorely missing this year.

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2010
2:50 pm

Harriett: He looks like he shares his skin care regime with Mick J and Keith R – same canals running along his face. Man, have any of these dudes ever heard of sunscreen? I in the same age range, and my skin is near lineless, but I take care of it as if it were precious jewels.

JLo

September 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

Did someone mention my name? That will cost you. I am a Diva and that’s MISS to you Mister! Now move the h#ll over. There’s not enough room for my a$$ and yours! And obviously, mine is bigger and richer. Get lost.

Over It

September 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

And so American Idol comes to an end. It was a great run though. RIP!

Tone Loc

September 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Hey Joe…Im with ya buddy. Let me know when you get ready to “Bust A Move” on Tylers Ass and I will bust one on that sorry randy jackson.

Janet

September 22nd, 2010
3:19 pm

I’m with Lara. Judges are Randy, Icky and Creepy. And given what has happened the last two years, when (IMHO) the more compelling and talented finalist lost, I’m done. If Kelly Clarkson were in it now she wouldn’t win, based on recent history. This past season a 2-hour show took me MAYBE 20 min. to watch via DVR. The coming season may not even be worth recording.

Woodpappy

September 22nd, 2010
3:26 pm

Come rain or shine I will be watching as I have done for the past 9 seasons. I will give the judges a chance before I boil them in oil, or lard, or whatever is at hand when I need it.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

Here’s a list of Idol’s plans via mj:

# Contestants will get to perform in their own genres every week! No more county singers singing rock and vice versa. Themes will focus on decades rather than genres.
# There will be big changes that seem very X-Factor like. Jimmy Iovine, from Interscope/UMG will mentor the kids every week. Big producers like Timbaland will be brought in to coach the kids. It’ll be the best of the best. The kids will be pushed to improve.
# There will be NO guest mentors. Jimmy Iovine will work with the kids every week.
# It’s possible there will be guest judges if appropriate. Nigel says they would not turn down an Elton John.
# The middle rounds are going to be re-vamped. Didn’t go into a lot of detail about how.
# There could be changes regarding the use of instruments. Ken spent some time dissing the guitar players. He felt some of them hide behind their instruments.
# Jennifer says she believes in “tough love” but could never be cruel.

Mo Schriebman

September 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

So Peggy Cass, Orson Bean, lovely Kitty Carlisle, that snoop Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Bess Myerson, and unforgettable Arlene Francis bless her heart were not available? Or Tom Poston or Jayne Meadows even? What is needed is experienced game show judging and not these Johnny-come-lately has been types who have not been around the block once even much less more than that to know talent from not so much talent because if they had it themselves they would already be working. Mark Goodson or Bill Todman must be turning over in their graves together.

RK

September 22nd, 2010
3:33 pm

Charles Nelson Reilly!

Booger Sandwich

September 22nd, 2010
3:37 pm

Gene Rayburn, Monty Hall, Wink Martindale, Shelley Winters, Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek…

bulldog bubba

September 22nd, 2010
3:37 pm

BOO!!!! Randy get out of there,Dawg!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
3:39 pm

Sad to say many of those people are dead. Perhaps we could move up a decade or 2.

Count me out

September 22nd, 2010
3:43 pm

I cant stand Ellen DeGeneres so they lost me last year. I dont think I missed much and I dont think I will watch it this season either. Carrie Underwood was the last true star they found. The rest are a bunch of no names that are going no place. I am watching x factor this year instead.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
3:46 pm

X Factor doesn’t start until next year.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
3:47 pm

Nigel also says that Idol needs to get back to the business of creating Idols. He claims the only success they’ve had thus far is Kelly and Carrie.

Don Sutton

September 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Don’t forget me, of course.

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
3:55 pm

I wonder if they will have Randy go last for judging. If they have Steven Tyler finish it, that could be ugly.

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
3:55 pm

Granted, it’s going to be ugly anyway, so “uglier”

vt

September 22nd, 2010
3:59 pm

I may have to watch just to see Ryan Seacrest get cut down to size by Steven Tyler and out-diva-ed byJLo

vt

September 22nd, 2010
4:00 pm

Have to disagree with Nigel – what about Daughtry and Kris Allen?

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
4:03 pm

I’ll give you Daughtry but…Kris Allen????????

RK

September 22nd, 2010
4:03 pm

Kris Allen? haha

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JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm

Kris who? Keep the topic on American Idol please, don’t be brining up random people like this Kris “with a K because I’m special” person.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Count me among the loyalists who will keep watching despite the changes. I have been on board since the first show and have never missed a one. Don’t plan on stopping now. I like some of the changes you quoted from mj, D.

Time for me to run. Hope to have more time as the week winds down.

Brittany

September 22nd, 2010
4:30 pm

and then Adam,… oh wait he didn’t win because apparently California (his home states) can’t rally like a southern state can, or is because the whole country of 49 other states can’t rally to beat 1 state, that’s how Kris won, and how Ruben beat Clay years back, Carrie won because she’s Country and Kelly won because it was the 1st season-meaning that now a days Kelly=Kristal-make of that what you will. Although that’s meant as a stab at americas mainstream voters of idol, NOT at those 2 singers. 20 yr old female from South Carolina.

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Brit – not quite clear on your point, but for me,Kelly is so far superior to any other Idol winner or contestant – I believe she’d have won handily no matter what year she appeared. Can sing anything and do it better than anyone else, at least for me.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2010
4:45 pm

Brittany…I am so sick of these fantasies that Adam fans have. According to the geo-predictions from Dialidol, Adam Lambert beat Kris Allen in the state of Arkansas. However, Kris beat Adam in 29 states. Including CA, NY, WA, OR, ME, MN, NH, MA, VT and more NORTHERN states.

Ruben is from Alabama and Clay is from South Carolina so I’m not getting your southern vote argument with those two either.

I-Ninjakicksbackcowell

September 22nd, 2010
4:46 pm

Get the magic back by booting cute white guys who can’t sing better than below average Nigey! Daughtry, David Cook, Justin, and others proved idol didn’t have to sacrifice talent to get eye candy for the tweens and cougars.

kelly&carriefan

September 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

Here, here, Sam-A! What you said about Kelly: Can sing anything and do it better than anyone else. This is what I wanted from an Idol winner, but I think I’ve settled for someone who can keep me entertained. And I don’t think I’ll ever be blown away as I was with Kelly or Carrie. Here’s hoping I’m wrong, though.

kkong

September 22nd, 2010
4:48 pm

I ain’t too good lookin’, but Mr. Tyer is just plain ugly.

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2010
4:53 pm

Just strange that they got the very best on their first try, and haven’t matched the magic (arguably Carrie, just not for me) since.

RK

September 22nd, 2010
5:08 pm

Brittany, would you like to borrow some punctuation?

KPH

September 22nd, 2010
5:43 pm

Hmmm. I see a surprise coming. They will be much better than most folks on here think. They are actually in the music business and have been for quite some time. Dont jump the gun folks this may turn out to be a very good panel of judges. Of course I was willing to give Ellen a chance even though she was into comedy not music. I will take the experience of these two over her corny jokes anytime. We shall see. Oh and hello everyone! Long time no blog. Been lurking from time to time though. :-)

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
5:51 pm

Hey KPH!

I actually agree with you to a point. As long as we focus on J.Lo or Steven then I’ll give them a chance, and I think they may do really well. But Randy? No, I like him during the auditions and Hollywood, but after that he is one of the worst judges ever. Almost worse than Joe “yeah” Jonas.

Oh and Jennifer Lopez will be the best judge ever if every episode features a shot of her walking to the judges table. Just sayin.

Hank Williams Jr.

September 22nd, 2010
6:22 pm

Deidre….how ya doin?

JTesla

September 22nd, 2010
6:57 pm

So in this new picture that Rodney posted… where is Randy’s other hand?

Mo Schreibman

September 22nd, 2010
7:11 pm

If there must be a Jackson who is a judge then can it not be one of the other ones such as Jackie or Marlon or Jay or Donny or the smart one and I mean Tito and not that other one. This Randy one has too much of a limited vocal vocabulary and worked with that band Journey of all things. What this qualifies him for I can not say so do not get me started please.

pebblebeach

September 22nd, 2010
8:38 pm

So JLo gets $12 million plus deals to revive her career and Randy makes $8 million…no way…Hey Dawg…say it isn’t so..

Rosita

September 22nd, 2010
10:07 pm

Only way the judging talent could get any worse: Howard Stern, Perez Hilton, Lindsay Lowhand. With Milli Vanilli mentoring….

Harm

September 22nd, 2010
10:08 pm

Nothing new! We already knew the new judges1

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