Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Official American Idol Judges Unveiled Today...

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler will join the judging panel of top-rated TV talent show "American Idol", producers said on Wednesday.

The official announcement ended months of speculation following the departure of old hands Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi and represents a major overhaul of the Fox TV show following a four-year slide in viewership.

Record producer Randy Jackson will keep the seat he has held since the program debuted in 2001, rounding out the panel of three judges, and Ryan Seacrest will return as host. The singing contest begins its 10th season in January 2011.

In a glitzy announcement in Los Angeles, Lopez said she was excited to be joining the show and she was "looking for the next Michael Jackson."

Tyler, 62, added that he wanted "to bring some rock to this rollercoaster." The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer undoubtedly brings an edge to the singing contest, which launched the Grammy-winning careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

The pair were signed up after a summer of media rumor and speculation over the new panel with potential names ranging from singers Shania Twain and Elton John, to former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola and radio shock jock Howard Stern.

Source: Reuters