American Idol officially debuts Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges

September 22, 2010

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson

[ChattahBox Celebrity News] – After what feels like a year of the worst-kept, most hyped secret in the history of television, Fox has finally revealed Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as American Idol’s new judges.

The scene was set for the big unveiling at Idol’s final auditions, held at Inglewood’s Forum Arena last night. Host, Ryan Seacrest took to the stage and got the show started;

“We always ask the question: ‘Who will be the next American Idol?’” Seacrest said. “But we never asked ‘Who will be the next judge’”

So he announced one: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler then ran onto the stage and told the crowd he signed on “to be a part of something bigger than yourself. I’m going to bring some rock to this roller coaster.”

Next came La Lopez;

“I love you guys,” the 41-year old cooed at the crowd, explaining that the show. “Is about concentrating on the moment, do the best you can and just live. I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson.”

Randy Jackson, 54, is as the only survivor from last season’s panel. The chairman of A&M Records, Jimmy Iovine will also be a part of the show, as a mentor for the contestants.

Insiders tell Billboard that 62-year old Tyler signed to join Idol weeks ago. But getting Lopez was hard – the singer was often accused of ‘diva’ behavior and outlandish demands. J-Lo will earn $12-million a year for her place at the table. In contrast, Paula Abdul made $3.5-million and Simon earns $36-million.

“For nine years I’ve enjoyed watching artists compete to get a chance to achieve their dreams,” Lopez said. “I know how hard it is to succeed, and I’m looking forward to discovering that spirit in the contestants.”

And Steven was not lost for words:

“I want to give everybody a little love before I decide who goes home heartbroken,” he told the fans. “I’m ready show these kids if they have the dream, the talent and the drive, they will be the next American Idol.”

Idol was voted the nation’s favorite program last season – the seventh time it was awarded that place. But season nine lost more than 6-million viewers and got frequently and badly beaten in the ratings by ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

The new season opens in January. Will you still be watching?…

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