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Sep 22, 2010 1:32 PM

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler Are The New Judges On American Idol

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will
join Randy Jackson as "American Idol" judges next season, after
months of turnover and speculation about the future of TV's
top-rated show.
With pomp rivaling that of a U.S. Supreme Court appointment, Fox
finally assembled the new pieces of the "Idol" panel that will be
returned to its original three-member format for season 10.
Actress-singer-dancer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Tyler will
have the job of trying to match the offbeat chemistry of former
judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.
"This is 'American Idol,"' host Ryan Seacrest said after the
new trio took the stage with him.
Tyler said he wanted to join the show because "it's being a
part of something much bigger than yourself. ... I want to bring
some rock to this rollercoaster and show if you've got the heart,
the talent, the feeling to do this you could be the next American
Idol."
"I'm so excited," Lopez said. "I'm looking for the next
Michael Jackson."
The likely Lopez-Tyler pairing had been reported so frequently
that Fox would have had to produce Betty White and 50 Cent instead
to generate any surprise.
Cowell announced last January that he planned to leave to launch
a new talent show for Fox in 2011, with newcomers Ellen DeGeneres
and Kara DioGuardi exiting this summer. Abdul left in 2009 over a
contract dispute.
Jackson will be the only original judge when "American Idol"
returns in January.
Lopez and Tyler could help "American Idol" reinvent itself for
the new season, when it will try to stem a ratings slide and bring
in younger viewers. The show's audience has been gradually aging,
and advertisers prefer to pitch to young adults.
But Fox and the show's producers didn't match the new judges to
the target audience when it comes to age: Lopez is 41 and Tyler is
62. Jackson is in the middle at age 54.
Lopez's films include "Selena," "The Wedding Planner" and
most recently "The Back-Up Plan." She has appeared as a mentor on
"American Idol."
She was part of the "Fly Girl" house dancers on the comedy
show "In Living Color," in 1990, before becoming a backup dancer
for Janet Jackson.
"On the 6," Lopez's first album, came out in 1999 and launched
a career in pop, Latin, hip-hop and R&B. "Love?" is the latest CD
from the Grammy winner, who has twins with husband Marc Anthony.
Tyler brings a colorful and tempestuous history with him. He's
fought with his band mates, been in rehab for prescription drug
abuse and took a fall off a stage in 2009 that forced cancellation
of Aerosmith's summer tour.
"American Idol" was the nation's favorite program last season,
the seventh time it's held that position. But it showed rare
vulnerability, beaten in the weekly ratings several times by ABC's
"Dancing With the Stars."
A total of 24.2 million viewers watched the ninth season's final
duel between Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox, compared to the
nearly 29 million viewers who saw Kris Allen claim victory over
Adam Lambert last year.

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