After weeks of whispers, it’s finally been that confirmed Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will round out the judge’s panel on “American Idol."
After weeks of whispers, it’s finally been that confirmed Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will round out the judge’s panel on “American Idol.”
Easily one of Hollywood’s worst kept secrets, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced Wednesday that J. Lo and the Aerosmith frontman will join producer Randy Jackson at the judge’s table.
Randy is the last remaining judge from the original panel with Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Paula and Simon often had a contentious relationship, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Jen and Steve. From what we saw of their interview with Ryan, “Idol” fans will be in for one big lovefest.
“Here I am sitting next to her and it’s just phenomenal,” Steven gushed.
"I know he’s an amazing rock god, I get that," J.Lo said. "I know that. But to sit and speak with him, the depth of his soul really moved me."
And Randy is really eager to see what the artists will be able to tell “American Idol” hopefuls because he thinks the panel newbies will speak from experience. “You’re huge successes, both of you, so the kids have to really listen this time," he said. "Because I felt sometimes, the past couple seasons, we’d say stuff and they’d look at us like deer in the headlights."
And, although J. Lo has no intention of sugarcoating anything for contestants, or always being the nice judge, she won’t exactly be going for the jugular either. Instead she’ll handle her role "with a lot of love and caring and a lot of nurturing and honesty.”
“I think, innately, you can’t help but want to give them the tough love,” she explained. “I don’t think I could ever be cruel to another artist because I am an artist, and I know what it’s like to put yourself out there.”
Of course someone on the panel has to provide the snarkiness that viewers came to love, and hate, with Simon. Steven said that while he’s going to love the contestants to death, he “will send them home with a broken heart. I’m going to be honest and truthful and open as best I can—and tongue and cheek."
Of course, the best judge of how these two will do on the panel is to see them in action. That will have to wait until next year when “American Idol” returns for its 10th season on January 12.
— Sonya Eskridge