Ryan Seacrest Wednesday officially announced that music superstars Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will join judge Randy Jackson to compose the revised three-person panel for Fox’s smash hit variety show this upcoming season.
Moments after introducing Tyler, Seacrest asked him why he wanted to join Idol, to which the legendery rocker responded, “It’s being a part of something much bigger than yourself, and I’m going to bring some rock to this rollercoaster.”
In announcing Jennifer Lopez, the Jenny From The Block singer made a grand entrance through a thick plum of smoke, and told the audience, “I love you guys. I’m so excited to be here, and to watch you grow.”
Lopez added, “It’s about concentrating on the moment. You just have to concentrate on the moment, and just live, live.”
She then added, “I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson. We’re looking for the best American Idol ever. I’m so excited.”
At a news conference after the official announcement, Tyler said, “I plan on being honest, but killing them with love.”
Talking about the judges, Jackson said, “I think they’ll bring a lot of flavor to it.”
Wednesday’s announcement seals off a tumultuous two years of personnel changes, buoyed by the homecoming of the program’s original producer, Nigel Lythgoe.
Among the milestones in giving the Hollywood-based program the makeover that was announced Wednesday:
Paula Abdul left following the end of the show’s 2009 season, triggering a search for her replacement that included Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige, before producers chose Ellen DeGeneres to fill the void. While charming, DeGeneres never really fit in, and was reportedly at odds with Simon Cowell. She abruptly left with a year to go on her deal, paving the way for Lopez and Tyler.
Considered by some the heart and soul of the music franchise, Cowell left after the 2010 season finale to pursue other TV ventures, most notably an American version of The X Factor.
And after weeks of scuttlebutt, two-year American Idol veteran Kara DioGuardi split with the show in recent weeks.
As the announcement of the new judges was being made Wednesday, auditions for the new season kicked off in Los Angeles.
The tenth season of American Idol premieres in January, 2011 on Fox.