VIDEO: New American Idol Cast Reveals How It All Came Together

The revamped cast of American Idol — returning host Ryan Seacrest and judge Randy Jackson, alongside the show’s big name acquisitions, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez — appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday, and chatted with the late night host about how the new judges’ panel of the longtime Fox hit was assembled.  

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Lopez said she “just got a call from the show’s creator Simon Fuller,” and “wasn’t sure at first.

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“I heard how much of a diva Ryan was!” joked Lopez, who said that “after [she] really thought about it … [she] thought it would be a blast.”

The Aerosmith singer, on the other hand, said he’d just got out of Betty Ford, and had began working on a project with ex-judge Kara DioGuardi. She tossed out the notion he could be a host, Tyler said.

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Seacrest said he and Jackson “certainly voted for both of them” to join the cast, and according to Jackson, the Lopez and Tyler signings impressed none other than Simon Cowell, who said producers made “two great choices” in inking the hitmakers.  

So will we see the same smoldering tension between J.Lo and Tyler that Cowell and Paula Abdul fed off of for so long?

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“We agree to disagree,” Tyler said.

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