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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.
“This is 'American Idol,'” host Ryan Seacrest said after the new trio took the stage with him.
Mr. 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,” Ms. Lopez said. “I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson.”
Mr. 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. Ms. Abdul left in 2009 over a contract dispute.
Ms. Lopez and Mr. 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.
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,” Ms. 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.
Mr. 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.
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