J.Lo heading back to 'American Idol'
August 10th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

J.Lo heading back to 'American Idol'

“American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Wednesday to talk about tonight’s “So You Think You Can Dance” finale.... and to drop an “Idol” bomb.

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will all be back behind the judges’ table for the show’s eleventh season.

The announcement came after Seacrest asked Lythgoe, “Do you want to go ahead and do the Jennifer announcement here, or are we still waiting?”

To which Lythgoe responded, “I believe we’re still waiting for the official announcement, but I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol,’ [are] back for the next season.”

Are you relieved that J.Lo will return?


soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. hôtels provence

    I don't disagree with this article.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. windows phone

    You're truly right with this piece!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. motivational speaker

    I couldn't agree with you more!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. I JUST LOVE AMERICAN IDOL AND THE JUDGES

    I can't wait for American Idol to come back again. Last year I enjoyed every single minute of the show. To see the 3 judges the is great, they are funny, kind; they really care for the contestants. It is a family show. In the beginning of the show I laugh so much when the less talented people make full of themselves.
    Love you Jennifer, Randy and Steve, you guys rock.
    Jennifer you are a class act lady.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chat

    Yes, I am very happy the J Lo is returning. J Lo and the other two judges make for an awesome group as judges. Last season was very nice without all the insults and put downs.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. twilight_sux

    Getwilight_suxeze JLo doesn't care about the contestants. All she cares about is unabashedly promoting herself. She'll act in any form or manner to win most of middle America's too trusting disposition.
    When is enough, ever enough?

    August 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PeterPan

    Thank goodness for JLo returning. The most beautiful woman in the world is needed to offset the two ugliest men in the world. But $20 million; too much money.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bjorn

      Jennifer deserves that much money and then more, she is the best and she is a breath of fresh air.

      August 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ryan

    Reading this feed is way better than the show.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bollocks

    Who cares and why is this show still on the air?

    August 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JoAnn

    I think that J-lo should stick with her singing and acting career. I'm not sure who annoyed me more, Steven with his leering stares at the female contestants and weird critiques, or J-lo with her sickening sweet remarks to even the most horrific singers. Even Randy seemed to just go along for the ride. It made for the most boring season yet. They put through plenty of no-talent and let some good ones go. I can't imagine next season being any different. I miss the good old Simon and Paula days.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Elizabeth

    So happy to hear this! Jennifer and Steven were great, and much needed, additions to American Idol. I love it!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AK

    Get her off the show. She may be pretty, but she epitomizes the "me first" culture in America. She's a terrible role model.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shellie

      Look for role models in your own family, why expect Hollywood people to be role models, they are there to entertain and not to help others on how to raise your children. Hollywood is make believe. So, get over and smell the coffee.
      Jennifer Lopez is a brilliant business lady and it also happens to be beautiful which comes handy in Hollywood.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    What's American Idol and who is Jennifer Lopez?

    August 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimberly

      Hello Dave, anybody there? , maybe you are living in another dimension.
      Let me educate you..American Idol is the best show ever in the United States of America. And Jennifer Lopez is the most beautiful women in the world; she is amazing, talented and sweet.
      Comprende, now?

      August 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steven Tyler

    What do you think I am di ck wad, go f uck a duck will you!

    August 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven Tyler

      I meant to reply to Wendy, but she p|ssed me off so bad that I forgot to click reply!

      August 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Wendy

    I would like to see new judges each season.
    I think you hear the same old line over and over again when they continue from season to season...just look at Randy.
    Why not bring in Brett Michaels, Carrie Underwood and and maybe a singer/songwriter?
    Change it up....

    August 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  17. WhatWhatWhat?

    I'd be happy if she showed up even only from the neck down. I'd even accept from the waist down.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      She has that effect on guys. Guys who think with their you-know-what.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. MaximEyes

    If I had a pocket full of a trillion fcuks, I wouldn't give a single one for this lame story. NOW...if the story was about J.Lopez deciding to do AI for $20 million dollars and WILL BE DONATING all that money to the families that just lost their loved ones in the war then THAT WOULD BE A STORY. F this story!!! Bigtime BS and whoever does care is a fcuking IDIOT! Thank you, have a nice day :) [grammatical corrections implemented]

    August 11, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  19. MaximEyes

    If I had a pocket full of a trillion fcuks, I wouldn't give a single one for this lame story. NOW...if the story was about J.Lopez deciding to do AI for $20 million dollars and WILL BE DONATING all that money to the families that just lost their loves one in the war then THAT WOULD BE A STORY. F this story!!! Bigtime BS and whoever does care is a fcuking IDIOT! Thank you, have a nice day :)

    August 11, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  20. R U Serious

    Who the hell cares!

    August 11, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  21. mrb

    She just needs to get with a regular joe like myself who would appreciate her. Stop dating them losers Girl

    August 11, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  22. Shady80

    It's annoying how J-Lo always has to have the last word with any judge who disagrees with her review of the performance. I would love to see her try and pull that diva crap with Simon. Steven and Randy are too nice to her but this show is on it's way out anyway. Can you say X-Factor?

    August 11, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  23. Kevin

    I will never watch this show again, after the ridiculous last season. Ryan Seacrest is a dweeb, Randy just repeats his lines from past seasons, and there seems to be little correlation between contestant's talent and results. One thing they could change to make voting more realistic is: ONE VOTE PER PERSON (or per phone or per computer IP address). Teeney Bops text zillions of votes for their picks....swamping out any reasonable accounting for true voting. On a more positive note – I thought Stephen and J-Lo added some needed freshness....but not enough to make a difference.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  24. fooloof

    I don't watch the show, but J-LO looks better at 41 than most of the new "stars" do at 25. I don't know if she's had any work, but, DAMN!

    and that's not even counting that junk in her trunk. I don't know how Mark Anthony could have messed that up.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  25. Francine

    Stopped watching and lost interest in Idol 2 seasons ago...so don't really care who the judges will be !!

    August 11, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  26. mrs.peel

    that's the only way for her to stay in headlines anyway. plus the occasional wedding singing of course. i'm afraid tho, when x-factor starts (with paula hopefully) the idol will become an old news.....

    August 11, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  27. coutrysgoodbut

    I enjoy country music, but if American Idol becomes Country Idol, then it will mean the final death of the show, once and for all.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  28. sortakinda

    Those that can, do. Those that can't, judge others. Next thing for J-Lo is yogurt or Depends commercials.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  29. cregis

    Guess she doesn't need the money to buy those fur coats she wears.. She probably gets them free. Anyone who loves animals should boycott this woman.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Sonya

      R U crazy, I love animals and I love more Jennifer Lopez, she works hard for her money and she deserves all the best . I wish I could have a coat like that.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jlow

    What else does she have to do?

    August 11, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. Smoke on the HotDog

    Randy Jackson enjoys getting on his knees and sucking on JHos rod.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  32. mel

    She was holding our for more money. That's the only reason she didn't come back right away. Cause she's just not quite rich enough. Disgusting if you ask me.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. WHO CARES???????????????????????

    Why would we who struggle to keep our head above water on a daily basis even CARE about somebody making $20+ million for a stupid TV show? Are we supposed to be happy for her?

    August 11, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Jennifer Lopez is Priceless, get over people. She is the reason I watch American Idol.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  34. bob from Oregon

    What bothers me the most is the enormous amount of money she is paid for basically sitting on her ass for a few days, and giving her opinion. Teachers are paid too little, Men and women are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for pennies compared to what she receives. J-Lo makes millions for little work.The country's priorities are way out of whack. It really sucks!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  35. RonnieR.

    When I was a youngster I was so in love with her...mmmmmmmm more in love with that yummy , thick, juicy ass lol. God she's so gorgeous.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  36. Robert

    J-Lo is the reason I don't watch. I like her like I like Sarah Palin.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  37. Kewpie

    Rachel, it must be a real challenge being so very ignorant.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • rachel

      Seems Ms Kewpie hasnt had her morning breakfast of frosted doo doo nuggets.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  38. Kewpie

    I stopped watching American Idol the season Melinda Doolittle did not win.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  39. ivette santiago

    lOVE IT!!! shes a breath of fresh air!!!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  40. Deb

    I stopped watching because it became about less than talented judges pimping themselves instead of focusing on FRESH faces. Glad the country guy won. He was very good. I'm looking forward to X factor with Simon. He won't make show about has been judges who can't sing....

    August 11, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  41. Linda J. Johnson

    Yes I Am.

    August 11, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  42. Elizabeth

    Happy to hear it. Enjoyed last season more than any other.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  43. Bill

    She has a really nice ass...I mean really nice..so in that regard, YAY for her being back.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  44. humberto

    August 11, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  45. Jackie

    Yes.... Iam very glad she`s back ,besides the good show they all did last yr. we all waiting to see w/she`s wearing.Good for fox for bringing her Back.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  46. Zenith

    Im not afraid to say it. Mexi melts and naggers all want to talk about themselves and "oh what a struggle, its so refreshing to see mex/black representing their culture" naggger please. In other news the stock market crashed again. They b lucky if show is even still on. I dont care what she does I have never heard of her doing anything besises 4 mexis! Eat it flametards!

    August 11, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  47. Dolly

    In my opinion (Worh 2cents) AI is great entertainment to be judged by judges who are in the music industry than voted by the fans. Simon..was harsh yet honest. that is not being mean; than there are judges who are kind, honest with constructive judging. I beleive that if anyone wishes to be in the entertainment/ Music Industry they'd better grow thick skin & be prepared to be judged 'cause not only will they be judged..but they're going to be competeing against many with great talent, being seen by so many on TV & VOTED BY THEIR FANS & of course be offered jobs not to mention to have their songs in record labels. ¶I hope y'all enjoy this season as much as I am. Simply... Dolly

    August 11, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  48. TampaBay Oldie

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! She's the best thing that happened to Idol in years! She saved it last year so 2012 has to be GRRRRRRRRRRR8:-)

    August 11, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  49. Terri

    who cares? Since when is she qualified? she can't sing, it's all auto tuned. she doesn't write her lyrics and she certain doesn't read or write music. I just wonder who she's banging to get her gigs b/c she also can't act. She slept her way into everything she does. Can't wait until she goes back into shadows again.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenda

      Terri, too bad you were born ugly, and bitter , get a life. In Hollywood, men and women sells themselves so they can get some where., so what?, at least they are beautiful.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Paul

    I don't really care, but she is an amazing person. Steven Tyler needs to lay off of the plastic surgery and come out of the closet.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  51. The Selfish Meme

    Back to Idol, all perfectly timed, her "divorce", Anthony's "new album".

    Oh how I love it when these new Hollywood/entertainment celebrities time all these events to raise their publicity, notoriety value. Love it!

    :o|

    August 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  52. LoJenk

    August 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Garnet

    I am glad she is returning, and I also love Steven Tylet and Randy.
    ..so, yeah...im happy...:-)

    August 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. nell

    She has a lovely presence and it's great that she hasn't relinquished her position as a judge on the show. But there are a whole lot of viewers who are begging her to drop the word AMAZING from her evaluations of contestants. There are millions of words in the dictionary. Please, Jennifer, start using some of them!

    August 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Hartwig

    Of course she is, how else would she get any money or publicity?

    August 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Joanne

    YES !!!!!! Jennifer is the BEST JUDGE EVER ... PERIOD.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  57. roy

    This show is boreing end it.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. cnn, really?

    phew, that should take care of the debt problem

    August 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jeff

    THIS HOT LADY, JENNIFER LOPEZ IS PRICELESS – SHE IS PRICELESS- SHE IS GORGEOUS, SHE IS PRICELESS.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  60. lronhubbard

    I wonder if J-Lo will come clean about her involvement in the Scientology cult this next season.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paris

      Jennifer Lopez is more Christian than any one I know. she is very generous with the church. So, do not say lies here.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paris

      she, Jennifer Lopez is more Christian than any one I know. she is very generous with the church. So, do not say lies here.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holly Wood Boy

      it's true. she IS a secret scientologist. just do a search for scientology + "Jennifer Lopez" There are 2,770,000 results with many stories of her secret visits to the Scientology Celebrity Center.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  61. A-Milla

    Glad to hear and read that she is coming back. I really think that she will be much better this season than last. Seemed like she wanted to do more but couldn't because Marc was always there looking over her shoulder.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  62. JD

    Simon left, get over it already. Last season was the best so far, glad Jennifer, Steve & Randy all agreed to return.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mayan Man

    J-Lo is so hot!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  64. AG

    JLo and Tyler are very nice persons but awful judges. Anyone can say “you did it wonderful”.
    American Idol needs badly a Simon kind of judge.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Demetrios Poliorketes

    Love that Susan Boyle, can't wait for her to win East Anglia's Got Idol Talent and then pose for Larry Flynt.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Dan

    Why? She has less talent than Paula Abdul. Abdul has none.,

    August 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  67. macrda

    Hi everybody!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Nathan

    It's obscene the amount of money offered to JLo and the rest to sit on their ass and judge a talent show. This show has run it's course...next? X Factor.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  69. bookgirls

    Oh joy. Another year of patting herself on the back for picking such talented people. As a judge, she sucks. But then so do Steven and Randy. I gave up on this show last year when it became teen country idol. Yuck.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  70. someyounguy

    Simon where are you? Come back to the show.no more J-lo.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noa a Simon fan...no, no, no

      Simon is in England helping the riot people, and he should stay there, no more insults to the American people from ugly Simon.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Roy

    What's wrong with keeping this show going?There isn't a whole lot of anything else on TV.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Real Talk

    But u are afraid to say how tired of Hispanics u idiot. Ur on the internet and noone knows who u are that's the only reason ur saying that! U Coward!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  73. mel

    I'll be watching the X Factor.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • to Mel from a friend

      Mel, if you will watch X factor is because you like to be insulted by the mean spirited Simon, and also who wants to watch the drunken Paula, no way, American Idol is trillions of times better.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jeremy

    I for one am not afraid to say how tired I am of all of the hispanics on American Idol. Jlo is only their to tell the hispanic contestants "how great they were" and she "really liked when they start singing in spanish". Well, thats good, because nobody else wants too see it, obviously. Jlo's career died faster than selina.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bjorn

      .It is great to see a suscessful Hispanic lady on tv, she, Jennifer Lopez is the most gorgeoues woman on tv and in Hollywood, By the way, Hispanics people are charismatic, are beautiful people and I love seen them on tv. More power to Hispanic people

      August 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  75. JLO

    I'd like to thank the black people who paved my way to success! The Wayon's. For hiring me as a dancer on "In Living Color" Janet Jackson for hiring me for her video "That's The Way Love Goes" and Sean P. Diddy Puff Daddy Puffy Swag, for teaching me about the music industry and the fashion industy. I will forever be grateful. P.S. Puffy, I'm a free woman again, POPPI !!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Jennifer Lopez is a star in her own right, she have a beautiful heart and face and body. Welcome back to American Idol , beautiful Jennifer.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Joe

    She needs money for, her, I think it's fifth or tenth divorce. Lost count.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  77. NPHX

    JHO is the reason I boycotted last year, and its the same reason I will boycott this year.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Music Fan

    Hey, Idol gets us past the cold winters months, I have no issue with having something that helps pass the time in 40 below zero temps!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  79. ChingaTodos

    No, you actually mean JHoe.....................

    August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  80. erich2112x

    The reason it took so long is because she's the new Joe Perry of Idol judges, wandering why Tyler gets twice as much as everyone else.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  81. jane

    im glad that Jen is back.. welcome back girl!

    visit –> coolcent . com

    August 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  82. @Rock, Idol

    Brett!!! lol...he prob start eating J Lo wussy right on stage

    August 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  83. erich2112x

    Finally worked out a deal huh? Tyler's paycheck was just too earth shattering, but I guess she finally got something sweet.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Wzrd1

    Jennifer Lopez needs to do the show in the nude.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  85. John in LA

    I can't tell you how important this announcement is.

    With our rising national debt, a failing stock market in which trillions of investors
    savings have disappeared, a lack of washington leadership, declining wages,
    higher unemployment nationally and a declining standard of living.

    Atleast we can rest easy knowing that the standards set by American Idol will no longer impact current economic conditions. What a relief.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      In case you haven't noticed, this article is in the ENTERTAINMENT section where it belongs. Go to the POLITICS section if you want to moan and lament about the debt, leadership, wages, etc. I'm pretty sure we're all aware of what's going on in Washington, but like I said, this story is in Entertainment (although the clowns in Congress are pathetically entertaining).

      August 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Trezenia

    I knew she would be back, she wanted the BIG BUCKS! It's called GREED! She is a good judge, but needs to
    get over herself, they are all equal and should be paid that way!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      she deserves to be pay even more than she is getting, she is the best of American Idol and Hollywood. You can not get a most beautiful lady like Jennifer Lopez.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jannynet

    Glad to hear Jennifer will be back. The show was revived last year with it's revamped judging. I've watched it every season and I'm no teeny-bopper, but a senior citizen, who can appreciate young talent. I wore my fingers off voting for Carrie and Daughtry. Didn't always get it right but I got to participate.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monique

      Jennifer Lopes is Priceless, she deserves to be pay that much money and then more, it is priceless to see every week a beautiful woman, with intelligent comments.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monique

      Jthis judge, Jennifer Lopoz is Priceless, she deserves to be pay that much money and then more, it is priceless to see every week a beautiful woman, with intelligent comments.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Sashatree

    I think it's VULGAR to pay ANY ONE....let alone JLo....this kind of money to (literally) sit on your keester and "judge" people. The dumbing down of our country continues in earnest..........

    August 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Marc Anthony

    Thats bcuz dat b!tch need job now after i kept my money. im the best selling latino male artist h0e

    August 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Jeff

    @MAGNUS – That's got to be the biggest DB comment I've ever read. You are one classless POS.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Rock,Idol

    I'm a big Aerosmith fan but Steven Tyler brings very little to American Idol.

    I'd like to see someone like Brett Michaels or Fareed Zakaria.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  92. miguel

    She's a big "ASSet" to the show.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Snarky

    Nothing like having a backup dancer judge a singing contest. Auto-fail.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • reply to Snarky

      You have to start somewhere, she started as a back up dancer and look where she is now, that's a great,
      Successful story. Jennifer Lopez was born to be great in music, acting, business woman and mother. In addition, she was born gorgeous.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Seems like she was also born with your lips on her ass based on that last bit of sickening praise. Just because she's successful doesn't mean she deserved it. Hell, Twilight is successful. The Smurfs were successful. Biz Markie was successful, does that make any of those things talented? Absolutely not, it just makes them popular.

      August 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Gianni

    Actually Jennifer Lopez turned out to be the better judge of the 3 last year and actually spoke some truth and had some original, authentic criticisms and praise for the contestants. As someone mentioned above, Steven Tyler just said everyone was "beautiful" and rarely said anything constructive...and Randy was totally boring with his broken-record "in it to win it..." line over and over. I wasn't expecting much from the diva herself, but she actually surprised me and won me over as an AI judge. But this show has major issues and the ratings are eventually going to fall. I mean really- Scotty McCreary winning last year?! (= That was a joke.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Gianni – If Scotty McCreery (correct spelling) shouldn't have won, whom do you think was better, more consistent? No one, in my opinion. He showed the most professionalism, consistency, never went off key and was a humble and likable person, a true artist. It's true, not everyone loves Country music, but genre shouldn't matter here, these other factors do. Scotty, in my opinion, was the most fun to watch and I'll be eagerly awaiting his future releases. He was great live this summer, also. In past years, the best overall artist got overlooked (i.e. Adam Lambert, Crystal Bowersox), but this year, I think America got it right. I think Pia Toscano should have been the runner up, though. She was amazing, if a little stiff in her presentation. She was much better live, however, showing a great deal of improvment in her stage presence. Still, it's all a matter of personal taste, wouldn't you agree?

      August 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      If the constestants were actually getting votes based on raw singing talent, Pia should have won it hands down. The best contestant as far as consistency and pure, raw talent was James Durbin, imo. I didn't have Scotty anywhere near the top of the pack. Country is easy to sing so Scotty should have no problem selling cds to the Country music crowd. I'm obviously not a fan of Country music (unless it's Johnny Cash), so I didn't watch the finale.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  95. mitch

    She came back with a huge blow up head and off the monkey on her back

    August 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  96. JOTX

    Loved last year's show, looking forward to seeing the judges again.....Lets get it going!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Alex

    No one watched this show anymore. It's done. Stick a fork in it. The contestants are all previous season rejects and the judges old and tired looking.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Alex, how can you say that no one watches this show? Millions of people watch and enjoy the show. Millions more download the performances and purchase the CD's by these artists. Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages attend the live Idol tour every summer. I think it's possible that the hyper-critcal tone you take stems from the fact that you might be just a little bit jealous of the talents of others? If they're truly "rejects" and not talented, old and tired, why don't you step up to the plate and show them how to do it better? And while we're on the subject, if you really don't care about it that much, as you say, why take the time to read articles about it and comment, more than once? By the way, my name is not Ryan, it actually is Michael.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      2Michael – "Millions more purchase their CDs." Really? Then they should all be superstars. That statement is an obvious exaggeration. Only a few Idol winners have actually sold more than 1 million CDs. Very few of the winners went on to get top billing and Grammys (Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia for the R&B crowd). The talent is mediocre at best with a few exceptions. Let's see what Simon's show does.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Magaret

      On the contrary, Jennifer Lopez is exciting, she is gorgeous, charismatic, elegant, and mostly she is very kind to the contestants. I enjoy the show very much, before JLo, I stopped watching AI due to Simon's mean spirited comments, but when JLO became a judge I started to watch again.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      2Dani – To clarify, I said "millions download the performances and buy the CD's." I didn't say each artist sells millions of CD's. Regarding James' performances, you are incorrect. He was out of pitch a LOT, although he's a truly amazing singer. A fun personality, but I think he was a little stuck on himself. Pia had the purest voice, true, but she showed very little versatility and terrible stage presence, just standing there stiff as a board. They've obviously worked on that with her, as evidenced by her live performances this summer – fantastic. As I have said, it's all a matter of personal opinion. I perform and audition performers for a living, so I have my perspective on it, but it's no more or less valid than anyone else's. I'm glad you took the time to intelligently reply, rather than just criticize my comments.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Nicole

    She is the best judge they have ever had. She has such constructive advice and never misses a beat. I'm glad she'll be back. She is also a beautiful and charismatic lady.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Eric

    This is FANTASTIC news. That show was such crap without her....

    /sarcasm off

    August 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • reply to Eric by Vivian

      The show is better with JLO, she is amazing, fulll of energy, kind, funny, with intelligent comments to the contestants, she brings beauty, fun to the show. You are great JLO.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Bookenz

    The last winner of AI was so lame, I'm done with that show. Bring on Simon's X-Factor.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Michael

    Some of us watch and really care about American Idol. I am proud to be one of those. It's more than just a T.V. show, it's a showcase of today's best music in all genres and the gateway for new stars, like Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, etc. J-Lo is the intelligent judge with thoughtful and incisive comments. She offered genuine constructive criticism which, in most cases, truly helped the contestants. I'm glad she'll be back. I think Randy doesn't really have much original thought to share and primarily just agrees with J-Lo and Steven is kind of in a world of his own. I much prefer these "nicer" judges than the hyper-critical ones that used to reign. They truly support the contestants and are usually "spot on in their comments." Notably, they missed the boat on Naima's Reggae number last year, getting her booted. Naima wasn't the best singer there, but she was the most creative and definitely the most interesting and entertaining performer. She was fabulous at the Idol On Tour show. Catch it this summer, if you can.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Thanks for the lame attempt at PR "Michael" (aka Ryan Seacrest).

      August 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      The show has become very predictable which makes it pretty boring to watch. Have fun with it though!

      August 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      Really?!! So who was Randy agreeing with before JLo got on the judge's panel? Urself???

      August 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Bravo!!, finally, somebody, has some thing intelligent to say. I love Jennifer Lopez and the rest of the judges at American Idol, I can't wait for the next season to start.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paco

      Michael is a swivel hips GayFurd.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  102. Willy Brown

    There back plus that dipstick no talent Seacrud.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      LOL! Too funny.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      If you think Ryan Seacrest has no talent then you are an idiot!

      August 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tinb

      Thank you! I thought I was one of the few... I have no idea how that dork made it as far as he has. He must know people, because he used to be *REALLY* bad and now is only half tolerable.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  103. Mamma L

    I think that the judges are great , I enjoyed last years show so much.
    So glad they all came back.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Melisa

    YEAHHHH, way to go Jennifer Lopez, my family and I , love you on American Idol.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  105. debbie

    I thoroughly enjoyed these judges last year. But Tyler better come up with a longer list of lines besides "That was beautiful, man, just beautiful". Same with Randy and his " (blank) is in it to win it". UG! And voters – could you all please get your head out of your butt for one year and vote in the best singer? Aren't we just so over this country business??

    August 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      "Country music is three chords and the truth."Immigrants to the Maritime Provinces and Southern Appalachian Mountains of North America brought the music and instruments of the Old World along with them for nearly 300 years. They brought some of their most important valuables with them, and to most of them this was an instrument: “Early Scottish settlers enjoyed the fiddle because it could be played to sound sad and mournful or bright and bouncy” The Irish fiddle, the German derived dulcimer, the Italian mandolin, the Spanish guitar, and the West African banjo were the most common musical instruments. The interactions among musicians from different ethnic groups produced music unique to this region of North America. Appalachian string bands of the early 20th century primarily consisted of the fiddle, guitar, and banjo.This early country music along with early recorded country music is often referred to as old-time music.

      It's not going away, sorry. LOL

      August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      Country music is very rooted and has 4 times the fans of any other music group. No we are not over it and never will be in your life time.

      August 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • tobyjug

      I agree. The comments last season were worthless. None of the judges are capable of a real critique. At least Simon used to say things that would spur the contestant on to do better the next week. I'm not sure if I can watch another season of the same old drivel coming out of their mouths.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • craigsf5

      @ralph...great post. Not a fan of the genre much but you're exactly right.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • edvhou812

      I don't listen to much country, or any pop music anymore for that matter, but I must objectively say country often has the best singers and musicians in popular music. As a musician, I often here some of these "singers" in other genres and ask myself, "Why would anyone want to pay to hear him/her?" Then again, that might explain why lots of people buy $1 MP3s or pirate these days. Even the fans subconsciously realize it's not worth their money. Rant over.

      August 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rg

      Why do you watch it, if you are so negative?

      August 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  106. dave champagne

    jlo is a product of all that is wrong with entertainment.

    she wants to be noticed and is far behind the pack in talent.

    i've seen her without makeup too.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Ron31

    Thats not a bad thing....

    August 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phillis

      I am so glad Jennifer Lopez is back to American Idol, she makes the show more interesting, more exciting, she brings beauty, kindness as well. Welcome back Jennifer.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  108. Robert

    Who really cares?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Ditto!!

      August 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonya

      will this show NEVER die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • B from Tex

      Then why are you reading this story? If you don't care go read a story you do care about.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bjorn

      My family and I care very much about this gorgeous lady. She is the best that ever happened to American Idol. She really cares for the contestants. Love u Jennifer.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ward Whittaker

      You do. You read the story and even went to the trouble to comment !!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve0

      Who cares!

      August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      I do. It was a totally different show with this cast. It's nice and supportive and the singing is fun. Bravo!

      August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • macrda

      You did, you clicked on the story, read it and then posted a comment. Bizarre behavior from you with your comment.

      August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cntrysky

      J.Lo: Show me the money!!!!

      August 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turoq

      She is full of herself. Don't you wonder why 3 guys left her?

      August 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      WHO CARES..IM SO TIRED OF HEARING ABOT HER......

      August 11, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Hollywood Reporter

      August 11, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Lopez and Jackson are both a drag on this show. PLEASE replace both!

      August 11, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • idolking

      I say ditch J-Lo bring back paula. rating will go through the roof.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Froggy Hopper

      Steve T. once sang, " Same old story, same old song and dance, my friend." and I believe that holds true for American Idol although........................those contestants who audition for AI is worth a laugh or two.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • How nice she is back to AI

      Great news !!!- very happy JLO is coming back to American Idol, my friends and I love the show and even more, we love to watch Jennifer Lopez's face, body, when she talks, she laughs, she gives smart comments to the participants. She is the whole package.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • tracy

      As long as Steven & Randy are there I could care less who take the other seat....

      August 11, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • tracy

      As long as Steven & Randy are there I could care less who takes the other seat....

      August 11, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |

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