Ryan Seacrest to introduce 'Idol' judges Wednesday
September 16th, 2010
08:32 PM ET

Ryan Seacrest to introduce 'Idol' judges Wednesday

It looks like Fox is finally (finally!) getting ready to say who exactly will be on the “American Idol” judges panel, as host Ryan Seacrest has confirmed the impending confirmation.

"Looks like I have some new plans on wed!” Seacrest tweeted. “I will be able to introduce the @AmericanIdol judges panel! We will send u a pic! Can't wait"

Neither can we, Seacrest. Neither can we.

If it all goes according to media speculation, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will be joining Randy Jackson for the next season of "Idol," THR points out. But, looks like we'll have to wait until Wednesday, September 22.

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  1. Ellie

    I'm so SICK of FAKE Idol. The show has gotten PREDICTABLE, BORING and lacks CREDIBILITY!! JLo will NOT save the show and she's NOT worth 12 million either, none of the judges are. I haven't watched it since Ruben Studdard won. AND I don't plan on watching it anytime soon!!

    September 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. marcus

    Just cancel the show.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. marcus

    This will be the last season of american idol. without simon and paula, the show sucks.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Erika Lind

    Simon Cowel is the show, literally. The whole point of winning the contest is that you would get popularity and have your record produced and marketed by Simon Cowel's production/recored company. So with him gone it all becomes completely meaningless, as if wasn't already, haha.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. boocat

    Why does this show hire non-musicians or just plain godawful entertainers as judges? Paula Abdul and Jennifer Lopez have no musical talent whatsoever. At least Steven Tyler is a musician and can sing. I never watched this crap and never will.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Mary, out. I left with Simon....

    September 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. reality

    Instead of watching the show or adding to silly blogs, people can volunteer at a local non profit organization.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. not so much

    Not the right move. Neither Steven Tyler, nor J-Lo will want to stay with the show for a long term commitment. So even if they are decent judges (and that's a big if), they will leave after a year or two, and then a new search will begin. People don't like change. They won't want to see new judges year after year.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Steven Tyler makes me puke, and he has turned to mush brain and JLo is just a joke;won't be watching !!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TJ

    Howard Stern is the only person who can replace Simon.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. linda

    Need Paula back. I think Eric Clapton w/b a good judge too!!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mel

    Who even watches this show anymore! Nobody cares, and now without Simon it will suck even more!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Fargon

    Idol, die already someone could the air space!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. dog101

    This show jumped the shark several years ago! I cant believe it is still on. Firing all the judges and pretending they quit aint gonna save it! This show has ran its course and fox should move on. Most people dont even know who the last several winners are!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. jerryfelldown

    Where is the she bang guy. I lost it after that. He should have won ever year.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. Guest2

    If they're bringing in J-Ho, then no way will I watch it. Someone mentioned Harry Connick Jr. tho...now THAT would be a cool pick!

    September 17, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. Alex Cahille

    I doesn't matter who the judges are anymore. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE! The show has been ruined by lack of good talent.
    The tryouts are nothing but a joke............Simon knows the show was over a couple of years ago...that's why he's moved on. I used to watched Idol religiously.....now, I wouldn't waste my time. Ryan, you're going to have to find another night job. Might as well start looking now.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  18. Steve

    American Idol has really went downhill since Paula Abdul left the show. She could see the writing on the wall when American Idol brought Kara aboard has one of the judges. Kara was rude and obnoxious and so into herself. Jennifer Lopez is a Diva that demands everything. She wanted 20 million to be a judge on the show and settle for 12 million. She wanted to run American Idol and tell the show producers who should be the judges on the show and the show producers told her to take the 12 million period with no strings attached. Steven Tyler is a rock star has been who been in rehab I don't know how many times for drug and alcohol abuse. I don't know how many times he has fell off the stage why he has been performing for being drunk or being high on drugs. Do we really want him to be a role model for our kids? I bet Simon is laughing all the way to the bank with his new show (X Factor) coming out this fall to compete against a losing show like American Idol.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • trendo

      Role model for our kids–are you #@&*% crazy? If anything to do with these pitiful, mental midget, mindless TV shows act as a role model for future generations, then we are in serious trouble. Whoa boy–what a country.

      September 17, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  19. Supersarge53

    Ryan Seacrest is the worst EMCEE.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. Leigh

    WHO CARES.....???

    September 17, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  21. CJ

    This show is done and has been. They should have quit while they were ahead. Jennifer Lopez.. What a roll model for young kids. Will she put clothes on

    September 17, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  22. 1jimmyhoffa

    the don trump is what I heard

    September 17, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  23. mindi

    I think idol is a waist anymore it started to go down hill when pauls was off the show! Now simon? I hope this is idol,s last season!

    September 17, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  24. nicole

    god – it must be a slow news day...

    September 17, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  25. dave w

    The only reason I ever watched idol was to hear Simon let ppl who couldn't sing know that they couldn't sing. this will work as well as the dukes of hazzard with coy and vance instead of bo and luke. nothing like the originals.

    September 17, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. Beth

    I lost interest in Idol last season because out of all the people that auditioned the judges picked such awful performers!! Simon made this show and w/o him...it's over!!

    September 17, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  27. stu

    Have you ever heard stephen tyler utter a coherent sentence??????

    I hate the pitch of Jennifer Lopez's voice.

    Simon was the truth and Paula was always just a total doll. I quit watching after Paula left.

    September 17, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  28. NotGonnaWatch

    As soon as Lopez was announced as a judge my remaining interest in the show went out the window. Other than a paycheck, is there any reason why Randy is still there?

    September 17, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  29. Joseph

    Lopez at least will be an improvement over Paula Abdul. But they need to get a judge like Cowell. ...someone who will get big reaction from the audience because of their raw truthfullness.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  30. Bop11

    Didn't this show "jump the shark" a long time ago. Even Fonzie didn't try to attempt it twice. Let it go AI and make way for Simon's new show!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  31. Vinnygallucci

    who cares about Idol ...but why is it OK to discriminate against gay people on this....if these comments were about blacks, Jews or Muslims they would be edited...grow up bigoted jerks...It's not OK!

    September 17, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  32. Maverick2591b

    Who cares? Seriously, who cares? The war in Iraq and Afganistan, the economy spinning out of control, the rich getting wealthy off the backs of the rank and file, a government who has long ago lost touch with the common man, people losing their homes, life savings, and committing suicide because of it...who really gives a damn about a show that is insipid in its inception, with a smug Brit with nothing nice to say, a producer with a canine fixation, and female judges who were little more than eye candy? Let this be the final season (PLEASE!!!). Maverick...OUT!

    September 17, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  33. trendo

    Oh Boy!! Can I be a celebrity too? Just like the REAL celebrities? I'm so excited I just wet my pants. If I could be on American Idol–why, all my dreams would come true! What war? What poverty? I just want what everyone else wants–to sit in front of the TV and let my tiny little American brain melt to the floor. Gush gush. Well, it's one thing to watch, but if I could BE on TV, why it's so delicious I think I'll faint.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  34. michael

    A no talent Diva and I washed out rocker...wow, really no reason to watch at all this year.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  35. Howard

    Howard Stern for Simon – perfect fit

    September 17, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  36. Krusty

    mmmm toast

    September 17, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  37. Tim from Toledo

    The show is officially announcing that the contestants do not matter....it is the judges that people tune in to watch.
    Why else sign two big names? (Or should I say two big names that haven't done anything significant for quite a while....)Seems like a desperate move from a dying program to me.....

    September 17, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  38. Buck

    It's been announced that Kate Gosselin will replace Simon.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  39. BFB dave!

    No way! The panel needs Bret Michaels! He is the key to American Idol's future! 'Beers For Bret' DEMANDS it!

    September 17, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  40. portalpunk

    How can you tell if your girlfrirend is getting to fat?

    She starts borrowing your wifes clothes.

    September 17, 2010 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  41. Ken

    If its Lopez it will be the last time I watch idol. She is horrible with no talent!

    September 17, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  42. NoLongerAFan

    Ugh! JLO!!...the worst singer ever right after Paula! So what now...I'm sure JLO will have plugged in appearances for herself and her beastly looking husband to perform! GOOD LORD HELP US ALL! Add Idol to the list of trash tv...all they need to do now is bring in Snookie as a guest judge during auditions.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  43. ryan not fat

    I would totally have butt love with JLo, but Kara first

    September 17, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  44. *Hugo

    Not idol without Simon.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  45. somalie

    So what simon and kara is gone just like everything else it comes and it goes. Life goes on. if I have time and in the mood I will watch it if not I go on my way doing my everday thingy! There are more important things to do and worry about. Praise the Lord, yeah! He died for your sins!

    September 17, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      I'm sure your god is to busy hanging out with santa and the easter bunny to watch AI.

      September 17, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |

    Jlo is tryin to get away from Marc Anthonys dominating ways!

    September 17, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  47. SKY


    September 17, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  48. tammylea

    !!!!!IDOL FOREVER LIVES ON!!!! I bet we'll see Simon as a guest during the season.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  49. gramofone

    I liked the idea of music mogul David Foster as judge. He certainly knows music & will not mince words. Would like to see Bret Michaels as judge. The man's invincible, so he'd be around for awhile. And he truly seems to care about people & would give them constructive criticism. JMO

    September 17, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy 1953

      Agree with you on this! The show would be dynamic with David Foster. He's opinionated, tough and right on target.

      I thought Simon was the show, but he certainly isn't the only rude, honest person on earth. Idol may be getting long in the tooth, it may be the final season, but it's still fun to watch. And I am happy that a handful of the contestants have made their mark on the entertainment industry, acting and singing. I often wonder why people so jealous of other's success. why not be happy for them instead? It sure makes you feel a whole lot better inside yourself rather than hating on them.

      September 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  50. tammylea

    Ohhhhh...come on people! You will be glued to American Idol no matter who it is! Once you start watching it every week, YOUR HOOKED! Your all just to ashamed to admit you will be sitting on that sagging idol couch with your eyes glued to the T.V. And making those bathroom and snack runs during commercials!!! lol

    September 17, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Neverwatched

      Never have watched it, never will watch it, and not going to start watching it now.

      September 17, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      Sorry Tammylea,

      I stopped watching the year Taylor Hicks won, and I have not watched an episode since. It is fun to watch this show implode with the choice of judges.

      Jennifer Lopez made Gigli. Who is going to trust *her* advice?

      September 17, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  51. ralphie

    J-lo is only an entertainer w\that rump, not a judge!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  52. Irene

    Simon & Paula were great judges, I liked watching Idol now with JLO its 1 less person to watch Idol I'm sure ratings will Decrease soo Sad.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |

    American idol is way played out. Sons of anarchy... now that's a show..

    September 17, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  54. exactaman

    As Randy Jackson would say, lets get it real.

    A lot has always been said about Paula and about Simon, but no one ever talks about Randy. Randy doesnt insult people or try to break their spirit, but tells it like it is and then gives them some pointers. He is a very good judge.
    The most interesting thing on idol is what the judges say and usually much more fun that hearing the performances.
    You never knew what Simon was going to say and usually you had to agree with him. He will be missed. He almost was american idol.
    J Lo or tyler.....they just dont seem like a good fit for me. I would much rather see a howard stern. because that guy would tell it like it is. And bring back Paula.....hey if simon was american idol then she was 2nd in command. what a talent. But I will watch Idol...because it is idol.

    September 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mat

    Harry Connick Jr is the only one I would respect in the judges seat now that Simon is gone

    September 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Phoenix3

    The show has been on a downward spiral for the last couple of years, first letting Paula (yes she may be a ditz, but she was a great one) go, bringing on Kara (never heard of her before this show), the Ellen fiasco (love her but it wasn't a good fit) and Simon (whether you like him or not he was almost always right and called it as he saw it) leaving. If the rumors are true and Jlo (talentless what has she done lately diva) comes aboard they will lose more viewers then they will gain. The talent on the show the past few seasons has with the exception of one or two people each season been more of a karoke night at the local pub than a true talent contest. The charisma is gone and I fear so will the show after the end of this coming season. Did they not cancel a number of the tour dates this summer due to lack of interest? AI producers you need to take note10 years may be as far as it goes if you make the wrong choices.

    September 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  57. mimi b

    Kara dioguardi is one of the most accomplished songwriters in the world, who has written some of todays biggest hits, including some of past idols. She is the go to writer for top hits and its a shame that she won't be on idol, as she is one of the most relevant judges they had

    September 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  58. un1k3n

    I'll do as I do every season: watch the tryouts, laugh at some of them, then lose interest when only good singers are left.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. mike hung

    Ellen ruiened Idol. and with Simon gone, its just another lousy talent show. But Jen Lopez? wow, that might be worse than Ellen if that were at all possible.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  60. MAX

    paint that smurf blue and send him on his way

    September 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  61. BuckWheat in TX

    Get a life.....who really cares. I would much rather watch Sponge Bob!!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  62. sam

    Idol without simon is like the ocean without fish. Simon is real and tell it like it is. Dont sugar coat. Not a hypocrit. He british. Real. Idol gona sucks without him.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Tammy tif

    I agree! I stopped watching as much when they released Paula, but I know I definetly won't watch without Simon. Good luck!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  64. laurie

    No fun if we can't hear what SIMON SAYS....

    September 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kimberlyn

    If they announce JLO...then I'm officially done with idol! Cannot stand her....

    September 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      Agreed. No more Idol for me If JLO comes aboard.

      September 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      They announced officially 2 days ago that JLo signed a $12M deal with them. So, looks like she'll be there.

      September 17, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Only thing I don't understand was...people love watching Paula as a trainwreck but they won't offer her any more than $8m and they're giving an untried judge $12m?!? Kinda ambivalent about this....too bad Idol's over. Used to love the show.

      September 17, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • mia mama

      AGREED. She might be able to tell which singers can be autotuned enough to sound good (like hersef). The only way I would watch is if the contestants stood up to her criticism and told her that they are betther than her. You know, the TRUTH.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Dorothy

    Not sure how I feel as yet as least they have people who are in the music business!! No offense uh um .. Ellen. D

    September 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. tish

    I hope jennifer lopez will b on the judges panel. She would be 100% better than than kara (whatever her name) was. She had no personality.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dorothy

    I'm not sure how I fell I know one thing, it will be better then last year! At least they got people who know about music. No offense to uh um .. Ellen. D

    September 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. bigsdasd

    who cares without simon it wont make it

    September 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shadrock

      right on, who will speak the truth and weed out the many, many hacks?!

      September 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      No Simon. No show. No point.

      September 17, 2010 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • AI Fan

      Simon may be gone, but Steven Tyler will tell it like it is. So don't worry it'll still be very interesting. Can't wait.....

      September 17, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • tcf

      Where is HOWARD STERN?! As much as I hate the guy, I think he is the only one who might actually be able to save Idol before the sunset, because we'd all probably watch just to see the crazy sh** he'd say, just like Simon.

      September 17, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Stewart

      Yeah, no matter how many big names you get you can't replace Simon's truthiness and ability to spot talent. I don't know who would tune in just to watch Randy, a washed up wannabe singer/actress, and a possibly senile Steven Tyler. But at least it's not David Hasselhoff.

      September 17, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob Sheldahl

      I am sorry american idol show has been a hazbin for the last 2 yrs. You think Paula Leaving i never came back after that last season with her. I wont come back for the likes Of Tyler, Or J-LO . The show is only staying in the media cause fox wants it that way. The more coverage the more attention they think American Idol can come back to full force. So American Idol i loss faith in you long ago when the wrong people were winning. So maybe you will learn its time to pack up the stage and let american idol die out

      September 17, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Steven Tyler will tell it like it is? It'll be a miracle if he knows WHERE he is !!!

      September 17, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      "Steven Tyler will tell it like it is" Really? He couldn't even muster the nads to tell his band-mates when he took the job. – they found out via media/news reports.

      Just sayin'.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Agreed! Who really cares? In the scheme of things is this really that important?

      September 17, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • webdev2410

      Not a big fan of the show, but I believe the show will still get decent ratings. There a great amount of aerosmith fans out there and unfortunately jlo (Taco flavored kisses for my ben... sorry had to throw that in there) fans still exist. So Idol will probably do just as well without simon or or kira. Both judges have a background of being great performers. Maybe the judging will get back on track given their experience.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Head Diva In Charge

      I am really anxious to see who they end up with. I would love if they came out of left field and had totally different people then J. Lo & Steve Tyler – but I am not expecting that to happen.

      I have been an "Idol" fan for years, and I think new blood is the best way to save the show.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |

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