American Idol Unveils New Judges: Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson


In a return to the three-judge format, American Idol has named Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson its judges for next season.

Ryan Seacrest introduced the trio Wednesday onstage at The Forum in Los Angeles.

"We're looking for the best American Idol ever," Lopez said onstage. "I'm so excited!"

Reports that the new lineup would include both Lopez and the Aerosmith frontman have been circulating since July, when Ellen DeGeneres resigned from the panel. Idol and Kara DioGuardi parted ways earlier this month, and Simon Cowell signed off in May.

The pressure will be palpable for both Lopez - who will make $12 million to judge, according to reports - and Tyler, whose bandmates are unhappy about his new gig. The well-known music vets will be expected to attract - and sustain - new viewers to Idol, which has seen its ratings fall over the years (Season 9's May finale pulled in 23.2 million viewers, the show's smallest draw for a finale since Season 1).

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