Tyler and Lopez to join American Idol

By | Published on Friday 24 September 2010

As expected, Aerosmith man Steven Tyler will be among the new judges to join the revamped ‘American Idol’ show next year following Simon Cowell’s decision to quit the programme to go launch ‘X-Factor USA’. Rumours that Tyler had signed up to the show had been rife for weeks, and his bandmate Joe Perry basically confirmed a deal had been done at the start of the month.

Also joining the show as a regular judge is Jennifer Lopez, it was confirmed on Wednesday. Rumours she would replace Ellen DeGeneres, who announced she was leaving the programme after just one season in July, have been circulating since August. The new look show will also have a regular ‘in-house mentor’ in the former of Universal exec and US record industry veteran Jimmy Iovine.

Confirming the new appointments, the show’s broadcaster Fox said none of the new regulars would try to fill Cowell’s Mr Nasty role, and that instead the TV firm hoped the new line-up would lead to a whole new feel for their pop talent show. Opinion seems to be divided among TV critics and the show’s online fans as to whether that’s what the people want and, therefore, whether the new line up will see the programme’s rating’s continue to decline, or whether it could lead to a new boost in the franchise’s fortunes.