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The 2011 panel of American Idol Judges

Updated on June 14, 2012
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The 2011 panel of American Idol Judges

In 2009 we said good bye to the much loved Paula Abdul who, along with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, appeared as an American Idol judge from the onset of the reality television music show is 2002. In 2010 we said farewell to another American Idol veteran judge Simon Cowell, to Kara DioGuardi- a judge who joined the team in 2009, and to Ellen DeGeneres who replaced Paula Abdul in the 9th season of the show.

After the sad announcements following the 9th season, all of America waited with bated breath for the announcement of the American Idol Season 10 judges. With only one seasoned veteran on board, Randy Jackson, two other judges were selected:

Jennifer Lopez, also known by her moniker J.Lo.

She is one of America’s most influential Hispanics- an actress, singer, record producer, dancer, television personality, fashion designer and television producer. She is expected to bring a wealth of experience and insight to the show.

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler is an American singer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, front man and lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith. Accustomed to the fast paced life of touring, recording and using drugs, this music mogul has been through many personal ups and downs in life. There were many mixed feelings out there as to whether Tyler will be good for the show. He has undeniable star power, and millions of American fans out there. People will obviously tune into the show just to get a glimpse of him as an American Idol judge, in a setting quite foreign to what he is accustomed to.

The 10th season's three judge combo

So, the burning question is, how are the newcomers Jennifer and Steven doing?

The judging is spicy! Full of insight, constructive criticism, humor, charisma, wit, emotions and even insults at times; these judges keep it real. Most of the contestants are still star struck and cannot believe that they get to work with these iconic figures on a weekly basis. Steven Tyler often closes his eyes and loses himself in the performances. Often captivated by the beautiful female contestants, and doing his best to refrain from the use of expletives, Steven has been nothing but a breath of fresh air. He says what he is thinking, be it good or bad.

Jennifer Lopez is really the girly girl among the judges. She is emotional and kind. She has difficulty saying “goodbye” to good contestants who do not make it to the next rounds, and even found herself in tears as she had to say goodbye to one young contestant, Chris Medina who came to the show with a very dispiriting story. Jennifer explained to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show “This is the first experience ... where I feel like people are getting to know who I am as a person. It's such a vulnerable place to be." Don’t worry Jennifer, America enjoys when people are prone to just being themselves, even the judges. Revealing the human element is always a plus!

Randy Jackson is a fan of many of the contestants, but has been very open and frank about his opinions since the auditioning began. Contestants now squirm as “The Dawg” opens his mouth to reveal his comments. Is he the new Simon Cowell? Not quite. He is by no means crass or explosive. Perhaps he has higher expectations and will like to see the contestants push themselves to give their best in this 10th season and beyond.

As these judges did their role in bringing the 10th season of American Idol to the end of its semifinal rounds, 40 million votes were cast by America. From these votes the top 10 finalists were chosen and 3 more were given wild card slots as finalists. As the top 13 contestants embark on their journey to becoming the next American Idol, I am sure that America will be blessed with many more treats by this new panel of judges. So far, there is definitely electrifying chemistry among Jennifer, Steven and Randy. The combo is infectious, and their positive vibrations will keep you coming back for more.


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