IT’S OFFICIAL! Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler & Randy Jackson Return to Idol!

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Via @RyanSeacrest

I guess that American Idol contract is a go, because Jennifer Lopez has arrived in Savannah, GA for the 1st round of Judges auditions today.  A press conference for the judges and Ryan Seacrest is reportedly set for tomorrow.

Yellow ticket holders from the Charleston, SC auditions will be singing before the American Idol judges when auditions auditions begin.

UPDATE: Here’s the official Press Release announcing the judges return to Idol!  Reportedly, Jennifer signed another 1 year contract.

JENNIFER LOPEZ, STEVEN TYLER AND RANDY JACKSON – RETURN TO JUDGES’ PANEL AND RYAN SEACREST RETURNS AS HOST – OF “American Idol”

American Idol Season 11 Debuts Sunday, January 22, on FOX Series Received 10 Emmy® Award Nominations – Most Nominations for a Reality Program This Year

Global icon Jennifer Lopez, rock legend Steven Tyler and Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson will return to the judges’ panel for the 11th season of American Idol. The trio, along with Emmy®-nominated host Ryan Seacrest, will begin their search for America’s next singing superstar when American Idol debuts Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME on FOX.

American Idol recently received an incredible 10 Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, more than any other reality program on television and the most nominations in the show’s history. Highlights include Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program as well as an Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Ryan Seacrest.

“Having both Jennifer and Steven return to IDOL in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted,” said Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer, American Idol.

“I am very pleased to have our panel of judges back for the 11th season of American Idol,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “Their chemistry and ability to select amazing talent made last season one of our most successful yet, and we look forward to going on another exciting ride.”

“From the very first day of auditions, we knew we had something special in our new judges panel, and we’re so happy that America felt that way too,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Together with Ryan – who is fantastic day in and day out – they built an incredible connection with both the contestants and our viewers, and I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome them all back to IDOL for another season.”

American Idol, television’s No. 1 show, continues its search for the best undiscovered talent in the country with auditions in Houston, TX, on Friday, Aug. 26. For more audition information, visit www.americanidol.com.

Emmy Award-winning American Idol is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America Inc. Created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, XIX Entertainment and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, President, Big Red 2 Entertainment. American Idol has been No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the past eight consecutive seasons and currently ranks as the No. 1 television show of the 2010-11 season.

  • savgal

    They’re in my hometown! I know right where that photo of JLo was taken, on our beautiful waterfront. My husband just called me to tease me, said he was working downtown and this limo pulled up and Jennifer and Randy got out. He said he told them his wife is a big fan of the show, and Jennifer said, “Aw, that’s so sweet!” and hugged him. He really had me going, and I said, “Oh honey, are you serious?!” and of course he said, “Um,no.” But, isn’t it unusual for them to have the judges’ round in another city, rather than the one the cattle-call was in? They are not doing auditions in Savannah, as far as I know.

  • larc

    Reportedly, Jennifer signed another 1 year contract.

    With all the good news on other Idol fronts today, I refuse to be depressed by this sad bit. ;)

  • CCOREY2034

    FOX is very smart IMO by airing Idol on A Sunday night after NFC Championship game. They know the Voice would air after the Superbowl so they had conteract that. Plus all this Jennifer Lopez drama, a very much buzzed season 10 and a huge timeslot premiere lead-in. Do u think FOX is smart here airing this after a big Championship show?

  • jsrj98

    I’ve decided to watch Season 11, but will be pressing the ‘mute’ button whenever Randy or J-Lo speak to the contestants.

  • jonnyk

    Well, they need money and fame that Idol brings to their careers. Their songs are on the radio, produced albums and even published a book!! I really wanted someone who is vocally excellent and has ability to give constructive advices, not celebrities.

  • joeschmoe319

    Yuck is an understatement.

    If character changes happened in Law&Order and they worked fine, then American Idol should, too. I’m tired of these irrelevant, insufferable sell-outs.

    Here’s an idea, Nigel: How about give us judges who have both the balls and the capability to give unbiased, constructive advice?

  • candyhives

    Here’s an idea, Nigel: How about give us judges who have both the balls and the capability to give unbiased, constructive advice?

    At least Haley got the luxury of constructive criticism :) she will thank them later.

  • Reese

    IT’S OFFICIAL! Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler & Randy Jackson Return to Idol!

    Then IT’S OFFICIAL!……I will not watch this show again!

  • candyhives

    Then IT’S OFFICIAL!……I will not watch this show again!

    Oh you will….and I’m sure the ratings will be up again next year. Remember how many people said they wouldn’t watch again without Simon?

  • Mary102

    This really sucks – and may be the final nail in the coffin with my relationship with Idol :( I hated last season because of the judges – they were useless and only used the show to further their own careers. I’ll watch X-Factor in the Fall – and look forward to seeing Simon and Paula on the judges panel again :-)

    Bye bye, Idol

  • itsalleternal

    I’m guessing the reason they didn’t do the cattle call in Savannah is because the facilities there couldn’t hold the crowds necessary. It is way too hot and humid there in the summer to use an outdoor venue (people would be dying of heatstroke on the site), and as far as I know, Savannah does not have a large indoor arena or convention center that could hold 10,000 auditioners.

  • savgal

    itsalleternal, you got that right–our summer has been the most brutal in over 50 years, I think, and people would be dropping like flies outdoors. But the Civic Center can hold 9,600 according to the website, and the International Trade and Convention Center across the river is huge. Charleston is also beautiful, just wondering why people from there would have to travel 2.5 hrs away to Savannah to go before the judges.

  • candyhives

    This really sucks – and may be the final nail in the coffin with my relationship with Idol I hated last season because of the judges – they were useless and only used the show to further their own careers. I’ll watch X-Factor in the Fall – and look forward to seeing Simon and Paula on the judges panel again

    Right because Simon and Paula were so much better….except not. And I watch for the contestants, not the judges. Season 10 was one of the strongest seasons overall contestant wise. What happens if the x factor has crappy contestants?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I watch for the contestants, not the judges.

    Exactly.

  • iluvai

    Well I’m glad. I thought those three did a much better job than the judges the previous year.

  • jeff2683

    Was anybody really surprised?

  • joeschmoe319

    At least Haley got the luxury of constructive criticism she will thank them later.

    I don’t know what you’re high on, but you really call whatever she got “constructive?” More like unfair and inane.

    And that is not and should not be some “luxury,” guy. Perhaps they should, oh I don’t know, have the pair to actually criticize all of the contestants. I don’t want pussies for judges.

  • candyhives

    I don’t know what you’re high on, but you really call whatever she got “constructive?” More like unfair and inane.

    I’m high off of life, thanks. They were helping her, and it did help.

  • joeschmoe319

    I’m high off of life, thanks. They were helping her, and it did help.

    Ok, I get that they “helped” her, but at the expense of what? The show’s credibility and fun factor. Having someone get singled out for criticism while the rest get free passes for substandard performances is just not fun to watch. And it’s no fun for my favorite show to get my blood boiling every time I watch. That just pisses me off, along with a lot of people.

  • jammasta

    It’s not like Haley being the only one getting criticized wasn’t a disservice to the others either. While Haley was getting some valid criticisms (and some that weren’t so valid…. Three way tie? Lol. Even though it was her worst performance IMO, it wasn’t a three way tie lol.). Haley and Scotty responded well to criticisms, but Haley got most of it. Pia, Stefano, James, and Lauren needed it at some times where they didn’t get it. In the case of Stefano and James, I think it hurt them the most.

    Hopefully the judges do better this year. They had chemistry, but they have to be more critical. Not necessarily meaner.