Idol Judges Panel Could be Announced as Early as Next Week

Steven Tyler has reportedly been locked into a deal as Idol judge, so why is the Idol brass waiting to announce the big news? Entertainment Weekly may have the answer:

Spokespersons at Fox, Idol, and FremantleMedia all declined comment when contacted by EW, but a source with inside knowledge of the world’s most high-profile job search insists “there’s nothing to announce yet.” In fact, says the insider, Fox execs are hoping they can get the entire panel locked into place, then “make one, big splashy announcement, but they’re not quite there yet.”

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So how much longer is the Idoloonie nation expected to hold its collective breath? “If I was the betting type, I’d say there’ll be something official announced by the end of next week. But that can all change at any second, ” adds my source. “Still, what’s the rush? This is, what, the third or fourth time media outlets have ‘confirmed’ the Steven Tyler rumor? All this water-cooler buzz isn’t such a bad thing for a show that a lot of pundits would love to try to paint as finished.” Indeed, to paraphrase a classic bit of Monty Python, Idol‘s not dead yet!

Chemistry between the judges is considered even more important than “star wattage”, particularly to returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “All of us will have to wait and see if the hands behind the show pick ‘em up and lock ‘em into place, ” says EW’s Michael Slezak.

With the signing of Tyler pretty much out of the bag, FOX may make the announcement sooner than they planned. But on the other hand, as EW’s source said, TPTB are loving the buzz, so the drama may be milked for as long as possible.

I dunno peeps, the three person panel of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler is looking more and more likely. What do you think about that? I wish Idol producer’s weren’t so obsessed with landing stars for the panel.

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18 Comments

  1. I want them to just get it over with. At this point, I’m seriously bored with reading about it and don’t care who they seat in those chairs. I also would prefer that they not get ‘stars’ or more to the point, ‘recognizable names.’

    Despite the producers (or Nigel) saying that it’s going to go back to being about the contestants, all indicators are it will be all about the judges and Ryan. Why is there absolutely no mention of who will be replacing Ricky Minor and the rest of the band? That is what I’m far more interested in, since for me it’s about the music.

  2. Why is there absolutely no mention of who will be replacing Ricky Minor and the rest of the band?

    Heh, I’m sure they will figure something out. Personally I wouldn’t mind if they went back to prerecorded backing tracks or something like that.

  3. Despite the producers (or Nigel) saying that it’s going to go back to being about the contestants, all indicators are it will be all about the judges and Ryan.

    Yep. Casting stars on the judges panel pretty much means the focus will stay on the judges, rather on the contestants like they promise.

  4. Hate it. The thought of seeing ST’s face on hd just gives me shivers and not in a good way plus I don’t see where he’d be a good judge. JLo may be okay but not sure it will be her. I’m still hearing that she’s asking too much. If that ends up being the panel I’m not looking forward to this season at all. :(

  5. I can see the rationale for casting stars (i.e., they want people to watch), and it’s really the only way to generate interest in the offseason (they can’t put the focus on the contestants when there aren’t any contestants yet). If the judges can rein in their egomania once the season starts for real, I think the contestants can still be the heart of the show.

    However, I don’t see the rationale for hiring Steven Tyler if they care at all about their younger viewers. He skeers the children.

  6. All this water-cooler buzz isn’t such a bad thing for a show that a lot of pundits would love to try to paint as finished.” Indeed, to paraphrase a classic bit of Monty Python, Idol‘s not dead yet!

    On the other hand, it’s a pretty bad thing for the contestants from season 9, who are being relegated to “last year’s news” even sooner than usual (in particular, before any album they release comes out).

  7. To me, it doesn’t really matter who the judges are. The season’s success or failure hinges on the level of talent. They HAVE to do better than last year if they want people to stay tuned in. The judges will only jack up the ratings for the beginning of the season. After that, imo, it’s all about the talent.

  8. Feh…this crap about the judges is boring already. I still say Michael Slezak for Idol judge would be the best pick.

  9. However, I don’t see the rationale for hiring Steven Tyler if they care at all about their younger viewers. He skeers the children.

    I’m sure not only the children, but I can always look away while he’s talking.

  10. I’m sure not only the children, but I can always look away while he’s talking.

    Maybe they will keep a bag with two holes for eyes over his head while they are broadcasting.

  11. Nigel was on with Ryan this morning (from San Francisco). He was not too forthcoming, but he did say decisions were being made but negotiations take time. He felt final decisions/negotiations would be done within the next 3 weeks.

    Interesting, he did would not answer how long his contract covers as “one of the EP’s.”

  12. Stars on the panel is a huge mistake. That will ensure it remains more of a freak show of big egos on the panel.

  13. I just want it settled. And yes, this show has a lot to do with the judges, even though I generally don’t take their opinions…

    Many times the discussion on this very site has to do just as much w/ the judges as the contestants-during and many times after the season, whether we agree with them or not, how they come across (Ellen, Kara)and whether or not they have any clue whatsoever.

  14. Wow! People are really negative on Steven Tyler. I completely disagree that it was a bad choice to pick Steven Tyler. They need to draw in the audience that has the money to buy the products advertised during the show, and statistically that is an older crowd. I am in my 40’s, and the fist album I bought was “Toys in the Attic”, so I am excited about it. Of course they now lowered the age to try out, hoping to also draw in a younger crowd. This is where the producers of AI are failing. Shania Twain, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, are not exactly spring chickens. JLo is 41, my age range, but, again to those 15 year old viewers, she is ancient. I assume that it was hard to get at least one younger judge, and given what was done to Kara (not that she was great at her job), I cannot imagine a young, music executive would like her position. Of course they could get a past younger contestant, to help judge, like David Archuleta, not for the whole season, but maybe rotate kids in and out (I’m not a fan of the lower age). As far as it being about the judges-yep, it of course will be about the judges. The only way it would’nt be is if they got a panel of young, no name producers and music executives that have worked with musicians in the industry, which is not the path they choose. But, I still like the idea of Steven Tyler…anyway, they are drawing it out IMO to hype it.

  15. I don’t want Jlo,I’m OK with Steven Tyler.As of now,Randy’s my favorite judge (NEVER thought I would have to say that lol)
    i hope they don’t announce it next week,becuz I’m gonna be on vacation with no Internet haha–:p

  16. If Steven cannot get along with his bandmates, how will he do on a judging panel?

    Why is there absolutely no mention of who will be replacing Ricky Minor and the rest of the band? That is what I’m far more interested in, since for me it’s about the music.

    It was a shame they didn’t give him a “send off”, he certainly deserved it. The band, too!

    Let’s get this show on the road. It is getting mighty boring!

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