L-R: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest answer questions at the AMERICAN IDOL press conference on the IDOL set in Austin, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2010. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

L-R: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest answer questions at the AMERICAN IDOL press conference on the IDOL set in Austin, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2010. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

American Idol season 10 has big changes…at least within the judges panel. And unless you’re living under a rock, you probably already know that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will be sitting next to Randy Jackson tonight.

Simon Cowell has gone onto other things (The X-Factor), Paula Abdul has a new dance series (Live to Dance) and Ellen Degeneres has headed back to daytime and Kara DioGuardi is heading up Platinum Hit, a reality show on cable. But, the show will go on, Randy Jackson says – and though Cowell was a huge part of Idol’s success, Jackson insists it’ll be equally fun, but different nonetheless.

“We definitely love him and will miss him and I think he was a great addition to the show,” Jackson begins while reminiscing about Cowell. “I think what we’ve added now, with these two superstars, I think the show is going to go on and have huge success.

“You’re going to see a lot of interesting things. I’ve seen these kids walk in and look at Jennifer and Steven and they go, ‘My God!,’ We’ve got the rock legend, we’ve got the triple threat here. So, I think we’re going to be good man.”

The IDOL ACROSS AMERICA mobile, a biodiesel-fueled mobile experience tour traveling to 16 cities across the US, arrives on the FOX Lot on Tuesday, Jan. 18. AMERICAN IDOL kicks off with a two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured AMERICAN IDOL Executive PRoducer Nigel Lythgoe. Cr: Kristian Dowling/FOX

The IDOL ACROSS AMERICA mobile, a biodiesel-fueled mobile experience tour traveling to 16 cities across the US, arrives on the FOX Lot on Tuesday, Jan. 18. AMERICAN IDOL kicks off with a two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured AMERICAN IDOL Executive PRoducer Nigel Lythgoe. Cr: Kristian Dowling/FOX

So we’re in for a revamped show, but can those superstars dish out the kind of evaluation with honesty and diplomacy? Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler say yes – and they’ll prove it over time.

“I think we’re both very spontaneous on how we critique each and every person that’s walked in there,” Lopez points out. “You’ll have to tune in to see and get the full scope of how we judge. That’s the big question of the day, but the truth is you’re just going to have to watch. We’re very honest and in the moment with everything that we say and do.”

“I would say that you didn’t bring it,” Tyler recalls. “I would say that if I don’t see it in you and you have too much attitude. You need to bring the full thing even though the best of us have the best attitude you’ve got to have the whole deal.”

“The whole package,” Jackson interjects.

Still, Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe is counting on the judges for knowing how to nurture the talent that demonstrates promise.

“For me it’s just as important how they deal with the good ones as well as the bad ones,” Lythgoe explains. “Having been through it all, and having experienced what these kids are experiencing, [Lopez and Tyler] bring an awful lot more good sense to how [the contestants] continue in the competition. And that’s at the end of the day what we’re looking for…the next superstar.”

That search begins tonight, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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Jackson’s comments about American Idol post Simon Cowell.


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Lopez, Tyler and Jackson’s thoughts on judging.

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Lythgoe’s expectations from the new judges while they’re critiquing contestants.

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