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American Idol: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler In, Kara DioGuardi Out?

July 30, 2010 01:34 PM by Nancy Floyd


It seems there are going to be a lot of shake-ups on the American Idol judging panel next season. Obviously, Simon Cowell won’t be returning as a judge and on Thursday night, Ellen DeGeneres announced her own departure from the show. Right on the heels of Ellen DeGeneres’ announcement, it’s been rumored that Kara DioGuardi is also leaving and singing superstar Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler are joining the panel. Keep reading for more details on the judging switcheroo…

When American Idol returns to the air next January for its tenth season, it’s going to look like a very different show. Longtime judge Simon Cowell will no longer be on the panel and it looks like new judges, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi, might be absent as well. That leaves Randy Jackson all alone! It looks like he might have some company in the form of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

People magazine reports that Jennifer Lopez has inked a deal to become a permanent judge on American Idol next season. “It’s true,” says one insider. “She’s excited about it.” Reports have also surfaced that Aerosmith lead singer, Steven Tyler, has been hired as a judge and that the show will return to its three-person judging panel next year.

As for Kara DioGuardi’s departure, TMZ is reporting that she has been fired from American Idol. FOX simply isn’t saying anything about the casting changes at this point. “We are not commenting on any rumors or speculation,” a rep for the network said.

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