Fox Confirms That All Three American Idol Judges Will Return For Season Eleven And Gives Premiere Date!
August 18, 2011 07:00 AM by Lisa Princ
While we knew Nigel Lythgoe recently stated that Jennifer Lopez would be returning for season eleven of American Idol, Fox has made the official announcement! They have also given a premiere date for the new season as well as Emmy information. Read on for all the details!
American Idol fans can rejoice now since Fox announced that Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez will all be returning for the new season, which is set to premiere on January 22, 2012. In their official press release, Fox said: “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.”
The network went on to add that the show has been nominated for 10 Emmy awards, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program as well as an Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Ryan Seacrest. This is more than any other reality television program has ever received, so the show has a lot to celebrate and be thankful for!
The show’s executive producer, Simon Fuller chimed in on the return as he added: “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,” while Mike Darnell, the network’s president of alternative entertainment stated: “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. 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.”
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