American Idol Announces Jennifer Lopez & Steven Tyler as Judges

September 22, 2010 By:
American Idol Announces Jennifer Lopez & Steven Tyler as Judges

American Idol has finally announced what we’ve all known for the last few weeks—that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are the new judges!

Idol announced the “news” live from the Forum in Los Angeles, confirming Lopez and Tyler would be joining Randy Jackson at the judges’ table.

Ryan Seacrest announced the two new additions to the show in front of thousands of hopefuls waiting to audition for the show. Jennifer and Steven both gave the contestants in the crowd some words of encouragement.

Even Seacrest joked that the cat had pretty much already been let out of the bag, saying this was "Americ's best-kept secret."

It had been reported Jennifer had agreed a $12 million deal to be a judge on
'American Idol', after bosses allegedly turned down her demands for a $15
million deal.

A source revealed: "I think it was just positioning. In the end, she didn't
turn up her nose up at $12 million."

Lopez's manager Benny Medina arranged a meeting between the 'Jenny From the
Block' singer and producers in June and she accepted the judging role in

We’ll have to wait and see if J.Lo and the Aerosmith frontman can save this show from going under!