Sigh. We hate to report on such frivolous things as “American Idol” but it is a television show — whether we like it or not. The Fox Network has finally confirmed the two new judges who will be replacing Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi for season 9. Drum roll please: your new judges are Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Now who’s really surprised by that announcement? Not us, but here are the details…

Golden Globe-nominated actress, platinum-selling recording artist, movie producer and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steven Tyler, the frontman of Aerosmith – the best-selling American rock band of all time – have joined AMERICAN IDOL as judges. Lopez and Tyler will join returning IDOL judge Randy Jackson for the 10th anniversary season, which premieres January 2011 on FOX.

In addition, Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, co-founder of Beats Audio and one of the world’s most successful and prolific music producers, will join AMERICAN IDOL as an in-house mentor. Throughout the season, IDOL will go behind-the-scenes to feature Iovine working with and lending his expertise to the contestants as they compete to become the next American Idol. As part of Universal Music Group’s long-term alliance with AMERICAN IDOL, Interscope Geffen A&M will market, promote and distribute albums globally from AMERICAN IDOL finalists and winning contestants across a broad array of retail and new media platforms.

At least they managed to get two people who’ve actually been in the music business instead of just one. Even though Lopez has never been a strong vocalist she can sing better than Paula Abdul so her landing this gig is a step up for the show. As for Tyler, we’ll give him props because back in the day, he could sing his tail off! The pipes on that man are ridiculous, he could bring some much needed wisdom and legitimate vocal input to the judge’s table.

What do you think of Lopez and Tyler joining the show?

Source: Coming Soon