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'American Idol' Judges

Dangerous Strangers

8/10/2010 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources connected with "American Idol" tell TMZ ... execs on the show recklessly rolled the dice by choosing Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as the new judges.

Our "A.I." spies tell us producers have never put Lopez, Tyler and Randy Jackson in the same room to see if they have the right chemistry.  As one source put it, "It's ridiculous not to road test these people before committing ... it's insane."

We're told before choosing Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, Exec Producer Nigel Lythgoe organized dinners with the three prospective judges, to see how they meshed.  We're told Nigel even had Simon and Randy go to a few strip clubs together ... to see how they got along.
FOX, we're told, was adamantly opposed to Paula because the Network felt she was "washed up," but Nigel convinced the execs it was all about the "magic" between the three.

Turns out ... there's still time.  High level sources tell us the deals with Lopez and Tyler still haven't been signed, and auditions with the judges are just a month away.


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As a long-term AI viewer (going back to season 1), I think this trio would be ridiculous. I don't dislike any of them, but I also don't find the three of them, as a group, interesting. I doubt I would watch this season if they are the judging crew.

1532 days ago


Somebody must have been drinking heavily to think this combination would work - it won't. You have to have people with talent before they can judge someone else and that's not the case with this group. Won't work Nigel.

1532 days ago


Well, I see no reason to watch Idol now.

1532 days ago


I think this is NOT going to be worth watching. Dud judge!!!!! No thanks, not going to watch Fox, that is a winner decision!

1532 days ago


Wrong, JLo will be "great". She will be a great asset to the show. I do not care if she can sing or not, she is a great entertainer. When she appeared as a mentor, she was the favorite among the contestants and Simon said her performance at the end of the show was the best of the year.
She has a great sense of humor and has been in the industry for many years. She is one successful lady .......a great choice.

1532 days ago


Honestly think for some actual music knowledge they should get Ben Folds.

Really have no interest in J-Lo or Tyler. Can't imagine Idol going on much longer with judges like these.

1532 days ago


What about Lindsay Lohan? Serious! She is actually a really great singer when they aren't processing and digitizing her voice on her albums. Ever see "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen". Her character actually has to a singing audition....she does it with no accompaniment or vocal digitization. And it REALLY is her singing. It was AWESOME!

She can certainly tell the contestants what to avoid in their career that's for sure. Even though she would have just landed a multi-million one year contract. But not all washed up, druggies and alcoholics get as many chances as she has. She is the EXCEPTION, certainly not the rule.

And she is multi-talented: singing, acting, and dancing. And she would NOT be the Paula fill in. She'd be the next Simon. She already had a bad attitude before her two week jail stint, and if she shows up late to her tapings, who cares (the other judges were late all the time.)


Lindsay, can I be your agent?

1532 days ago


Are you people saying Jennifer Lopez shouldn't be a judge because she can't sing? LOL Did we forget Paula Abdul was a judge for how many years?? At least JLO can form complete thoughts. Paula was awful.

1532 days ago

Annie Tyler    

DON'T DO IT STEVEN!!! Come on, you're better than that! You're too good to judge some lame-ass, overrated karaoke competition!! Please don't sell out like this...

1532 days ago


They're picking people who have a conflict of interest with criticizing - famous people who depend on the public's approval for sales. It's just gonna have that persistent bit of awkwardness that won't go away.

1532 days ago


Gordon Ramsey, Adam Lambert, Ice Cube & Posh would be a good line-up. It seems like this show is headed in a terrible direction and will not be re-airing in 2012.

1532 days ago

Barrett and Eli    

Thank Jesus that Jennifer Lopez is on there. Now the episodes are more interesting because I have something amazing to look forward to when she stands up. I want to motorboat that luscious piece of meat. I would eat nerds out of there. Thank God for JLo,

Barrett and Eli out!

1532 days ago


It looks like we have another unemployed Judge from American Idol. Jennifer Lopez who is not a good singer or Actress has said she wants to be the only Woman Judge or she won't take the job. That means that other female Judge will be unemployed becasue of that stuck up loser JLO. I think this will be the last season for the show because of there new Judges if Steven Tyler and JLO are their picks. It's too bad because it was a good show for many years until Paula left. Thanks JLO for getting the white Woman fired.

1531 days ago


Man what a joke. They should have picked Whitney Houston and George Michael. Now that would be some good TV!!!!!!

1531 days ago


If JLO goes on the show it will turn into sh@!>%,keep her off the show please,somebody save american idol from her.pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzze!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1531 days ago
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