Bad Omen for

'American Idol'

9/22/2010 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was the buildup of the summer ... "American Idol" unveiling its new panel of judges -- Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.  Everyone was in place.  Except for the audio guy.

American Idol New Judges
Ryan Seacrest took the stage and the whole thing went down ... and no one heard a word.

Anyone superstitious?

0922_idol_no_audio_v2