The Fox singing competition returns in January and if the preview below is any indication, it will be filled with our favorite 'Idol' standbys: frustrated contestants, Steven Tyler's antics, tears and declarations that these 20somethings will be "stars."
Tyler will be joined at the judges table by both Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, despite lengthy contract talks for the latter. Ryan Seacrest returns as host.
Check out the video after the jump. One of those people could be the crowned the next 'American Idol' ...
Thankfully, both sides were able to work out a deal, and now Fox has officially announced that all three of last season's judges -- Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy "Dawg" Jackson -- will return to gage the singing prowess of America's superstar hopefuls on 'American Idol' this spring.
Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news with Fox.
When Tyler signed on with the Fox show he signed for multiple seasons. Jackson has also made it no secret that he was sticking with the reality singing competition. Meanwhile, J.Lo has made no attempts to hide her indecision regarding a return to 'Idol.'
Jennifer Lopez recently told the BBC that she's "on the fence" about returning to 'American Idol' next season. Although many insiders have dismissed it as just a ploy to get a pay hike, 'Idol' execs are already discussing possible replacements should they not be able to entice J.Lo to return.
"Right now the star of 'American Idol' is Steven Tyler," an insider source tells Popeater. "Everyone thought after Simon announced he was leaving that [Lopez] would fill the void. How wrong were they? It's all about Steven, who's already signed on for Season 11."
Liv Tyler didn't meet her father, Aerosmith frontman and 'American Idol' judge Steven Tyler, until she was eight-years-old. Tuesday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Liv talked about how she was enthralled with her father after they first met, and how happy she is now to see his late-career re-invention as an 'American Idol' judge.
"I remember him talking to me," said Liv, "and I just was listening to him and I was completely mesmerized by what he was saying and I kind of got sucked into his ... Steven Tyler-ness."
Similarly, Liv felt her dad's 'American Idol' judging stint has shown America a side of him she always knew was there. "It's amazing for me to see the world kind of discovering that for the first time," she said. "It's beautiful for me to see him at this point in his life doing something completely new and different."
Using footage from the show, he set up the skit as if he was a contestant on the show, only he was judging the judges. "I'm going to sing a song and you will say something negative about me," Waltz said. "Otherwise, I'll have you all executed."
One by one, he went through the judges demanding their best negative criticism. They found a critique from Randy Jackson where he said "it was actually kind of boring," while Jennifer Lopez was almost negative.
But that wasn't the only surprise, as there were several great performances, including a medley duet by former 'American Idol' winner Underwood and fresh-faced 'Idol' judge Steven Tyler.
He first joined her on-stage for her hit 'Undo It,' but soon they broke into Aerosmith's signature song 'Walk This Way,' where Underwood reminded us of that great rock edge her voice has.
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Sparks recalled Lopez as a mentor from her season and said she seemed to grow into her role as a judge. "J-Lo was actually a mentor on my season when we did Latin week. So, I kind of have a little bit of history there with her ... It's so endearing to see that she ... had a hard time saying no during the first couple of episodes," she said, adding that Lopez soon grew accustomed to giving contestants bad news.
None of them knew exactly how badly injured Medina's fiancée was until she was brought into the audition room in a wheelchair. "It just broke our hearts," said Lopez, "and she was a huge Steven Tyler fan. She was so overwhelmed when she saw Steven. This is the great thing about this show. It's about the people, it's about human experience and dreams."
Oprah agreed, saying what motivates people at home to vote is identifying with the different contestants. "They see a little bit of themselves," she said.
Tyler denied feeling any pressure to keep the show's success going, and added that he, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson are bringing something to the table this season that the previous panels of judges lacked.
"When you see the camaraderie (among the judges), that was never even in 'Idol'," Tyler explained. "I'm taking a risk in saying that. I haven't seen them all, but I don't think there ever was."
Now it remains to be seen if audiences prefer this camaraderie to Simon Cowell's sideway glances of disdain.
Never one to shy away from the chance to sing, Jimmy Fallon took Tyler's visit to 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) as an opportunity to perform with the Aerosmith frontman. Tyler started 'Walk This Way' on drums, then The Roots joined in.
"I always thought that in order to become an American Idol, or any kind of idol, you have to pay your dues," Tyler said on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on CBS), referring to the years of national touring he did with Aerosmith. "But, today's a different world."
"I prefer the process that gave us you to this process," David Letterman said of 'American Idol.' "By the time you're ready, you're ready, and we have the honest, legitimate stamp of approval."
Jay Leno apparently ran sort on the tough questions, because after asking the gimme question f what they're looking for in talent this year, he resorted to asking which of them took the longest to get ready for a taping.
After pointing at one another, Jackson set the record straight about Lopez. "Honestly, we don't know about Jennifer ... Somehow she gets ready at home or somewhere."
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