A year after Simon Cowell announced his departure from American Idol, the new judges panel stepped onto the same stage in Pasadena, Calif., to talk about how different they are from the caustic British judge.
"We're not here to break people down, but we're here to guide people through it," Jennifer Lopez said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's winter previews.
Viewers will get to weigh in for themselves on Lopez, fellow new judge Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson when Idol's 10th season premieres on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 8/7c on Fox. Returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe emphasized a focus on not only finding but also mining a "true artist."
Idol auditions: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler bring laughs, critiques and tears
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The producers of American Idol will be back on the Fox primetime schedule this fall with a new series that will launch The Search for the Next Great American Band.According to Fox insiders, the new (and tentatively titled) series is American Idol for groups rather than solo performers. The show is expected to be on Fox's new fall schedule to be unveiled on May 16.Like Idol, auditions will be held throughout the country for bands that will compete for a recording contract. After the auditions and the usual scrutiny from a panel of judges (which is not expected to include Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul or Randy Jackson), 10 semi-finalists will perform live in front of a studio audience. Viewers will then vote for the favorites via telephone or text-messaging, with a competitor eliminated each week.Unlike Idol, there will be no age restriction on the performers who enter the competition. The groups will be asked to perform a variety of musical genres during the course of the competition.Fo...