"We always ask, 'Who's going to be the next American Idol?'" Ryan Seacrest said Wednesday at The Forum in Los Angeles. "We never ask, 'Who will be the new judges?'" After showing a montage of each judge's career, Seacrest introduced them, one by one, and welcomed them onstage.
Jackson came out first and declared the upcoming edition "Season 10: The Remix... It will be the greatest season of American Idol ever." Tyler took the stage next, letting lose his signature wail. He offered some advice to potential finalists, including the thousands in the building who were waiting to audition for producers: "Sing like you do when no one's looking." Lopez rose from the floor and told the crowd that she was "so excited to go on this journey" with them.
"We're looking for the best American Idol ever," she said.
Reports that the new lineup would include both Lopez and the Aerosmith frontman have been circulating since July, when Ellen DeGeneres resigned from the panel. Idol and Kara DioGuardi parted ways earlier this month, and Simon Cowell signed off in May.