Can the NEW American Idol Create Another Star?

American Idol Judges, Season 10 (http://americanidol.com)

Last night, new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler showed that they are qualified for their positions. But, the new judges are not the only changes made to the tenth season of America’s search for a superstar—American Idol. The show changed its age requirements by lowering it to 15 years. The show will also throw out the gender parity rule; when they get the top 10/12, it will be based on talent only. With a larger group of eligible candidates and a record number of auditions, can Idol bring us another superstar?

Jennifer Lopez is known as a triple threat as a singer, dancer, and actress. She mentioned, during the premiere, that she has been watching the show for ten years. She came in knowing what she was coming into. Lopez is a very successful singer who has worked with many industry heavy-hitters and has sold over 55 million albums.

Steven Tyler, front man of Aerosmith, has also joined the judging panel. He wanted to be a part of American Idol so he can help young hopefuls realize their dreams. As part of one of the most successful American rock bands, Tyler is no stranger to the music industry, selling over 155 million albums with Aerosmith.

The new panel has great chemistry, which has not been apparent in the past few seasons. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lopez stated, “We’re a more collaborative judging group… We just have a totally different style than any of the past judging tables.” So far, Jennifer seems to be the nice judge who wants to give everyone a chance, but she can get down to the truth when there really is nothing they can do for them. Steven has shown himself as a class-clown type of judge. When he doesn’t know what to say, he turns to a joke. Randy has taken a more serious, and less “dog”, role as the anchor of the judging table.

So far, the auditions have been pretty mediocre. Hopefully on night two of the Season premiere there will be someone with a big voice and amazing energy. Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.

CURRENT FAVORITES: Robbie Rosen and Melinda Ademi

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