New American Idol judges: Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez

by Kelly MacNeil on September 23, 2010

American Idol is about to get a helping of rock and hip-hop in the form of two new judges.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez were named earlier today as the new judges for the popular singing competition show.

The two celebrities will replace outgoing judges Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and the iconic Simon Cowell. The lone original American Idol judge, Randy Jackson, will remain on the show.

Cowell, who was known for his sharp and at times biting criticism of performances, may be the most daunting to replace since he was involved with the show since season one.

The announcement was made at the Los Angeles Forum and after Steven Tyler's name was called, he reportedly let out a loud yell.

"I want to bring some rock to this roller coaster," he said on stage.

Lopez is no stranger to the show and appeared as a mentor in an episode that aired in April 2007, which was deemed "Latin Night."

Though the show enjoyed immense popularity through the early 2000s, its time may have peaked. Last year's ratings were reportedly low, causing some in the industry of the show wouldn't be cancelled all together.

In a possible effort to revive the program, Nigel Lythgoe is returning to his executive producing job on the show, a position he left two years ago, and has said he wants to return the show to its glory years.

"We have got to go back to creating an American Idol," Lythgoe told CNN.com.

Previous American Idol winners include pop stars such as Kelly Clarkson (season one) and Carrie Underwood (season four). Last season's winner was Lee DeWyze and reportedly had one of the lowest ratings in the show's history.

Season 10 of American Idol is set to premiere on Fox on January 12, 2011. 

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