Belfast Telegraph

Idol judges won't claim Cowell role

American Idol's new judges say that are not ready to claim the show's 'villain' role now that Simon Cowell has gone.

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler told reporters that they're looking forward to using their experience to help guide new artists. The series is set to begin its 10th season on January 19, with only Randy Jackson left from the original panel.

The judges have been candid as they've filmed early rounds of the contest, J-Lo said.

"We're both very spontaneous with how we critique each and every person who walks in. ... We're very honest and in the moment," said the singer-actress.

But they also call on their professional insights to help the contestants, she said.

"There's nothing like having that kind of discussion with another artist to help you grow," Jennifer said.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said the new season of American Idol will be more about searching for an eventual winner of the show, "rather than stopping people getting there".

Host Ryan Seacrest promised a more fun ride. "There's a genuine camaraderie with this group," he said.

Asked about the lack of a major recording star emerging from the last few seasons, the panel said the problem wasn't in the singers but the records they've released. Lee DeWyze won last year's contest, with Kris Allen the audience's choice the season before, and neither has approached the success of past winners Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood.

"If you make a great record, the public will buy it," said Randy Jackson.


From Belfast Telegraph