After all the rumors and speculation, Fox officially announced today that Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson will all be returning to judge season 11 of "American Idol." The trio, along with Emmy®-nominated host Ryan Seacrest, will begin their search for America's next singing superstar when "American Idol" debuts Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME on FOX.
"Having both Jennifer and Steven return to IDOL in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted," said Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer, AMERICAN IDOL.
"I am very pleased to have our panel of judges back for the 11th season of AMERICAN IDOL," said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. "Their chemistry and ability to select amazing talent made last season one of our most successful yet, and we look forward to going on another exciting ride."
"From the very first day of auditions, we knew we had something special in our new judges panel, and we're so happy that America felt that way too," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "Together with Ryan – who is fantastic day in and day out – they built an incredible connection with both the contestants and our viewers, and I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome them all back to IDOL for another season."
Are you excited that all the judges are returning? Will you be watching the new season?
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