That’s right, American Idol season 10 premiered last night in New Jersey with a couple new judges. Goodbye Ellen Degeneres (bummer), Kara DioGuardi (yay!) and Simon Cowell (undecided) and hello Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
I’ve been an American Idol follower for several years, although I quit watching last year. Although I loved last year’s addition of Judge Ellen, I really did not, not, not like Kara. Then too, the talent seemed lackluster, that is other than the final two Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox. Apparently, a few other people agreed that the show had lost some of it’s zing and their ratings tumbled. Everyone knew Simon had been planning on leaving, so it was time to shake things up!
Early on, I think it was fairly clear that Randy and Ryan would be back. And while I don’t remember what names had been thrown around as possible new judges, I wasn’t surprised to hear Jennifer Lopez was hopping aboard the AI train. She seemed like a good fit, and she is. After watching last night I think Jennifer brings back the heart that was missing after Paula left. She had a really hard time saying no last night, and it was cute.
When I heard Steven Tyler was going to be the other judge, I was skeptical. As far as I was concerned the best thing about Steven was his daughter Liv. I’ve never been an Aerosmith fan, and I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to look at him for weeks on end. He reminds me far too much of Mick Jagger, and although I love listening to the Stones’ I can’t watch them.
Well, I’m a big girl. I can admit I was wrong. Steven could very well fill at least one of Simon’s shoes. His comment last night to one crazy performer, “Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?” was Simonesque. And he was fun, jamming with a couple of the singers, cracking jokes, and being generally cool.
As for the talent search itself? There were, of course, some interesting characters. None of “Pants on the Ground” caliber, but still fun. I think we met some possible contenders in the bunch from Jersey last night, and I hope a couple of them make it for a while. I’d like to see how they grow.
So those are my thoughts. What about you? Are you an AI follower? Do you already miss Simon? What did you think of the new judges Steven and Jennifer, and do you think this new season has promise?
Next stop? New Orleans tonight. I’ll think I’ll give it another shot.