When “American Idol” returns in January 2013, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will be sitting at the judges’ table.
Contestants will perform for the new panel starting Sunday at auditions in New York followed by tryouts in Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Antonio, Baton Rouge and Oklahoma City.
“Extra’s” Terri Seymour spoke with “American Idol” Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe at the FOX Television Critics Association press tour, commenting on Mariah Carey’s $18-million deal to join “Idol.”
The “American Idol” judging panel is having one heck of a day!
Jennifer Lopez hinted on the “Today” show on Thursday that she's leaving, then Steven Tyler announced hours later he is definitely splitting. Now Randy Jackson is planning to move on, reports Us Weekly, with Mariah Carey, who is managed by Jackson, in talks as a replacement.
"Extra's" Renee Bargh was at the "American Idol" Top 13 party, getting reactions from judges Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.
Lopez was emotional throughout the show, telling Renee, "It's hard, as we were having them sing one by one, I kept looking at the other ones, and I was like, 'God they're so good!'"
The singer also talked about why she teared up recently on an episode of "Q'Viva!" "I had lost my grandmother, my aunt and my uncle all in one year, and so Christmases are kind of funny now. The performer was playing an instrument that was very Puerto Rican, and when he was playing it just reminded me of Christmas and it made me think of family. "
Watch the interviews, including joking with judges Tyler and Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest.
"Extra's" Terri Seymour went backstage at "American Idol," and asked how they felt about "X Factor's" Simon Cowell challenging the winner of the three biggest singing shows -- "X Factor," "American Idol," and "The Voice" -- to have a sing-off. Randy Jackson said, "Who?" followed by Lopez, who asked, "What did he say?"
Randy exclaimed, "We want to have a judge-off! Forget having a sing-off! Let's bring Adam [Levine]... let's get Cee Lo!" Jennifer pointed out, "But they don't judge on that show, right? They mentor?" Seacrest chimed in, "I don't host that show, don't ask."
The 11th season of "American Idol" kicked off with the first round of auditions in Savannah, Georgia, along with judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
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"Extra's" Terri Seymour caught up with Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Kiefer Sutherland at FOX's TCA press tour. Newly engaged Tyler addressed the recent rumors about Ryan Seacrest leaving "American Idol" to do the "Today" show, and said, "You know, what he's doing next year, who knows... this year, he's with us. We got him."
Lopez chimed in, "See, I don't even know about this rumor, so that's why I feel like, 'Where have I been?'"
Check out the first promo video for the upcoming Season 11 of "American Idol," with judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest!
The new season of "American Idol" premieres Sunday, January 22 on FOX!