Live from the Forum… It’s the ‘American Idol’ announcement you already knew about

You know that thing about Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler being the new “American Idol” judges? That thing you’d been hearing about for months?

It’s true, so you can stop bugging folks now. And by “you,” I mean us, the TV press. And by “folks,” I mean Fox, 19 and FremantleMedia, who just couldn’t bring themselves to confirm the news.

But now, it’s on. The diva, the rocker… and the dawg.

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson stepped on stage at the Forum on Wednesday and confirmed what everybody already knew: They are your new “Idol” judges, America.

Unless you’ve been living without electricity — or perhaps just living your life — over the past three months, this did not come as a surprise.

But Fox stepped up the pomp and circumstance by finally trotting out Lopez and Tyler at a heavily orchestrated event tied to Wednesday’s Los Angeles-set “Idol” auditions.

Tyler told Seacrest that he wanted to “be a part of something much bigger than yourself.”

“I want to bring some rock to this roller coaster,” Tyler said.

Lopez told the crowd at the Forum that she was excited to watch them “grow and watch the journey we’re about to take together.”

Lopez’s judging gig is also tied a larger deal the star has signed with 20th Century Fox Films and Fox Broadcasting. Deal gives her Nuyorican Prods, a first-look arangement with the studio for film and TV projects. That pact was announced by Fox Filmed Ent. Chairmen/CEOs Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, as well as Fox Networks Group entertainment chairman Peter Rice.

Lopez and Tyler joined the last remaining original “Idol” judge, Randy Jackson, on stage. “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was also there, because, well, he somehow manages to be everywhere. (Existence of multiple Seacrests has still not been confirmed.)

“Yeahhhhh, dude, you know what I’m so excited about, this season ten,” Jackson said. “I’m calling ‘Idol’ season ten the remix, baby. We’re going to find the greatest ‘American Idol’ ever.”

Read the whole story here.

A few more shots from inside the Forum, and the press tent as we wait for the press conference to begin:


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