The New 'American Idol': Meet the Judges

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Season 11 on "American Idol" is getting a facelift. With the addition of two new judges and one veteran judge, this season holds promise for a whole new take on the judging process. As the excitement builds, let's meet the judges and see what they have to bring to the table.

Steven Tyler

Born: Stephen Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948

Birthplace: Yonkers, NY

Occupation: Singer, musician, songwriter, and "American Idol" judge

Steven Tyler is no stranger to music. As the front man of the legendary rock group Aerosmith, Tyler can offer "American Idol" contestants valuable advice on how to be successful and make it in the music industry. He will no doubt be a valuable asset to the show and to all who are lucky enough to make it to the big stage.

In the 1960's, Tyler met his future band mates—Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Ray Tabano (later replaced by Brad Whitford), and Joey Kramer. Shortly after playing their first gig in 1970, they signed a record deal Columbia Records ( They enjoyed several years of success, but would eventually disband after Tyler's drug use spun out of control.

After some time in rehab, Tyler and the band regrouped and started recording in the 1980's. They made a huge comeback that would prove to be very fruitful. With such hits as "Dude Looks Like A Lady," "Angel," and "Ragdoll," Aerosmith had successfully put themselves back in the spotlight. To date they have sold roughly 140 million records worldwide. They have won a total of four Grammys.

Tyler is the father of four children, including the actress Liv Tyler ("Lord Of The Rings," "Jersey Girl," and "The Strangers"). He is currently working a memoir titled "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" which is to be released in 2011.

Jennifer Lopez

Born: Jennifer Lynn Lopez on July 24, 1969

Birthplace: Castle Hill (Bronx), NY

Occupation: Actress, singer, dancer, and "American Idol" judge

The multi-talented Jennifer Lopez will be a welcomed addition to the "American Idol" judges panel. Having had much success in the music industry as well as starring in numerous movies, Lopez can help point the "American Idol" hopefuls in the right direction.

At the beginning of her career, Lopez took to the stage where she danced in musicals. She eventually landed a spot on the one time hit show "In Living Color." Her big break came when she was cast as Selena Quintillana Perez, a Mexican-American singer, in the 1996 movie "Selena." After receiving high praises for her performance in the movie, Lopez went on to film numerous movies such as "Maid In Manhattan," "The Wedding Planner," and "The Back-up Plan."

In addition to music and movies, Lopez also has a clothing line and many fragrances. In recent news, Lopez and husband Marc Anthony have announced that have signed a deal with Kohl's to launch a duo line of clothing and house wares (Hollywire). The couple has twins, Max and Emme.

Randy Jackson

Born: Randall Matthew Jackson on June 23, 1956

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, LA

Occupation: Musician, record producer, author, and "American Idol" veteran judge

Randy Jackson is a familiar face at "American Idol." He has been with the show since its beginning and is now the sole original judge on the panel. Jackson attended Southern University in Louisiana where he received a Bachelor's degree in music and psychology.

With over 25 years experience in the music industry, Jackson has worked and collaborated with some of the best names in show business. His expertise on all things music is welcomed by "American Idol" contestants and highly regarded. In 2004, he authored a book titled "What's Up Dawg? How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business" to further encourage music star hopefuls (

If you have followed "American Idol" for the past couple of years then you have probably noticed the amazing transformation that Jackson has gone through. Having found out that he had Type 2 Diabetes in 1999, Jackson made a drastic lifestyle change. He changed his eating habits and underwent gastric bypass surgery. He has since lost over 100 pounds. He wrote a second book titled "Body with Soul: Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on Your Best Health Ever" in hopes of sharing his story and helping others to become healthier, happier people.

Jackson also has a syndicated radio show called "Randy Jackson's Hit List" where he counts down the top 30 songs of the week. Jackson has also launched an eyewear line and is involved in many charitable organizations. Jackson is married and has three children.

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