Jackson and Tyler Officially Returning to ‘Idol’…But J.Lo?

by | June 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM | American Idol, TV News

'American Idol' (Photo: Fox)

'American Idol' (Photo: Fox)

J.Lo, the next move is yours. Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler are officially coming back as judges for Season 11 of “American Idol,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Jennifer Lopez recently told the BBC she’s “on the fence” about returning to the table given her other reality show in the works. Lopez is teaming with “Idol” producer Simon Fuller on the proposed reality series “Q’Viva” which would feature Lopez and her husband, singer Marc Antony, touring Latin America and searching for musical talent.

In May, Jackson seemed to think his fellow judges would both return, predicting as much on ‘Lopez Tonight’. Tyler’s return was more of a sure thing, since he was signed for multiple seasons.

The news – is it news if Jackson and Tyler were already signed? – provoked a range of reaction on TV websites. “Glad to see that Steve is returning, but I held out hope that Randy would not,” one person commented on EW.com. Another added, “No doubt Lopez is “on the fence” until they offer her twice as much money.”

Still others nominated new stars (“Madonna”) and suggested the judges panel could use a bad guy. “How could they think Steven Tyler was the star,” a reader commented on AOLTV.com. “He “loved” everyone and it looked like he wasn’t paying attention most of the time. He was a joke. He was great in the heavily edited audition rounds but was horrible on the live shows.”

Will Lopez return to “Idol?” This is much certain. If she doesn’t, the show will have a new villain.