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It's official: Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson return to 'American Idol'

by jmaloni
Wed, Aug 17th 2011 01:00 pm

Season 11 debuts Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, on FOX

Global icon Jennifer Lopez, rock legend Steven Tyler and Grammy-winning producer Randy Jackson will return to the judges' panel for the 11th season of "American Idol." The trio, along with Emmy-nominated host Ryan Seacrest, will begin their search for America's next singing superstar when "American Idol" debuts Sunday, Jan. 22 (10 p.m. ET), 2012, immediately following the NFC Championship Game on FOX.

"American Idol" recently received 10 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, more than any other reality program on television and the most nominations in the show's history. Highlights include Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program as well as an Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Seacrest.

"Having both Jennifer and Steven return to 'Idol' in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted," said Simon Fuller, creator and executive producer of "American Idol."

"I am very pleased to have our panel of judges back for the 11th season of 'American Idol,' " said EP Cecile Frot-Coutaz. "Their chemistry and ability to select amazing talent made last season one of our most successful yet, and we look forward to going on another exciting ride."

"From the very first day of auditions, we knew we had something special in our new judges panel, and we're so happy that America felt that way too," said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for FOX. "Together with Ryan - who is fantastic day in and day out - they built an incredible connection with both the contestants and our viewers, and I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome them all back to 'Idol' for another season."

"American Idol," television's No. 1 rated show, continues its search for the best undiscovered talent in the country with auditions in Houston on Friday, Aug. 26. For more audition information, visit www.americanidol.com.

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