Sunday, April 21, 2024

American Idol Hires Two Paula’s as New Judges


Well, the word has been issued. Randy Jackson will be joined on “American Idol” this season by Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

In fact, they’ve hired the equivalent of two Paula’s.

What “Idol” didn’t do was bring on a replacement for Simon Cowell. They don’t have anyone ready to be acerbic and biting, and insulting. That’s what viewers tuned in to see.

They are having Jimmy Iovine from Interscope Records as some kind of consultant. But again, I don’t think Jimmy is going to replace Simon. But Interscope’s parent, Universal Music Group, now has the recording rights to all “Idol” contestants. So Iovine’s going to be there scouting for product.

Tyler is a big question mark. Has anyone told him “Idol” is live? Something tells me this is going to be like a great movie, “My Favorite Year.” Peter O’Toole played the week’s guest star on a Sid Caesar type show. No one knew if he would make it. Tyler has countless visits to rehab, and more drug trouble than ten rock stars combined.

On top of that, even though Tyler can be wickedly funny, will he insult and be hard on contestants? I don’t think so. He’ll risk alienating his Aerosmith fans.

Ditto Jennifer Lopez. She’ll be playing Paula, the un-singing singer. Again, she’ll be there to be encouraging. I doubt she’ll be nasty to whatever fans she has left in the pop world. Noted: Lopez is also signed now to Universal Music.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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