nigel lythgoe american idol 'American Idol': Nigel Lythgoe officially back as executive producerNigel Lythgoe told Zap2it back in April that he’d completely overhaul the “American Idol” judges’ panel if he came back as executive producer — and it looks like he’s getting his wish.

TMZ is reporting that Lythgoe is officially back as an EP and rumors have been flying that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and R&B star Jennifer Lopez are in as the new “Idol” judges, alongside dawg Randy Jackson.

Simon Cowell left the show to work on his U.S. version of “The X Factor,” while Ellen DeGeneres has departed “Idol” because it was not a good fit. No official announcement has been made regarding Kara DioGuardi, but all the reports are saying her contract was not renewed.

FOX is expected to make all the official proclamations regarding Season 10 of “American Idol” at their Summer Press Tour event Monday, Aug. 2. FOX has no official comment at this time.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."