Sources on the production side of “American Idol” are now telling Zap2it that Jennifer Lopez is signed, sealed and delivered for the Season 10 judges’ table, while Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is still in negotiations.
This means an announcement could still happen Monday (Aug. 2) at FOX’s Summer Press Tour executive panel, depending on how things go this weekend.
While Tyler remains the producers first choice for the new male judge, if a deal cannot be reached sources say that last season’s wildly popular “Idol” mentor Harry Connick Jr. will be signed instead.
Earlier Friday (July 30) evening sources close to “Idol” were saying that no deals were signed, the judges’ panel was not set and that there would not be announcement on Monday. The official FOX line is still “no comment.”
The speculative judges’ panel has been the top “Idol” story since news broke that Ellen DeGeneres was leaving the show, in addition to Simon Cowell departing back in May to focus on the U.S. version of “The X Factor.” There are rumors that Kara DioGuardi is out as well and that only Randy Jackson will return to judge again.
We will keep you posted with any new information, so keep checking back with Zap2it for “Idol” Judge Watch 2010.