steven tyler getty 'American Idol' report : Steven Tyler to round out the judges' panelWith Simon Cowell already gone and the recent departure of Ellen DeGeneres and (possibly) Kara DioGuardi, Nigel Lythgoe may indeed get (most of) his wish — a new whole panel on “American Idol.”

Steven Tyler is rumored to be the next “Idol” judge announced, according to TMZ. Tyler would join Jennifer Lopez as the latest judge; news of her addition to the show leaked late Thursday night (July 29). Randy Jackson appears to be the only experienced judge left on the panel. We’ll know for sure after FOX’s Summer Press Tour panel Monday, Aug. 2 — the announcement will most likely be officially made there.

What do you think of Tyler and Lopez as possible “Idol” judges, fans? One thing is for certain — “American Idol” has all but guaranteed to get people to tune in if the Aerosmith frontman and Jenny from the block are indeed the new judges. They’re big names, they’re music industry icons and no one has any idea how they’ll do as judges, so the viewership will most likely be strong, at least initially. What remains to be seen is how they do after the first couple episodes.

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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."