American Idol

Season 10 Episode 1

East Rutherford, NJ Auditions

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2011 on FOX
East Rutherford, NJ Auditions
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Episode Summary

Television's No. 1 series returns for its milestone 10th season with all-new contestants, a brand-new judging panel and the best and worst of auditions from East Rutherford, NJ. Also American Idol welcomes seasoned superstars Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who will sit alongside Randy Jackson at the judges' table. Together with in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M records, the judging panel brings unparalleled experience to the show and promises to take the contestants on an unforgettable journey.moreless
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  • Season 10 premieres

    The fact that American Idol has been on for ten years boggles my mind. Sure, we've gotten some undoubtedly talented singers, but boy, they seem to do everything in their power to dumb down the singers once they win. Let the singers be themselves.

    But I digress.. this premiere finds us with two new judges and a seemingly new found energy. Steven Tyler is excellent here and Jennifer Lopez finds a nice balance between the niceness of Paula Abdul and the humor of the other judges. All in all, the three judges here seem to already mesh better than the previous group. I love it.

    But the show still has some kinks in it that they clearly aren't going to work out. First, why in the world are they letting in 15 year olds but not.. say, 29 or 30 year olds? It's been proven that young singers typically still having growing to do in their vocal range.. they could've just as easily extended the age limit a couple years ahead, but that's just nitpicking. They also like to focus on terrible singers, and I must say, the judges let through some pretty bad singers. At least Simon was the kind of guy who knew when to say no, and Lopez is nowhere near that point yet. But there's room to grow.

    Overall, it was a surprisingly good way to jump into the new season. But we'll have to wait a while to see if any of these singers are worth listening to after the show is done.moreless

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    • There were a number of changes starting with this season.
      -The biggest change was on the judging panel. Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi left and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez (who had previously been a mentor in Season 6 (Top 8 week)) join.
      -Interscope Records, which is part of Universal Music Group, replaced Sony Music Entertainment as Idol's official partner record label. Interscope's Chairman Jimmy Iovine, a songwriter and producer, was named as the in-house mentor to work with the contestants on a weekly basis, as suppose to weekly mentors, although some weeks did have celebrity guest mentors work with Jimmy. Jimmy's specific role was hinted at but not mentioned in this episode.
      -Nigel Lythgoe returned as executive producer.
      -The minimum age of contestants allowed to audition was lowered from 16 to 15 (but the maximum is still 28). 
      - Other minor changes to the show are the theme song (more of a remix) and the opening credits sequence is new, as well as being aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays instead of Tuesdays and Wednesdays.