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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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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    • 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.