With Simon Cowell already gone and the recent departure of Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi, Nigel Lythgoe may indeed get 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. 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.