Not that we really needed the official announcement, but American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe announced that all three judges will be returning for another season.
Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson are all returning to 'American Idol' with huge pay raises for the 11th season.
Idol's Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed the news during a Wednesday call to On Air With Ryan Seacrest. "I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of American Idol [Seacrest] is back for the next season," Lythgoe said.
So what’s the secret to churning out great talent on "Idol" year after year? Lythgoe told Hollyscoop: “I think the singers last year were focused on who they wanted to be. Scottie knew he wanted to be country. James knew he wanted to be heavy metal. I like that. I like that they’re not copying. They’re not just karaoke singers. They’re unique to themselves.”
Now, the "Idol" competitor "X-Factor" is appearing, Lythgoe told HS he predicts that it might give "Idol" a run for it’s money, “I think the X-factor is going to do very well…With X-factor you know they’re going to be using older talent which can be very good and they’re going to be using groups as well. So there’s a lot more going for it.”
Meanwhile, all three judges will hit the road soon for season-11 auditions in Denver, Houston, St. Louis, Portland, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Charleston.
J.Lo was reportedly “on the fence” about returning, but a nice salary increase helped lock her in. When asked if she would return last month she said: "I don't know. I haven't been forced to make a decision and I'm glad about that because, honestly, I'm very on the fence about it."
So what was it that brought J.Lo back to Idol? "You get to know [the contestants]," she said. "You get to know their hopes and their dreams on camera, off-camera. You're helping them off camera, you're helping them on camera and it's this crazy ride you go on together."
"You definitely get involved, I definitely get involved," Lopez admitted. "I am very emotional as you can see from the show. That's just how I am."
An insider told The Wrap recently that J.Lo will get “a smudge over 20 million with the new contract,” which is a huge increase from the $12 million she made last season. Not too shabby Miss Lopez!