All Three Judges Will Return to 'American Idol'

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson sign on for season 11

August 10, 2011 12:50 PM ET
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Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler
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Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson have all officially signed on for the eleventh season of American Idol. Idol Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed the news during a call to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday, saying "I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of American Idol, is back for next season." Seacrest is, of course, the host of the show, and Lythgoe is quite skilled at flattery.

Lythgoe also confirmed that the panel of judges will soon hit the road for season 11 auditions in Denver, CO, Houston, St. Louis, San Diego, Pittsburgh, PA, Charleston, SC and Portland, OR.

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