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Music Preview: 10 Big Questions for 2011

Will the Stones tour? Can 'Idol' be saved? What will be the biggest albums? And much more
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Can 'American Idol' Be Saved?

Quick, who won American Idol last year? If you said Lee DeWyze you're probably in the small minority of people to remember the least charismatic winner in the show's history, and that includes Taylor Hicks and Kris Allen. Still, even with diminished ratings, Idol was still one of the biggest shows on TV last year — but with Simon Cowell out, Fox made some drastic decisions for the 2011 season. Judges Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi have been replaced by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, while Jimmy Iovine will become the "in-house mentor" (whatever the hell that means). Millions will surely tune in to watch the potential Tyler/J. Lo train wreck, but will they keep watching week after week? They better hope for another Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken to get the fan base excited and generate some Internet hype. After all, Simon Cowell's X Factor starts later in the year and it could easily steal Idol's thunder.

Andy Greene

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