'American Idol': Exclusive first look at new promo poster!

American-Idol-art-JLo-TylerLadies and gentlemen, start your engines: The race is about to begin! EW has this exclusive first look at Fox’s official American Idol promotional poster — complete with a leaping Steven Tyler and a rather reserved Ryan Seacrest. Meanwhile, we have a curtseying Jennifer Lopez in a frothy, short skirt, while Randy Jackson seems to be surfing a wave of enthusiasm for season 10.

American Idol moves to Wednesdays and Thursdays this season. It begins Jan. 19.

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  • Mr. Holloway

    “…and Randy Jackson… well, we’re not quite sure what Randy Jackson is doing.”

    Isn’t that pretty much always the case?

    • Art

      Man, Randy’s the only original judge left and this makes him look like even more of a nobody.

      • Rock Golf

        (L to R) Mr “I think I’m Fantastic”, Humming Torch, Invisible Minority Woman, The Thang.

      • Aunt Sassy

        Well, Randy may look like a nobody, but who is that next to Ryan? Surely that isn’t Steven Tyler because anyone with 2 eyes knows he’s as wrinkled as a prune. Jeez loise Idol – PHOTOSHOP much????

      • Amanda Kiwinerd

        Who cares?

    • Hannah

      “Randy, show some personality.”
      “Like … this?”

      • Bluto

        Feh—the show used to be good and it sucks now. Next.

    • dctoronto


    • Jethro

      will not be able to watch Tyler, his face alone scares me and his voice is scratchy

      • Beth

        Will not be watching AI this year. The last 2 years of the show were horrible in outcome (Adam Lambert didn’t win????????) and boredom.

      • BlackIrish4094

        Actually, Glambert not winning was the only good thing to happen to Idol in the last couple of years.

      • reason

        Tyler looks like a deatheater from Harry Potter on this poster! Looks like he is reaching for his wand

      • Color Me Impressed

        And whats so wrong with a voice being “scratchy”? At least its not robotic like all these f*ckin pop divas

      • cathie

        Actually, Adam Lambert not winning was the best thing for him too.Over 100 concerts sold out, Gold album, and a Grammy nom. Not bad for a runner up. Kris who??

    • stu

      Randy needs to act is age. he’s pathedic!
      & NONE of them (esp Ryan) is worth all that $.

    • Henry

      Randy Jackson is the only one qualified to judge talent on this show seeing how he’s been lead percussionist for everyone from Journey to Michael Jackson.

      • john

        ….except that Randy is a BASS player…..whew!

      • Tom

        He was a bass player, not a percussionist.

      • Daniel

        And Steven Tyler is unqualified, based on your logic because all he did was front, as lead singer, one of the greatest rock bands of the past 40 years, writing some great stuff.

  • Tony

    When did the Randy Jackson hatred start? I am not an apologist, I am genuinely curious. I don’t remember him being this criticized from the start, so I would really want to know when exactly did he become the brunt of most of the anti-AI vitriol…

    • Mr. Holloway

      I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t actively hate him or anything…I just think he’s thoroughly useless.

      As far as when the “hatred” started: I can’t say for sure, but it seems like people have been making fun of his limited vocabulary and his inability to say anything interesting for YEARS now, so it’s not like it’s a new thing.

      • Michele

        Agreed! (Dawg!!)

      • Kwise1

        I agree – the Randy hatred has been going on a while, because he contributes so little to the show in terms of constructive criticism. in my opinion, at least.

      • steph

        you could sing the phonebook dawg.

      • two cents

        Yo, yo dawg! When you can sing, you can sing anything, and for me for you, I just don’t think you are in it to win it.

        I think he’s a nice guy, but he really needs a dictionary and/or a thesaurus.

      • Chris G

        Dawg, for me, for you, blah, blah, blah . . .

      • Kelcie

        Paula didn’t say anything very useful either… (“your dress is pretty… [other empty, surface, irrelevant stuff]”)

      • jared4ever

        But Paula’s gone, no need to hate on her.

      • Abe Froman

        No one ever expected much from Paula, so she got a pass. Besides, she brought the crazy, which made her interesting.

      • Chip H

        Precisely. I’m sure he’s a nice enough dude to hang out with. Probably even does know his stuff. However, is he someone who can provide pertinent and interesting feedback and critiques of these wannabe musical performers? Heck no.

    • AC

      Tony dawg…TONNNYYY… Yo, Dawg that just wasn’t your best comment bro. For me, it was a little all over the place, you had some mad pitch problems and I just thought you just…weren’t good tonight. But the dawg still has love for ya.

      • CB

        Love this.

      • Storm

        At last! Something clear I can unedtsrand. Thanks!

    • Bobby F

      I can’t remember a time when there hasn’t been anti-Randy hatred, especially around these parts. He cannot complete a full sentence and has maybe 3 criticisms that he goes to.

    • Zakry

      I think its unfounded, for the most part. For a long time, it seemed like Randy was the most constructive judge, then when Kara and Ellen came along, he sort of checked out. I think now, with Simon gone, Randy is going to realize he can’t just phone it in, and the changes sort of speak to Randy’s experience. He’ll be fine.

      • Kelcie

        Well said. I agree.

      • jared4ever

        Disagree, He has always been totally useless.

    • nodnarb

      Randy hate has been around since the beginning. And it’s well deserved. Before everyone started making fun of his limited vocabulary, people used to make fun of him for the name dropping.

      • Mr. Holloway

        Wow, the name-dropping! That goes WAY back. So far back I’d almost forgotten that he’d worked with Mariah and Whitney.

    • Boo Radley

      When he misused the word “pitchy.” Next question?

    • Randy Jackson Random Comment Generator

      “For me, for you, it just wasn’t your thang.” (25% of the time)
      “You can sang!” (30% of the time)
      “That was pitchy, dawg.” (35% of the time)
      [contestant’s name] is in the house! (10% of the time)
      “Yo, yo, yo” as filler/stall 80% of the time.

      • Milly

        So… that would make 180%..

      • Ember

        Well, seeing as reality show contestants are always giving “110%!!!!”, it makes sense.

      • Cat

        You forgot America we’ve got a hot one tonight!

      • Randy Jackson Random Comment Generator

        @Milly: They’re not mutually exclusive.

  • Art

    Randy’s the only original judge left and this makes him look like even more of a nobody.

    • jared4ever

      so nice you had to say it twice Art?

  • Kel

    looks like a cheesy poster for a B movie…yikes

  • Bee

    jlo looks super cute. idol’s going through so many changes. it’s gonna be very interesting to see what happens.

  • Dave

    Considering that their pictures were probably all taken individually and photoshopped together, I’m not sure you can really ask about “chemistry.”

  • Kristin

    I heart Steven Tyler.

    • Aunt Sassy

      Well, I am glad someone does. Because someone is going to need to tune in and it certainly wont be me.

      • much love

        I heart Steven too so count me in on tuning in! So excited to hear what he has to say!

    • beetle

      I love Steven Tyler too. What a fun photo of him! Can hardly wait to see him as a judge.

  • Monica242

    Holy Photoshop.

    • sara

      exactly. who are they trying to kid?

  • Michele

    Wow, for a second I didn’t even realize it was Jennifer Lopez.. at a quick glance, I thought it was still Kara!

    • me

      nope, that’s J to tha L.O. and her fivehead… is her hairline all the way on the middle of her head now?

  • chris

    I find it odd that they “cut” Tyler’s body in half. I know what they were going for but it’s just odd.

  • Allie

    I’d have to agree with Kel there. Looks pretty cheesy

  • Elizabeth

    That was nice of Ryan to share the space with the actual judges… it is the season of giving…

  • Dread Pirate Roberts

    AI jumped the shark. This is the last season. I like Randy, dawg, but he was never the leader of the gang, it was Simon. Steven Tyler….love Areosmith since they started back in the 70’s, but C’mon MAN an AI judge??? He always looks stoned. Please…j-low! How low can you go! Kara should have been brought back, not this premadonna, demanding pop star. I can’t get excited over this season either Seacrest! I hope the talent is better than last season.

    • Kelcie

      They jumped the shark a long time ago. What did Kara contribute to the show that was truly useful?
      You haven’t even seen what critiques Lopez will give. Who cares if she’s a “premadonna, demanding pop star”? The same could be said for Simon, who was never the “leader”, just the personality they capitalized on for ratings (they did the same with Paula, of course, but not as much as Simon.)

    • reason

      i don’t think people even know what jump the shark means anymore! Whether you agree with the changes or not, you can’t deny Idol is still a huge hit! if this seasons ratings plummet, then this overused cliche will apply

      • no reason

        wrong, maybe you need to learn what jump the shark mean it has nothing to do with ratings but the moment a show stops being good in terms of material. A show can have high ratings and have jumped the shark because it is actually bad.

    • FYI

      The phrase is “prima donna” not “premadonna”

  • me

    I love it and if I could click my heals 3 times, it would not be Toto I would take home with me. It would be RYAN !

    • KarlHall

      And then Ryan WOULD sing the entire Wizard of Oz musical in your house.

  • nodnarb

    Steven Tyler’s face hasn’t been that taut in years.

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