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American Idol turns its disastrous fumbling with new judges into online event Wednesday



judges.jpegHere's how you make pop culture-flavored lemonade out of bitter showbiz lemons:

Fox is turning its announcement about new the judges on American Idol into a live streaming event, revealing the judges' identities in a live press conference webcast led by host Ryan Seacrest from the site of its final set of public auditions, The Forum in Los Angeles.

It's tough to know how many fans will find these announcements suspenseful; journalists have already reported that movie star/singer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler have been signed to the show. Reporters also revealed judge Kara DioGuardi was ousted weeks before Fox admitted the truth, issuing a press release late on the Friday night before Labor Day weekend.

angrysimon2.jpgThe gossip reporter for NBC's Today show said today that Idol's sole remaining original judge, Randy Jackson, just completed negotiations on a multi-year deal to be revealed Wednesday. So, unless Elton John or Justin Timberlake come jumping out of a cake at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (1 p.m., here on the East Coast) Wednesday -- streamed live on Ustream, and the show's Facebook page -- then most people who care already know the ending to this particular song.

Still, it will be entertaining to see how Idol officials spin this latest awkwardness. In Los Angeles, I heard the problem may be that too many different fiefdoms are involved in a question central as replacing the judges -- particularly following the exit of star Simon Cowell after last season. So you have Idol producers, Fox network executives, Fox studio executives and executives in 19 Entertainment (owners of the Idol format) all dithering over possible choices and leaking to various news outlets. Allegedly.

No wonder Fox couldn't announce the new judge lineup back in July when the world's TV journalists were gathered to hear it (though it's a troubling omen that J. Lo's demands were the rumored delay). Instead, Fox execs faced the wrath of a press corps denied, watching as all the news they couldn't deny was leaked into stories by off the record sources anyway.

Sure hope they have something better planned for Wednesday.

Click below to read Fox's press release:



Fans Can Catch the Action Live Tomorrow Beginning at 10:00 AM PT

AMERICAN IDOL will offer fans a look at the AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 Team Reveal and Press Conference with a special live webcast powered by Ustream tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (approximately 10:00 AM PT live/1:00 PM ET live), online at

Join host Ryan Seacrest as he reveals who will join AMERICAN IDOL in Season 10. Shortly thereafter, fans can catch the first press conference featuring the new IDOL team. The webcast will also be available on Facebook at and on Ustream at

AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Founder, 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, President, Big Red 2 Entertainment.

Visit for exclusive videos, interviews and photos, as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.


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