American Idol First Look: Welcome, Judges!

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American Idol auditions kicked off in New Jersey last night, with the new judging panel was in place to grade season 10 hopefuls.

It looks like Randy Jackson has been promoted, as he's seated in Simon Cowell's seat in the photo below. Alongside him, of course, are new panelists Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. The group is being directed by producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Sorry, Casey

"We're sure going to send some people home with broken hearts," said Tyler. "But with all that we've been through in our careers, living vicariously through the young talent out there, it's going to be hard. But it's also going to be fun, because they're stepping up to the plate, and so are we."

Are you excited for the new season to kick off in January?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]