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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