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American Idol season 10 preview

Kristin Watson is no stranger to the world of entertainment, having worked with both NBC and The History Channel. As a Chicago-based writer, Kristin provides SheKnows readers on both coasts with the hottest celebrity and entertainment ne...

American Idol ready to return!

American Idol has shaken up its format for the January 19 premiere, adding new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to a whole new ballgame that promises to be a season full of inspiring talent. This is American Idol, season 10.

When the curtain goes up on the new season of American Idol, there will be more than a few notable differences in the forefront. Sure, we all know Simon Cowell's chair will be overtaken by the coolest rocker known to man, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez will be lending her music knowledge to the contestants, but that's not all.

The American Idol juding crew for season 10

Season 10 of American Idol will feature new challenges facing the wannabe idols, including an extended Hollywood week and Las Vegas challenge that revolves around the Beatles. Also leading AI into the new season will be a new bandleader, Ray Chew. Yes, sadly Rickey Minor will no longer be accompanying the hopefuls on stage.

Viewers will also notice a few less contestants when the judges officially hand the reigns over to the voting public. Instead of the top 24, the judges will shave down the contestants to a stellar top 20 during Hollywood week. Once the judges are happy with their top 20, voters will get the chance to choose the finalists from two groups of 10. Gender separation will also not be used this time around. Instead, the boys and girls will be mixed and judged solely on their talent.

Sure we'll miss Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres but come on, with Steven Tyler on our TVs for an entire season, it's going to be epic.

Are you ready for the changes American Idol season 10 has in store? Check out the preview clip and give us your thoughts.

American Idol season 10 preview!

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