On June 11, 2002, FOX aired a new reality television singing competition titled “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar”. Since its debut “American Idol” has become one of the most popular shows in the history of American television. The competition provides the opportunity of a singing career to undiscovered talents. It is not as easy for a single mother of two or a struggling college student to get a chance at a singing career. For this reason, “American Idol” gained a huge following and over the past ten seasons, the show has changed the lives of many talented individuals by giving them a chance to break into the singing industry.
Along with reality television scandal, and rags to riches performers, the main attraction of American Idol are the ever-changing celebrity judges. The original panel was comprised of record producer Randy Jackson, television producer Simon Cowell, and 80s pop star Paula Abdul. The trio traveled throughout the states choosing the best of the best for the prize of a singing career with a prominent record label. For eight seasons Abdul was the most kind-hearted judge, but left the show to be replaced by actress and talk show hot Ellen DeGeneres. The new host increased ratings and helped to mix up the shows roster of judges. Unfortunately, DeGeneres and Cowell left the show before the finale of season nine.
On the premier of season ten, two new judges were announced to join Jackson; the legendary Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez would bring fresh opinions to the already successful talent competition. Lopez has also added some fashion to the show by appearing in flattering dresses and statement making ensembles.
During the March 29th, elimination episode of “American Idol”, the featured performing artist was the colorful rap-pop artist Nick Minaj. Her performance of her hit “Starships” increased viewership and lightened the mood of the elimination night. Before leaving the stage Minaj posed a simple question for the judges, “I was hoping maybe I could come back and be a guest judge,” said Minaj. “J-Lo can you scoot over a little bit?” To which Lopez shot back: “I don’t know if there’s enough room for both of us.” Minaj smiled, shrugged her shoulders, and walked off stage. It seems Lopez isn’t all too excited about sharing the judge’s panel seat with another female pop star. Luckily, American Idol is scheduled to run till 2013, so we will have to stay tuned for more hints and updates on upcoming guest judges.