And the New American Idol Judges Are…

Some celebs are in, some are out. Here were some of the big names bandied about for the talent show's revamped judge panel as American Idol's enters its 10th season.

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After weeks of speculation, judges for "American Idol" season 10 were finally announced. Long-timer Randy Jackson and newcomers Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are headed for the January season premiere.
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Jennifer Lopez, who has been the center of breathless reports of major demands to take the spot, looks to be seeking the "nurturer" position now that she has locked in.
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From the sounds of it, Steven Tyler will be taking on the Simon Cowell tough love approach, which is thoroughly exciting and needed.
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For the show's 10th season, only veteran Randy Jackson will remain from the existing panel of judges.
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Ryan Seacrest, left, will continue as host while Simon Cowell moved on to become a judge and executive producer on "The X Factor," which will premiere on Fox in 2011. Click forward to take a look at some of the celebrities who were considered for the job of "American Idol" judge.
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Kara DioGuardi was out as an "American Idol" judge just after just two seasons on the show. "I felt like I won the lottery when I joined 'American Idol' two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave 'Idol,'" Dioguardi said in a statement.
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Mariah Carey's husband, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, said Carey would love to join the show but alas it did not happen.
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Ellen DeGeneres quit after just one season on American Idol. In a statement, the popular talk show host said, "It was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings."
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The show had already been searching for a replacement for iconic judge Simon Cowell, who wrapped things up after season nine and has already moved on to host another talent show, the U.S. version of The X Factor.
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Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, known for his work on So You Think You Can Dance and the first seven seasons of Idol, is returning to the show he helped launch. Lythgoe started a buzz when he said he'd consider replacing not just Simon, but the entire panel of judges.
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One of the first names to surface as a replacement for Simon was Howard Stern. While the shock jock would have no trouble matching Simon's harsh criticism, he took himself out of the running. "They'd have to pay me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough," Stern said on his radio show.
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Certainly qualified to judge musical talent, Sir Elton John's name was floating around for a while.
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Justin Timberlake's name came up, too. There's no doubt the singer-turned-actor would have brought plenty of star power.
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Bret Michaels had the reality show chops to take the judge's seat. He won Celebrity Apprentice and he appeared in the season nine finale for a duet.
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An American Idol insider revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Jessica Simpson was in talks at one point to join the judging panel.
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Crooner Chris Isaak has met twice with Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He did not make the cut for 2011.
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Also in the American Idol judge rumor mill was real estate mogul Donald Trump. The Donald probably doesn't need the money, but he would likely love firing subpar talent.
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Harry Connick, Jr. was a mentor to contestants last season but would not make the final cut for 2011.
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Another past mentor, Jamie Foxx, could have filled a seat on the judging panel. Last season, the musician/actor helped the top four with their "Songs of the Cinema" week.
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American Idol was where Shania Twain made her first television appearance in nearly two years. And last season, they even had a Shania Twain themed night. But she did not make it to the judging chair,
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P. Diddy was reportedly after Simon Cowell's paychecks. At least that's what he told George Lopez on Lopez Tonight. "I got six kids. If I can get the same check that Simon gets, we'd have a ball," said Diddy.
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Courtney Love as judge? The Hole singer hinted that American Idol producers talked with her about appearing on the show.
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At 74, Engelbert Humperdinck has proven that he can still put on a show. But he will not sit in the judges chair. "I'm not going to be a stiff shirt." Humperdinck said just in case he got the gig.
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One self-styled candidate who always enjoys saying nasty things about people is celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton. "Obviously I think I'd be great in that role," he told MTV. "Plus, if they hire Jessica Simpson too, there'd definitely be lots of fireworks between us! She'd be my Paula!." Oh well!
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