They are actually seated this time around, receiving instruction from Nigel Lythgoe during the audition in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Nigel Lythgoe who returns to the production seat of "American Idol" has shared the first look of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler on the judges table. Randy Jackson took over Simon Cowell's old seat while Lopez is sandwiched between the two. This three-judges format bring back memory of season 1 to 7 where Paula Abdul was the only female in the panel.
In companion to his Twitpic, Lythgoe wrote, "It's great to be back on 'American Idol'. The judges were great." They were shooting the audition round in Jersey City, New Jersey where the weather was not quite friendly. "We are just putting the final touches to the 'set' and lighting. The judges should be arriving in a moment. Outside is getting darker. Rain?" Lythgoe wrote hours before it started.
NJ.com reported that the crew were also taping at the Liberty House Restaurant in Liberty State Park that day and would stay until Thursday, September 30. When asked for confirmation, a publicist said, "We're not having press right now." Meanwhile, FOX 43 News correspondent Melanie Gardner reported, "It's official...we have all just been informed that no one is to address Jennifer Lopez as Jenny, J-Lo or Jenny from the block."
The tenth season of "American Idol" will debut in January 2011.