Tonight at 8pm EST, American Idol will be back. They are saying there will be a lot of changes this year with of course the most obvious being the new judges. Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres are out. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are in and Randy Jackson returns for the 10th season.

The judges have been bragging that it is the most talented group ever – but I don’t believe them. I think they said something like that last year and while I watched every episode, it was a bit of a snoozefest (and the tour sold very poorly as well with many dates being canceled and rescheduled) I think they just have to say things like that to get people pumped to watch.

Most likely I will be watching the entire season, since Idol is a bit of a guilty pleasure or obsession of mine… Last year I had considered blogging about the show but then couldn’t stay committed to it. I don’t want to commit to anything this year either – but I will at the very least try to post something with my thoughts about all the changes after I watch a few episodes. (The first 9 minutes tonight are supposed to explain everything that will be changing) Perhaps I will put my guesses for the bottom 3 once we get to that point in the competition as well. It will all depend on if I am inspired enough.

I am kind of excited about everything starting up tonight but at the same time trying not to get my hopes up. Steven Tyler and JLo are both great performers and they obviously know a lot about the industry – but how well will they do at judging the contestants? Who will ‘tell it like it is’ like Simon used to do? And just how many times will Randy say ‘dawg’?

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