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Steven Tyler reportedly officially signs on as an 'American Idol' judge

By Reality TV World staff, 08/18/2010 

Steven Tyler will reportedly definitely be a member of American Idol's tenth-season judging panel.

While Fox isn't still commenting, the Aerosmith singer has finished his negotiations and "officially signed on" to become an American Idol judge, E! News reported Wednesday.  Tyler's contract negotiations were reportedly finalized late last week.

In addition, E! News also reported that Jennifer Lopez isn't "totally" out of the running to join Tyler on the Idol panel despite a recent report that her negotiations had fallen apart and Fox was moving on to other possible judging candidates.

Widespread reports that Lopez would be joining American Idol for its upcoming tenth season had surfaced in late July a few hours after Fox and Ellen DeGeneres announced the comedian and daytime talk show host had decided to leave her Idol judging position after just a single season.

Subsequent reports also claimed Tyler would also be joining Lopez on a new three-person Idol judging panel that would also feature returning original judge Randy Jackson and drop Kara DioGuardi, who had joined the panel two season ago.  Tyler later said he was "probably" going to be joining American Idol.

Fox has declined to comment on the shakeup reports -- which had also included since-confirmed reports that Nigel Lythgoe will be returning to American Idol as one of the show's executive producers -- however entertainment chairman Peter Rice told reporters no new talent contracts had been signed yet early this month.

"The only thing I can tell you is that no one has signed a deal yet on either side of the camera to be on American Idol who wasn't on the show last year," he told reporters at the network's Television Critics Association's summer press tour presentation on August 2.

But while he declined to comment on the reports, Rice had admitted that didn't necessarily mean Lopez and Tyler wouldn't be joining Jackson on a new three-person panel and DioGuardi wasn't being axed.

"Much of the information [in the media] is accurate and some of it is wildly inaccurate," he said before adding Fox expects to have Idol's tenth-season judging panel in place and announced by the time the season's nationwide callback auditions begin with the judges begin in mid-September.

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