Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- News Corp.’s Fox will announce next week that recording artists Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining “American Idol” as judges, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
Randy Jackson, an original judge on the most-watched U.S. television program, will return, said the people, who sought anonymity because the plans aren’t public.
The network is altering “Idol” after judge Simon Cowell left last season to start a new talent show, “The X-Factor,” on Fox in September 2011. Nigel Lythgoe returned to “Idol” as a producer and is putting a higher priority on music. Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, will be a creative consultant on the show, one person said.
Gaude Paez, a spokeswoman at Fox Broadcasting in Los Angeles, said the network declined to comment. The judges’ panel has been confirmed and will be announced Sept. 22, “Idol” said in an e-mailed statement today.
Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group, the world’s biggest record label, gained rights to “Idol” performers for the upcoming 10th season, replacing Sony Corp.’s music division, the show’s producers announced last month. Universal will develop, distribute and market the finalists. The show has generated more music sales than any U.S. TV show in history.
News Corp., controlled by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch, fell 20 cents to $13.54 at 4:30 p.m. on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The Class A shares have slipped 1.1 percent this year.
The Los Angeles Times reported last month that Tyler and Lopez would join “Idol,” and that Iovine would have a role at the show. Lopez signed a $12 million deal, People magazine reported.
Lopez, 40, first appeared in the spotlight on the TV show “In Living Color” in the early 1990s and was further catapulted by her portrayal of the Latin-music chart-topping singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez in “Selena.”
As a singer, Lopez has sold almost 12 million albums in the U.S., including her 1999 debut “On the 6,” “J. Lo,” “J To Tha L-O! The Remixes” and “This Is Me … Then.” Lopez, who’s married to singer Marc Anthony, parted with her record label Sony/Epic earlier this year before the now-delayed release of her new album: “Love?”
Tyler, the 62-year-old lead singer for rock bank Aerosmith, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Aerosmith’s tour concludes tonight in Vancouver.