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Fox unveiling new "American Idol" judges Wednesday

"Annoucing season 10 Idol team 2morrw at The Forum. You are going to love the mix!," "American Idol" spelling-challenged host Ryan Seacrest tweeted Tuesday morning.

Late last Thursday, Fox acknowledged the new "Idol" judge's panel was set, but said it would not reveal any details until a news conference which has been scheduled for tomorrow morning during the last of the national contestant auditions for the show's next -- and first Simon Cowell-less -- season.

That tryout is being held near Los Angeles, at the Forum, which is the former home of the L.A. Lakers.

When the new judges are unveiled at 10 a.m. PT, Seabiscuit is going to tag along to lend verisimilitude.

We continue to suggest concerned parties put money on Jennifer Lopez, who, according to news reports, signed a deal for the gig, though it may be just a one-year deal. Normally that's not considered a resounding vote of confidence. On the other hand, Ellen DeGeneres had signed a multi-year deal to be a judge on the singing competition series -- and she was out after just one season.

Also expected to be unveiled as a new judge: aging rock squirt Steven Tyler.

They would be replacing not only Cowell, who left to work on a U.S. version of his "X Factor" for Fox, and DeGeneres, who "decided" after one season she wasn't a good fit, but also Kara DioGuardi, who "decided," on Take Out the Trash Day (the Friday before a holiday weekend which, in this case, was Labor Day) that it was the perfect time for her to return to obscurity.

And, of course, the new judges will be joined by Randy Jackson, who somehow is the only surviving original "Idol" judge.

With the announcement coming -- finally -- on Wednesday, ending months of speculation and hand-wringing, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a fond look back at the Rogues Gallery of people who's names had been mentioned as possible "Idol" judge contenders. Good times.

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 21, 2010; 3:51 PM ET
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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