American Idol 2012 Judges

American Idol 2012 Judges: The Trio That Groomed New Talent

Want to know who the American Idol 2012 judges are? Well, this article will give you the scoop on who's in, who was almost out and some other trivia too!
Did You Know?
The longest serving American Idol judge is Randy Jackson! He's been on the panel since Season 1.

The judges for the 11th season of American Idol, as we all know, were Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Before these names were declared, the gossip regarding these very judges had reached heights. A lot of rumors were doing the rounds, a lot of speculation was seen, but in the end, these three charismatic icons were chosen as 'the' ones. They auditioned thousands, judged and groomed them for months, and finally announced Phillip Phillips as the winner. Let's know a little more about these music gurus who gave the nation their 11th American Idol.

The Line Up of American Idol Judges for 2012 (Season 11)

Randy Jackson
Randall Darius Jackson, known to us as Randy Jackson is a famous American singer, bassist, music manager, record producer, A&R executive, and also one of the most famous television personalities. He is also the executive producer of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Randy has been in the music industry for almost 30 years, maybe a little more. As a producer, he has won a Grammy Award, which very few people know of. He is mostly popularly as an American Idol judge, and will continue with them this season too. Following are names of the artists Randy has recorded with, produced or toured with - Dionne Farris, Whitesnake, Whitney Houston, Fergie, Mariah Carey, CĂ©line Dion, 'N SYNC, Stryper and Madonna.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lynn Lopez, nicknamed J.Lo, is an actress, singer, dancer, record producer, television producer, and also a fashion designer. According to Forbes, in Hollywood, she is also the richest personality of Latin American descent. A read of her biography tells us that she has to her credit approximately 25 movies, 6 television shows, 7 music albums, and 7 shows as producer or executive producer. She has sold a total of 25 million albums and was ranked by Billboard, the 27th Artist of the 2000-10 decade. She was much-loved as a judge last season, let's hope it continues.

Steven Tyler
Stephen Victor Tallarico, known as 'Steven Tyler', will also return as one of the judges for the 11th season of Idol. He is an American songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and also the lead singer and frontman of the rock band Aerosmith. The band has released famous albums such as Rocks and Toys in the Attic. He is a rock icon with albums such as Get a Grip, Permanent Vacation and Pump to his credit. He was once an equally famous drug addict, but after being sent to rehab, he has now maintained being sober for more than 20 years. Also, Rolling Stones has included him in the list of 100 Greatest Singers. With Aerosmith, he was given entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. He has been a part of Aerosmith for almost 40 years.

Ryan Seacrest hosted this season of American Idol as well. Those of you who saw the show, know what a wonderful job he did yet again. As for the judges, they did a great job too! Do you think the fans missed ex-judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres? All that apart, the wait for the next season has already begun!