‘American Idol’ Judges’ Shakeup: A Whole New Lineup for Season 12?

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There's a whole lotta shakin' going on over at "American Idol."

Aerosmith front man and "Idol" judge Steven Tyler recently announced that he won't be returning for Season 12 of the long-running music competition, releasing a statement to Access Hollywood which said:

"After some long... hard... thoughts... I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' before she boils my rabbit. I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back - but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I've got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my bans." Tyler vowed that it's "time to bring Rock Back."

Less than 24 hours after Tyler's announcement, fan favorite judge Jennifer Lopez also announced her departure from the show, via a call in to host Ryan Seacrest's radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

J-Lo told the "Idol" host: "It's been a long thought process. I really have been torn... but even last year, it was super tough to decide. Something has to give. That's where I am right now... I honestly feel that the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I've put on hold because I love 'Idol' so much."

And now, even longtime judge Randy Jackson may be out. According to Us Weekly, after 11 seasons on the show, Jackson may be leaving the judges' panel but could still remain involved as a mentor. The Us source lists Mariah Carey as a possible replacement for Jackson, who also happens to be her manager. The source cites "serious talks" between Carey's people and "Idol" and calls the pop diva's signing "very close to being a done deal."

As for other possible judges, "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert recently released a statement about rumors that he may be joining the show. He said: "I was very fortunate to have had the 'Idol' stage play a big part in my career. IF 'Idol' wants to talk to me about judging, I'd be more than flattered to have that conversation."

Other names that have surfaced as possible candidates for "American Idol" judging spots next season include Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, and will.i.am.

One name you can scratch off the "Idol" judge wish list? Pop star star Katy Perry. While she did turn up as a guest judge during the Season 9 auditions (she famously dissed seasoned judge Kara DioGuardi with the comment "Don't ever put someone through because you feel bad"), the "Part of Me" star told the Hollywood Reporter: "People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it's not right for me yet. It's a real commitment to be on one of those shows… I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas."

So many open judges' spots, so little time!

"American Idol" Season 12 is slated to premiere on January 18 on FOX.

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