Season 10 of "American Idol" kicks off Wednesday night
Lopez, Tyler join Jackson at the judges' table
Updated: Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011, 8:21 AM CST
Published : Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011, 7:49 AM CST
The East Coast is getting things started for season 10 of "American Idol." It's up to the judges, old and new, to decide who has the talent and who doesn't.
It was the Garden State's turn to shine, co-hosting New York and New Jersey for the very first stop of "Idol" season 10, and new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who now join veteran Randy Jackson, realize just how tough it is to tell it like it is.
"I have to say, I'm having a great time. It does feel good but there was a moment yesterday when I felt like, why did I do this. It was just, it's heartbreaking sometimes," says Lopez.
For the contestants, confidence was high, unless you remind them they are auditioning in front of Aerosmith's frontman and Jenny on the block.
"I'm very nervous because there's new judges and you know, I don't know, I love Jennifer Lopez so, I'm like really scared to go in front of her," says contestant Caitlin Koch, 20, from Buffalo, New York.
"Would you be nervous if the only reason you sing is because your Godmother took you to see "Selena" at 7 years old? And now you're auditioning. And the reason you sing is standing in front of you judging it?" says Tiffany Rios, 21, from Melton, New Jersey.
Although Steven and Jennifer have been getting most of the attention, Randy knows what it takes.
"If you got it, you got it. That's what I want. I want to know whose got it because those are the people that really deserve to be here. You know what I'm saying?" says Jackson.
And even though these possible future Idol champs are filled with nerves and hope, one piece of advice that may not go over well, is to sing one of the judges' songs during auditions.
"Definitely dangerous water singing one of Steven Tyler's songs. It's actually a duet that he did with Pink back in the day and I think I can familiarize myself with her, so hopefully he'll come in and sing some harmonies," says contestant Jessica Cunningham, 24, from Portland, Maine.
The 2 hour season premiere of "American Idol" airs Wednesday night on FOX 11.