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Jessica Herndon
March 01, 2011 12:25 PM

Ready, set, bleep!

Apparently, Steven Tyler was so impressed with performances by American Idol‘s top 12 guys that he let the expletives fly at a taping of the show that airs Tuesday.

“F––! Holy sh––!” the judge said after a contestant sang.

On Tuesday’s episode, the top 12 men – Casey Abrams (who pulled it together to perform Friday after being hospitalized for stomach pains), Jovany Barreto, Jordan Dorsey, James Durbin, Clint Jun Gamboa, Tim Halperin, Stefano Langone, Brett Loewenstern, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreedy, Paul McDonald and Robbie Rosen – take the new Idol stage to sing everything from heavy metal to R&B to country. It will be the first time this season that the contestants will sing before a live audience and for votes.

In an attempt to keep the bad words to a minimum, Ryan Seacrest gave Tyler an American Idol sign to cover his mouth but the judge forgot to use it.

If Tyler is the unpredictable judge, Randy Jackson has positioned himself as the new, brutally honest one, picking up where Simon Cowell left off. Jackson sat in Cowell’s old chair, while Jennifer Lopez, in a sexy short dress and Christian Louboutin stilettos, dished out some fun one-liners and occasionally, during commercial breaks, glanced lovingly at hubby Marc Anthony, who sat in the audience behind her.

The show has a new look, as well. There are now big sections for the audience to sit behind the stage, creating a 360-degree effect for the singers, while the band is positioned to the left.

Season 10’s top 12 women will perform Wednesday night and there will be a results show on Thursday, when the finalists will be announced.

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