Entertainment TV POLL: Will You Watch 'Idol' with Its New Panel of Judges? By People Staff Updated on December 1, 2020 06:51 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros. Ever since Simon Cowell announced he was leaving American Idol, there’s been endless speculation over who will take his spot on the judges’ panel. On Thursday, news broke fast and furious that, first, Ellen DeGeneres was also off the show — and then, that Jennifer Lopez will become a permanent judge for season 10 of FOX’s hit talent search. And now, Kara DioGuardi has been reportedly fired — and Steven Tyler has been reportedly hired. With such a shake-up, it will hardly be the same Idol. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.