The longer Fox and the producers of "American Idol" wait to name the new judges for the show, the more apparent risk the program is taking on, writes Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
While Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has reportedly wrapped up a deal to become a judge and Jennifer Lopez is close, it’s still not official, the story points out.
"Let’s hope there is a lot of natural chemistry between Lopez and Tyler because the two certainly won’t have any time to develop some before the cameras start rolling," Flint writes. "Fox executives have been very mum about their plans for "American Idol" and why it is taking so long to lock in new judges." For whatever reason that may be, the show is taking on another important risk: "The element of surprise is gone and the public may be tired of this whole saga by now."