When "American Idol" fans tune in to season ten tonight, they'll be flipping on a whole new ball game.
For its tenth season, Fox's reality singing competition has drastically tweaked the script, installing two new, high-profile judges as well as less in-your-face changes.
"I don't take what happened to me this morning or last night or with the band or with extras. I don't take that into judging kids [like] other people might have," he said. "I kind of take what I've grown up with, which is being a very harsh judge of myself, of my vocals, of my band, and lay that across the talent that comes across my view."
"Because we do what [the contestants] do, we actually have preformed, we've actually made records, we've actually had careers in this, we have a really clear point of view and a really strong opinion and that comes through," she explained. "So, we're very honest because I think it's more cruel to just not tell them the truth, do you know what I mean? And so we find a way to tell them."
It's all part of an "Idol" refresh that was a long time coming. Though the show kept its No. 1 primetime spot last season with an average 24 million viewers, the ratings were lackluster, sliding nine percent.
Now the veteran talent show is returning with new judges, its original executive producer Simon Lythgoe and a renewed emphasis on the program's original mission -- finding the next music superstar.
"It's the 10th anniversary, a milestone moment in the show," The Hollywood Reporter's music editor Shirley Halperin told ABCNews.com. "It's about regaining 'Idol' glory."
Up to now, the big news has been the exiting of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi and the additions of Tyler and Lopez. Cowell, one of the three original judges, left after nine years to work on bringing his British talent show "The X Factor" to American audiences this fall. Comedian DeGeneres, who never quite jived with the other judges, departed after just one season. And songwriter DioGuardi, the unpopular "fourth judge," found herself booted for the new season's reboot.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the new team conceded the new season won't be the same without Cowell.
"There are less clouds of smoke," joked Ryan Seacrest, who will be returning as host. "We start earlier. There's less — what is that English dish he always ordered for lunch -- shepherd's pie? He loves shepherd's pie."
"No, it's the blood pudding," Jackson said. Then, turning serious, he added, "It's a different kind of vibe. It's a different energy now. And I think in season 10 the show actually really needed it."
Jackson said the new team is not out to replicate any of the previous judges, including Paula Abdul, who left at the end of Season 7.
"We're more of a collaborative judging group," Lopez explained. "We're always leaning over to each other and saying, 'Oh my God, I think she's good.' 'Oof, I don't get it.' 'You don't like it?' I mean, not in a way where it becomes disrespectful to [the contestant's] moment, but we discuss things. We just have a totally different style than any of the past judging tables."