Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler Open Up About Judging ‘Idol’

Lopez describes her evaluation process as 'tough, easy and fair.'

We now know what Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez look like alongside Randy Jackson at the “American Idol” judges’ table . But how do they feel about judging the would-be talent? Well, don’t expect Lopez to be as harsh on the contestants as former “Idol” judge Simon Cowell.

“I don’t want to let anybody really great [not make it through] because they’re nervous, and not get to see what they could have did,” Lopez told reporters at an audition stop in New Jersey on Wednesday (September 29), according to the target="_blank">New York Daily News. “They’re going to come in here and be a little bit nervous in the beginning, and then you realize, ‘Wow, that person is really talented.’ So we work them a little bit more than maybe you’ve seen in the past. We’ve given them more of a chance.”

Describing her judging style as “tough, easy and fair,” she explained how she understands the emotions that go through auditioners’ heads. “We know what it’s like to be out there,” Lopez said. “I was energized by all of their spirit when they come in here, and they’re so hopeful about what could happen and how it could be.”

Tyler also spoke to the press on Wednesday, and noted that he’ll look to Lopez for tips on evaluating the hopefuls. “I take my cues from you,” he said to her, adding, “Some of the kids are so young that I’m not sure if they can get how long it’s taken me to be successful. They were all on fire. They were spunky and crazy and over the top.”

It seems that Tyler and Lopez seem to be making a seamless transition to the “Idol” judges’ table. How does the show’s only remaining original judge feel about the newbies? “We’re all completely different,” Randy Jackson said. “But we’re all hot.”