Ryan Seacrest Promises A 'Wild Animal' On 'American Idol' Panel

'There will be a wild animal in one of the seats,' host tells MTV News.

The next season of [url id="/news/topic/american_idol/index.jhtml"]"American Idol"[/url] will see Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler at the judges' table alongside "Idol" vet Randy Jackson. Fans might expect both Lopez and Tyler to be wild cards in terms of judging the show, but the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, recently explained that someone on the panel is completely out of control.

"We added a wild animal to the panel. There will be a wild animal in one of the seats," Seacrest told MTV News at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2010 in Los Angeles over the weekend, not specifying who that person is. "I can't tell you which wild animal, but it was one that was on the ark.

So that's something that's new. Yes, there's a total animal."

Sure, the new judges are one reason to tune in to the coming season, but Seacrest is talking up the talent as well, giving the contestants two thumbs up. "The contestants that we found — we brought more kids back to Hollywood than ever before, there's like 240 of them, so I think we've got a really good shot to find some fantastic [talent]," he explained.

Lopez recently opened up about joining the juggernaut of a series, explaining that she's really enjoying her place alongside Tyler and Jackson. "I love everybody," she said. "It's such a machine. It runs like clockwork. I love [executive producer] Nigel [Lythgoe]. I love Ryan [Seacrest]. I love Steven [Tyler]. I love Randy [Jackson]. Everything's great!"

While she's managing to get along with everyone, judging people is a bit difficult for the singer/actress. "It's easy when they're really good and it's easy when they're really bad," she said. "It's when they're in the middle. ... It's a really hard process. It just depends how you are in the audition. I think it is a good depiction of how the business is. I think it's just fast-forward."

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