Should 'American Idol' Bring Back Simon, Paula, and Randy?

How about another past judge?

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"American Idol: The Search For A Superstar" - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy ''The Emperor'' Jackson
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"American Idol: The Search For A Superstar," Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy ''The Emperor'' Jackson, (Season 1), 2002.

Been there, done that?

With all of the turmoil over at "American Idol," it seems as though the former judges are constantly being asked if they'd ever return to the show.

In a new interview with "Access Hollywood," ex-judge Steven Tyler gave his two cents on the FOX singing competition's revolving celeb panel: "I think the magic in the show lies in the magic of the judges and, of course, the talent they get," he said, "but in order to get the talent out, you gotta get particular personalities with the judges. I love what we did -- why wouldn't I? I love J-Lo. I love Randy. Different era. Even though it was last year."

When asked if he'd consider going back to the show, the Aerosmith front man said, "I don't know. I think we did it. Maybe I'll do my own show about something, which I can't say."

Oh boy, talk about a cliffhanger! There's already a TV talent show glut, so let's hope he's hinting at a VH1-style rocker reality show or something.

Jennifer Lopez recently told "Entertainment Tonight" that she's open to returning to "Idol" after leaving last year following two years at the judges' table. "That door's not closed," she said."I know I love the show, and I had a great time on it, but the honest truth is I really don't know what my plans are. I still enjoy the show, I still enjoy seeing those singers take that journey. For me, that's the real heart of that show."

And she didn't exactly shoot down the return rumors when she stopped by Ryan Seacrest's radio show earlier this week. When asked about her future on the show, J.Lo said, "I don't know what's happening over there. I don't know. We will see. I'm always open to the infinite possibilities that the universe has to offer. So you never know. I was emotional about [leaving]. I just had such a good time there. It fit; I felt like family, [and] I get emotionally attached."

Recently ousted executive producer Nigel Lythgoe may not be calling the shots anymore, but he definitely has his opinions on the show he helped create back in 2002. According to E! Online, Lythgoe's recent red-carpet chat with reporters at the Critics' Choice Awards had him giving his two cents on the current state of the "American Idol" judges' table.

"I believe in getting people together, testing their chemistry -- which is what I did with Randy, Paula, and Simon," he said. "After that, whoever you bring in is a risk, because we saw it happen before. It's one of those things, you don't know how anybody's going to be as a judge. You could be the greatest singer in the world; that doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be a good judge. That little team -- Randy, Paula and Simon -- again are the template for judges forever now."

When he was asked if the original three judges should be lured back to the show, Lythgoe said, "Maybe they should!"

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