American Idol Team Covers EW, Previews Season Ahead

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It's a bit too early to predict who will be crowned the next American Idol champion. It might help to have a few names of the finalists and all.

But the new (and improved?) team is featured in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly and the panelists take a few broad guesses about who might end up on the finale stage in May:

Ryan Seacrest: I think you’ll see some of the youngest talent we’ve ever had compete with some of the oldest talent we’ve ever had.
Jennifer Lopez: You may have the youngest winner ever.
Randy Jackson: I’m going to go out on a limb. I think a girl’s going to win the show.

EW Idol Cover

What about Simon Cowell departing the competition?

Says Randy:

"It’s definitely been interesting. He’s our friend for life. I don’t know if Steven knows him much, but Jennifer definitely knows him. We’ve all hung out together. So, listen, we definitely miss him, but it’s a different kind of vibe. It’s a different kind of energy now. And I think in season 10 the show actually really needed it."

Are you looking forward to season 10? It kicks off on January 19.

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