Paula Abdul stirred the pot last year when she left her "Idol" post over a contract dispute, but that was nothing compared to the drama this summer. After Simon Cowell's heartfelt exit at the end of Season 9, two more judges left the show. First, Ellen DeGeneres announced she was quitting
because it "didn't feel like the right fit for me." Days later, news spread that Kara DioGuardi would not be returning
either. After weeks of speculation over their replacements, news broke that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez
would join Randy Jackson on the panel. We'll have to wait for January to see how all this plays out, dawg.
-- Emily Christianson and Whitney Friedlander