NEW YORK — It’s a kinder "American Idol" without Simon Cowell.
Television’s top show returned Wednesday with a makeover for its 10th season on Fox. Cowell, everyone’s favorite villain, is gone as a judge. So are Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres, replaced with the star power of Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Original judge Randy Jackson remains.
The first, two-hour episode accentuated the positive, an indication that producers are setting a different tone.