The 10th season of American Idol kicks off tonight, 7pm, on FOX.  This year marks the first without Simon Cowell.  New judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez join the panel of judges, along with Randy Jackson.

There are a number of other changes this year too.  The show has been revamped with new rules and some interesting twists.

There will be some sort of 'wild card' round where they will bring back select finalists.  A sudden death round will determine the top 12.   And we'll see the return of the 'Idol' mansion where finalists will reside during their survival on the show.

What do you think of the new judges?  Will we miss Simon's blunt assessments and meanness.  Somehow I think we will.  This panel of judges seems a bit too nice.  We'll see how it all shakes out.  The show is airing two nights in a row for this big kickoff.  Catch it tomorrow, Thursday, 1/20 at 7pm too.  I have a link here to a pretty cool 'cheat sheet' from MTV, where I derived a lot of this info.  (via mtv.com)