Since the beloved and also slightly hated Simon Cowell left the American Idol panel behind, Randy is the last veteran judge. Last season they brought Ellen on board for, what seemed like, merely laughs. Kara had more experience than Ellen but many viewers still found themselves wondering about the strange antics of the judges. In their tenth season they seem to be getting back on track. Rookie judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez might be just what the show needs.
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10. Chilean miners taught the world a lesson
The Chilean rescue was possibly the most inspiring news story Americans watched on their television all year. The miners shocked us when we found that they had survived without food for 17 days and the world watched intensely as each one of them made it above ground in good health. One even ran in the New York City Marathon!