The 11th season of American Idol premiered last night on Fox with the promise that judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who joined Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest on the show last year, will be more cold-blooded, a la the departed Simon Cowell, now that they've settled in. Obviously that's a good thing, because the show is at its most entertaining when the judges are reaming people who can't sing. If Tyler and Lopez want any pointers on how to best humiliate a contestant, all they need to do is check out our tribute to the series' best moments, The 25 Harshest American Idol Critiques.

Written by Tanya Ghahremani (@TanyaGhahremani)

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