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Steven Tyler to Judge 'American Idol?'

Steven Tyler is apparently going to be the new judge on American Idol. At least that’s what TMZ is reporting.

Kara DioGuardi is apparently out. JLo (as in, Jenny from the Block) and Steven are in. This means the panel reverts back to three people, leaving Randy Jackson the only remaining judge from the original show format.

1)      I’m not sure how I feel about Steven being a judge on Idol. Perhaps I won’t know until an official announcement is made, but…

2)      I think it could be good for Steven and Aerosmith because of all the exposure and I guess this means the show might move to a more rock format, so…

3)      I can actually see the possibility of a Glam metal week, but…

4)      Any American Idol without Simon Cowell is probably doomed to fail.

We’ll see. Apparently the official announcement is coming tonight. If the rumor is true and Steven really is the new judge…I wonder who gets Simon’s old seat? Randy I would presume because of his tenure, but it will be interesting for sure.

I’m sort of cringing at a bunch of 16 year olds hacking up “Nobody’s Fault” for the audience vote but it is what it is I suppose.


Reader Comments (30)

I'm wondering why we need to continue the show at all. The most lucrative careers are of those who haven't won. I guess I just don't see the point anymore.
July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermom2ross
Bret M would have been better. Without wont be the same.The best moment on that show was when Kiss came out.
July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Kara is OUT. that's the best news EVER! WOW, the few times I did watch this show, she was so damn annoying! I think Jennifer Lopez would bring a lot to the table, after all, she knows ALL about the biz and she worked her way up from the bottom so that could be a smart move.
Now, for TYLER.....never saw this coming but...if there is anyone who is qualified to possibly bring it to the table, its Steven. After all, he is considered one of the BEST frontman of ALL TIME! I just hope he is honest and doesn't sugarcoat his remarks. Ofcourse we are talking POP stars and not ROCK musicians so it is a little off the path for Tyler but given that I never really watched in the past, Tyler as a judge would make me watch now.
Mom2Ross, you do make a great point. If the show went away it certainly wouldn't have an affect on me.
July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
To me, this is yet another reason why I feel Aerosmith has become a joke. it's really sad.
July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob
This show is DONE. Without Simon, nobody cares.
July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Couldn't care less. They could bring Hendrix, Michael Jackson & Bonham back from the dead to judge, and I still won't even pause on my way through the channels.
July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbiggeok
I think it would be hilarious to watch Tyler. He's quick, sharp and funny as hell and I bet he can spot talent since he's one of the few Rockstarz around today that actually has any himself!

The potential is huge as he would really liven things up on that show, that otherwise has become kind of a borefest, partly because those harbingers of mediocrity, the American Idol watching public, keeps voting the wrong people the winners without fail!

If anyone could fill Simon's shoes, it's smart-a*s extraordinaire, Tyler.

I'll watch if they put him on.

J-Lo, not so much as she's a frickin' no talent, off-key hack

And good riddance to Ellen Degeneres, another unfunny phoney if there ever was one. Talk about B-O-R-I-N-G !
July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Tyler should steer the hell clear from Idol unless he wants to lose whatever rock cred he has left! I love Steven and have been a huge Aerosmith fan since the days of Reaganomics but I wish he'd quite dabbling in this pop shit!! Let Perry Drive the ship for awhile Tyler!
All the same though I'd probably still watch it... or at least try to.
July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Yeah I've watched American Idol
ever since season 2. .
your probably just saying that, cause that's not your
type of music. .
The guy has a fkn amazing range, just so you know .
I don't see how it was whiny and annoying..
& he has sang A LOT BEFORE.

The guy is fkn amazing .
Listen to the judges...
July 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohnactn
I say replace the Brit with another Brit...John Lydon. He did a hell of a job on FUSE'S BoDogg band search. Of course he hates "pop" music because its so very common and easy, BUT he'd be a great addition and entertaining and annoying as Simon.

It should also be a TRUE "America's VOTE" My understanding as of late of AI, is that the winner's really ARE NOT chosen by the phone calls. BIG SHOCK!

Johnny Rotten, Jenny from the block, Steven "the toxi twin" Tyler and that scab bass player from Journey, Randy Jackson...what a line up.
August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou.
Whoa, Sweet Lou, what a line up that would be!

John Lydon signed my pretzel with mustard out in front of the New York Hilton on February 12th, 1982. I saw Lydon standing by a pretzel cart on the corner of 53rd and 6th. Thinking quickly (and irrationally), I bought a pretzel and then I just went up to him with mustard in hand and this total babe I had just started dating on my arm (which helped during my intro to him).

"John", I asked,"would you sign my pretzel?", holding out the yellow plastic mustard bottle in front of him with a sh*t eating grin on my face, fully prepared to have him sign my face instead in true Punk fashion. The reason I can pinpoint that exact date is because we were just leaving Francis Ford Coppola's "One From The Heart" (see this trippy movie, kidz) on opening night at the Zeigfeld Theatre.

I also saw The Pistols at Roseland during their reunion tour in '99 (I think, no movie openings to reference but I do have the ticket somewhere) when they were so polished, you almost thought they were Metal -- This stemming from guitarist Steve Jones hanging out in L.A. for so long making, producing and appearing on all of those Hair Metal records in the late 80's.

Lydon was in typical form, crazy "Eraserhead" hairdo of pink and yellow, annoyed with the crowd, spewing vitriol and literally spitting on the audience!

Your are so right, Lou! He would be perfect!

Alas, it will never happen because of the undeniable reality is American Idol is definitively MILK TOAST in the final analysis, as much as everyone wishing otherwise.

It's partly what's killing the franchise. That, combined with the death of Simon, the misteps by the producers resulting in judges playing musical chairs -- Bye, Paula, bye Ellen Degeneres (kiss of death for this show was hiring her) and bye to that boring songwriter chick.

Tyler would be great, though.

No doubt about it, it would be a very shrewd move on Aerosmith's part because if they put out an album off of his presence on "Idol" it would have a better shot at going platinum than anything else they've done in recent memory, even if the songs would be as half-assed as anything on "Honkin' on Bobo". Huh-uh-lo-oh!

Or skip it and put out an album that would be so amazing it would be dubbed "Rocks II". Even if it didn't sell they would die with their dignity.

Though it would be entertaining, honestly, as much as I'm routing for it to happen, I liken Tyler filling Cowell's slot to a prize fighter who retires and then becomes a professional wrestler. It could be taken as a little bit sad.

Then again, what a beautiful train wreck it would be to watch!

p.s. Amusingly, aside from his incredible credentials in the legit circles of R'n'R, Jazz and Fusion, having been in the bands of Santana and Jerry Garcia Band, as well as performing as a seasoned veteran session player appearing on Bob Dylan, Billy Cobham, Billy Joel, Springsteen, Madonna (Wait, did I say "Legit"?), Roger Waters and Imogen Heap albums, among others, Randy Jackson's no slouch in the Metal world either, Sweet Lou, having either performed on albums or played live with the likes of Whitesnake (in the late 80's on several concert dates subbing for Rudy Sarzo when he broke his elbow), Bon Jovi (Wait, did I say "Metal"?), Blue Oyster Cult, Stryper and, ahem, Aldo Nova! I wonder what Randy went through Randy's mind when in the throes of performing "Still of the Night" on stage to sold out arena audiences, no doubt the pinnacle of his Metal Career. So, Lou, as far as playing with Journey, I think you pay him a compliment by saying he's a scab bass player in that band. That way he can't be blamed directly for any of the pap Journey has always managed to serve up ad nauseum, across the airwaves and arenas of the world. I will say, this, about Journey... They are absolutely among the top three kings of AOR, right up there with Toto and Survivor, each of those bands possessing one tolerable song, "I Think I Could Stand You Forever" and "Broken Promises", respectively, like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" Cheezmasterz all, par exemplar! Talk about the sheer capacity to suck the ROCK out of Rock and Roll! Those three bands share that extraordinary gift of doing so like no other! Okay, well, maybe Asia with their monolithic "Heat Of The Moment" (argh!)... Look for pics of Jackson wearing his Journey 80's Vinyl wear. Oh, and speaking of Vinyl, actually, Divinyls... Jackson played bass on their platinum self titled fifth album featuring their #2 U.S. hit, "I Touch Myself". Of course, the song was kept from the #1 spot in the U.S. because of it's controversial subject matter, further testimony about the MILK TOAST puritanical collective psyche the government wants the American people to embrace for all eternity... With Journey as the soundtrack (Well, except for "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'". Okay, I guess I better make an appointment with a shrink tomorrow, hahaha!!!
August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Tyler is no public speaker - he's ok when it's just a blurb between songs, and no question he's a great singer/frontman.

I have huge collection of Aero stuff dating back to the mid 80's including tons of award some of them - it's painful to watch him try to be witty and humorous off the cuff...he just tries too hard to be "it".

Perhaps doing it more often would loosen him up a bit - but there's something to be said for the quiet rockstar schtick.
August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternot2hi
I honestly think Idol should take a 5 year brake and then come back on. Seriously
August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Not 2 Hi! He could pull it off because he would have the contestants, the fellow judges and Seacrest to play off of.

Cowell wasn't much of a quipster either. Really just opinionated as hell. And Tyler is no slouch in that department, either.

I'm really hoping he's green lighted.

Hey, as an aside, I, too am a bit of an archivist. One thing I wish I had nailed on video a few years back... I think it was the American Music Awards... I think the show even opened with this... I'm fuzzy so please correct me on this, if I am off.

And I wasn't too high, when I saw this either, Not 2 Hi, hahaha!!!, it really was one of the better production numbers for a band performance on television I've ever seen...

It was Aerosmith doing "Jaded", their last great song, ever, I believe (or it coulda been them performing "Pink"), poolside at the MGM Grande in Las Vegas in the dark of night.

They killed it and at the end of the song, which has turned out to be one of the greatest endings to a live performance of a song I've ever seen, Tyler jumped in the pool only to be picked up underwater, mugging away below the surface for the cameral crews...
August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Steven Tyler SHOULD NOT do American Idol. that show is the least rock n roll thing ever. i would lose every ounce of respect for him if he did that. hes Steven fricken Tyler not a pop music judge
August 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrüe düde
Steven Tyler has been a POP Singer and Musician on everything they ever did after the album "Done With Mirrors", excluding crossover masterpieces (A song that is simultaneously both a Rock and Pop hit) like "Dream On" and "Walk This Way".

"Pump", "Permanent Vacation", all that sh*t, are shamelessly POP! The only good song Aerosmith ever did since "Shut Up And Dance" to the present is "Jaded", and it's still a POP record, albeit a little more well written and has a little more Rock'n'Roll to it than all that other 80's and 90's output that was just s-o-o-o-o b-a-a-a-a-d.

Tyler's done it all. "Back In The Saddle", "Dream On", "Walk This Way", "Draw The Line", tripe like "Love In An Elevator", he knows what he's doing and he knows what makes a great Rock'n'Roll record and he knows what makes a great POP record. If anything, his expertise might actually guide the show to electing an actual "Legit" artist to win it!

Believe me, Tyler's qualified.
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
i think crystal bowersox or michael lynch too. but they are both not my favourite unfortunately!!! my favourite is out, im so sad. i love alex lambert's voice.. and im supportin lacey brown and i hope did benami can do well too.. also aaron kelly
August 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwrinkle cream
In entertainment it would mean American Idol and in serious work it would mean Artificial Intelligence.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAcai Advanced
While an official announcement about Tyler has yet to come from Fox and the producers of the top-rated show, the source told The Associated Press on Wednesday, "there is no reason to refute" Tyler's account. The source spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.
August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterforce factor
Someone who knows talent and can make insanely funny, quick and wise remarks? The producers are not that intelligent, unfortunately.
August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAcai Advanced

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