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Finally, 'American Idol' Confirms Steven Tyler - My Thoughts

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments18 Comments

So, finally, after months of speculation, Steven Tyler was officially confirmed as a judge for the upcoming season of American Idol. Sitting beside him will be new judge Jennifer Lopez as well as Randy Jackson. First, when this was a rumor, I was a little freaked out by the prospect. I've changed my tune.

I have decided Steven Tyler judging American Idol is going to be awesome. Here's why: I get to see the lead singer of my favorite band a whole lot come spring and it isn't going to cost me a dime. Plus, the addition of Tyler might bring a whole lot of rock to Idol!

Here's something else: I think all the smack talk between Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith is going to be epic. Already Tyler says the rest of Aerosmith is jealous. And they probably are! I would be! Now I suspect Joe Perry will issue a grouchy statement about Tyler and then things will settle down. I can already foretell an awesome Aerosmith performance on the season finale of American Idol come May. Just wait.

Okay. Give it to me good. I'm sure all of you hate this or will say American Idol sucks or whatever, but that is missing the big picture: anytime one our favorite rockers is in the limelight for something major - and this is major - it's great. Mark it.


Reader Comments (18)

Jennifer Lopez as an American Idol judge makes about as much sense as hiring Stevie Wonder as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean
For real. I just realized that having Tyler on the judge's panel will be the first time, aside from guest judges, that Idol will have someone who actually sings for a living as a judge.

Yes, Jackson and Abdul can probably sing but are actually a bass player and dance choreographer, respectively.

This will be the first time contestants will actually face a full time singer as a full time judge.

And the fact that it's Tyler is even better! A total character who's never at a lack for words, he has a history of helping kids -- he does a lot for Berklee School of Music in Boston, where they gave him an honorary degree a few years ago (check that YouTube clip at his acceptance where he performed "Dream On". So heartfelt for those graduates!).

Tyler is going to have knowledgeable and helpful opinions for the contestants. My guess is he'll also be a little blunt, when necessary, and will just plain be funny as h*ll.

And I think Al is right, he'll add a lot more of an authentic ROCK cred and vibe to the contest. If you think about it, it actually advances our cause to Bring Back Glam! quite a bit, as Aerosmith is one of the fore fathers of Glam Metal, no matter what anyone else says.

And when Al says Tyler will bring a lot more ROCK to the show, that doesn't just mean the contestants will learn to rock out better. I think what Al is implying is that Tyler's presence could even mean lots of guests the show wouldn't normally get will appear. I wouldn't even be surprised if we saw Jimmy Page on there.

Overall, I think it's a positive, both for viewers and contestants, alike, as they will finally be getting someone who's truly qualified to give them opinions on how to improve their singing and overall stage performance (You've seen Tyler's moves back in the day, right? This guy could have replaced Gumby!).

As for Lopez, she can't sing her way out of a paper bag, but has made hundreds of millions allegedly doing so. She's the perfect example of what is wrong with the entertainment industry that's existed as far back as it's creation. A similar example that goes back to the 50's is Pat Boone.

This guy couldn't sing his way out of a corner, yet made a mass fortune allegedly doing just that. Granted, he was even worse than Lopez, but the analogy still applies.

I think this problem still exists with a lot of performers today like Taylor Swift, for one, though Kanye West didn't need to get up there to make an a*s of himself to point out the obvious when she dubiously collected all of those VMAs.

Still regarding, Lopez, what the heck, she does know a little bit about "singing" and showbiz, so she'll probably bring some value. She's probably going to be annoying to listen to as I really believe she's one step shy from being an airhead.

It's all of her entertainment experience and her knowledge from that which prevents her from being thought of as a complete airhead. Part of what will make the show fun to watch, will be watching her say stupid stuff.

And though, Tyler may get us some huge talents guesting on the show, including Aerosmith, as Al predicts, one person you can count on in a guest performance is someone who can actually sing, regardless of what we think of his music...

International Pop Sensation, Mark Anthony, Lopez's husband.

Argh!

p.s. Very funny, Sean. But let's point out that, even if Wonder is almost completely blind, he sure as h*ll can sing and write killer songs!
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I didn't read metal boys post, because it is too long(as usual), so if I touch on anything he said I apologize. I hate this. It sucks. I don't watch AI, but I do believe this will be the last season. Possibly, they will imp along for one more after this, but this is definitely coming to an end.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbiggeok
The addition of Tyler won't bring any more rock to the show -- there are already a couple rock-themed nights per season, and I think it will stay that way. The producers choose the music, not the judges. Besides, mainstream America (who the show is targeted to) don't want rock -- they want Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, etc. I do think Tyler will bring some much needed grit to the judges panel, and that will be a good thing.

As always, I'll watch the first couple weeks so that I can see people make complete asses of themselves during the auditions, and then likely won't see another episode.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
What's come of this world, particularly this nation, when a baker's dozen of paragraphs, some only a sentence long is too much to read.

Look, I'm not sayin' you don't have the right to not read what I wrote or that it's even worth reading, but the notion that it's "too long" is ridiculous.

I'm happy to see there are others who sometimes write stuff the about the same length as this on other previous posts Al has put up here. I personally like to read and, obviously, write opinions and the paragraphs to elaborate on them.

If they're too long, I apologize to anyone who doesn't care to read them.

Anyway, back into the subject at hand...

Go figure, Biggeek, nothing I said agrees with anything you said.

True, Bryon, the Producers have a lot to do with the selection of the artists, but mark my words, they will rock out more, and Tyler will have something to do with it.

Rock is far from dead, Bro. Especially when you look at the success of the vid games, Rockband and Guitar Hero. They'll expand the Rock thing on Idol and Tyler will play a part.

Besides, they've got their bases covered with Lopez who is a former pre-packaged Diva, though a shadow of GaGa's talent.

She got an estimated 12 mil for this gig and that's not solely for calculating she'll boost ratings. You can bet she's gonna have a lot more say in what goes on.

Let's not forget, Cowell had a lot to do with how the show was run. Why should it be any different for these judges.

p.s. There, is that shorter for ya, Bigjerk?, sheeeez...
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Steven has always been a great interview and comes up with hilarious one liners and lyrics, so at the least he should be as entertaining as Simon was.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenternirVrana
This show has gotten stale to teh point where I think they should take a 3 yr break and then fire back up. But Tyler and Lopez will change it up a bit. Hey does this mean Randy has to be the jerk? HA! Definitly better than Ellen last year.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Metalboy: I never said that rock was dead, or dying. Seeing A7X & Disturbed with #1 albums over the past 2 months proves that. My point was that the primary demographic for American Idol is not that interested in rock, and adding Steven Tyler to the mix isn't going to significantly change the demographic. They'll probably have an Aerosmith-themed show this year where one of the girls will sing I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, and the David-Cook-Rocker-Guy will sing Walk This Way. But that will just replace whatever rock themed show they had last season.

I think it would be cool to think that adding Tyler would cause a boatload of young metal & rocker kids to start watching the show and that the producers would feel the need to react accordingly, but it won't. Tyler has barely any cred left in general, and certainly none with the young'ins. To them, he's just an old, famous guy who was in rehab last year.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
I think with Tyler's comments especially "I have been judged for 40 years" or whatever the exact quote was. I believe we might be watching the end of Aerosmith. Sorry to say but I think its going to get worse. To me it seems he cant let go of the fact that they were looking for a new lead singer not to long ago.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralmostluckymick
Steven has 18 million rea$on$ to do this....lol
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
I would have wanted to inject some humor into this.

In addition to Randy "Dawg" Jackson, the other 2 judges should be:

1. A newly religious Blackie Lawless
2. RuPaul

That'd be worth watching.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaw Shoshanna
This show is DONE.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Look, guyz, you are conjuring up an Aerosmith song, probably their last real hit if they don't put out "Rocks II" (working title) pretty soon...

And that song would be "Jaded"...

Anyway, I think it's cool to ponder all of this...

I for one will watch it now that Tyler is on it just to see what's gonna happen.

And look how Tyler and the boyz pack 'em in at large arenas in every town. You don't think a lot of those audience members aren't gonna tune in.

I'm not sayin' the show is totally gonna rock out more but it will sure as h*ll rock out a little bit more, for sure. You'll see, Bryon.

And, Bry, check out Hansel, Reckless Love, Miss Crazy, Vains of Jenna, Loud'n'Nasty, The Last Vegas, Papa Roach, Dirty Penny, Crash Diet, Crazy Lixx, Mad Margritt, Slippery, Dynazty, The Poodles, H.e.a.t., Buckcherry, Johnny Lima, Gunfire '76, Wednesday 13,'77, Bullet, Wolfmother, Airbourne, Major Tom, Charm City Devils, Taddy Porter, Big C*ck, Stampede Queen, Stone Gods, Crash Kelly, Wildstreet, Crucified Barbara. Lynam, Kissin' Dynamite, Pharoah, Big Elf, Steel Panther, Million Dollar Reload, Lynam, Kortini, Towers of London, Fireball Ministry, etc...

Those are Rock'n'Roll Bands, and it's not about measuring whether they have had #1 albums or not. It's about measuring how ROCK a band is and each of these bands blow A&X or Disturbed out of the water!

They are way more ROCK than A7X or Disturbed. If anything, the fact that those two bands having #1's in the last 2 months is proof that we have a long way to go to Bring Back Glam!

They are so UNROCK!

But, I digress...

So, anyway, I think Tyler's gonna surprise everyone, especially Bryon. You all are seriously underestimating the impact this guy is gonna have on this show.

Tyler has more talent on his pinky than the cummalative talents collected in that entire studio where the show is broadcast, including Lopez and all the rest of these poseurs, including the contestants and the studio audience. He might even have more talent than the entire city of L.A., at least musically. So that makes him a perfect judge. A judge who is a singer who knows how to judge singers.

And as NirVana pointed out, he's gonna be zingin' left and right. He's gonna be the one to fill Simon's shoes. He's funny, he's quick witted and like NirV says, quick with the comeback.

And Lopez will pick up the slack way past Paula and the others. She'll be very positive and supportive. Tyler will also, where the talent truly is evident in these kids that are going to be singin' for 'em every night.

And I gotta say, Raw Shoshanna is so right! How killer would it be to have either of the people she suggested added to the panel of Judges.

The producers are going with Star Power as a last hurrah to save this show. With whom they've selected as the new judges, no matter what I may personally think about Lopez, they just might beat the odds and turn this show around.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I totally disagree with Tyler being a judge. I also think this is the end of Aerosmith as we know it. If your lead singer doesn't tell his band mates (and friends of 40 + years) what his plans are, then ask yourself, is this someone that wants to continue as the lead singer of "the greatest rock band ever"? Nah, don't think so. BIG ego trip for Tyler (look at me) and a big "F*** YOU" to his fellow bands mates. I'm in Joe Perry's camp on this one. Pick up another lead singer and continue to "Rock ON", and let Tyler and his "brand Tyler" crash and burn. Not going to watch American Idol and won't buy any "solo" Tyler CD's if and when they come out.
September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRock Man
I would definatly watch if Blackie were on that would be hysterical! Not sure if Tyler and Lopez can save the show so much as give it a quick shot of adrenaline.
September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
I think Tyler should put out a solo album and he should do an Aerosmith album, too.

Rock Man, that's overreacting. At first I was aprehensive about Tyler doing this, but c'mon, why not? Glad to see Tyler duzn't think of himself as so immortal that he can't enjoy himself a little.

I think this will do wonders for awareness of him and Aerosmith. Believe me, there are plenty of clueless people who will wake up to the greatness of Aerosmith because of this show.

And Perry should be grateful as this will boost Aerosmith's catalogue sales and pave the way for a new Aerosmith album, if he plays along.

I just hope they realize to make it like Rocks and not Pump, sorry, folks!

Give Tyler a chance.

And, Shadow, you may be right, but I'm hoping it will be more than the quick shot it arm. I still believe it's more of a shot at saving the show if Tyler and Lopez catch on as judges.
September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
The show has at most 2 seasons left. America will move on with Simon and watch his new show. Nobody cares about Jenny from the block, loud mouth Tyler, and yo dawg Randy Jackson as judges. Rock fans don't watch American Idol. Aerosmith is irrelevant and has been for the last decade. They are able to put a tour together every other year and sell tickets but Aerosmith has become just another nostalgic act. Thats what happens when you decide not to release new music
September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill
Or new music that is not worth releasing, i.e. "Honkin' On Bobo"...
September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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