'American Idol' Judge Steven Tyler: 'I'm always ready to take it up a notch'
The singer-turned-TV star spills on Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith demise rumors -- and why he's no Simon Cowell
One of the biggest changes you’ll see on “American Idol” tonight? Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will be rocking the judges panel. And while he admits that he’s no Simon Cowell, Tyler promises he’ll be bringing his own signature style to the show – and that he’s not going soft for the sake of TV. We caught up with the singer and burgeoning TV star to chat about his judging style, his feisty co-panelists and the rumored death of Aerosmith.
On His Panel Style: “Will I bring a rock element? Yeah. But I've also got a good ear for all music, and that's why I thought I would take this. It's not a one-thing type judging. I'm good for all different [types of] music and listening to voicing and the spirit of it and the imperfections of someone's voice -- because not all singer make great rock stars. Some of the voices that aren't the best, they make the best rock stars. So, it's been fun.”
On Why He’s No Simon Cowell: “The part that is a little difficult is judging the young kids. I take what I’ve grown up with, which is being a very harsh judge of myself, my own vocals, my own band, and lay that across the talent I come across. I made some harsh comments first week, and they snap back and say, 'What do you mean?' I only did two of those. There were only two of those because I didn't want that to happen again. I couldn't say that you were 'no good' without substantiating why, and the couple times that I said, 'You know, you just don't have it,' they did ask me why. And I couldn't tell them why. It's just that I'm looking for that certain something, and I heard that certain something in a negative way. I didn't see a star. I didn't see this, and I didn't have the goods to tell him that. I hadn't ever really watched the show and I wasn't really versed in that type of judging. I got three daughters, so it was hard for me. Those few times after that, I was ready to go and I jumped right back in both feet."
On His ‘Idol’ Commitment: “I have more than a one-year contract, but things are what they are. Can I elaborate? No, I can't. I'm always ready to take it up a notch. It used to be my frivolity. I'm addicted to adrenaline, and I still like a good challenge. Someday I'll have my own show, a different type of ‘Survivor.’ They'll put me in a barrel and throw me into the ocean, so it'll be called ‘Message in a Bottle.’ They'll put me in a giant bottle and see what shore I land. Then I'll marry the person and we'll see what our kids look like.”
On Fellow Judge Randy Jackson: “I think it's funny. I think there's love up there that you've never seen. Certainly, there's camaraderie that you haven't seen in 10 years. About that, I'm really happy that I get along with Randy so well. I met Randy first and Randy was the s**t. I love Randy. We got on in the first five minutes we met. It was like we were separated at birth. And we had so many similarities. Whatever he's been through, I've been through. And we mentioned names and we knew everybody and how we hadn’t met before was beyond me."
On Fellow Judge Jennifer Lopez: "J.Lo is a fox -- she's also got a good big heart. On the way from England to America I saw J.Lo's movie ‘The Back-Up Plan,’ and I fell in love with her. I was watching going, 'Oh my God, it's Jennifer Lopez!' The way she played her part, I could so relate to her. And I thought, 'Anybody that could be this open and honest -- even acting, she had to go for it -- all I can tell you is that when I met her, she was exactly all that and I'm grateful that she got the part.”
On Aerosmith’s Rumored Demise: “I'm ready for anything, and nothing has been more convincing that I'm ready for anything than this last year with Aerosmith. Yes, we're getting ready to launch a tour in November or December. It's already booked. The songwriting starts next week. So, everything you hear is a lot of hearsay and a lot of muck that's been thrown around and there's no validity to it. I'm here to tell you that."
Catch Steven Tyler's "American Idol" judging panel debut on the tenth season premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Well, we had top watch just see what it would be like with the new panel......J-lo has to learn to say NO! And be more critical if she's going to judge......Steve Tyler surprised me and was quite good, plus his knowledge of all kinds of music will be a great addition and Randy was, well Randy only a bit more on the edgey side!
As far as talent on the first show there wasn't any at all. I spent 40 years as a radio deejay, talent manager, booking agent and concert promoter in every field of music, rock, country, middle of the road and there were maybe one or two that could sqeak by on a lower level, but there was absolutely nothing impressive at all that made me want to hear them again.
We'll give it a look tonight, but to be honest I am not expecting much!
I will give the producers credit for one new change in the show and that is NOT making the final 12 equal, if it's 9 guys and 3 girls so be it or whatever, but glad the 6-6 is gone!
Idol made a genius decision inviting JLo on the show!
She has such a great personality, she's fun, real and warm.
Tyler is also going to be lots of fun.
Finally, Idol Judges who are sensitive and encouraging to the contestants!
There is no need to be cruel to any of these young kids, just for RATINGS!
Both Lopez and Tyler have so much experience in the business and are very qualified.
Without a voice of reason....they passed too many contestants....Cowell would never have let some of these people through (and his opinions would have swayed the other judges)......J-Lo doesn't have the stomach to do the right thing. Tyler is pretty full of himself, and over confident....he was funny, sometimes...but his mannerisms are those of a annoying stoner....he acts like he's perpetually on stage...an act thats going to get old quickly. Randy......well, what else does he have to do( LOL, just kidding)??.....The formula is well oiled, and most of us would have watched to the end, regardless of who is on the panel....it's entertaining. But it doesn't have the punch it used to.....Cowell, no matter what your opinion of him, was the reason the show was/is so successful.....because he was, 99.9% of the time, right on the money.
We watched the show without judgment, without comparing with prior seasons, without comparing prior judges. we really enjoyed it! Steven Tyler is not only talented but VERY funny. Jennifer Lopez is sweet but not loopy, flaky and can tell the truth without smashing someone's dream. Randy is still Randy - maybe a bit more edgy - more candid with the contestants.
Last season we watched one episode and changed channels because of the judges. Their personalities didn't mesh, there wasn't a cohesive group, none of them made their decisions based on the premise of the show - it seemed very personal. Even Simon wasn't himself. This season we a looking forward to a revitalization and from the first viewing, we are going to get it.