Wednesday, April 24, 2024

American Idol: Steven Tyler Says He’ll Probably Be A Judge


Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler says in the video below that he’ll probably sign on as a judge for “American Idol.”

Is he replacing Simon Cowell? The lead judge will be expected to be very direct. It’s unlikely that Tyler will be reducing contestants to tears. Maybe he’ll be a guest judge. I guess we’ll wait and see what happens this week.

One obstacle to Tyler being a regular is his schedule. Right now, Aerosmith has dates booked through September. Lots of them. They have many more lined up around the world, and are expected to make an album before the end of the year. It’s not clear if Tyler understands the “Idol” schedule. What will the other band members do from January through May of next year if Tyler has to be in a TV studio two days a week?

And then there’s Tyler’s baggage: we love him, but he has more baggage than Ivana Trump arriving in Gstaad for ski season. In the last year he had a public falling out with the other members of Aerosmith. He almost left the band. He went into rehab. He has innumerable physical injuries. He has medical problems. He has a very unpopular girlfriend.

But never bet against Steven Tyler. He rises from the ashes like a phoenix over and over again. If he joins the show, perhaps the line up will include him, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and…!

PS If anyone knows who got this scoop on camera from Las Vegas, let me know so I can credit them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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