BREAKING NEWS! It's Official — Steven Tyler Is The New Simon Cowell, But I Think He's the Wrong Man For The Job!

Wed, August 18, 2010 6:09pm EST by 4 Comments

A new report says that Steven Tyler is joining Jennifer Lopez as the newest judge on American Idol - and I’m bummed. Elton John would have been so much better!

Dim the lights, because you’re about to meet your next American Idol…judge. Rather anticlimactic, no? This is exactly how I felt upon learning that Steven Tyler had finally inked a deal to become one of Idol‘s replacement judges.

“I’ve just confirmed from sources close to the singer that the “deal is done” for Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler to be one of the new judges joining Jennifer Lopez on American Idol next season,” Nikki Finke, from our sister site Deadline Hollywood, reported August 18, adding that the deal will reportedly be announced shortly after Labor Day (September 6th).

No offense to Steven or J. Lo, but I was hoping to REALLY bring the drama back to my favorite show this season. To echo the famous words of last remaining original judge Randy Jackson, season 9 was “just all right for me, dawg.” Simon Cowell wasn’t his typically crusty self, Kara DioGuardi was too preachy, Ellen DeGeneres was too nice and the contestants were bland.

Which is why we need judges like Elton John (hello, the man has a movie called Tantrums & Tiaras! Enough said), Jessica Simpson - she of the famous ‘is Chicken of the Sea really chicken?’ comment is the obvious choice to replace kooky Paula Abdul, and Justin Timberlake - a giant industry brat with tons of musical credibility, a fresh take on young artists and excellent taste to boot – to liven things up.

I’m sure Jennifer and Steven will do a good job, but Idol is all about bringing the drama – and I’m not talking about a La Lopez diva hissy fit, either.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are Steven and Jennifer good choices to replace Simon, Ellen and Kara? Who would you rather see?


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Posted at 3:56 PM on August 18, 2010  

This is a huge disappointment. I can’t imagine what audience they think those two will bring in…what are their current record sales ????????? Steven Tyler is a member of an aging rock band…and Jennifer Lopez ?? What does Nigel want the American Idol contestants to dance?

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Posted at 3:53 PM on August 18, 2010  

I agree. I like him I just don’t see him as a judge on AI. They should have gone with Harry Connick Jr. He would have been much better.

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Posted at 3:50 PM on August 18, 2010  

You’re right Laura, Elton John would have been much better than Steven Tyler. Although it will be a nice change to actually have a rock star on board, I don’t think that Steven Tyler is a good choice because he doesn’t cross musical boundaries as much as someone else like Elton John would have.

And as far as J.Lo goes, I think she doesn’t have the right personality for the show. It’ll be an interesting next season.

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Posted at 3:42 PM on August 18, 2010  

That is a big disappointment – no more Idol for me! Lithgow or whoever made these decisions really blew it for Idol in my opinion…they needed a really “wow” factor, i.e. bring Paula Abdul back otherwise they will lose out to X-Factor – Jennifer Lopez and Steve Tyler both???? YUK! Goodbye Idol!

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