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Is Steven Tyler right fit for “American Idol”?
Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler looks to be on his way to join “American Idol” in what would be the first bona fide rock star judge on the show’s panel.
But is Tyler, 62, the right fit for a show aimed squarely at middle America? And if Tyler is in place, as widely reported, can the “Idol” judging panel carry a second major artist if rumors about country star Shania Twain, or Jennifer Lopez, or even Jessica Simpson turn out to be correct?
Tyler may be a rock god, but does he have anything useful, or witty, or coherent, to say to the aspiring “American Idols”?
And rock stars usually bring plenty of baggage after decades on the road — in Tyler’s case a history of prescription drug addiction, drama, and an uncanny ability to fall off the stage.
How long would Tyler sign up to be on “Idol”? And would his new job mean another long hiatus (or even the end) of touring and new albums for Aerosmith?
One thing is clear. Paula Abdul he is not. Nor Ellen. And if there’s one person who can withstand all the expected negative comparisons to Simon Cowell, it’s probably Tyler.
Tyler may be ready for “American Idol” but is America ready for Steven Tyler on prime-time TV twice a week for five months?