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Okay. So he’s no Simon Cowell. But based on his first outing on the “American Idol” judging panel, Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler had the wackiness and unpredictability of the much-loved, and much-missed Paula Abdul.
With Jennifer Lopez breaking her heart over saying no to some of the wannabe pop stars, it was left to Tyler, 62, to inject much of the fun into the new line-up.
Whooping, clapping, hollering, and flirting with the contestants, the heavily made-up rocker also had the best of the jokes and one-liners — sometimes against himself.
“We are all here, because we’re not all there!” quipped Tyler — who has been in and out of rehab for addictions to everything from cocaine, to alcohol, to painkiller and sleep medication in his colorful 40-year stint with Aerosmith.
“American Idol” has finally announced its new judging panel, ending months of speculation about the future shape of the show.
But are Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez the right choice? And will star power be enough to keep old “Idol” fans (and hopefully millions more new ones) tuning in when the show returns in January?
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?
Another day. Another potential “American Idol” judge surfaces.
Who knew Simon Cowell (or even Ellen DeGeneres) would be so hard to replace?
With Jennifer Lopez apparently out of the running for being “too demanding”, country singer Shania Twain’s name resurfaced on Thursday as “Idol” producers and the Fox television network searched for a new line-up in time for filmed auditions in mid-September for the show’s 10th season.
Twain proved an audience favorite after appearing earlier this year on the show, both as a guest judge and a celebrity mentor. The idea of Lopez, on the other hand, had not gone down so well with fans online, making you wonder whether her name had been deliberately floated by “Idol” insiders to gauge popular reaction before any deals were signed.
Like it or not “American Idol” will be getting a whole new talent line-up next season — and that’s just the judges.
But with Fox keeping their mouths firmly shut on who will replace Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, it seems to be anyone’s guess as to what the new panel will look like, or even how many judges there will be.
Loser. Double Loser.
Turns out Crystal Bowersox, the “American Idol” season front-runner, lost more than the coveted title this week.
On the morning of Tuesday night’s performance finale, Bowersox and her boyfriend split up and he headed back to their Toledo, Ohio hometown as she prepared for the biggest night of her life.
Singer Bret Michaels made a surprise appearance on “American Idol” on Wednesday to perform his signature song “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” after spending the past few weeks recovering from a potentially fatal brain hemorrhage, a mini-stroke and learning that he has a hole in his heart.
The frontman for the glam band Poison said that he tried to keep his guest role on “Idol,” during which he sang with former contestant Casey James, under wraps. It was his first live gig since suffering a series of medical emergencies in April.
“American Idol” is nearing its season finale next week amid questions about the show’s lackluster ratings and about who will replace alpha judge Simon Cowell. But if anyone has any questions about who everyone’s favorite runner-up, Adam Lambert, favors among the final three contestants, those doubts have been put to rest.
Glambert likes Mamasox.
The singer nicknamed Glambert last year for his “glam” persona and wild costumes told television network MTV that he favors Crystal Bowersox, the contestant nicknamed Mamasox, who is a 24 year-old mother with a young son. “I like her anti-establishment rebelliousness,” Lambert told MTV in a story posted on its website Tuesday.
As “American Idol” plods its way to the 2010 finale after a lackluster season and slipping ratings, the TV show’s dwindling band of fans are getting an unusual opportunity to weigh in on what’s wrong with the show, and how to fix it.
Official website www.americanidol.com has posted a detailed survey which asks fans why they are watching less often — and less enthusiastically — this year, and invites them to rate all the judges individually, as well as the entertainment value of “Idol” mentors and the show’s celebrity guest judges.
Frank Sinatra is a tall order for any singer.
Add Harry Connick Jr. accompanying on stage, Sinatra’s two daughters Tina and Nancy in the audience and possibly the weakest “American Idol” top five for a number of years, and you’re in for an uphill climb.