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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.
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.
In the words of Simon Cowell, Tuesday night was a shocker on “American Idol”.
For the first time this season, front runner Crystal Bowersox failed to impress. Simon went so far as to describe her happy-clappy version of Shania Twain’s “No-One Needs to Know” as ”limp”.
Instead, Twain has written an open letter to her fans on her Web site, thanking them for the encouragement she has received after splitting with her husband, record producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange.