According to RollingStone.Com, Steven Tyler had a lot to say about his two-year tenure as American Idol judge and it wasn’t pretty:
“Tyler now admits that Aerosmith’s troubles (his often nasty public spat with the other band members starting in 2009) were the principal reason he signed up with Idol in 2010. “It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest,” he says, calling the show “not my cup of tea.” Regarding his two-season stint, for which he was reportedly paid $10 million a season, he now says, “I loved it and hated it. It was a great job, I sat next to J. Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life.”
The downside, he says, was the workload and his supposed role as the new Simon Cowell. “It was just hard work: seven-hour days and then I went and did the [Aerosmith] album for eight hours after that,” Tyler says. Of criticisms that he and Jennifer Lopez, who is also exiting the show, weren’t hard enough on most of the contestants, he explains, “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me. That’s not what I’m about. That’s more about that other guy. Not me.” Tyler declined to comment on rumors that money issues were a factor in his departure from the series”
Now, as much as I appreciated the fact that he didn’t pull a “Simon Cowell” on the show, thus sparing the singers unnecessary humiliation, the other side of the coin is that he, basically, sleep-walked through his responsibility as a coherent and supportive judge.
He signed on for all the wrong reasons – some personal and others gratuitous – the nifty $10 million price tag that accompanied his contractual signature.
How was this kind of mind-set supposed to help the singers learn and grow? His cliche for the singers via the words It’s a beautiful thing” became meaningless after being uttered a zillion times.
Is it too much to ask that American Idol seek judges with the appropriate credentials, such as a record producer, a Broadway coach or music arranger? You know, people who really understand the inner workings of what constitutes a great performer?
This article will be rendered meaningless because, with Mariah Carey’s involvement and possibly Nick Jonas, it will be declared null and void.
Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not holding my breath. Are you?