Steven Tyler’s departure from FOX’s popular singing program “American Idol” was abrupt and unexpected. After sitting in as a judge for only one season, the Aerosmith frontman was ready and willing to part ways with the production. During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler revealed that his relationship with the show was hot and cold: one day he loved it, the next he hated it. However, it did give the musician something to do while problems within the band blew over.
“I loved it and hated it,” Tyler explained during the interview. “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 singer reportedly wasn’t too happy with the show’s producers, who wanted him to transition into the Simon Cowell role of the mean judge. Tyler, of course, wasn’t having any of it.
“The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent,” he said. “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.”
Now that Tyler is free from the constrains of his televised obligations, he can focus his energies on promoting the latest Aerosmith album. According to the folks at MTV, the band’s latest effort, “Music From Another Dimension!”, is set for release this November, which is just in time for the holidays. In addition to featuring a duet with American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, the disc will also feature appearances from both Julian Lennon and “Pirates of the Caribbean” heartthrob Johnny Depp.
In order to help fill the vacancies left by Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, American Idol producers have tapped pop superstar Mariah Carey as one of the judges. If reports are to be believed, then Carey will bring home $18 million for one season on the program. The remaining chair, meanwhile, has yet to be filled.