The revolving door of “American Idol” judge rumors continues to churn, with new headlines seemingly confirming that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has signed a deal to join season 10 of the reality singing competition.
Though a spokesperson for “Idol” said Fox had no comment on the reports, Deadline Hollywood reported Wednesday (August 18) that according to unnamed sources close to Tyler, the “deal is done” for the swivel-hipped 62-year-old rock icon to take his seat on the show.
The site also reported that the new CEO of “Idol” producer CKX recently announced plans to reveal the names of the replacement judges taking over for Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres after Labor Day on September 6. Spokespeople for Tyler and Aerosmith could not be reached for comment at press time.
Tyler’s longtime foil, ’Smith guitarist Joe Perry, has spoken out about feeling blindsided by news that his frontman may be jumping into the TV game after nearly 40 years fronting the rock legends. The pair have openly battled over the past year due to Tyler’s desire to work on solo material, a fight that nearly broke up the band when Perry began looking for a new singer.
According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, despite making up and working together on Aerosmith’s current summer tour , that tension may have boiled over Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre during a performance of their hit “Love in an Elevator.” After Tyler playfully hip-checked Perry during the song, Perry ripped off a solo, looked over his shoulder and reportedly backed into his singer, sending Tyler flying off the catwalk into the audience, bringing to mind a scene from last year when Tyler slipped off the stage during a show and was injured, ending the band’s touring plans for the year.
E! Online, citing unnamed sources as well, reported that Tyler had signed on the dotted line for “Idol,” reiterating claims made by once-again producer Nigel Lythgoe that potential judge Jennifer Lopez is not out of the running despite allegations of diva demands by the singer that reportedly scotched her deal. Lopez’s reps have not returned requests for comment on her negotiations to become part of the “Idol” panel.
One former “Idol” contestant who is excited about a potential seat for Tyler or J. Lo at the table is 2009 runner-up Adam Lambert, who told Montreal’s Virgin Radio that he welcomes some rock and pop attitude on the show.
“I keep hearing them throw around Steven Tyler,” Lambert said. “I think that’s really cool, because he’ll bring a lot of rock credit to the show, and he’s an icon. Then they keep talking about J. Lo. It’s a great thing too. She has a lot of perspective in the pop/urban world, and she’s been an entertainer for a really long time. She knows what it takes to keep it going. I think the two of them kind of contrast each other kind of nicely.”
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