Following Ellen DeGeneres’ resignation from “American Idol” last Thursday (July 29), rumors started to swirl that fellow “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi was also on her way out and that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler would be filling in the vacant judges’ chairs. Though he initially brushed off the idea when confronted with it, over the weekend he may have changed his tune. During a party in Las Vegas, he all but confirmed the idea that he was going to take the gig.
The addition of Tyler makes perfect sense, as he is a frontman who has unending charisma and a dynamic voice (and he’s been doing it for over 30 years). Plus, he could offer real, genuine advice to singers looking to head more in a rock direction and could teach everybody a thing or two about putting scarves around your microphone.
But is he the best classic rock option? Check out the short list of other nominees (curated by the MTV Newsroom staff), vote in the poll below and let loose in the comments.
Is there anybody in the universe better suited to talk to aspiring stars than the guy who crooned “Open Arms”? Perry, best known as the voice of Journey, has an amazing instrument, years of experience and incredible charisma, which seem to be the only three things necessary to make an excellent “Idol” judge.
The mastermind behind Styx has written some incredible songs and has lived through ups and downs in his career, so he knows a little something about what works in the business. He is also fantastically eccentric, which would make for great television.
The Who frontman is one of the all-time greats, and he would undoubtedly have some sage-like wisdom to impart to “Idol” contestants. Most importantly, it would probably get a bunch of people to sing Who songs (and the more versions of “Behind Blue Eyes” we get, the better off we are).
When Hagar took over for David Lee Roth as the singer in Van Halen, he helped reinvent the band and took them to higher commercial heights than they had ever seen. Who is to say the singer of “Mas Tequila” and “I Can’t Drive 55” won’t do the same for “American Idol”?
First of all: Yes, R.E.M. can definitely be considered “classic rock” (though certainly in a different idiom than, say, Journey). Stipe has spent his entire career developing his voice and his stage presence, and if there’s anybody who can give practical advice to an unlikely superstar, it’s the bald man himself.