Though ratings for "American Idol" are down a bit from last year, one of the brightest spots in season 10 since the first two episodes premiered last week are all of the positive reviews for new judge Steven Tyler.
The Aerosmith singer has already proven to be a witty, funny and unpredictable presence on the show, serving up some instant-classic sound bites and DVR moments in the first two rounds of auditions. And though critics have been quick to jump on the initial ratings slide as proof that perhaps the show is hitting a rut, one of Tyler's daughters, plus-size model Mia, told Life & Style magazine she thinks her dad is the best thing to ever happen to "Idol."
"We're a very sarcastic family," Mia told the celebrity weekly. "He's the funniest man I know. He's saving the show because it was kind of boring before. There's only so many times you can watch Simon be mean to people."
Tyler, 62, has not been shy about batting his lashes at some of the luscious contestants, and Mia said that's because he's having a ball in his new gig. "He loves [being a judge]!" Mia said, explaining that despite his wild and crazy reputation on- and offstage, he's just a regular dad when he's at home.
"He's very protective and gets mad at us for not cleaning the cat litter box — typical dad stuff," she said. "It's so nice to see him up there ... He loves it!"
While appearing at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, Mia's half-sister/actress Liv Tyler told "Access Hollywood" that she's a new convert to "Idol" and watches it all the time now, saying she gets "goose bumps" when she sees her dad on the show.
"I was so excited. I never really watched 'American Idol,' " she said. "I watched it with my girlfriends at home the other night and I had goose bumps for an hour and a half and laughed and loved it."
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