Steven Tyler Departs From American Idol!! CONFIRMED

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FOX is confirming that Steven Tyler is leaving American Idol! Wow. Here’s the press release, with quotes from Steven.  Well, he and his band got a nice career boost, at least. I have to wonder, though, if he left or was pushed? Steven may be happy to leave, but the feeling may be mutual.  In the end, except for a few lulz, he was pretty useless as a judge.  It will be interesting to see who takes his place.

Steven Tyler has decided to depart his role as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL. Tyler served as a judge during the 10th and 11th seasons of IDOL.

“After some long…hard…thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” said Tyler. “I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass – the ultimate in auditory takeover…On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars…IDOL was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it…Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”

“It’s been a tremendous honor to have Steven – one of the most prolific artists in the world – on AMERICAN IDOL for the past two seasons,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “He’s been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show, and we know he’ll continue to be a huge inspiration to IDOL hopefuls for years to come. We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock ’n’ roll legend, he would go back to the music. We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime.”

“Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on AMERICAN IDOL, I would have thought it impossible,” stated IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America’s greatest-ever rock band. AMERICAN IDOL will miss him!”

“We’re all very thankful and privileged that Steven joined AMERICAN IDOL two years ago,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia. “A true music icon, he not only brought rock ’n’ roll to the show, but also his exceptional taste in spotting and nurturing undiscovered talent. We will sincerely miss his poetic phrases, his remarkable creativity and his unique spirit. We’re sad about his departure from the show, but understand his decision to return to music full-time and hope he’ll be back to grace the AMERICAN IDOL stage in seasons to come.”

 
  • Mateja Praznik

    Hallelujah, Mr. Beautiful is gone!

    I was actually pretty sure he would be leaving. New Aerosmith album and tours and all that.

  • Anonymous

    bye bye Steven…Good luck with the upcoming Aerosmith album!!! Now, can you get J-Lo and Randy to follow you out the door?

  • Anonymous

    Steven had some good moments, some bad moments and was mostly forgettable, imo.  I think J-Lo will also leave and Randy will stay forever and ever.  

  • http://twitter.com/bignliddle BigNLiddle

    I actually go see him in concert on Tuesday, LOL. 

  • Anonymous

    Nice guy but useless. I bet JLo sticks around for more $ though. They should give Jimmy the gig.

  • http://twitter.com/eric_ascher Eric Ascher

    Ok, once they get rid of the other two we have a chance of me enjoying the show again. So long Steven, you were totally useless.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    To me, this is more of a news item than J-Lo’s back and forth she’ll leave, she won’t.  Heh  It will be interesting to see who his replacement might me.  In some ways, I’m not too shocked about this either.  I don’t really think his heart was in it that much to be honest. 

    I’ll also echo the sentiments of giving J-Lo and Randy their walking papers.  Other than Steven’s “beautiful” comments, I think Randy is actually the most useless judge that is still on the panel.  I don’t think it would be so bad to start with a clean slate next season at the judge’s table.  

  • Anonymous

    Steven got the boost he needs however long it lasts. On to the next chapter. I hope they look seriously for at least one judge to add some credibility to the panel & has a reasonable vocabulary, dog.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Aerosmith has been selling around 400k every year (just in US) without release a new CD since 2000 and they have sold out shows in stadiums around the world BEFORE Idol. They don’t gain less than 2 millions per show. I think the career boost was more with J-Lo. Good for Steven, though. I don’t think he ever took his work seriously and he couldn’t care less about idol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Steven Tyler has decided to depart his role as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL.”

    Good!  lol

  • http://twitter.com/esqape Zach

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://anibundel.wordpress.com/ anibundel

    Beat J.Lo to the punch, did he? Good for him.

  • lovesickheroine

    He probably knew that the producers will not renew his contract anyway. I’m still disappointed that producers still wants Jlo and please producers, let go of Randy as well. I really want Adam Lambert to be one of the new judges.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I don’t think he ever took his work seriously and he couldn’t care less about idol.”

    Steven never gave a crap about Idol and still doesn’t.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Beautiful got his boost, and he’s gone.  Come to think of it…if you pick him up, turn him upside down and read his expire date….it’s just about NOW.

  • lovesickheroine

    oh god no. He’s comments sound knowledgeable because the producers edits his commentary

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YWRMOUMRUKQ4YNBPBWHGT7BA6I Holly

    I’ll miss you Paula!

  • http://twitter.com/holeigh_annie Holeigh

    Aww, I’ll miss Steven as person, but not as judge.  Good luck rockin’ out, you crazy old man, haha.  

  • Anonymous

    No great loss.  Steve was useless as a judge and was incoherent in many of his useless critiques.  Next, please get rid of JLo!

  • lovesickheroine

    He was a mess before he came to idol. He had a feud with Joe Perry and he was addicted to pain killers. He redeemed and reinvent himself when he came to idol

  • Anonymous

    Idol drove Aerosmith sales up significantly, which is why Joe Perry got over being pissed at Steven for signing on without telling him.

  • DavieP

    1 down..2 to go

  • Anonymous

    Next season already looks better  :)
    I love Steven- I really do!
    I love him as a singer and as a rockstar and as a songwriter and as a Toxic Twin character that will never grow old.
    About the only thing I don’t love him as is a judge on American Idol.
    It seemed like a good idea at the time but didn’t work out- no harm, no foul.
    Now that he’s off to fill arenas and do what he does best I hope tptb learned a lesson about what type person to cast as a judge.

  • Anonymous

    Now if only he can take Randy and JLo with him. 

    I will NOT miss Steven at all.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I’ll miss his crazy ass, but it is definitely his time to go.

  • http://www.twitter.com/slcityguy Nick

    WOO!!! Love ya Steven, but you weren’t a good judge. Wish you all the best with the Aerosmith comeback. 

    Now bring on Lambert people!

  • Anonymous

    If JLo leaves will Randy Jackson leave as well?

  • http://twitter.com/eric_ascher Eric Ascher

    By the way, lets hope that Jimmy takes his place. Jimmy was in the studio every night, and he signs the finalists to his record label. So he should be a judge who can influence the public as he has to deal with whoever wins.

  • Anonymous

    Great, now Randy is next (I hope so).
    Buh-bye Mr “You don’t have to hit right the notes”. Now I can be an Aerosmith fan again.

  • Anonymous

    Time for a change anyway. Best of luck to Steven and his band.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I bet Randy will never leave. He’s like that annoying fodder who’s always on the bottom 3 and refuses to leave week after week.

  • Anonymous

    JLo >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Randy >>> Steven

  • Anonymous

    Good riddance! 

  • Anonymous

    Jimmy has already stated several times he does not want to be a judge.  I guess he could change his mind. I would think he may want someone on his label to have a chair.

  • Anonymous

    So with Jlo wanting to leave, I’m guessing a clean wipe of the panel?

  • RockiDreams

    Good riddance.  Now bring on someone that knows what they are talking about and that does not mean someone who needs a boost in their career.   Jimmy would be great – at least he is tough in his assessments.  I won’t miss “that was beautiful” 1000 times during a season.  Maybe it is time American Idol call it a day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    I’m going to miss  Steven.  Yes, he bought the lutz.  However, towards the end, I thought he had some pretty good insights.

    I think he left on his own.  I sorta think TPTB wanted him back. But it’s Steven’s call.

    Hoping he makes an appearance on Idol sometime next year. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    So I guess this is the potential slot for Adam.

  • http://twitter.com/livsim Ivan

    Perez Hilton as a replacement?

  • Anonymous

    Awww, booooooooo. I loved him and the role he played on the show. I’ll miss him a lot. . . Unless he’s replaced by Adam Lambert, then maybe I’ll miss Steven a little less. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I don’t think anyone from the label should be a judge. I guess they will be much more impartial than the last judges were, cause they’ll try to pimp as much as they can the people who they think will sell more records, not those who were actually better and the audience liked the most.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a shame we won’t get to see Steven zone out during the live shows, read directly off of the notes that have been provided for him by Nigel and Simon Fuller, or come to the edge of telling the truth to the contestants, but then deciding not to.

    This isn’t a huge loss, Steven wasn’t a disaster like Ellen, but he never did live up to the expectations that he setup during the taped audition episodes during season 10.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pietro-Matos/100000170166826 Pietro Matos

    Please Idol, get rid of Randy !!! Can’t Stand Jlo either.

  • Anonymous

    Jimmy has already stated several times he does not want to be a judge.  I guess he could change his mind. I would think he may want someone on his label to have a chair.

     After sitting in on a conference call with Jimmy, I came to the conclusion that he would be TERRIBLE if put in a situation where he had to think on his feet. His comments on results night are heavily scripted, edited and after the fact. He’s fine right where he is.

    Having said that…I would LOVE for a a record executive to join the panel–someone who feels totally free to be honest. However, that’s NOT going to happen. I expect the Idol panel to fill up with pop artists looking to burnish or boost their careers.

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    1.5 down 1.5 to go!! Make up your mind to leave, JLo and Randy Dawg!!  At least Steven is leaving on his own terms. 

  • OffLeash

    LOL Steven! Something about rats and sinking ships? :D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKPGOWSHLKLHHRL7DORPZXZ2NI Valarie

    I will miss Steven.  He was actually entertaining.  Jlo, it’s your turn now.  I am saving my happy dance for her departure.

  • Anonymous

    Wait.  Steven Tyler was a judge on American Idol?  When did this happen?

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Not necessarily related but interesting none the less…Simon Fuller is in the audience tonight for the Adam/Queen show (which is going on right now).  Hmmm…

  • Anonymous

    He was the stoned-looking dude on the far left that Jennifer never spoke to.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

     NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • Anonymous

    Oh THAT was Steven Tyler?  All this time I thought it was Simon Cowell’s grandmother.

  • Anonymous

    Awww…I’m so disappointed.  I found him completely entertaining.  It will be boring without him. 

  • Anonymous

    Now they need a guy with wild and changeable hair that can adorn himself in feathers and leather without looking silly, who can sing like a bird, but talk like a Seacrest.  Who is poised and open, and gregarious and experienced.  Perhaps a fashion iconoclast and pop sensation.  Now who could that be?  Hmmmm.

  • OffLeash

    What about David Cook as a judge? 

  • BonnieDee

    I’m sad.  I will miss him. He’s the reason I started watching again in Season 10 after a two year break from Idol.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    As much as I like Cook, I think if they have to choose an Idol, it should be Carrie or Kelly Clarkson, the 2 only big stars from the show.

  • Anonymous

    If Adam Lambert is a judge, I will not watch Idol anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    A good man but not much of a media magnet (unlike Adam).

  • OffLeash

    Me too. They need a new icon to make up for Steven’s departure. Sigh. I can’t stand XFUS, but I think it’s gonna kick Idol’s butt. Idol’s producers aren’t gonna want to spend the money they’d need to to hire superstahs like Simon did. Simon paid 15 millions for Britney, he knows how to play the game. 

  • OffLeash

    I vote for Kelly too since Carrie said she wouldn’t do it. 

  • Anonymous

    They’ll need to get the new judge (s) on board pretty soon. Hmmm

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I LOVES me some original recipe Idol, but between Kelly doing rival The Voice on NBC and Duets on ABC, I’m thinking she’s probably not Fox’s favorite person right now.

  • OffLeash

    Duets is tanking in the ratings, I’d go as far as to say it’s a flop, and her talents were underused on The Voice. She’d be great on Idol IMO.

  • Anonymous

    I like Steven, but he was pretty worthless as a judge. Actually, they are all pretty worthless as judges. Time for a brand-new panel IMO.

    When do the judges come into play? Is it September?

  • http://twitter.com/Lillyfield2 Cherry Lillyfield

    I  actually liked him a lot.  He is a legitimate rock star, though, and I wondered at times why he was even there, his career was hardly on the skids or anything like J-Lo’s was at the time.  He had a good two seasons, I will miss him though he didn’t add much criticism, but when he did, you knew it was genuine and you also knew he was a real music star so when it came from him, you paid attention.  I salute him!

  • Anonymous

    While I think Kelly would be awesome on the panel, I doubt she’d be able to go to FOX, so shortly after her run on Duets. 

    I probably am in the minority here, but I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Paula come back. For me (for you for me) she was a great judge on the X Factor. Kind of reminded me of her on the earlier seasons of Idol (before the crazy started). I wouldn’t mind seeing her return.

  • Anonymous

    glad to see this.  I’d really like a clean sweep, but if they replace him with someone really good I could handle the other 2 remaining.  

  • Incipit

     

    “What about David Cook as a judge?”

    Naw, even if it were conceivably possible, he’s on record as saying he wouldn’t mind mentoring, but he wouldn’t want to judge people. It’s rare to even get him to pick a contestant he likes during the season.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Of course Kelly would be great.  That doesn’t mean Fox would want her (see my previous post).

  • Anonymous

    If Perez Hilton became a judge I would have to gouge my eyes out and stick hot pokers in my ears.

  • Anonymous

    That’s just beautiful! :D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKPGOWSHLKLHHRL7DORPZXZ2NI Valarie

    I agree that Kelly would be a great judge.  She was the first winner, and one of only two real superstars found by the show.   I don’t think her turns on Duets and the Voice would disqualify her from Idol.   I think they just add to her resume

  • Anonymous

    He’s the one judge I wanted to stay :(

  • Incipit

     

    “It’s a shame we won’t get to see Steven zone out during the live shows,
    read directly off of the notes that have been provided for him by Nigel
    and Simon Fuller, or come to the edge of telling the truth to the
    contestants, but then deciding not to.”

    Good capsule description of Steven’s time as a judge, elliegrll – except for the few times I saw him come to the edge of telling the truth in plain English – and saying it in Steven-speak instead. Those were highly entertaining to me – but too few and far between.

  • Anonymous

    So pessimistic before a new judge on here is even hired :P I’m sure they will find a big name replacement. They aren’t that dumb.

  • OffLeash

    I don’t think they’re dumb. Just cheap lmao. 

  • OffLeash

    Me too. I’m gonna be pissed if Steven is the only one leaving and JLo is back after promising she won’t return. Ugh!

  • Larc

    If they choose an Idol as a judge, I think it should be the one who is best qualified to handle the job in every respect.  Carrie and Kelly have clearly been more successful in their careers, but I think Adam better satisfies the criteria and would likely stir up more interest.

  • jersey

    I will miss the Steven Tyler of the auditions but not the Steven Tyler from the live shows.

    I hope they don’t replace him with Adam Lambert. I like him, really I do, but I fear the potential for fan wars on this site daily if that occurs. I would have to stop reading! I really love this site and have been here since season five. I don’t want to leave :-( (I’m only half joking)

  • Anonymous

    Steven would tell the truth sometimes but it would either be blunt or incomprehensible. And since he was rarely frank–out of character, making the few times he did it meaningless.

    There has to be some consistency on the panel. Being constructive one week, only to pull your punches the next means nobody at home will take what’s being said seriously.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    It’s not a matter of being qualified.  It’s a matter of network rivalries and pissing off the wrong people.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest…it could be the thing that finally breaks me.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t they pay JLo $20 million though? That’s more than Britney.

  • Anonymous

    Steven was the best of the three.  Strange and cryptic as it was –his assessment was usually closest to the truth.   I won’t miss him though.  I won’t miss any of them. 

  • OffLeash

    I agree. It would happen not only on this blog but everywhere online, and it would be very nasty and unpleasant. Not to mention VFTW would throw themselves into the fray, they can’t stand Adam. The boards would be unbearable, and it would ruin the season for me because half the show’s fun comes from online discussions for me.

  • Anonymous

    no!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Oh pish posh.  It would probably increase your site traffic.

    ETA: Are these visions dancing around in your head?

    http://youtu.be/Wu7xiJ_HD6c

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Sorry MJ, but my mom beat you to the scoop lol. My mom called me and goes “Did you see Stephen Tyler isn’t going to be a judge on idol anymore?” Of course the first thing I did was pull up this blog to see if it was true, and it is lol.

    *Happy Dance*

    I remember someone saying “Well what do you want him to say” when judging. In my opinion, Stephen could give two shits about Idol and used it for his own promotional purposes. They need to inject new blood into this show before it becomes a cadaver. 

  • Anonymous

    XFUSA was supposed to kick Idol’s butt last year, and it didn’t come close. Demi and Britney will bring in some new viewers, sure, but enough to outperform Idol? I’m not so sure about that.

  • blackberryharvest

    Bringing in Adam as a judge would be a bad decision. We need somebody that can bring in ratings. Adam wouldn’t be able to do that. And I agree with those who say the fan wars would ruin the season. How about somebody like P!nk? I can see her being brutally honest.

  • Anonymous

    when are the auditions in front of the judges supposed to happen? Aren’t they usually in August or September?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DLUK5B6UQVX33RWJYDUBIWPLJA carla

    Is it odd I’m sort of sad to see him go? He had his loopy moments, but I will never forget how much he truly believed in Haley Reinhart.

  • Karen C

    That’s what I’m worried about, I think it will bring fan wars to a new level, because it will not just be about Adam, it will be about who he says he likes or doesn’t like also.  And I’m a fan of Adam too,   but I’m afraid it will backfire.

  • OffLeash

    LOL! 

  • OffLeash

    Idol needs to attract viewers with superstars. I don’t believe they’ll want to shell out the money to get them. They’ll hire cheap IMO.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll miss him on the show :( 

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.mcguirekosak Cathy Mcguire Kosak

    well now maybe the young girls that try out for Idol won’t have to be subjected to his rude pedophile comments ! I think he’s a old man that missed about 30 yrs of his life from drugs..and still thinks he’s 30….look in a mirror ,you just don’t have it any more….(not that he was EVER good looking!)..I’m 64, and lived near them all in Marshfield MA…….Wouldn’t ask any one of them for the time if they were the only ones w/a watch..!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    Nigel tweeted this a few weeks ago about Kelly, ”Catching up with ?#Duets? late via my DVR. How great is@KellyClarkson as a judge?” 

    He’s watching her. I wouldn’t doubt Nigel would love to have her on. However, she’s on tour till October (possibly longer). I’m thinking way ahead now… But I would love for her to be a judge on the final season of Idol (whenever that happens). It started with her and it should end with her. Full circle moment. 

  • Anonymous

    Did Steven actually SAY, “ERMAHGERD?” I can’t even get past that part of the quote.

  • Anonymous

    kelly and john legend would look good in those two seats.  And why doesn’t Randy have something else to keep him busy?  Bump him and have Blake there.  Put Miranda on the Voice!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue
  • Anonymous

    Kelly would make a great judge, but I have to wonder if the relationship between her and the Idol people might be a little shaky, since she’s gone off and done both “The Voice” and “Duets”. And of course, she’s probably going to be on tour, so she might not have the time to do it even if she wanted to and they asked her too.

    Adam would be a great judge as well, but he’s talked about going on tour starting in 2013, so, again, when would he have the time? And I have to wonder if he would be as polarizing a judge as he was (at least at times) a contestant?

    Maybe they’ll just replace Steven with another 60-ish music icon — what’s Rod Stewart up to these days  (I would say Bruce Springsteen, but I think he’s a little busy)? :DDD

  • Anonymous

    Oh pish posh.  It would probably increase your site traffic.

    Actually, I don’t think it would. There’s a possibility that I could eventually lose as many as I gain.

    For the record, I really don’t want ANY Idol alums hired to sit on the panel.

    Bye bye little birdie, go on your way! Visit once in awhile! It’s like when a 30 year old kid moves back in with mom and dad. On several levels, it’s not a great idea.

  • OffLeash

    I think Randy will take whatever pay cut he has to in order to keep his job, not to mention he’s TPTB’s mouthpiece, so I don’t expect him to be replaced.

  • Anonymous

    I will always have a soft spot for Jennifer and Randy and Jimmy for finding Scotty McCreery. Season ten was so enjoyable and to follow Scotty’s career now. Love it. Steven Tyler not so much. He was more for someone else. I enjoy American Idol. P2 and Hollie I hope they will be successful too. 

  • Anonymous

    i don’t really know if i believe there would be any network wars or backlash with kelly.  and hey, they used stronger and already gone last season, as i recall, during the audition shows.  She musta been gettin’ somekinda check cut to her for that, signed by fox.  but I have no clue what i’m talking about….i confess.  I just wanna see kelly more!  But then, I might start to not like her for some reason – as I have all the judges on Idol.  Maybe she better stay away.  Having her singing these few weeks on Duets has been a treat – that may be all i need.

  • OffLeash

    I don’t blame you. With Adam as a judge, you might end up with the same traffic, but it would be a 24/7 war zone here. Yikes!

  • supersonic

    I hope they don’t replace him with Adam Lambert. I like him, really I
    do, but I fear the potential for fan wars on this site daily if that
    occurs. I would have to stop reading! I really love this site and
    have been here since season five. I don’t want to leave :-( (I’m only
    half joking)

    This.  As soon as I saw the news about Steven Tyler leaving, I got nervous.  That means they’re on the phone with Adam right now.  He becomes a judge and the fan wars will ruin the show.  Not just this site, either.  Other sites that also discuss Idol.  The boards will become unbearable and the show will somehow become all about him.  Not cool.  I don’t want this.

  • Larc

    Idol needs to attract viewers with superstars. I don’t believe they’ll want to shell out the money to get them.

    I’m not so sure that superstars doing something clearly outside their areas of expertise bring in lots of new people over the long haul.  Idol consistently lost viewers for the two years Steven and JLo were there.  TPTB at Idol may be realizing finally that getting interesting people who are highly qualified to handle the job at hand just might trump those high-priced big names who are more concerned with their own careers than with helping kids get a start.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/a….120531?cnn=yes
    The company that owns the rights to American Idol is
    restructuring in light of the show’s ratings drop…CKx, which
    will change its name to Core Media Group……Core is also
    planning a revamp of Idol, which comes on the tail of the show’s 30% ratings
    decline in its 11th season this year. Graboff says the company
    will reteam with original Idol creator Simon Fuller to help make the changes,
    which include a likely overhaul of Idol’s voting system.It’s
    possible that the judges panel (currently Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy
    Jackson) will see a change, too, said Graboff – but that decision falls under
    the purview of Fox, which broadcasts Idol.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe MJ, Jim C, Brian M, Rickey, or Slezak should be considered….

  • http://twitter.com/Lillyfield2 Cherry Lillyfield

    I don’t think a former idol should sit on the panel either.  Kelly and Carrie are certainly long-term successful enough that their opinions would be respected, but I don’t think it would be a great fit.  I wonder if Elton John would consider it now- with his new child, I think he likes to be settled in somewhere instead of always on tour, it might be something he would think about now.  I kinda would like someone with a personality- Steven was great but it seems weeks would go by without him saying anything but “beautiful.”

  • OffLeash

    Idol was declared DOA after S9, but Steven and JLo were the only reason it didn’t fall off the face of the earth when S10 came around. They were already old news by the time S11 started. Idol needs new judges, and by that I mean new superstars, hopefully ones that are still relatively current. It’s like a blood transfusion for someone who’s very very sick, a temporary reprieve.

  • Anonymous

    One down, two to go.

  • http://twitter.com/Lillyfield2 Cherry Lillyfield

    I personally think Randy should go- he has been a big problem for the last two years.  His bias for both Joshua and James Durbin got completely out of control.

  • Incipit

     Oh, I agree, mj – there was no consistency with any of them, making all of them useless as a baseline  – but Steven had the most he ‘could’ have said, so it amused me the few times he did say it.

    It wasn’t ‘always’ “Everything is beautiful” in it’s own way -  (TY Ray Stevens)
    But it may as well have been. 

    New judges -  fine by me – better judges? That’s questionable…but I’ll ignore all the hype leading up to the selections – or try my best to – *snerk*

  • OffLeash

    I don’t like Randy either, but like I said, I don’t expect him to go anywhere.

  • Larc

    Maybe not voluntarily.  ;)

  • YankeeFan08

    HowardCohen

    Unofficial reports coming that #MariahCarey, #AdamLambert & #Fergie
    being talked to as #Idol judges; Randy Jackson moves to mentorship role.

  • OffLeash

    Yeah, the only way he won’t show up next season is if they kick him out. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     Cheese:  Steven probably only wanted to do it for a couple of years anyway.  The dude is like 65 years old….that judging job is a young man’s job.  It’s very time consuming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     I like Randy.  But he’s probably tired after 11 years….he’s got a lot going on too.

  • OffLeash

    If that’s the best they can do, meh… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    HOnestly folks, I posted this before.  If Jesus and Mary were sitting in the judge’s chair, you guys and the audience wouldn’t be satisfied.  “He’s too nice”  “He’s too religious”  “She doesn’t say anything mean”….come on, you know it!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Maybe if we get 2 female judges a chick might have a real chance at winning.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Randy would probably be better as a mentor, still would prefer music exec types to pop stars as judges but I know it won’t happen. If Adam is picked I’m done with Idol.

  • Anonymous

    I would say Nigel is just checking out the competition & how not to put together a singing competition show.

  • Anonymous

    I liked the Steven/JLo/Randy panel and still do, but it looks like that will be over.  I DO hope they get judges with more personality, judges with a sharp wit.
    I’m not for any past idols filling the chairs at the table.  I wouldn’t like the idea of any of them being thought of as being on the panel because they needed to revive their careers (like JLo, etc.).  That wouldn’t set well with this old idol fan here (me)!

  • dabney c

    I say get Brian May to replace Steven. Brian is a rock legend and not at all a musical snob like others who turn their noses up at shows like Idol. Plus, Brian has a British accent, which not only reminds us of Simon, but always makes everything sound more weighty and important. Plus, he’s very intelligent and articulate, which is definitely a bonus.   Can we start a campaign? *Brian May for Idol judge!*   We can do this!!

  • merkureye

    Steven Tyler’s departure was a foregone conclusion as soon as he totally sucked  whatever suspense was in the offing on the TOP 7 “save” program.  Nigel had to be livid. 

    Josh, Elise, and Jessica were B3.  Just before commercial break, Ryan (hoping to merely get a bewildered response) asked Steven Tyler what he thought about these 3 being in the bottom.  Steven looked at Ryan and said, “we are going to use the card (read: save) tonight.” Arrrgghhh.  All dramatic tension was totally dissipated.

    What s/h/b one of the most dramatic moments of the season just fizzled.  There was no “Casey save” fireworks.  Steven must have missed the pre-production meeting that day. 

    Buh-bye Steven.  Hello Mariah.

  • Anonymous

    Would think whether or not it’s a “war zone” at MJs is irrelevant to those who run the joint and want to make a profit.

  • Anonymous

    People come to idol boards because they like idol.  Why is it that Adam’s success is the only one that causes jealousy?  Get past the “wish he wasn’t more successful that my favorite” attitude.  No one is upset about Kelly or Carrie’s success, just Adam.  We should be happy for any idol becoming successful.  That is what the show is all about. 

  • OffLeash

    Meh. All the homophobes, Christian fundamentalists as well as the worsters will come out of the woodworks and join ranks. It’ll be a circus. Heck, maybe O’Reilly will start a boycott petition too lol.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest…it could be the thing that finally breaks me.

    You could just lock all the Idol threads when you post them, then open the threads up a few days later when everyone’s calmed down. :)

  • http://twitter.com/monica050581 Monica Linder

    That is idol bubble…Fans will never get over with fan wars…SO SAD!

    On the other hands…Queen fans and Adam fans at the concert tonight were like BIG O HAPPY FAMILY! :D

  • stargazed

    Tyler said some skanky things to some of the young female contestants.  I think he was an embarrassment to the show… if that’s at all possible.

    If Randy will be off camera as an adviser or whatever, I wonder if he’ll still wear his clown suits.  Maybe he’ll wear big floppy feet in his casual wear.

  • Anonymous

    Good PR

  • Anonymous

    Agreed!  I don’t think idol cares one bit about fan wars.  The vast majority of people who watch the show probably aren’t even aware of fan wars.  Also if people don’t want fan wars they shouldn’t participate in them on either side and the problem would go away quickly.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not convinced that superstars are the key to bringing new people.  I think judges who actually judge and offer something mentally substantial to the table may serve the masses better.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Good for Stephen getting it out there early and not playing cat & mouse. I hate that.

    I also do not want any former Idol contestants as judges. Move on.

  • Anonymous

    Stephen Tyler is gone?  That’s BEAUTIFUL! LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OSOOTOBRL4XGHQNICOXCCN5IXQ lisa

    kinda sorry to see Steven leave,he was entertaining.I would like to see Jlo go,since she’s on tour.I don’t think Randy has any other income but idol ,so
    I can’t see him leave but I wish he would.I say give Adam L.a try Mariah would be no different than Jlo the show is all about her.no more divas please 

  • Anonymous

    I think Jimmy Iovine should be on the judges panel. I like Adam Lambert, but he hasn’t done anything that would qualify him to be a judge on AI. I think it would be a very bad decision.

    Regarding Steven Tyler, I’m glad he’s gone. He added nothing to the judges table. I hope J Lo leaves also. Get people who can actually judge and are not afraid to speak their minds.

  • Anonymous

    Might add – you think these groups should dictate what is allowed on AI?

  • justmefornow

    If you were going to pick an alumn, why not at least pick someone that actually won the damn thing? I don’t get it.

    And Bye-bye Steven, I’ll miss your old crazy ass.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Steven so happy you are back in the good grace of Joe Perry.  Maybe he won’t be pushing you off the stage so often.  lol.   Guess I will have to get my Aerosmith fix at a concert or video.   OT, I really don’t think I have ever seen a straight man dress so much like a drag queen as Tyler.  His fashion sense was somewhere between Rupaul and Halloween…whoops sorry Rupaul!

  • seashellz51

    Im not convinced Idol needs ALL superstars on the judging panel either. I think Idol started to go downhill when it became more about the judges than the contestants and that happened in Season 9. I would say 1 superstar is more than enough on that panel. Adam would be a great prospect as it brings another dimension. Possibly 2 females along with Adam. Idol needs to return to the time when it was about honest and helpful critique not egos and lip-syncing. I dont think fanwarring should be any consideration in who judges on AI. 

  • OffLeash

    They will scare off the sponsors for sure. Sponsors don’t like to be in the middle of this kind of controversy.

  • Anonymous

    I think they should get a whole new panel.  Big stars or not, this panel was terrible.  No matter how hard I tried, I would always end up channel surfing when they were giving their incompetent, banal critiques.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

     I strong disagree with this statement.  Mj doesn’t like fan wars, and neither do most of Adam’s fans.  Of course there are exceptions. 

  • Anonymous

    Presume they’ll pick the one (who’s actually interested in the gig) who’ll get the most hits at the best price. 

  • Anonymous

    JCPenney wasn’t with Ellen – it’s no longer the style to be scared off by “one million moms” – viewers – particularly the younger ones – look at the anti-gay movement and are unmoved – got more important things on their plates.

  • OffLeash

    Yep. It’ll all boil down to money. Looks like Mariah Carey is a given. Bleh. I can’t stand her. The other two they pick will have to agree to a much smaller salary because I’m sure Mariah will want a huge one LOL.

  • Karen C

    Im not convinced Idol needs ALL superstars on the judging panel either. I think Idol started to go downhill when it became more about the judges than the contestants and that happened in Season 9.

    I think so too.  Seems like the show used to make stars out of the contestants, but now the judges overshadow them.

  • justmefornow

    If they are looking for a male judge, I wonder if David Cook is interested? 
    He’s a great musician, song writer, and past actual popular winner. He’s very well spoken, intelligent and most of all non-polarizing to not only the mostly conservative AI viewers, but also the corporate sponsors.

    It seems to me, if you want a male alumn, he’s your guy.

  • Karen C

    I think so too, but I don’t think he’d do it, he just moved to Nashville and is working on a new album. I think he said in the past he wouldn’t do anything like that anyway. 

    I think he would be great as a mentor.

  • Anonymous

    He’s all those, but is he a draw?  Have no idea.  That’s up to the suits.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sad. I remember how excited I was when I heard Steven was joining the idol judges’ panel. And, I’m also a fan of JLo. Randy’s ok–could take or leave him. I will miss this set of judges as I feel they’re an important part of the draw now as AI gets older. Steven was a hoot at times and useless at other times but I still was excited each week to see him. I can’t imagine who the judges will be next year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I like Steven Tyler the musician.

    I thought Steven Tyler, the judge, was useless. And the same with JLo and Randy. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s what he said, but, if the money’s right – who knows?  Finances change.

  • supersonic

    Would think whether or not it’s a “war zone” at MJs is irrelevant to those who run the joint and want to make a profit.

    And how would bringing in Adam make a profit?

  • windmills

    Thumbs up to Steven for not turning this into a “will he or won’t he?” circus. I agree with MJ that this seems like a mutual decision that all parties are happy with, whoever may have initiated this.

  • luvadamlambert

    YES, HE’S GONE!!!

  • jersey

    I’m pretty sure the people who don’t want fan wars already don’t participate in them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I think fan wars are stupid. Why can’t people just enjoy the music, respect each other’s opinions, and just live in peace? 

    If Adam is on the panel, so be it. For fan groups to start fighting over it isn’t going to solve anything and is silly. JMO.

  • Anonymous

    Never said it would.  Merely stated the irrelevancy of any discussion at MJ’s in AI’s pick of a judge.

  • http://twitter.com/nancy2heart nancy

    … and here I thought SINGERS actually wanted to spend their time SINGING, not judging!  Hmm …

  • http://twitter.com/nancy2heart nancy

    Amen, Brother!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see a producer, a media peson and either a vocal coach or choregrapher make up the panel.

  • alterego

    I don’t want to see any former contestants, turned judges, period.  They need to bring some fresh perspectives outside of the AI bubble.

  • supersonic

    It wouldn’t be just here, though.  Idol blogs and message boards all over.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Even if singers love to sing we have to consider they love money too, like everyone else.  And 10 million bucks just to say some words, sometimes incomprehensible, isn’t a bad deal.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo for Steven not equivocating. He never lived up to the early promise. Too bad that Adam, who would be great at the job can’t have the job so as to not promote fanwars on idol blogs.

    The only thing I hope for at this point is for whoever fills whatever seats are available have chemistry with one another, are articulate, and knowledgeable. Just because you are a superstar means nothing unless your knowledge matches your stardom. And even then the chemistry has to be right. Television has a way of humbling people. On a panel such as this there is no autotune, pyro, or smoke and mirrors.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t imagine that fan warring on Idol blogs factors into picking a judge. ;0 This seems like a make or break season for the show though. I could see it losing its#1 rank on TV if they get the wrong mix or people that can’t draw an audience. 

    A country artist kind of makes sense because that genre is a proven winner for the show. Rock and pop is where they’re suffering lately.

  • Anonymous

    Truthfully we won’t know until/if it happens. Many thought Ellen was a great choice. We see how that turned out!

    Also I don’t think any blogger mentioned earlier would bring any more eyeballs than an idol alum, my admiration of MJ, notwithstanding! And whoever mention Perez Hilton, I will not support anything that fake, gossip mongering flea has a hand in!

  • Anonymous

    Why would they want a choreographer? The contestants are here to sing not to dance and how will a media person help them perform any better?

    I thought the idea was to bring in some younger artists as judges to help revitalize the show and give it a younger fresher look.

     Simon made the move and axed two judges and replaced them with younger ones.

  • Anonymous

    Non-polarizing is not always a great thing. Often times its boring, tbh.

    AI is not going to care what idol blogs think. The outcry over JLo two years ago would have changed their mind if they cared.

    As far as singers singing not judging, I’ve never heard JLo or Adam Levine more than I did AFTER they started judging.

    Idol bloggers as judges? Lol, no.

    They’re going to make whatever decision they make. I think some of the things said by the Core Media Group about wanting to switch up the idol demographic and get a new type of winner will probably play into their decision. Simon Fuller working on the revamp will also have an effect.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. That’s a surprise. But I wish him well. I hope he gets to spend time with his kids and grandkids.  I really enjoyed him as a judge. 

  • Anonymous

     Well, Adam is a very seasoned performer and a beautiful vocalist with a lot of natural stage presence. However,  I hope Adam just keeps going with his music.

  • supersonic

    Truthfully we won’t know until/if it happens. Many thought Ellen was a great choice. We see how that turned out!

    Well, I was one of the people who knew Ellen was not a great choice.  I knew that was going to be a disaster.

  • Anonymous

     so agree with your post.  I like Steven and wish him all the best. 

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t part of this blog during S8. How bad was it and why would Adam’s appearance as a judge become controversial?

    Personally, I don’t think Adam wants to be a judge. He has an established music career and putting it aside to judge AI, to me, would be a step back.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Well, Adam is a very seasoned performer and a beautiful vocalist with a
    lot of natural stage presence. However,  I hope Adam just keeps going
    with his music.

    It’s not an either/or proposition.  The exposure he’d get from a judging stint on Idol could considerably enhance his singing career, as it has done for several other judges on singing competition shows.

    Adam loves music, and he loves singing.  I’m sure making music will always be his primary focus.  But from his recent comments, it seems he’d love the chance to be a judge on Idol, and if that’s what he wants, then I want it for him.  And it doesn’t hurt that I believe he’d be damn good at it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/esther.macha Esther Macha

    I think Adam would make a great judge. Being a judge won,t keep him from making music. He said today he was into multi tasking. I would love to see him on my tv twice a week. the more the better in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    All over what.

    You really think what a few crazed fans blather about is going to affect what the suits do? 

    It’s what brings in the hits for the ads. 

  • Anonymous

     Sometimes I feel like I’m speaking a different language when I post. lol…  I agree with everything you said.  I don’t think it’s an either/or thing. I just want to support whatever he chooses to do. He would do great as a judge for AI.  I would love that. :)  I just want the best for him.  :)

  • Daytripper73

    Steven would have made a great mentor, and maybe he can do that for a rock themed week next season. As a judge he started with promise but just didn’t have the stomach to be the “bad guy” on the panel.

    I hope all these OTT rumors about big celeb judges prove to be nothing more than rumors. I’d like to see AI woo back lapsed viewers by bringing back Paula. Keep Randy for at least one more season and add a credible, articulate A&R guy/gal or a mainstream producer. Going the X Factor route with superstar judges or the AGT route with non-music celeb judges would’ve a mistake. Don’t lose the plot, Nigel.

  • supersonic

    All over what.

    The internet.

    And I’m not saying that the suits care.  I’m just saying what is going to happen on the Idol blogs and message boards.  That would kill the fun of talking about the show.

  • Anonymous

    Some posters have already killed it.

  • Anonymous

    Re: Adam as a judge:  “He
    becomes a judge and the fan wars will ruin the show.  Not just this
    site, either.  Other sites that also discuss Idol.  The boards will
    become unbearable and the show will somehow become all about him.  Not
    cool.  I don’t want this.”

    I agree with your post. It would be the end of Idol blogs for me. It would be all Adam all the time. “Isn’t he gorgeous. Don’t you love his hair. Isn’t he the best blah blah blah.” That would be more annoying than judges who don’t judge. At least we can complain about the judges here without getting attacked for daring to say something negative about Steven, J-lo or Randy. But you put a fan groups’ special snowflake on the judging pane l~ oh lord. No thanks. No ex-Idols as judges please. They graduated. Time for them to go out and get a real job.

  • Anonymous

     ” but Steven and JLo were the only reason it didn’t fall off the face of
    the earth when S10 came around. They were already old news by the time
    S11 started”

    I agree with this. But I also think that the crop of Idols are immensely talented from Season 11, but not nearly as entertaining and TV-worthy as Season 10 (Ok the country kids were a snore for me but at least Alfred E. Neuman jr. seems to have entertained enough people well enough that they are buying his debut disc in droves.)

  • Anonymous

    So judging is not a real job?  Think, actually, it’s a rather difficult one.  Have to have the skin of an armadillo to ward off the sometimes virulent attacks, it would appear.  Guess the solution is not to read the blogs where the over-invested of any persuasion lie in wait. 

  • Anonymous

    I think some of the comments made about Adam not being worthy of being a judge or for reasons other than for his qualifications.

    He is not going to be the one who starts fan wars across the internet, that would be the fans of others, or cause Idol to collapse. He is not as controversial as some might think.

    He would be an awesome judge on Idol just like he’s an awesome front-man for Queen!
    A lot of doubters didn’t think he had the ability to do that either, but he proved them wrong once again.

  • http://twitter.com/vu_hoa vu_hoa

    He is a worthless judge and is used to generate buzz only. Good to see him finally leave.

  • supersonic

    I agree with your post. It would be the end of Idol blogs for me. It
    would be all Adam all the time. “Isn’t he gorgeous. Don’t you love his
    hair. Isn’t he the best blah blah blah.” That would be more annoying
    than judges who don’t judge. At least we can complain about the judges
    here without getting attacked for daring to say something negative about
    Steven, J-lo or Randy. But you put a fan groups’ special snowflake on
    the judging pane l~ oh lord. No thanks. No ex-Idols as judges please.
    They graduated. Time for them to go out and get a real job.

    This.  I saw a comment on here saying that he would bring “great threads” to the show.  Really?  That is what the show is going to turn into.  Yes, at least we could complain about the judges without getting attacked for daring to say something negative.  Not going to happen when Adam gets in there.

    Totally agree on no ex-Idols as judges.  Like you said, they graduated.  Time for them to go out and get a real job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle


    If you were going to pick an alumn, why not at least pick someone that actually won the damn thing? I don’t get it.

    I agree. Lee Dewyze, for example, has won and probably has time for Idol. Plus, he’s a true musician because he plays a guitar and writes his own songs.

  • Anonymous

    ” That is what the show is going to turn into. Yes, at least we could complain about the judges without getting attacked for daring to say something negative. Not going to happen when Adam gets in there.”

    It’s been 4 or so days of threads with lots of people saying negative things about Adam. It’s been that way for .3.5 years, why would that change. People disagreeing or posting positively isn’t an “attack” lol. MJ runs a tight ship, all opinions allowed, negative or positive as long as her guidelines are followed. I can’t see that changing

  • Karen C

    Yes, at least we could complain about the judges without getting attacked for daring to say something negative. Not going to happen when Adam gets in there.

    Good point.  I think the issue is that the Idol alums, especially the more recent ones, have their own fanbases from the show that still listen to whatever they say about AI or the contestants. I have seen people say they voted for a contestant because their favorite idol said they liked them, and not just with Adam.  And I’ve seen people not like someone from Idol to the point that they would go against what they said.  In a judging situation this might be unfair, because if fans like you or not might have an affect on who they vote for.

    And I do like Adam, and think he would give good advice to the contestants.  Just not sure how he will be received and if it would affect the contestants. It could be good but it could backfire.

  • blackberryharvest

    Adam wouldn’t be able to offer anything to country singers. Could you imagine if he was trying to give Scotty advice on country music? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle


    Adam wouldn’t be able to offer anything to country singers. Could you imagine if he was trying to give Scotty advice on country music?

    JLo and Steven Tyler managed just fine. Thought we can debate the “giving advice” part.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Adam wouldn’t be able to offer anything to country singers. Could you
    imagine if he was trying to give Scotty advice on country music?

    Why does this argument only seem to work in one direction?  Does this mean that if Idol decided to add, say, Reba McIntyre to the panel, she would be unable to give contestants advice about pop music?  Or R&B music?  Or any other kind of music she doesn’t happen to perform?

    None of the judges to date have been country artists.  Simon Cowell made no secret of his distaste for country music.  Why that’s a huge problem with Adam, when it apparently hasn’t been an issue with anyone else who has ever sat on that panel and been equally uninvolved in country music, is beyond me.

    All these arguments about Adam lacking “credibility” could have been c/p’d from the outcry on Idol blogs when Adam was chosen to mentor.  “Adam hasn’t been in the business long enough!  “Adam hasn’t accomplished enough!”  “What does Adam have to offer the contestants as far as advice – he didn’t even win the show!”  For all that, he was widely acknowledged as having done a great job as a mentor – much better than many other artists over the years with a much longer track record and more records sold.  He may not have had longevity in the recording industry, but he had expertise about singing and performing, the ability to convey his thoughts clearly, and a willingness to lay out some hard truths.  IMO, that made him credible.  And the contestants, by all accounts, found him pretty credible as well.

    Anyone, particularly an American Idol contestant, who wouldn’t listen to Adam because he isn’t “credible” enough would be cutting off their nose to spite their face, because Adam has a helluva lot to offer.  It isn’t as if he fell off the back of the turnip truck when he auditioned – he’d been performing since childhood, and on a professional basis for almost 10 years.  He has performed many types of music, in many different venues and circumstances.  He’s a very skilled vocalist and showman.  He listens to and enjoys many different kinds of music.  While he may not have won the show, he navigated it with rare skill, generated tons of buzz, and made it right to the end.  He has a lot of insight about what the contestants can expect and what they will need to do in the immediate aftermath of the show, which is more pertinent to their lives at that point in time than life as a superstar with millions of records sold. 

    Seems credible to me.

  • Anonymous

    Simon Fuller was at the QueenBert concert last night, everyone freaked out thinking it was because he was ‘talking’ to Adam… but the truth is he was there for Brian May. So people can calm down now:)

  • Anonymous

    But they (those who don’t like Adam to be a judge) said they won’t watch the show anymore so I think it would be quiet in this blog. I mean how you can react when you aren’t even watching?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle

    Logic, schmogic.

  • Anonymous

    ”He is not going to be the one who starts fan wars across the internet,
    that would be the fans of others, or cause Idol to collapse. He is not
    as controversial as some might think”

    EXACTLY. And those who complained about ”fan war” were mostly the ones starting it. LOL funny:)

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed Steven’s comments even though he got kinda “soft” in the end.  He still brought Rock cred to the show….and his comments were based on years (what he can remember of them) of experience.  I loved watching him – he was a joy in a strange way….not so much a great *judge*.  But then again Randy and JLo are not great *judges* either. 

    I’m hopeful they bring in someone worth watching to replace Steven…..it would be great if they could actually offer good advice and critique as well.  I understand how some people are saying if a certain individual is brought in, they will stop watching…………I sssssssssssssoooooooooo feel this way too.  If M. Carey comes in as a judge, I’m gone.  

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    Having just been lucky enough to see the first two London Queenbert shows — IMO anything that interferes with Adam performing LIVE! is a terrible idea for music fans. So put me down as one Adam fan who does not want to see him as an Idol judge.

    IF the Fox and CKX execs are looking at the online sentiment and press buzz — then Adam has to be on their list. I really hope they cross him off that list.

    But if they offer him a seat at the judging table and he agrees (as he has said he would), then it will be kind of fun to see what happens on the Idol blogs — 50 posts about Adam, then 50 posts about what Adam said about the contestants, then 50 more posts about Adam. Then a lengthy discussion about his hair. Then a discussion about his jacket! (Designed by The Blonds, you know.) Yes, Adam would destroy Idol — single-handedly. He really is that powerful. ;)

    Seriously, if Ellen, Kara, Jo Lo, Steven and Randy-on-autopilot can’t destroy Idol, then Adam can’t do it either.

  • clearone

    How can it interfere with his performing live?  Once Idol goes to live shows is the committment not only 2 nights per week, say 3 with media committments?  That still leaves 4 or 5 nights per week where he would be available for performing.  The show is only on until the end of May leaving the entire summer to tour….so I don’t see how AI can interfere in that regard.

  • Anonymous

    … and here I thought SINGERS actually wanted to spend their time SINGING, not judging!  Hmm …

    There’s an AP interview with Adam where he muses that judges on the other singing shows seem to do a lot of singing/touring/recording while also sitting on a panel and chips, “I’m great at multi-tasking!”

    So, if he did join the Idol panel, he would probably continue to record and do one-offs on his spare days.  

  • Anonymous

    But they (those who don’t like Adam to be a judge) said they won’t watch
    the show anymore so I think it would be quiet in this blog. I mean how
    you can react when you aren’t even watching?

    Please.
    It’s the people who hate him that can’t seem to look away or stop talking about him.

  • Anonymous

    Adam wouldn’t be able to offer anything to country singers. Could you imagine if he was trying to give Scotty advice on country music?

    The most helpful piece of advice Scotty got was from Lady Gaga, who told him to sing into the freaking microphone.  Had Adam been on the panel, that advice might have come in Week One, instead of Week Ten.

  • Anonymous

    I hope he takes the job, considering the amount of interest he’s generating not only from the media, but it seems from both fans and non fans. Adam is just going to give his opinion about the contestants and their signing abilities, not trying to determine the fate of the western civilization. The show somehow managed to survive Ellen’s ineptness, Simon’s departure, Paula’s craziness, Kara inability to count, Jlo’s neverending performances on Idol and Steven’s total “blond moments”, I think it will survive Adam Lambert’s presence for a season.

  • Anonymous

    Also he could have told Durbin maybe edit some of his scarves, tell Haley that she was on the Idol stage and not a stripper show and Casey that good hygiene is a prerequisite before performing.   

  • Kirsten

    The most helpful piece of advice Scotty got was from Lady Gaga, who told him to sing into the freaking microphone.

    That’s the legend. Truth is Scotty had already started to do that because they were working with him behind the scenes. That year, Orland and Bird were writing a series of blogs and they mentioned in previous weeks they were working with him on the subject.  These kids get a lot of input from a lot of places. The judges and mentors are, relatively, just sound bites.

    I’ll miss Steven. While he was pretty useless in S10, I think he had some great comments in S11 (even if some of them were delivered a little back-handedly). He was fun.

  • milwlovesadam

    Steven brought a certain flair and fun to the table. What he didn’t bring was critique or mentoring or judging at all. So, I wish him well, knowing full well after reading his book, that life is a party that he appreciates very much!!

    Party on dude!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    LOL he told James early in the comp that he loved that he was OTT. James being an Aspie took that very literally, but James ability to read social cues have improved immensely since he was on Idol. TBH the kids really get the most help from the likes of Michael Orland and Piesha McPhee.

  • justmefornow

    lol at the scarves edit. 
    James’ look has actually transitioned somewhat out of the eighties rocker style since Idol, probably an influence of the bands he’s been touring with.

    lol, but no comment on the other two.

  • Anonymous

    LOL bridgette12 – I love James, Haley and Casey, but that was funny.

    And I agree with the post about James – he has learned more on the road from other bands than he ever learned from the judges.

  • Anonymous

    ITA.  If there were ever any doubt, I think Adam’s schedule the past couple of months have proven that he has both the drive and ability to multitask many activities.  Since the middle of May, he has released an album, engaged in countless promotional interviews and one-offs at radio stations across the US and learned, practiced and performed a full nearly two-hour concert with Queen (5 times so far in 4 different countries).  To top it all off, in this fan’s opinion, he’s never looked our sounded better! I think he thrives on being very, very active; it truly seems to me that the more he has going on, the more focused he seems to be.