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American Idol: Steven Tyler Explains Why He Is So Easy On The Contestants

May 03, 2011 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ

We all know him as FOX‘s nice judge this season on American Idol, and in a recent interview Steven Tyler explains why he is so easy on the contestants in comparison to how Simon Cowell handled the contestants in his time on the show. Keep reading to hear what the Aerosmith front man had to say!

Steven Tyler has definitely stepped into Paula Abdul’s shoes on American Idol in that he always has positive critique for the contestants, but why is that? In an interview with USA Today, Steven said “It’s not a show about criticism. It’s a show of hope. We’re not putting people down. We brought talent to be reckoned with this year. Look at the beautiful people we got out of it. I don’t want to be harsh with them. I don’t want to say, ‘What’s wrong with you? Who told you to pick that song?’ Well, I can blame that on (music producer) Jimmy Iovine. The kids don’t know any better. I’m angry because they won’t let me back there to work with the kids myself.”

Steven went on to share that prior judge Kara DioGuardi was the one who recommended him for the judging gig and he adds “I knew I could be beneficial to a show that was tanking. I also thought, ‘This could fail miserably.’” Well Mr. Tyler, the show is certainly not failing with you there as the ratings remain good and the fans and viewers seem to adore him more than anyone else. Steven Tyler definitely gives the contestants hope each week and maybe that is just what this show needed. What do you think? Comment and share your thoughts with us!

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6 Responses to “American Idol: Steven Tyler Explains Why He Is So Easy On The Contestants”

  1. artsyfaces Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Steven Tyler is kind, intelligent and inspirational with the contestants, and he’s a hoot to boot!

  2. G Says:
    May 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Steven Tyler is one of the rare human judges on idol. He is human, kind, forgiving, funny. I watched AI this year because of him. He’s really great.

  3. 462Dave Says:
    May 12th, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Steven Tyler is the only judge that gets it. He doesn’t try to encourage contestants to try to emulate other artists. Instead, he gives them credit for their personal talent and gift as an artist.

    Steven is the reason that I now watch the show. I never was a fan before despite the fact that I am a huge music lover. Cowell and Abdul were a big turnoff.

  4. Shirley Says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I starting watching AI during the pick of the 24 that made it to the finals. When I saw t hat Simon was gone from the judges panel, I stuck with the show. I’ve enjoyed it very much and can hardly wait for Wed and Thurs nights. Don’t change our judges. I enjoy watching all 3 of them.

  5. susan Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I love watching AI because of Steven Tyler.

  6. susan Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I love watching AI because of Steven Tyler


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