Well the American Idol finale sucked. But, there were a couple of good parts that made it worth watching.
Here’s my favorite contestant performing with Judas Priest. They actually did two songs – “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law”:
And the other great part was the Aerosmith-less Steven Tyler performing “Dream On”, and he sounded as good as ever:
And a comeback was made on the show – the Sax in a pop/rock song! I believe it had disappeared in shame after Kenny G. broke on to the music scene. But it came back for this Lady Ga Ga song. I (surprisingly) did not mind this. Of course I did have my head buried in a game of Bejeweled, so I wasn’t watching the screen. The Sax makes its appearance at 2:50. It made me look up at the screen. Then I dry heaved, and went back to my game.
With American Idol starting back up, this week’s videos feature two of the stars – First is Randy Jackson in all his spandex glory with Journey in “Girl Can’t Help It”. This song came off of Journey’s Raised on Radio album. Randy Jackson replaced bassist Ross Valory. A lot of people criticized Journey with this album, but I still love it.
And the second video is from Steven Tyler and Aerosmith with one of my favorite Aerosmith songs of the ’80s – “Love In An Elevator”. This song came off the great album Pump. It was the first of several singles released from the album. “Love In An Elevator” peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
According to the L.A. Times, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has signed a deal to join American Idol for Season 10. A source close to the negotiations has confirmed reports that Tyler has signed on to fill one of the vacancies left by Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres. Fox has not commented yet.
In an interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton said that Tyler was definitely heading to “Idol.” Here is the specific question and answer from that interview:
Q. But isn’t Steven going to be a judge on a certain TV talent show?
A. Yeah, Steven is doing “American Idol.” The ink is dry on that. So, we’ll have to work around his schedule. I hope it doesn’t hurt the new momentum we’ve built up as a band on this tour, because that’s been so important. But I wouldn’t want to be the one standing in the way of this for him. Steven is someone who absolutely lives to be in front of an audience, and the people closest to him know how witty and entertaining he can be. I don’t know if “American Idol” will be rock ’n’ roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler.
“I know him really well, and he’ll f—ing kill it,” said Lee, who was himself a judge on the 2006 reality show Rock Star: Supernova. “Look, you’re judging karaoke—you don’t need to be a really super experienced judge for that. But it’s nice to have an actual musician in there. He’s fun, and he’ll keep the show exciting too. He’s a good guy for that, I think.”
So, what is your opinion on Steven Tyler joining the show as a judge?
I think he will probably be more like Paula or Ellen, and not really be as tough on the contestants as Simon had been. I’m personally not a huge fan of the show. Before this past season, I had not watched the show in a few years. It seems like the contestants sing all the same songs every year, and not many of the songs (or singers for that matter) are that great. I may check out an episode or 2 next season just to see how Tyler is. My expectations are not very high.