Steven Tyler Named As New American Idol Judge
September 22, 2010
Kyle Anderson of MTV.com reports: There are two new judges sitting behind the desk on the “American Idol” set, as Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez were officially announced today. It will certainly mark a dramatic shift for the show, as the upcoming 10th season will also have to deal with the departure of show staple Simon Cowell.
Though former “Idol” judge Paula Abdul had a long career on the stage and stalwart Randy Jackson played on a bunch of records as a session musician, Tyler and Lopez represent the two most prolific artists to ever make their television home behind those ubiquitous Coke cups. Lopez dropped her first album in 1999 and has had a handful of gigantic singles in her music career, including “If You Had My Love,” “Waiting for Tonight,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “I’m Real.” Tyler has been around even longer, having fronted Aerosmith since they dropped their self-titled first album in 1973. Along the way, Aerosmith notched all sorts of hits, from early smashes like “Dream On” and “Sweet Emotion” to more recent blasts like “Jaded” and “Pink.”
Lopez and Tyler actually have more in common than you might think. They both have had some of their biggest hits because of associations with hip-hop (Aerosmith’s tag-team with Run-DMC on “Walk This Way,” Lopez’s hook-ups with the likes of Ja Rule, Fat Joe and Jadakiss), both have had success in the film world (Lopez has starred in hits like “Maid in Manhattan,” “The Wedding Planner” and “Selena,” while Tyler made a memorable turn starring as himself in “Wayne’s World 2”), both are deeply connected to sports (Lopez’s husband Mark Anthony is part owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and Tyler is a die-hard Boston Red Sox enthusiast) and both each had public falls in 2009 (Tyler fell off a stage in South Dakota, while Lopez stumbled during a performance of “Louboutins” at the American Music Awards last December).
Of course, they’ve also had long careers in music videos — in fact, both Tyler and Lopez have won multiple MTV Video Music Awards.