Steven Tyler’s love-hate relationship with American Idol

Now that Steven Tyler is officially done with American Idol, he’s had time to reflect on the show. The 64-year-old singer admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I loved it and hated it. It was a great job, I sat next to J.Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life.” Tyler reportedly earned $10 million per season and enjoyed the raised profile and fame the show gave him. However, the singer disliked the huge pressures placed on him to be mean to his contestants in order to fill the shoes of notorious judge Simon Cowell. “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent,” he said. “They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me. That’s not what I’m about.” After announcing his decision to leave Idol last month, the singer also admitted the show was just a distraction to get space from his feuding Aerosmith band mates. Since then, the band has reunited and are scheduled to release their new album, Music From Another Dimension, in November. ~Isabelle Khoo

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  1. C-Dub • August 3, 2012 @ 2:36 PM

    Good. Move on for all the right reasons. And Cowell was one of a kind and if you’re not that type of person I don’t think they (the Idol producers) should be pushing for that type of person.
    shut the show down let’s move onto something new.

  2. LAURIE VAN GOOL • August 4, 2012 @ 11:22 AM

    steven, it certainly wont be the same without you. loved everything about you and will miss you very much. i wish you all the best on your new album and you take care of yourself. laurie

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