Friday, January 21, 2011

American Idol: Steven Tyler slams Simon Cowell

"If I’m judging music, you don’t judge the genre."
- Steven Tyler

With American Idol’s return this week, Steven Tyler is running from one media interview to the next.

The day after the show’s premiere, Tyler was a guest on Fox & Friends on the Fox News channel, talking about his purpose for being on the show.

“I’m not in this for the money, I’m not in this for the prestige,” said the Aerosmith frontman. “I’m in it to see if I can bring something to this and find some kids, along with J-Lo, and along with Randy.”

“It’s just about me being open and honest and having fun up there,”
continued Tyler. “When you see the camaraderie, that was never even in Idol, and I’m taking a risk in saying that. I haven’t seen them all, but I don’t think there ever was.”

“The whole thing is so fairytale, and that’s why I took this American Idol thing. I knew not what I was getting in to, and it’s been good, thank God.”

When asked about his love of country music, Tyler took the opportunity to clearly distance himself from previous judge, Simon Cowell.

“Well, it’s not like that other guy who says ‘I hate Country.’ That’s the one thing that turned me off about the show was that Simon passed on this kid and said, ‘besides which, I hate Country.’ Not my cup of tea. If I’m judging music, you don’t judge the genre.”

American idol – Steven Tyler interview
Fox & friends – January 20, 2011

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