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Steven Tyler Prefers the Old Ways of Paying Your Dues to Earn 'Idol' Status (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 18th 2011 3:47AM
Steven Tyler, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Steven Tyler became a rock idol in the 1970s, long before reality television even existed. And now he's joining 'American Idol,' the biggest reality show to ever hit these shores. As a judge, he'll be helping America choose their next 'Idol' through a competition. It's certainly a different journey.

"I always thought that in order to become an American Idol, or any kind of idol, you have to pay your dues," Tyler said on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on CBS), referring to the years of national touring he did with Aerosmith. "But, today's a different world."

"I prefer the process that gave us you to this process," David Letterman said of 'American Idol.' "By the time you're ready, you're ready, and we have the honest, legitimate stamp of approval."

Tyler responded, "I tend to agree," which was enough to get uproarious applause from the crowd. Surely FOX couldn't be too pleased that one of their newer high-profile judges is basically saying he doesn't think this is the best way to find a new music idol?

Legitimacy as a vehicle for creating music stars has been a driving focus of the show since day one. And never has it been more essential than now, when it's been a few years since an indisputable star has come from the show.

Tyler does qualify -- or, should we say, clarify -- his statement. "This way is more fun," he says, referring to the 'Idol' process. "It's more excruciating -- we get to put 'em through hell and they do it, and they come out the worm-hole looking good. You'll see."

But is it enough to dampen the fact that he agreed with Letterman's assessment of the validity of what 'American Idol' is hoping to create? For the few genuine stars they have found, the number of not-so-much finalists is growing. Even recent winners have failed to impress.

Then there's the fact that his clarification only indicated that 'American Idol' is fun for the torture the contestants go through to try to achieve their dreams. In other words, it makes for good television. That doesn't mean it makes for great musicians.

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Well of course this show doesn't make for good musicians. It is a glorified karaoke contest. Then again that is what most mainstream "musicians" are these days. Karaoke artists who sing songs written for them. Songs that like their singers will not stand the test of time.
American Idol is entertaining though.

January 31 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Simply Put... He's A Living Legend.!!!!!!!!!

January 19 2011 at 8:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tyler has been touring longer than you r2002r have been alive. The man has been through every situation that could be possible as an entertainer and is still on top of his game. Your opinion, in your mind carries weight. In mine, it does not.

January 18 2011 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The guy is a terrible, the worst, example for an audience of young people. He advocates and brags about
his life of drugs, breaking the laws and ridiculous appearance. He's awful. Many young people will not
be allowed to watch because of him. To be a good singer does not mean you should be set-up as a role
model which is what a judge is. Letterman also couldn't remember his name. I'm 34 and think he's a
doomed choice.

January 18 2011 at 9:35 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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