Steven Tyler Reflects on American Idol: “They Wanted Me to Take the Piss Out of the Kids and I Don't Have That in Me”

Now that he’s officially done with American Idol and on to new things with long-time band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler’s had some time to reflect on his seasons judging the show — the good times and the bad. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Steven admitted that he both “loved… and hated” being an Idol judge for two seasons. “It was a great job, I sat next to J. Lo and I made a ton of money,” he explained. “It was a moment in life and...

'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips' 'Home' Sales Surge Thanks to Olympics

The season 11 winner's coronation song, which NBC has been using as the soundtrack to its women's gymnastics coverage, could top 200,000 downloads this week.

Steven Tyler says he loved and hated his time on 'American Idol'

"American Idol" fans had mixed opinions about Steven Tyler's addition to the judges' table in the wake of Simon Cowell's departure. Turns out Tyler himself had mixed feelings about his time on the show, which lasted two years until his departure after Season 11."I loved it and hated it," he tells Rolling Stone. "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."PHOTOS: Steven Tyler's notable 'Idol' quotables But he was never really up for taking Cowell's contentious role on the panel. "The show's about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. 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. That's more about that other guy. Not me." Tyler admits he took the job during a time when...

Aerosmith Reacts to Steven Tyler Leaving 'American Idol'

Bassist Tom Hamilton says another season of Tyler judging the Fox singing competition would have "slowed us down."

Toby Keith Says No to American Idol Judging Seat

The idea of country music sensation Brad Paisley joining the American Idol Season 12 judging line-up has been pretty well-received, but it’s clear that it’s going to be tough for Brad to fit Idol into his busy schedule. While it’s still just a rumor that Brad may be joining the judging panel, another country star is speaking out about turning down the Idol gig. The Idol team reportedly reached out to another country star, Toby Keith, about the potential for him to take...

'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Presented with First Gold Record

Surprised by fellow finalist Colton Dixon, who carried the award certifying sales of over 500,000 for the hit single "Home," the Season 11 champ tells THR, "It's so crazy."

Carly Smithson Denies Mariah Carey Was a “Nightmare” on American Idol

Remember those pesky rumors about Mariah Carey being a “nightmare to work with” during her time mentoring American Idol? One Idol alum who was around during Mariah’s time on Season 7 has taken it upon herself to refute them altogether. Carly Smithson, who finished in sixth place for Idol’s seventh season, responded to the rumors about Mariah on Twitter, writing “Just read … reports that Mariah Carey was a nightmare while on season 7 of...

Ryan Seacrest Says Mariah Carey Will “Fit Right In” on Idol Judging Panel

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest recently reached out to congratulate Mariah Carey on her upcoming gig as Season 12’s newest judge. According to him, she’s planning to keep it real, Mimi-style. Ryan appeared on The Today Show this morning to chat about the latest Idol news. He said that while everyone is sad to see Jennifer Lopez go, he’s looking forward to seeing what Mariah will bring the show. He shared his first conversation with the “Touch My Body”...

American Idol Season 12 - First Promo Pic of Mariah Carey is All Kinds of Awkward

I understand that Mariah Carey is a super duper mega star and everything, but honestly:  what is up with this first promo pic of her from American Idol ? Sparkly orange dress against a sunset/rise? Here teeth look like they are prying that smile on her face.  And I don't know what is up with those arms, seizure maybe?  I mean come on people, American Idol is the BIG time right?  Couldn't they get a better shot of Mariah than this? I mean Mariah is always lovely, but in this picture she is lovely AND extremely AWKWARD looking.  And for the love of God, let's hope she doesn't dress like that on the show.  Unless 'the show' is a Vegas gig. Read More...

'American Idol' Takes on Mariah Carey: 6 Stellar Covers of Her Hits (Video)

Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Jessica Sanchez and even Bikini Girl has dived into the diva's songbook. THR takes a look back at a few of the Fox show's most memorable Mariah-inspired performances.