American Idol Season 10 Premiere - Live Recap

The wait is over and American Idol season 10 has begun.  I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that this will be one of the most watched seasons of American Idol ever.  Sure, a lot of people are mourning the loss of Simon Cowell's singular presence on the show.  For all the hate pointed at Cowell by fans of the various contestants that struggled under his often caustic critique, Simon brought a certain flavor to the show.  He was the bad guy you loved to hate, and his plentiful face turns made him curiously ... um ... likeable?  Regardless, he is gone and Paula is now even further in the rear view mirror;  failed experiment Ellen has wisely been returned to her talk show digs, and Kara has been surprisingly given the heave-ho.

On the other hand, there is a new line up of judges that critics are claiming may be the most dynamic combination yet.  I've watched an hour of footage for American Idol season 10 so far, and I can tell you without any doubt that this is absolutely true.  Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is not the wild and crazy guy you might expect, instead he is intelligent, sensitive, and surprisingly direct when needed.  He's difficult to peg, to be sure, but his colorful persona was made for Idol.  When I first heard he was joining I didn't know what to think, now that I've seen him in action it is easy to tell he was meant to do this.  Who cares what Joe Perry thinks, I can watch Tyler judge is still take my collection of Aerosmith vinyl seriously.  The idea that being on American Idol would somehow mock Tyler's stature is simply not true, if anything Tyler legitimizes American Idol in a way few could. Read More...


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