American Idol has to find another judge, maybe two when it returns for season 12 in January.
Steven Tyler announced that he will not be returning to the hit reality show this season so he can focus on his band, Aerosmith.
After two seasons on the show Tyler is ready to focus on music again and what he loves best.
TMZ reports that Tyler said that enjoyed working on Idol and everyone on the show but it was time to go.
He referenced the movie Fatal Attraction in saying;
“After some long…hard…thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit, I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith.”
“’Idol’ was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it…. Now it’s time to bring Rock Back.”
He also said this regarding his future with Aerosmith;
I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass – the ultimate in auditory takeover.”
Idol creator Simon Fuller said that he will be missed and hard to replace.
“Steven Tyler is a real ‘Idol,’ a rock legend. If you had told me 10 years ago he would be a judge on ‘American Idol,’ I would have thought it impossible. The fact that this became a reality and we had the pleasure of him gracing our stage for two seasons makes me very proud. I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America’s greatest-ever rock band. ‘American Idol’ will miss him!”
This leaves just Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez as judges of the show, unless JLo leaves like she has recently said she may do.
Jennifer has said many times that she may be leaving the reality show, she told Ellen she was thinking of leaving this past May, but this time it seems like it may really happen.
She told Today’s Natalie Morales she thought it was time to go;
“Little by little I’m making up my mind, I love everybody, I love the guys , but I am thinking it’s time for me to go and do other things I love to do like films.”
Jennifer is also currently on tour with Enrique Iglesias that will last past the time she would be needed to start work on Idol.
She also wants to focus on her children, twins she had with her ex Marc Anthony and many other things she put off when she signed with Idol in 2010.
She loves Idol and everything involved but is ready to focus on other aspects of her life.
Some say that she could be replaced with Fergie, Mariah Carey, or Adam Lambert who was on season 8 of Idol.
There is no talk of who could replace Steven as of yet.
Jennifer did say that she was sad when she heard of Tyler’s decision to leave Idol and that it will definitely play a part on if she returns to the show as well.
Idol sure will be a different show come January and with ratings for last season being some of the lowest the show has had, they will need to make the best decision on who they will get to replace Tyler and Lopez.
This could be the best thing or the worst thing for the show.
We shall see.
Aerosmith releases their new album, “Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars” on November 6th.
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