Steven Tyler officially has Zap2it‘s approval as a suitable Simon Cowell replacement on “American Idol.” He’s funny, he’s crazy, he’s unpredictable, he drops F-bombs, and he’s probably going to get slapped with a sexual harassment suit before we meet the Top 12, but we love it. (Besides, if Donald Trump can get away with creepy, so can Tyler — at least Tyler is endearing about it.)
In celebration of our new favorite judge – who, by the way, is still looking pretty good for a 62-year-old with a rather colorful past – we thought we’d sift through some previous Tyler/Idol fun and dig up some past performances of Aerosmith‘s greatest hits.
First up is Adam Lambert‘s glammed-up version of “Cryin'” from Season 8 – with his riffs and screams, he gave Tyler a run for his money. Lambert, who came in second after Kris Allen in his season, got lots of love on the introduction to the Season 10 premiere. Allen, however, was nowhere to be found. Hmm.
In Season 7, Michael Johns chose Aerosmith’s “Dream On” for Inspirational week. We think it was sort of an obvious pick – and unfortunately, this was the song that got him eliminated. “I don’t buy you in any way like an Aerosmith,” Randy says. “That’s not the kind of singer you are.” Did he deserve to go home for this one? Hey, Paula liked it. So did her chihuahuas.
Alison Iraheta‘s version of “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” was coached by Quentin Tarantino. Seriously. It certainly wasn’t a judge favorite… but her fans liked it enough to keep her out of the bottom 3.
Aaron Kelly – and a string quartet – gave “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” a go in Season 9, and he took it down a notch from Iraheta’s version, choosing to serenade instead of rock out. This was during the Top 11 week, which had a Billboard #1 theme – and since Kelly made it all the way to the Top 5, we’d say he did pretty well.
Finally, this isn’t an Aerosmith song, but we’d be remiss if we left out Sanjaya Malakar‘s Season 6 finale performance of “You Really Got Me”… featuring Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on guitar. We can’t help but wonder how performing with Sanjaya compared with performing with Tyler.
Hopefully, we’ll see a full Aerosmith week this season. What songs would you like to see “Idols” attempt? Hit us with your suggestions in the comments below!