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Monday 11 November 2019

Tyler: Idol wasn't my cup of tea

Steven Tyler said he enjoyed sitting next to Jennifer Lopez on American Idol
Steven Tyler said he enjoyed sitting next to Jennifer Lopez on American Idol

Steven Tyler has said he liked the pay cheques on American Idol but had a love-hate relationship with the show.

The Aerosmith rocker - who announced last month he was leaving the judging panel after two seasons to rededicate himself to his band - told Rolling Stone magazine the TV talent show was "not my cup of tea".

But he added: "I loved it and hated it. 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."

Steve told the magazine he took the job because it was a good way to pass the time while he and his bandmates worked out their behind-the-scenes conflicts.

"It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest," he said.

And while previous judge Simon Cowell was known for his withering put-downs, Steve said it wasn't his style to be mean.

"The show's about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the p*** 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."

Last month, Mariah Carey was announced as a new judge on the US show, which will be back on air in January.

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