American Idol judge Steven Tyler announced that he won’t be back for another season of the show.
The 64-year old rock icon and frontman of Aerosmith said that his exit after two seasons of judging in the show is because he think “it’s time to bring rock back”.
Tyler said in a statement, “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.”
He explained that his departure from the show is to allow him to focus more on his band, Aerosmith, which has been around for 40 years. His decision makes sense as their band is expected to come out with a new album this fall and also set to go on tour.
“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.”
Though it is interesting to note that at the start of his judging gig in American Idol, he said onBlack Hawk Mines of his bandmates’ reaction, “At first, they were jealous because they heard it through the press and not from me. But four months ago they were looking for another lead singer.”
Tyler’s departure is just one of the changes awaiting the next season as co-judge Jennifer Lopez is still undecided about staying.
Since the latest season wrapped up with the smallest ratings, there has been many speculations as to what changes will be done by Fox for the next season — and who will remain as Idol judges. The singing reality show has its sharpest decline in ratings last season, which was 30% or 21 million viewers compared to its peak in 2003 with 38 million, sending warning signals on the network.
Looks like the only sure thing about the Idol series is its host, Ryan Seacrest, who renewed his contract for 2 years for USD 15 million.