“You know what? I want to be honest about this and I don’t want to get myself in trouble because I haven’t asked the guys yet, but I’m sure they will,” Tyler told reporters Monday night at the Paley Festival in Los Angeles. “They’d love to.”
Tyler and fellow judge Randy Jackson faced reporters, but most of the night belonged to the Aerosmith frontman, who was gracious and loquacious as he fielded questions. Of course, h couldn’t say what song Aerosmith might perform on the show, seeing as the band hadn’t spoken about it, but bets among those in the audience were on a medley of “Dream On” and “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
Tyler did acknowledge having a favorite “Idol” contestant, but he wouldn’t divulge any names. “I can’t,” he said. “I’m not allowed.” However, he did say judging the “Idol” hopeful has “been hard. It’s been really, really hard on my heart,” he said.
Here are some other highlights:
*Randy Jackson on Being the New Meanie: “I am not mean. Listen, I’ve always said I didn’t like things when people were terrible or it wasn’t great before. It’s just that maybe I’m one of the fewer ones saying it,” he laughed.
*Randy Jackson on Casey Abrams’ Health: “He’s doing pretty well. I hope that his health continues because the guy is so talented. He’s one of my favorites,” says Jackson. “I don’t really know the extent of what his health problems are but I’m hoping and praying, we’re all praying, but I think he’s gonna be alright.”
*Quote of the Night: “Of all the things I’ve ever lost, I miss my mind the most,” Steven Tyler on the panel.
*James Durbin’s Hidden Talents: Guitar, piano, drums, and drawing as a way to “escape my day,” he told the crowd.
*Paul McDonald on His Dance Moves: “It’s called entertaining,” he said. “If you don’t win them over, they don’t buy your stuff and I’ll be flipping burgers.”
*Casey Abrams on Playing Bass: Abrams says he’s happy about the new instrument restrictions but when asked when we’ll see him perform with his stand-up bass, he said, “When I can.”
*Executive Producer Ken Warwick on Theme Nights: Yes, in case you didn’t notice, there aren’t any genre-themes yet. Instead, it’s themes where the contestants can do their own genre, such as Birth Year night this week. That said, Warwick did say that at some point this season, they will be asked to “slightly step outside the box.”
*Steve Tyler on Sobriety: “I’m in AA up to my neck,” he said.
*Everyone on the Top 12: When the panel was asked to describe the personalities of the top 12, they said: The Loudest (Jacob Lusk), The Shiest (Thia Megia), The Most Confident (Stefano Langone), The Most Insecure (Randy Jackson joked that it was he), The Most Often Late (Karen Rodriguez), The Troublemaker (Paul McDonald offered to take that title), Who Pigs Out the Most (Jacob Lusk), Mom and Dad of the house (Naima Adedapo and James Durbin).