JLo, Steven Tyler out as American Idol judges; Charlie Sheen wants to occupy one of the seats
A few weeks ago, rumors began swirling surrounding Jennifer Lopez’s future as one of the judges on American Idol, prompting us to post betting odds on the favorites to take the vacant seat between Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.
Now it appears that JLo isn’t the only one that’s leaving Idol because not only is Tyler on the outs too, but the Dawg himself will probably follow out the door as well. If you’re keeping score, all three judges will most likely not be around for Idol’s 12th season. We’re saying ‘most likely’ because Jackson’s departure isn’t set in stone yet, but it’s already been confirmed by various news outlets that both Tyler and Lopez won’t be back next season.
In a statement released to the media, Tyler was his usual candid self in explaining why he decided to leave the show. “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 said.
“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.”
So yeah, both he and JLo are apparently returning to their roots with hopes of resurrecting their music careers, although we’re not sure how much “resurrecting” Aerosmith has to do to become relevant again in today’s day and age.
In any case, now that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are out, rumors have been running wild on who the potential replacements will be for the pair. Our aforementioned story on the potential replacements for JLo had Mary J Blige as the favorite at 7/2 odds, although it appears that 5/1 Mariah Carey is on the inside track to sit on JLo’s departed chair. Smart choice, if you ask us. Carey’s a household name, she’s got “star power”, and the show’s male audience won’t have to worry about losing out on the booty candy.
As for Tyler’s replacements, a couple of names are being thrown around, including one…Charlie Sheen.
Heatworld.com reported about Sheen’s apparent interest in adding “American Idol judge” to his resume is more than just his latest ‘winning’ publicity stunt. When asked if he was interested, Sheen was quoted saying, “If the numbers move the needle AND ‘Idol’ matches 20 per cent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club … then the hell with it. As we say, pour the smoke”
We’re not quite sure if Sheen has any music credentials to stand on, but if American Idol is worried about ratings as he alluded to, maybe taking the route of having a self-professed warlock with tiger blood and Adonis DNA to be one of the judges will do the trick.