I never wanted to do `American Idol`: Steven Tyler

Last Updated: May 26, 2011, 14:39 PM IST

London: ‘Aerosmith’ rocker Steven Tyler never wanted to judge the singing talent show ‘American Idol’ because he initially thought that there was not enough talent on the show.

"I never wanted to do `American Idol`. I turned around and said, `The show sucks. How can kids be (an) American idol? They haven`t played clubs, they haven`t paid their dues, that haven`t done what we did.` I was wrong. They are out there, we just have to wade through a bunch of them," a website quoted Tyler as saying.

But the 63-year-old has been a huge hit since joining judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on the revamped judging panel for the 10th season of the show.

He now believes that there were lot of talents who caught his eye, but it was finalist Lauren Aliana who had impressed him from the beginning.

"When I first heard Lauren, seven months ago, it was the second city. You have to go through so many kids and she sang. She doesn`t try to hit the notes, the words just go to that place. Everybody else is trying to hit the notes, and she`s never had that problem with pitch.

"Maybe bad songs, but she`s been perfect and right and great. I circled her months ago and said `American idol`. Her and about six or seven others, but I heard her first. I mean how does a 15-year-old sing like that? How does that happen? That`s magic, that`s the gift, and that`s what we`re looking for," he said.

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