August 19th, 2010
11:44 AM ET
The last time there were this many eyes on a major network decision, Conan O’Brien was still hosting “The Tonight Show.”
Since Ellen DeGeneres announced that she was leaving her post as an “American Idol” judge – on the heels of judge Simon Cowell's departure from the Fox show - everyone from Shania Twain to Chris Isaak to Jennifer Lopez has been named as a potential judge. (Talks with Lopez, however, were reportedly chilled because she had “too many demands.”)
One celeb who has consistently stayed connected to "Idol" in the headlines is Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and according to the band’s bassist, Tom Hamilton, Tyler's deal to judge the Fox competition is done.
Hamilton spoke with New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger for an interview that won’t be available in its totality until August 23. “Steven is doing `American Idol.' The ink is dry on that," Hamilton told the Star-Ledger reporter.
“Steven is someone who absolutely lives to be in front of an audience, and the people closest to him know how witty and entertaining he can be,” Hamilton went on. “I don't know if `American Idol' will be rock 'n' roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler."
Fox, of course, has no comment on the rumors.
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