Steven Tyler does 'Idol' audition in drag
February 1st, 2013
12:55 PM ET

Steven Tyler does 'Idol' audition in drag

For the last audition episode of "American Idol" on Thursday, the judges panel was treated to a skirted surprise.

As Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj weeded through the contestants in Oklahoma, in walked one "Pepper LaBeija," there to spice things up a bit.

In actuality, of course, it was former "Idol" judge Steven Tyler. He was committed to his appearance as Pepper, arriving in a wig, lipstick, heels and with a full bosom.

Urban was the sole member of the panel to immediately fall into  a fit of laughter, while Jackson channeled his inner Liz Lemon and exclaimed, "what the what?!" Carey and Minaj, meanwhile, bore polite, if not a little confused, smiles.

After Tyler told a few jokes in a noticeably strained voice, Minaj called him out. "Dude look like a lady," Carey quipped.

Sadly, though the Aerosmith frontman said he tried hard, he didn't make it through to Hollywood week. Nice that he paid homage though to one of the most beloved stars of the 1990 documentary "Paris is Burning."

What'd you think of the last audition episode, and of Tyler's "audition"? Sound off below!


Filed under: American Idol 2013 • Steven Tyler • television

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  1. if steven and rosanne barr

    fool around......privacy and camera's off. thanks a bunch

    February 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patrick Wood

    Last night Keith Urban stated that he had fought for the young gal whose origins are clearly not african american. I hope
    that the decision to let her go was not biased. This gal was clearly the candidate with more.potential. It was weird enough to
    have Steve Tyler as a yawning judge las season. I hope I am wrong on this observation concerning last night's judicial
    decision.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I met peter north once...

    very preppie.

    February 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peter North's Wad

    Id let her coax me out

    February 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oops

    is that Liv in the year 2040?

    February 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Clete

    You can't fool me...that is really Taylor Swift dressed up to look like Steven Tyler.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yes

    she looks like steven tyler...

    February 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. you go girl...

    he looks great!

    February 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rev up set routine..

    she has nothing else.....see you tomorrow...

    February 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meh

    quite an improvement

    February 4, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nope

    sarafeena & hubs make a mean sausage and peps...

    February 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John Credible

    Minaj is terrible to watch. Her fake accents and ridiculous outfits bring nothing to the show. Thank goodness for Steven Tyler!

    February 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shikabane Hime

      I predict (and I hate to do this but..) that the Tyler-in-Drag moment will be the ONLY watchable moment all season.

      February 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Uncle Rebus

    That poor girl Minaj, is watching this now going "OMG that WAS Steve Tyler! ...

    February 3, 2013 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jubi

    I love him!!!!

    February 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sorry for screwing up blog pattern today

    i'm dumb.

    February 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. so you see my darling partridge family....

    that was the payback..... "the theater"

    February 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. salito and valootie

    doesn't know a darn thing-unless lee got to them...hahahaha

    February 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Potsie's, don keeoitie and the whole gang...

    Potsie's, don keeoitie and the whole gang...

    nada-oh ridgeette girl heard from fisherman cap....please don't yell at him..he's a dear and was just concerned
    because i ONLY CRIED FOR 6 FKING MONTHS–otherwise all clear..

    i'm just so dumb and illiterate today.

    February 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Potsie's, don keeoitie and the whole gang...

    nada-oh ridgeette girl heard from fisherman cap....please don't yell at him..he's a dear and was just concerned
    becauaw i ONLY CRIED FOR 6 FKING MONTHS–otherwise all clear..

    hello.

    February 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Hi!

    the point knows nothing–love he arts don't you....leelee and fisherman cap should be a couple...
    they love good stories–the rockettes "heard" and felt sorry for her–they were told never to leave
    eddie.

    February 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. hi!

    the point knows nothing–love he arts don't you....xo.

    February 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Arnold

    Cookies? Put that cookie down, NOW!

    February 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Måd

    Still wearing his daughters clothes, eh?

    February 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  24. same

    that's what we depend on folks.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  25. Elizabeth

    Typical crazy Steven Tyler. I wish he was still on Idol. He is great.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Big Shiz

    Jimmer likes to crossdress and sell his body to black men.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. wow

    at 53 years old....d can yo yo me anytime...

    February 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. i love when david sings.

    that heartbeat song...

    February 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mrs. Doubtfire

    Dude looks like a lady!

    February 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. sassysticks53

    I recognized him as soon as he came out. He makes a very ugly woman! I was like Keith – LMAO!

    February 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Diana DeJane

    he actually looks better as a woman. LMAO

    February 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. BUSINESS AS USUAL

    steven tyler appreciates it...SAME ROUTINE.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jared

    I think AI is more enjoyable this year. With each episode the judges get better. Our family likes it.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  34. My bad

    Opps I did it again.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sly Sadie

    Did he pooop his pants?

    February 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. I hope

    someone will bring pie. I likes me some pie.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Friday is the

    best. Is the interception recuperating ?

    February 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  38. I think

    he did ok.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  39. DatsDaFactJack

    He's in drag? Dude dresses like that ALL THE TIME.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Robin

    Best part of the entire show. Probably the season!!

    February 1, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Boof

    The funny part of all this is that if he wasn't already famous and was just trying out now as a contestant, I can practially guarantee that he wouldn't make the cut.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Chucklehead

    Man, that dude looks like one ugly lady!

    February 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. sense of humor

    Nice to see some people still have 1.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Stephen

    Oh hell no!

    February 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |

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