Steven Tyler announced that his time as a judge on “American Idol” has come to an end. The Aerosmith frontman – who made waves with his band – and fans – with his decision to join the reality television singing competition in 2010, said he wants to return to making music full time.
With the 64-year-old singer “letting go of his mistress,” here’s a fantasy look at a few other prolific rockers who could fill his shoes.
The “Prince of Darkness” has created quite a legacy for himself over the last four decades. From his start with heavy metal founders Black Sabbath, to a successful solo career, Osbourne has become a household name. He’s also no stranger to reality television, having starred in his own show, “The Osbournes,” alongside wife/manager Sharon and their children, Kelly and Jack, in the early 2000s. Ozzy’s knowledge and insight could be invaluable to the Idol contestants, and open up numerous doors for them beyond the competition. He might want to leave the lesson on biting the heads off live animals out of his teachings, however.
The “One In A Million” singer is a one in a million shot to replace Tyler. A notorious recluse, The Guns N’ Roses frontman has only made one television appearance in the last 20 years. Rose also has a reputation for showing up late for performances, and could never adhere to the strict schedule of doing a weekly television show. Aside from that, the volatile singer’s attitude and infamous short temper, while seemingly tailor-made for reality TV, would not go over well with network executives. Still, it’s fun to imagine Rose doing his best Simon Cowell impersonation as he verbally rips into a young musical hopeful, reducing them to a tearful, expletive filled goodbye rant.
With “Rock of Love,” “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” and a winning stint on “Celebrity Apprentice 3,” on his resume, the Poison singer knows the world of reality television quite well. In fact, some might say Bret seems to fit just as comfortably on TV as he does on stage. While he hasn’t reached the marketing levels of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, Bret has created a successful brand for himself, with everything from iced tea to pet supplies bearing his likeness. Not only could Michaels help the contestants with their vocal skills, but he could also show them the way to succeed outside of music. Plus, with his glam background, Bret could show the group that looking your best is half the battle.
David Lee Roth
Out of everyone on this list, the Van Halen frontman best matches Tyler’s loud, outlandish personality. A larger than life performer, Roth reunited with the band four years ago, resulting in their much anticipated twelfth studio album, “A Different Kind of Truth,” released this past February. With the recent cancellation of the Van Halen summer tour, and no immediate plans in place, perhaps Fox can convince “Diamond Dave” to use his musical expertise to judge the newest crop of Idol contestants. Just imagine how much more exciting the show would be when each participant has to learn the infamous David Lee Roth stage jump.
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