American Idol Premiere Reaction: Props to Steven Tyler, Kenzie Palmer!

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American Idol kicked off its 10th season in unusual fashion: it ran down the months-long speculation of who would be named the show's new judges, only to then plaster the screen with the words:

But it's not our story. It's yours!

It then spent a few more minutes telling its own story, hyping Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as industry legends and introducing viewers to Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, and new show mentor. After a commercial break, viewers were finally treated to a few auditions.

Our favorite of the night belonged to 15-year old Kenzie Palmer:

The other star of the night was Tyler himself.

The Aerosmith singer brought energy to each audition, occasionally jumping in to sing (well, scream/howl) with contestants and delivering such unique evaluations as:

"Let her in the door, put water on the flower, 'cause I think it's gonna grow."

He wasn't sappy like Paula or mean like Simon. Tyler was simply unique and entertaining. What stood out for you on the first night of American Idol?

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I love Steven grew up with him, he has charasima and is hilarious! I love his sense of humour!

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Steven Tyler is awesome as an AI judge. He's funny, smart ,.charming and funny as hell! Cant believe they apologized for his behavior prior to tonights show! What kind of BS is that?!

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I love Steven Tyler as a judge on American Idol. He's funny, and he knows his stuff. Keep him on the panel for a long time!!!!

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loved it! i really enjoyed all three judges. steven tyler cracks me up, j-lo is sincere and sweet, randy, cool as always.

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Everyone was great!! La lopez looked amazing and brought her New Rican flavor to the mix and Steven Tylor is great I love his style and how honest he is. Randy is still my dog !! Thank God Ellen and Kara are gone and by the way Paula and Simon WHO !! I love it will keep watching !!

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Everyone was great!! La lopez looked amazing and brought her New Rican flavor to the mix and Steven Tylor is great I love his style and how honest he is. Randy is still my dog !! Thank God Ellen and Kara are gone and by the way Paula and Simon WHO !! I love it will keep watching !!

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American Idol finally got 3 perfect judges! They are complete opposites yet work wonderfully together. Congrats to Steven, Jennifer and Randy! And good riddance to Kara Dioguardi!!!! She was a flop from the very beginning!

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Steven Tyler is spot on with his takes on these singers. His deference to Randy Jackson was noble and pc however I hope this changes Tyler is exactly what AI needed. In in for the 10th

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I was not expecting to like this "new" version of American Idol... but to my surprise I LOVED Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez is bright and capable, and not a yes-man. Steven Tyler seems like a "smart" nutbar rather than just a nutbar, so he will be contributing in a positive way I will definitely be watching this season after all!

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I L0VED IT! LOLZ. I am shocked by how much i really enj0yed Idol last night. Im the pers0n wh0 jst watches Idol for the auditi0ns. Never really cared 4 Simons rude m0uth 2much! Bt after seeing Aerosmiths Steven Tyler last night i think i may just watch this seas0n all the way thr0ugh. He is Hilari0us! Very ENTERTAINING! I also thought Jennifer Lopez was just abs0lutely DELIGHTFUL. Their a perfect fit with Idol Alum Randy Jacks0n, who is still one of my favs. So G0OD J0B AMERICAN IDOL.!! Lets just H0PE they can really sp0t s0me great talent. I wasnt 2 impressed with New Jersey. T0 say the least. lolz

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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