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Having already sat in for numerous season 10 auditions, Steven Tyler has a clear idea of how he'll serve as an American Idol judge. And it won't be akin to a certain cantankerous Brit.

"I'm really not one for giving insults," Tyler says. "[Contestants] have a voice and I don't want them not singing to their kids when they grow up."

The show will likely feature fewer trainwrecks during its opening set of episodes, which should make things easier for Tyler. Below, however, this Christmas promo does give voice to those without a good voice:

As for his new partner in judging, Tyler has nothing but great things to say about Jennifer Lopez.

"First and foremost, she's a lady and she's not afraid to show that at any given time... she's exactly what I thought she'd be. She's street."

Well... okay then. Chime in now, readers: Are you excited about the addition of Tyler and Lopez to American Idol?

 

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There's nothing like a good celebrity feud.

Sure, we all go through bad breakups, say things we wish we could take back and argue with others, but when the stars do it, it's so much more interesting!

As the year winds down, we've examined 2010's top celebrity mistresses and sex tapes. Now, THG takes a look at the year's 10 best celebrity spats here ...

10. Brett Favre vs. Jenn Sterger    

In a classic he said/she said deal, a former Jets reporter alleged sexual harassment by the NFL legend, who says he was just hollering. Perhaps. Some say the biggest crime was thinking Brett Favre's small junk was going to impress somebody.

9. Sarah Palin vs. PETA

We'd rank Sarah Palin higher, but public wars of words lose some of their edge when you go out of your way to start them. Still, her exchange with PETA over hunting was classic. Bristol Palin and Willow Palin had some good ones, too.

8. Kid Rock vs. Steven Tyler

The former called the latter's hiring by American Idol "the stupidest thing he's ever done in his life" and termed him "an idiot" for good measure. The Aerosmith rocker responded that Kid is "just jealous." Not sure about that one, Steve.

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Steven Tyler, oh my gosh, he's like God in the music industry. - Season 10 American Idol contestant.

In case you haven't heard, American Idol will debut two new judges on January 19, as the Fox juggernaut kicks off season 10.

And while producers have said all the right things about focusing the series on its singers, while adding a number of changes to spice up the program, let's face it: viewers will be tuning in to find out how Tyler and J. Lo compare to the departed Simon Cowell.

The following promo gives us a look at these two at the judges' table, while hyping up their (debatable) status as music legends.

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American Idol fans may be torn on new judge Steven Tyler, but Kid Rock has made it very clear what he thinks of this rocker's decision to join the show.

"I think it's the stupidest thing he's ever done in his life," the Detroit native told Entertainment Weekly.

Kid says he loves the Aerosmith front man "to death," but adds:

"He's a sacred American institution of rock 'n roll and he just threw it all out the window. Just stomped on it and set it on fire... I think whoever's advising him, we should bring back the guillotine or whatever they call that thing. And if it was himself, he needs some serious counseling."

Tell us how you really feel, Kid Rock. Stop holding back. What do you think, readers? Are you happy Tyler and J. Lo are joining Idol?

 

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The worst kept secret in Hollywood is now official: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will be the new judges on American Idol.

Following weeks of reliable speculation, both artists were introduced as part of a judging panel with Randy Jackson at a press conference in Los Angeles today. Lopez immediately set her sights as high as possible:

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"I'm looking for the next Michael Jackson," she said.

Tyler was introduced to reporters as a "rock legend" and said his inclusion on the show feels "fabulous."

"[It] feels like the perfect feathered nest," added the Aerosmith singer. "It's being a part of something much bigger than yourself. I want to bring some rock to this roller coaster."

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Fox hasn't said anything and Steven Tyler himself remains mum.

But Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has confirmed to The Newark Star-Ledger that his band's frontman has officially signed on as an American Idol judge.

"Steven is doing American Idol. The ink is dry on that," said Hamilton. "We'll have to work around his schedule for a new record. I hope it doesn't hurt the new momentum we've built up on this tour, because that's been so important for us as a band. But I wouldn't want to be the one standing in the way of this for him."

Hamilton added that millions of people will "see another side" to the iconic singer, describing Tyler as "witty and entertaining."

With the Aerosmith legend on board, producers must now decide the fate of Kara DioGuardi. Sources say Jennifer Lopez might still be a candidate, despite reports that she demanded too high of a salary for the job.

We're still pushing for Jessica Simpson because, let's face it, who would not tune in each week to watch her at the judging table? She'd made Paula Abdul look intelligent and insightful!

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American Idol is apparently cleaning house.

Talk of who will fill Simon Cowell's vacant seat on the hit show's panel now shifts to who will replace the other two departing judges: Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi will not be returning next season either, according to reports.

DeGeneres, who joined the show in its ninth season earlier this year, confirmed in a statement that she told Fox it "didn’t feel like the right fit for me.”

“I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and would hold off until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next," she said. "It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”

The class act added: “I loved the experience working on Idol, am very grateful for the year I had, am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”

In the same statement, American Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller says, “I loved Ellen’s passion for the artists and her nurturing skills. She brought honesty and optimism to our judging panel and I will miss her greatly."

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Next year's American Idol roster will look a lot different.

But here's where it gets interesting: TMZ reports that Kara DioGuardi has been fired from the program, which will return to a three-judge format.

Fox has not acknowledged Kara's departure in a statement, but it appears it's all but official. That leaves Randy Jackson as the last man standing.

The show will reportedly be going back to a three-judge panel of Randy and a couple of high-profile newcomers: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

This so-called "nuclear option" of blowing up nearly the entire panel has been kicked around for months, but nevertheless comes as a surprise.

Stars ranging from Harry Connick, Jr., to Bret Michaels, Chris Isaak and even Jessica Simpson have been rumored to be negotiating for the job.

Looks like J. Lo and the Aerosmith frontman won out.

The only way Kara could be asked back would be if the Lopez deal fell apart, but TMZ's sources claim it is already a done deal. Crazy stuff!

What do you think of the new panel? With Simon gone, will a Randy-Steven-J.Lo tandem usher in stronger ratings in Season 10?

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According to reports, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has entered a rehab facility for pain management and an addiction to prescription painkillers.

Is he taking a cue from Tiger Woods? No, the 61-year-old rocker is just feeling the collective pain resulting from 10 years of performance injuries.

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The most recent of which? A fall from the stage in August.

"With the help of my family and team of medical professionals, I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain," Tyler said in a statement.

"I love Aerosmith; I love performing. I am grateful for all of the support and love I am receiving and am committed to getting things taken care of."

Steven Tyler is getting help for painkiller addiction.

"I am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford."

His daughter, Liv Tyler says, "My family and I are in complete support of my dad's decision to seek treatment. He is a deeply courageous man."

"We love him and are so proud that he is getting help to balance his pain management, not just for himself but for his family, friends and fans."

Here's wishing Steve a prompt, successful recovery.

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Following its lead singer's serious fall off stage at a South Dakota show, Aerosmith just announced the cancellation of the remainder of their tour:

"In his current condition, Tyler is unable to tour and the band wants to give him time to get healthy," reads the statement from the rockers.

"Words can't express the sadness I feel for having to cancel this tour,” says guitarist Joe Perry. "I would like to thank our loyal fans for sticking by us through thick and thin. We hope we can get the Aerosmith machine up and running again soon."

Meanwhile, Steven Tyler has issued his first public comments on the fall:

"We were in the middle of "Love in an Elevator," Tyler said, "and the band slowly realized something was up. Well, I wasn't gonna go hide under the big top and play ROCK STAR and wait for everything to be fixed.

"I wanted to go out to the crowd to continue the show... so, the Train Kept A- Rollin' and I ran out on the cat walk and grabbed my mic to finish the song. I was doing the Tyler shuffle and then I zigged when I should have zagged... AND I slipped."

"As I live on the edge... I fell off the edge!

"I landed upside down, and after twenty stitches on the back of my head, and a broken left shoulder, I just want to say that I'm plain grateful that I didn't break my neck! In truth, after thousands of live shows, falling off the edge four times ain't too bad."

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A week after Steven Tyler fell off the stage at a South Dakota concert and had to be airlifted to a local hospital, the Aerosmith front man has been the subject of death rumors, mystery and speculation surrounding his condition.

A concert spokesman said Tyler, 61, suffered minor head, neck and shoulder injuries, but his condition is unclear, as is whether they will resume touring.

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Lead guitarist Joe Perry hasn't spoken with Tyler since the fall, but, said "I've seen him fall off a stage more than once. I've fallen off ... Stuff happens."

According to Perry, the frontman cracked his shoulder blade in two places.

"No concussion. Nothing internal," he told Detroit's WXRX 104.9 FM. "So it's like he [was] in a bad bar fight. [Like] somebody had a baseball bat."

Just like that.

As for Steven Tyler's prognosis, Perry told the station, "They're still running tests. MRIs, everything, X rays. I really don't know what's going on."

Though Perry said Tyler is "gonna be sore for a while," he seems confident this is not the end for Aerosmith. "Inevitably, we always come back."

Here's wishing Steve a speedy recovery.

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