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?


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]