Crystal Bowersox, a folk rock singer who came in second place on "American Idol" in 2010, says new judge Steven Tyler is a good addition to the hit FOX singing contest series.
Tyler, singer of the rock band Aerosmith, and actress-singer Jennifer Lopez recently joined the "American Idol" judging panel following a series shake-up, made amid declining ratings. Veteran judge Simon Cowell and newer additions Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres left the show after its ninth season ended last year. Randy Jackson remains the sole judge who has appeared on all seasons of "American Idol."
"I'm a fan of Aerosmith and I think Steven Tyler was a good add," Bowersox told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the recent 2011 Grammy Awards, adding: "I ran into Randy a couple of days ago and it was a nice, warm 'Hello.' It was very nice."
The 10th season the show premiered in January. With the departure of Cowell, the show now lacks a judge with a "mean" persona, as Jackson, Lopez and Tyler appear more empathetic towards contestants. In recent episodes, Tyler has also emerged as the show's newest flirt and found himself serenaded by a group of female contestants.
The "American Idol" season premiere was watched by 29.9 million people. Last season's first episode had an audience of 30.4 million. Thursday's episode of "American Idol" was watched by approximately 21.9 million people and earned a 7.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the Hollywood Reporter said.
After her run on "American Idol," Bowersox was given a record deal and released her debut album, "Farmer's Daughter," in December.