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POLISHED EDGE: Celebrity Q&A
Steven Tyler of ‘American Idol’ on Fox
Q: How much did your first-year experience sell you on the idea of returning to “American Idol”?
A: It was a whole year of, “What?” I was living in L.A., and it was pretty amazing. The whole thing to me was over the top, which is what I live for. I’m addicted to adrenaline anyway, so this was new, fertile ground. All I had to do was judge what I heard. It was a long, hard time ... but in the end, it was great. It was a really great experience for me.
Q: Since you and Jennifer Lopez started on “American Idol” at the same time, how’s your relationship with her been?
A: I saw J. Lo in a movie called “The Back-up Plan.” I saw something in her, playing that part with compassion and loving that guy and chasing after him. And I fell in love with her. I sit next to her, and she makes me blush, then I’ve gotta make her blush; the stuff we say to each other off-camera could be a show in and of itself. I can’t tell you what we say, but it’s very tongue-in-cheek.
Q: How do you think the two of you have meshed with fellow judge Randy Jackson?
A: Well, he’s the Grand Facilitator. He’ll wind stuff up, then he’ll hand it to me, then I’ll hand it to J. Lo. She’s very nurturing, and he’s right to the point, and I can be funny and nurturing as well. We work off of each other. I can tell when Randy’s out of steam and I’ll jump in -- and when I’m out of steam, J. Lo jumps in. If your foot falls off the pedal, the other one’s right there.
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