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Steven Tyler: 'I would return to American Idol as a mentor'

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Steven Tyler has revealed that he would return to American Idol, but not as a judge.

The Aerosmith singer announced he was leaving the show in July, after two seasons at the judges' table.

'American Idol' final: Aerosmith on the stage

© Fox / Michael Becker

'American Idol' finalists Phillip Philips and Jessica Sanchez with judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson

© Fox / Michael Becker



Tyler told E! News: "I wouldn't go back and be a judge, but I'd be a mentor. I loved the fact that you go through 700 people, and out of that, you really can pick someone that has talent, because they have to audition anyway.

"And I'm just grateful that Jennifer [Lopez] and I and Randy [Jackson] could pick people that wound up being so good."

Tyler, who has previously admitted that his decision to join the show upset his Aerosmith bandmates, explained that they managed to work out their differences via their music.

"We'd just come off a tour and I took Idol, and I didn't tell these guys, to be fair, and they got bummed out," he recalled.

"We got into a lot of ya-ya, because of tumult that happens in a band. Sometimes stuff doesn't get talked out quite properly, but it always turns out as songs down the line anyway."

Watch Aerosmith performing on the season 11 finale of American Idol below:


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