Simon Cowell Approves Of Steven Tyler As American Idol 2011 Judge

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When Simon Cowell quit American Idol he left behind some pretty huge shoes to fill, or should I say some pretty big t-shirts. So what does Simon think of Idol’s replacement? He’s impressed so far!

Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell says he’s happy that Steven Tyler will take his place.

Cowell says, “I always said it had to be someone who wasn’t better looking than me and they achieved it.”

He believes Tyler can adequately fill his shoes, but stopped short of saying the rock star would damage his credibility being on the show.

Cowell says the role of judge is something that Tyler wants to do and that “it’s a fun job. You got to take it like that. You can’t take it too seriously.”

Considering all the jabs returning producer Nigel Lythgoe is taking at Simon it’s nice to see Cowell isn’t returning them even if he is teasing Tyler along the way.

We’re still weeks away from seeing how Steven and JLo handle their new responsibilities, but sight unseen, do you think Tyler is up to the task?

Source: AP