'American Idol's' Steven Tyler gets busy
Don't be surprised if Steven Tyler looks a little tired Wednesday night on "American Idol": He had a big weekend.
On Saturday, the "Idol" judge, who just turned 63, charmed his way down the orange carpet at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, where he and "iCarly" star Miranda Cosgrove presented the award for favorite movie actor to Johnny Depp. (Tyler had a touch of trouble reading from the teleprompter: Perhaps it was smeared with green slime?)
The Aerosmith frontman was also on hand -– along with fellow judge Randy Jackson -– as "American Idol" picked up the Kids' Choice Award for reality-TV show. (Afterward, Tyler tweeted, "JONNY DEPP LOOKED ABFAB... WERE GONNA HOOK UP & WRITE A SONG OR TWO..." –- which is kind of intriguing ...)
Then on Sunday night, Tyler teamed up with Carrie Underwood at the Academy of Country Music Awards to tackle a two-fer version of Underwood's "Undo It" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." Tyler and Underwood (hair streaked with magenta) shared a funny non-kiss mid-song. (He puckered; she opened wide. Later in the duet, he seemed to be begging for another buss.)
Underwood recently disclosed that she was a big fan of Tyler -- as a performer, as an "American Idol" judge and as a human being. "I think Steven [Tyler] and J.Lo are doing such an amazing job. I actually got the chance to talk to Steven Tyler and I was like, 'I'm finding out that I like you more than I thought I did,'" the Season 4 "Idol" winner told MTV News. "I've always liked Steven Tyler the artist, but as a person, he's really coming across [as] charming and warm and friendly and encouraging."
And the veteran rocker/new judge's schedule isn't showing signs of letting up anytime soon: He's gearing up to peddle a new memoir, "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?" due out in May from HarperCollins Publishers.
Looks like his career is hitting one of Tyler's trademark high notes.
-- Amy Reiter
Photo: AMERICAN IDOL: Steven Tyler. Credit: Tony Duran / FOX.