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Steven Tyler to leave American Idol
 
Steven Tyler is one of the rock stars helping to fund a special gel that replicates the action of human vocal cords -- a help to musicians and cancer patients alike.
Steven Tyler is one of the rock stars helping to fund a special gel that replicates the action of human vocal cords -- a help to musicians and cancer patients alike.
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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler announced on Thursday that he would not return to American Idol after serving as a judge on the show for two seasons. "Idol was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it," Tyler said in a statement, adding that he felt that it was time to return to Aerosmith, which is set to release its 15th album on Nov. 6. Tyler's announcement added a new element of doubt to the show as it prepares for its twelfth season, with another judge, singer Jennifer Lopez, hinting that it might be time for her to step down as well.

 

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