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Steven Tyler Criticizes New "American Idol" Judges for Lack of "Camaraderie"

Image courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX (via ABC News Radio)

Everyone else has weighed in on the alleged feud between new American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj , so why not the guy who recently filled one of those seats at the table?  Steven Tyler tells MTV that he's not happy with the reports of friction on the set of Idol .

"I know that they've got something going on on the judges' panel, [and] it shouldn't be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called 'camaraderie,'" he tells MTV .  "They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that's trying to birth itself."

Steven explained, "It needs to be birthed, not judged by 'entertainment' factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the 'it' factor.  Not the 'it' factor because they can fight. [What] the f***k is that all about?"

Speaking about the new judges' abilities to nuture new talent, Steven thinks he and fellow former judge Jennifer Lopez are much more capable in that department than, say, Nicki Minaj.

"These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they're in New York City, they're scared to death; you're not going to get the best [out of them]. ... If it was Bob Dylan , Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!" he says.  "Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips .  Just saying."

Steven did not say specifically what he thinks of either Mariah Carey's or Keith Urban 's ability to help contestants.

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