“It’s not like that other guy who said, ‘I hate country,’” Tyler says. “Come on, that’s the one thing that turned me off about the show, when Simon passed on this kid, saying, ‘Besides which I hate country. Not my cup of tea.’”
“If I am judging music, you don’t judge the genre … sorry,” he adds. Country music leaning contestants, like Paris Tassin — who was introduced to ‘Idol’ viewers last week with an emotional performance of Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Temporary Home’ — have a friend in open-minded judge Steven Tyler this season.