Steven Tyler Calls Allentown Explosion Victim

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Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge, Steven Tyler took time out of his busy day call Patty Grabowski after receiving a letter from her.  Steven spent an hour on the phone with Patty as they talked about rebounding from tragedy and adversity.

Patty and her family lost everything when their home was leveled by a gas main blast and fire in Allentown on February 9th.  Five of Patty’s neighbors perished as a result of the tragedy.  Fortunately, Patty, her parents and their cat Tally all survived.  Unfortunately, everything was lost, even her wedding dress.  Patty is getting married in June.

After the inspiring phone call, Patty received an autographed picture of Steven Tyler the next day.  The message was “I’m singing to u.”

What a great thing to do for a fan!  Patty’s cat Tally is named after Steven Tyler, who real last name is Tallarico.  Mr. Tyler is a class act.

American Idol Opens To Mixed Reviews

The first week of American Idol has come to a close.  The New Jersey and New Orleans auditions are behind us now. 

Personally, I was not going to watch any more but decided, to be fair, I should at least give the new panel a chance.  Never did much care for Randy.  Loved Paula and Simon.  Kara (disliked) and Ellen, who is funny and I enjoy her show, was not really suited for AI by her own admission.

When they announced Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez I was more than a little upset.  Based on who they could have considered I felt maybe this was not such a good idea.  Really wanted Harry Connick, Jr. but he evidently had too many commitments to be a judge.

I must say I was surprised by Steven Tyler.  I think he is funny, has a good eye for talent and is very respectful of the contestants, even the bad ones.  People seem to love him or hate him.  I did see more positive comments from people than negative ones. 

Jennifer Lopez needs to say no more.  Otherwise, I think she will be fine.  I am hoping she gets tougher as the season moves along.   I think people are more evenly divided on whether they like her or not than Steven Tyler.

Some good talent so far.  Looking forward to the rest of the auditions.  350 people made it to Hollywood from what I read.  Largest group ever.  In the end, they still have to get down to 20 (new this year) so as long as AI foots the bill, who cares.