In an interview with MTV News, Tyler said, "If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with ['Idol' contestant] Phillip Phillips."
He continued on the judging panel, "They should have something going on, which is called 'camaraderie.' 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. 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."
- Nicki wrote via Twitter, "Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!" You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go (bleep) yourself and worry about yourself babe."
- She continued, "LOL lets make him a shirt that says 'No Coloreds Allowed' then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell how he was threatened w/guns. I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven't done anything to you. That's a racist comment."
- The 12th season of American Idol will premiere in January.