Why Is Oprah Closing Chicago-based Harpo Studios?

Report: Steven Tyler Signs On As 'American Idol' Judge

August 18th, 2010 10:49pm EDT

Steven Tyler

Aerosmith star Steven Tyler has signed on to replace Simon Cowell on TV talent show "American Idol," according to new reports.

The rocker's name has been linked to the program for weeks but Tyler recently revealed he hadn't signed an official contract, insisting the whole idea was just "a work in progress."

But tonight AccessHollywood.com reports that a source close to the "Love in an Elevator" singer says the deal is done.

If the story is true, Idol producers appear to have agreed to hand over a large sum of cash to their new judge - Tyler recently said show bosses would have to "lay out the bread" to sign him up for the show's 10th season.

Cowell quit the show in May and was followed out the door by one-season judge Ellen Degeneres. Jennifer Lopez was in talks to replace the comedienne but reports suggest negotiations have stalled.

Shania Twain remains a favorite to join Tyler and Randy Jackson on the panel. It is not known if fourth judge Kara Dioguardi will return for the new season of "Idol."

TV bosses at Fox aren't commenting.

Click for more great Aerosmith pictures:

Photo Credits: PR Photos

Sign up for our daily newsletter with great stories like this and more!