Wednesday night's American Idol
finale had its fair share of guest performers. Aerosmith, Chaka Khan and John Fogerty all visited the show - and stopped by afterward to talk with me.
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Not surprisingly, when Aerosmith was in the building, most of the attention went to Steven Tyler, who had his thoughts on why Phillip Phillips was named the winner - and what he might do going forward.
"I think he's real. He's just really evolved, and he's been vulnerable, and I think America loves that," he said, adding that "I also think he's going to be a big movie star. I don't know why, but I just think that."
Having said that, he told reporters that "The last two have a future beyond belief."Interviews: Phillip and Jessica Talk After 'Idol' Finale
Celebrating her 40th anniversary in the music business, Khan reflected on how much it has changed: "Let's talk about instant gratification, let's talk about not having to buy records anymore. This has changed dramatically. It's become a business, and a brand, and almost everything but art, unfortunately."
Asked if she had any specific advice for the Idol
finalists, she said, "Most of what I could give them, they got already, just doing this show. This stuff is hard. Working, singing every night, getting five hours sleep. It's like touring."
Would she consider recording a duet with Jessica Sanchez? "I would love to, absolutely."'Idol' Red Carpet: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Tim Urban and Didi Benami
Fogerty performed with Phillips, of whom he said, "I really think he's going to have a great career in music and show business."
Regarding their song choice for the performance, he explained, "For some reason they'd done a lot of my songs the last couple of months, and we had to avoid those. It was just a coincidence [and] I loved it."
If he were starting out, he said that he would "absolutely" audition for American Idol
. "It would sure be a way to get to the front of the line real quick," he explained with a laugh.For more from Brittany Frederick, visit my BuddyTV writer page, and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.
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