American Idol

POLL: Was Steven Tyler Too Flirtatious with Idol Contestants?

01/20/2011 at 03:35 PM EST



Steven Tyler made a good impression on his American Idol debut on Wednesday, but he's also getting buzz for making comments that were less about judging and more about flirting.

Tyler told one singer, Victoria Huggins, 16, that she had "just the right amount [of leg] showing."

The perky North Carolina teen didn't seem to mind, telling him, "Well, I've got to appeal to the boy audience, but still be a lady."



Other female contestants paid compliments to the Aerosmith rocker and he was not shy about paying them right back. But is his flirting with contestants appropriate?

It's not without precedent, either. Former judge Simon Cowell had been known to appreciate a little skin in the past – a contestant known as Bikini Girl made it all the way to Hollywood Week before getting eliminated.



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