Alanis Morissette confirms 'American Idol' talks, is inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk (Video)
Will Alanis Morissette, known for 1990s alternative rock hits such as "Ironic," become a judge on FOX's American Idol"?
Pop superstar Mariah Carey was in July confirmed as the first new member on the judging panel on the hit singing competition series in what appears to be the second major casting shakeup, following declining ratings. Us Weekly magazine reported earlier this week that hip hop star Nicki Minaj was in talks to join the series. Now Morissette has confirmed that she may follow suit.
"Yes, I have been in conversations about it, and that's the degree to which I can share the info right now," the Canadian singer told CNN at her induction ceremony at the Guitar Center's RockWalk on Tuesday, adding that she was open to the idea of becoming an "American Idol" judge.
"I live to mentor, so my heart is much more open to the idea of that than even 10 years ago when I, perhaps, wasn't in a position to be able to offer much advice, solicited or otherwise," she added. "I love watching people and just getting really curious about what they want and what they need and what their goals are, and then I can support them. I would do it formally, for sure."
Morissette, 38, has not appeared on "American Idol" before but did serve as a singing adviser on NBC's competing show, "The Voice," in March.
In July, it was confirmed that Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler would be leaving "American Idol." The two served as judges for two consecutive seasons since 2010 and replaced departing cast members Simon Cowell, who left to launch FOX's similar show "The X Factor," songwriter Kara DioGuardi and TV personality Ellen DeGeneres. FOX has not announced if "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson will return for the upcoming 12th season, which is set to premiere in January.
The singer is currently promoting her eighth studio album "Havoc and Bright Lights," which is set for release on August 28. The record features 12 tracks, all written by the veteran songstress.
Morissette became famous worldwide thanks to the release of her 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill" which was nominated for six Grammy Awards in 1996 and featured the singles "You Oughta Know," "Hand in My Pocket," "You Learn" and "Head Over Feet."
The Guitar Center's RockWalk is located near the city's Guitar Center store. Its purpose is to honor artists who've made a "significant impact" to Rock 'n' Roll, and also features artists such as Aerosmith, Santana, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson and Melissa Etheridge.
At the ceremony, Morissette was humble but excited about the recognition.
"It's an honor to be here," she said. "As a Canadian, I'm known to do the 'Aw shucks' look down at my feet kind of thing a lot, and I've had many friends encourage me to enjoy the egoic aspects of this fantastic career, so here I am, receiving, and very grateful. And it forces me to really admit and embrace how the movement's been going for women in rock."
"While I may not take credit for the movement itself, I definitely can take credit for having been on the crest of the wave on my surfboard and playing a big role in allowing the performance aspect of music to combine with the imperative singer-songwriter, confessional, autobiographical, storytelling and merging them both," she added.
Morissette's personal friend Alicia Silverstone, who starred in the 1995 cult film "Clueless," was also present at the ceremony to introduce the songstress, and confessed to at one time being "obsessed" with the singer.
"It was 1995 when I was driving home from Malibu with my friend Guy Oseary," Silverstone said. "'Clueless' had just premiered ... and he played me a CD. It hadn't come out yet. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The windows were down and the wind was blowing. I'm not sure if he gave me that CD or I went out and bought it immediately but that thing did not stop playing."
"It was the only CD in my truck," the actress added. "I played it every day, all day long, forever. Attemping to sing at the top of my lungs, I danced to it at home in ... my apartment in the hills above the Chateau Marmont. If course I felt like I was her biggest fan in the world and surely, we were soul mates. I wrote her many faxes, I believe."
Silverstone said she and Morissette eventually bonded in Hawaii at a wedding. The singer served as the minister.
"She was the most adorable and funny and groovy girl ever," Silverstone said about Morissette. "Looking back truly moves me. She's such a talent lady, girl, woman. She's an incredible mother, a great friend."