Stevie Wonder sings to help celebrate Steven Tyler's birthday on AMERICAN IDOL. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Stevie Wonder sings to help celebrate Steven Tyler's birthday on AMERICAN IDOL. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Think American Idol has an edge this season? Well, AI judge Steven Tyler agrees, but he’s not about to credit either Jennifer Lopez or himself for the upsurge in interest – even if he was given a mondo birthday celebration on stage Thursday with Stevie Wonder singing to him.

Tyler says that it’s the talent that is making a difference. And they are so on their game –  taking risks – that it’s near impossible to resist tuning into the show.

Even the rocker’s daughters are watching the action and telling their famous dad all that is going right on season 10 of the reality competition.

“My daughters are in love with Naima (Adedapo),” he gushes. “What she did last night when she broke away and did the drum thing made Mia cry…my daughter. …I think this year there is more real than ever before and that’s the emotion that American Idol needed this year.”

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