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'American Idol' Is Ready To Launch Season 13


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It's that time again — American Idol is about the launch another season. The show promises this time will be different.

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Season 13 will kick off with former judge Jennifer Lopez coming back, after taking a season off. She will join Keith Urban, and brand new judge Harry Connick, Jr.

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So, Is American Idol's Justin Guarini Living In Poverty Or Not?


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Justin Guarini has elaborated on his emotional open letter in which he claimed to skip meals in order to feed his children. The singer, who finished as runner-up in the first season of American Idol, has criticized the media for its coverage of the note.

"Obviously you completely missed the point of my letter @peoplemag," tweeted the 34-year-old father of two on Friday, "News isn't news anymore, and I'm nowhere near poverty. #twistedmytruth"

In his original letter, Guarini said he spent "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough." Which is...well, crystal clear. Justin Guarini doesn't have enough money to feed himself.

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American Idol Runner Up Justin Guarini Opens Up On Dire Times


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American Idol’s first season saw Kelly Clarkson win and forge a hugely successful career for herself, with Grammy award wins, number one albums and sold out tours across the globe. For the man she beat – Justin Guarini – fortunes haven’t been so kind.

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It wasn’t all bad at the beginning; he was a famous face and was at the beginning of what he thought would be a long and fruitful music career. As he notes in his blog: "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times" by fans. Now, though, The 34-year-old spends "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."

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Keith Urban Set For Idol Return - Jennifer Lopez Close, Too


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So successful was country music judge Keith Urban, that American Idol have signed up for more. Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly confirmed the news, and hinted that something may be close for Jennifer Lopez to make a return to the show.

"Keith did a great job last year. The fans really liked him. Keith's a really funny guy," Reilly said. "You could see how much he loved the show." Urban will slide back into judging action when Idol returns in January 2014.

But Will J-Lo be donning her winter attire and joining the country star on the panel?

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American Idol Judges: Keith Urban Confirmed And Jennifer Lopez In Talks


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Keith Urban will return to the American Idol judging panel. The show will start its 13th season with a new (well returning) set of judges and will, possibly, have a new format. Fox entertainment Chief Kevin Reilly told the press on Thursday (1st August) at the Television Critics Association press tour that Urban would definitely be returning to judge.

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Keith Urban at the 2012 American Idol Finale Results Show Live at the Nokia Theater in L.A.

On Urban's return, Reilly said "the fans really like him." He continued to compliment Urban by saying "Keith is a really funny guy."

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Jennifer Lopez Slammed For Raunchy Outfit On Family Show [Video]


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Jennifer Lopez gave UK viewers of Simon Cowell's Britains Got Talent a real eyeful on Tuesday night, performing her new single 'Live It Up' while wearing a skimpy black leotard that barely covered her famous behind. Twitter immediately sprang into action, with some parents concerned about the "inappropriate" nature of her performance on what is considered a family show, with some young children actually performing.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for TV regualtor Ofcom said, "Ofcom can confirm that it has received complaints about the Britain's Got Talent broadcast last night, which we are assessing but not currently investigating." One viewer on Twitter said, "BGT does #jenniferlopez realise it's a family show - only thing missing was the pole - cover up your cheeks please!" though judge Simon Cowell was pretty happy with how things went, telling Lopez, "Seriously, J-Lo. If anyone wants to know how you do it. That's how you do it,' he said. "Seriously world class."

For what it's worth, Lopez herself seemed pretty oblivious to any concerns and happily posted an Instagram of the R&B star being held up by various dancers. "Thanks @GotTalent for a great night #liveitup," she added.

Watch Jennifer Lopez's Britain's Got Talent performance, courtest of Daily Motion.

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American Idol Hasn't Called Keith Urban Yet, (Do You Want To Tell Him, Or Should We?)


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Keith Urban says he is still awaiting his fate on American Idol and remains in the dark of producer's plans for the new season. Urban has been a popular and inoffensive judge on the show for season twelve, though industry sources suggest Fox are planning a complete overhaul of the show for season thirteen.

"I have no official information of anything. I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around," Urban told the Associated Press, "I don't know anything more about what's happening next season. It was like this before I signed on . . . so it's not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together." Last week, E! News reported that Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Urban would be replaced by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and possibly Aiken. American Idol producers were left red-faced midway through season twelve after it emerged they had tried to replace Mariah with previous judge Jennifer Lopez following dwindling viewer ratings. Carey's legal team blocked any such thing from happening.

We assume Urban wouldn't be too fussed should Idol bosses want to take the show in a different direction. His new album Fuse will hit shelves on September 10, 2013 and he'll head out on a huge tour in mid-July. Oh, and he's married to Nicole Kidman. So...

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Keith Urban Plans New Album While He Waits On His American Idol Future


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Country star Keith Urban might not be on the next season of American Idol, but at least he's not dwelling too much on it because in the meantime the singer has announced that he's heading into the studio for a new album. The singer plans to bring out the work-in-progress Fuse, the follow-up to 2010's Get Closer, in September this year. He didn't get specific on the date, but did seem fairly confident of a fall release.

The singer revealed the news on Tuesday (May 28) to USA Today, detailing the album name and release details in a statement that said he is finding the album-making-process as a "liberating" and "creative" one. He went on to say, "I don't know why that is, because I've always been fortunate enough to make the records I want to make. I think just working with other people has just been a really enjoyable thing."

Urban went on to discuss the album layout, estimating that the album will feature up to 16 songs, and collaborators. He will be teaming up with the more pop-friendly production techniques of Butch Walker on some songs, as well as regular studio-whiz Nathan Chapman and a selection of other well-known country producers.

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One Show's Dip Is Another Show's Success: The Ratings Are In For TV's Big Finale Week


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The ratings from TV finale week are in and, as you might expect, it’s looking good for the last ever (tear) episode of The Office and CBS’s Scandal, while good ol’ American Idol takes its deepest plunge yet. According to USA Today, the singing competition, which crowned Candice Glover as the winner, drew in only 14.3 million viewers for Fox, less than half of its peak audience of 36+ million, who tuned in to the 2005 finale. At this point things are looking bleak for Idol, which is even trailing behind CBS’s Big Bang Theory. That show broadcast to 14.8 million. Some frontrunners in the newcomer category included ABC’s political drama Scandal, starring Kerry Washington. The series managed to draw in 9.1 million for its second season finale.

And last but not least of course there was The Office. The much beloved sitcom has never quite had a viewership on the scale of a talent competition. Still, with its extended 75-minute finale, which saw the return of Steve Carell and prompted a lot of nostalgia, The Office bowed out with 5.7 million people watching. All in all, though, it’s been an underwhelming season for television. Perhaps online productions of the kind Netflix has been working on this past year really are the way forward.

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The almost identical ratings, which spell doom for Idol, mean that BBT is flying high.

Awkward: Did Aretha Franklin Already Know The 'American Idol' Result?


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Err, shooting into first place for the most awkward piece of television for 2013, it's Aretha Franklin telling everyone who won American Idolseason twelve before the result was officially announced! Appearing via satellite from New York for the season finale of Idol - which pitted Kree Harrison versus Candice Glover - Franklin appeared to spoil the result, saying, "Candice, you're a winner," from a huge screen in the Nokia Theater.

The audience were confused - had Aretha just told everyone who had won? Candice fans cheered, Kree fans fell silent. After an excruciating pause, the Queen of Soul added, "Win or lose - you're a winner," - which makes absolutely no sense to anyone.

The whole car-crash led host Ryan Seacrest to nervously ask Franklin whether she had the results. "I do," Franklin answered, "but I won't tell you." But she did tell everyone. She told everyone that Candice Glover had won. Which is actually what she went on to do.

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Carrie Underwood On Oklahoma Upbringing "I Was The Accident"


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Carrie Underwood, the 30-year-old country star, covers the June issue of Marie Claire wearing a Burberry Prorsum swimsuit with a price tag of $1,195! In the accompanying interview, Underwood opened up about life growing up in Oklahoma and her current home life with hockey pro husband Mike Fisher.

"I'm not a mushy person at all. We were never a huggy family. Or a 'let's talk it out' family. Technically, I have siblings, but they are quite a bit older than me. I was the accident, so I have the only-child syndrome going on," she explained. Underwood, who won American Idol in 2005 and went on to become one of America's biggest country stars, said of her rise to fame, "At the beginning of my career, I used to have panic attacks. People were touching me, screaming - it made me really nervous. In public, I just get nervous. It's a physical reaction, feeling like the walls are closing in.The fans are great. It's not their fault. I don't ever want to come across as ungrateful. But on my end, it is hard for me to process because I am still just me."

As for starting her own family, the singer said she doesn't feel old enough to have children yet, admitting, "I know I am mature. But being responsible for another human?"

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American Idol's Overhaul Has Begun With Randy Jackson, But Probably Won't Stop There


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The Inquisition has commenced at Fox’s American Idol and Randy Jackson, the only remaining original judge will be the first to go. To be fair, Jackson is leaving on his own accord, or at least the head honchos at Idol are letting him make it seem so. Earlier this week he announced his graceful exit: “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol’ I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” he said.

“I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry,” said Jackson, who has been on the show since its inception in 2002. The bets are now being placed on who will be next. It’s no secret that ratings have been lower than ever this season (New York Daily News reports a 25% drop since last season). It’s also a widely known fact that should the changes continue, the judging panel to be the first to go. Nicki Minaj addressed the commotion on Ryan Seacrest’s show this Thursday, saying: “That’s a million-dollar question. I have to say this all the time, but I want people to know it’s genuinely from my heart. I love the people on ‘Idol.’ I genuinely do. If I had to do this all over again, I would have done ‘Idol.’ Because it’s fun, it’s laughs.” In might be, but not for very much longer.

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The original judge was the first to go.

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FOX Plans Complete Overhaul Of American Idol Judging Panel


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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson are all set to be thrown off the American Idol judging panel in a complete remodelling of the singing competition by FOX. The network has seen viewer ratings over the current season drop to 25% lower than last years overall figures.

This years stats are even further from the wonder years of the Simon Cowell-era, but rather than concede that they are flogging a dead horse FOX are steadfast in their loyalty to the show as they look to compete with NBC's The Voice as well as The X Factor, which is also shown on FOX. The Warp broke the news of the plans to ship out this seasons newly installed panel and although the show is struggling, admitted it is still popular and the network's drastic plan could work in their favour.

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Mariah Carey might not be coming back next season

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How On Earth Did Angie Miller Get Eliminated From American Idol?


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Angie Miller - the favorite to win American Idol since the Hollywood rounds - was sensationally booted out of the competition on Thursday (May 9, 2013). Miller stunned the judges earlier in the competition with a performance of her original song 'You Set Me Free' and even changed her name from 'Angela' to 'Angie' as audiences warmed to her.

However, Miller's run on Idol ended at the top three after her elimination last night. It followed Wednesday night performances  of Elton John's 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,' Pink's 'Try' and Emile Sande's 'Maybe' after which she was deemed to be the round one winner. Following her shocking elimination, she was often unable to sing the lyrics to her exit song after being overcome with emotion.

Miller's exit paves the way for a final including Candice Glover and Kree Harrison, slightly underwhelming for Idol audiences. Once this year's victor is crowned, the show looks set to undergo a major overhaul with veteran judge Randy Jackson already announcing his exit. According to industry website The Wrap, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are also set to get their marching orders are a season of poor reviews and worse ratings. 

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Randy Jackson Leaves American Idol, Carey, Minaj And Urban To Follow


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Randy Jackson has confirmed that he is leaving American Idol, adding credence to reports that he and the three judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have been axed from the show in a dramatic shakeup. In a devastating cull, Idol bosses have decided to start over and reportedly told all four judges they would not be returning next season.

"Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season," Jackson said in a statement, "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry," he said. "It's been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."

An insider told The Wrap on Thursday (May 9, 2013) that Fox plans to start the show from scratch after the current season came in for the worst reviews and ratings of the series so far. The website also reported how executive producer Nigel Lythgoe may not be returning, though Ryan Seacrest will probably stick around.

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Angie Miller On The Brink Of Winning American Idol


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Boston native Angie Miller is the favorite to win this year's American Idol competition heading into tonight's top three challenge. She faces off against South Carolina's Candice Glover, 23, and Texan Kree Harrison, 22, though it appears to be Miller's time to shine.

On Wednesday (May 8, 2013), each woman will perform three songs - a judge's choice, Jimmy Iovine's pick and their own selection. According to the Boston Herald, judge Mariah Carey has been begging Angie to treat the judges to one of her original hits for weeks, given she lit up the auditions round with her pop ballad 'You Set Me Free.' The song has been viewed nearly 4 million times in YouTube and there is speculation that Miller could release the track should she win the title.

Miller's songwriting ability appears to have given the edge over both Glover and Harrison and she's also a skilled pianist, which would help as an Idol winner. Tonight's episode will also highlight the hometown visits of each contestant, with Miller delighting the crowds in her hometown of Beverly on Saturday (May 4, 2014).

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Mariah Carey Refuses Backstage 'Idol' Interviews After Replacement Reports


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Mariah Carey nor Nicki Minaj stopped for post-show backstage interviews following reports that producers had attempted to reshuffle the judging line-up midway through the current season. According to the Hollywood Reporter, bosses had attempted to force Carey out of the show and replace her with Jennifer Lopez, though the diva caught wind of the plan and got her legal team involved. Meanwhile, producers are apparently also on the hunt for a replacement for Nicki Minaj after she failed to connect with audiences.

Sources have since confirmed the replacement reports to E! online, with it now known that producers attempted to have Lopez return to the judging desk to save ratings. After Wednesday's show, contestant Kree Harrison voiced her support for Mariah though didn't exactly dismiss the idea of Lopez returning. "I would love to meet J.Lo.but I don't wanna see [Mariah] go nowhere because I love her, you know." According to E! online, Harrison was "rushed off to another interview by a publicist" after the subject came up.

The other girls in the competition were also quick to stand by the current judging panel, with Angie Miller admitting that it was "so weird hearing [the reports]. I say forget it!" In response to Ryan Seacrest's announcement that a "big surprise" would take place this week, Amber Holcomb hinted at the possibility of Lopez returning, saying, ""I think somebody's coming back!" she said excitedly. 

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Beaten By A Repeat! American Idol Embarrassed By Big Bang Theory In Thursday Ratings


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You know you’re in trouble in the ratings when you get beaten out by a repeat – ok, a repeat of a hugely popular show, but a repeat nonetheless; let’s not forget either, you’re supposed to be a hugely popular show too, so what’s going wrong? That’s what American Idol producers must be asking themselves after it was revealed that they’d been trumped last night (April 18, 2013) by a re-show of a Big Bang Theory episode on CBS.

The Fox reality singing contest has been struggling for viewers since it returned for yet another season earlier in the Spring, however it had been improving again in recent weeks, only to have the wind knocked out of it last night when it was revealed that Big Bang Theory had scored bigger adult demographic ratings last night. Let’s not get too down in the mouth about Idol, it still took 11.9 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults aged 18-49, but it shouldn’t be being eclipsed by a repeat. That’s what happened, with an 8pm encore of BBT scoring 11.2 million viewers but a 3.0 rating, while a 9pm edition took 10.8 million viewers but a 3.2 rating.

Both of these, it should be noted, are doing much better than NBC’s new drama Hannibal, which suffered a calamitous 18% drop in ratings last night, falling to 3.5 million viewers and a 1.4 rating. Ouch.

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Nicki Minaj Reluctant To Perform Live On American Idol


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Nicki Minaj has certainly been a fiery judge during the live shows of American Idol, though the Young Money rapper insists she will not follow Keith Urban and perform on the show herself. "I don't know if I want to wear the performer hat on Idol" Minaj told MTV News, "I think kudos to Keith for doing it, but I just don't know if I want to wear that hat there."

Nicki is probably aware that both judging and performing on the show comes across as a little, well, greedy. The singer has become a hit with American Idol viewers for her brutally honest opinions of contestants, though she insists everyone in the live round of the show deserves their place. "All of these kids that are left right now, I don't want to see any one of them go now," she said, "To be completely honest, I feel they could all go out and make an album right now and be successful around the world. And also, they put in work, they put in a lot of work and they deserve to be there. I think that's what makes me happy. The people we have left deserve to be there."

There were high hopes for singer R&B singer Burnell Taylor, though he struggled through Bon Jovi's 'You Give Love A Bad Name' and was subsequently eliminated on Thursday. Nevertheless, Minaj remains hopeful for its future in the music business, "Burnell has a real R&B soulful John Legend voice to me. I could completely see myself doing a song with Burnell," Minaj said.

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American Idol Recap: Candice Glover And Kree Harrison Deliver Despite Injury


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In an injury-plagued American Idol, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison impressed the judges despite being injured. Harrison belted out Janis Joplin's Piece of My Heart while remaining static due to a pinched nerve.

“I feel like the show finally started tonight,” Randy Jackson said, not really noticing the contestant’s affliction. “That's how you come out and rock the stage. I love seeing this bluesy side of you. This girl can sing. She's in it to win it!” Keith Urban, though, noticed something was up, and forced Harrison into an explanation. “This is me giving you my all with my pinched nerve. I was hoping you wouldn't be able to tell,” she explained. “I knew something was going on,” said Keith. “10 out of 10 for your professionalism, Kree.” Nicki Minaj was equally impressed: “Girl, you could have had a pinched nerve, got on my nerve, got on several nerves. That was magnificent Miss Lady,” she beamed. “You're stunning. It's so natural. I think your voice was unmatched, I'm just obsessed with you.”

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American Idol Boss Simon Fuller Settles Copyright Case Against X Factor


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Simon Fuller, the UK-born media mogul behind the massively successful Pop Idol (which ultimately spawned American Idol and the various international variations of the show), has settled a long-standing battle between himself and his production company and the television network Fox and production company FreemantleMedia over copy-write infringement. Fuller began the lawsuit against the two companies in 2011, claiming that the Fox show failed to honour an agreement that would give the Idol creator credit and a fee for the airing of the X Factor.

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Simon Fuller managed to settle the case against Fox and FreeMantleMedia outside of court

The Hollywood Reporter were the first to reveal that the lawsuit has come to an end at last as court papers have now been filed in LA Superior Court dismissing the claim made by Fuller with prejudice, meaning no further legal action will be taken. The terms outlined in the the settlement are to remain confidential with both lawyers for Fuller and Fox declining to comment on the arrangement. The recent dispute follows a previous clash of opinions between Fuller and rival talent show titan Simon Cowell back in 2004 over the similarities between Idol and Cowell's first incarnation of The X Factor on UK screens.

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Another Motown Special? Predictable Week For American Idol, Janelle Arthur Saves The Day


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Really, American Idol? Another Motown special? You’d think that with so much experience under their belts, and with world-class talent like Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on board, the folks behind American Idol would be able to think of something a little more… how you say… challenging? or interesting, even, than yet another Motown-themed evening on American Idol. That’s what viewers were faced with last night though and once again, it is via the medium of Motown that the weekly winners and losers shall be decided.

So who were those winners and losers? Well, Nicki Minaj has already stated, unequivocally, that whoever wins this year’s American Idol, it will not be a male contestant. Hanging on by a thread, then, is Lazaro Arbos. Even the presence of a gaggle of backing singers and brass players couldn’t lift Lazaro’s performance above being mediocre. And as for his joint performance with Burnell Taylor and Davin Velez? Well, that was a disaster and he even admitted that he didn’t know the words to the song. It’s not looking good for Lazaro right now. 

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Julianne Hough Wanted To Get Married


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Julianne Hough reportedly broke up with Ryan Seacrest because he didn't propose to her.

Although the 38-year-old 'American Idol' host was looking at rings, friends believe he took too long to get around to it, leading Julianne to end the two-year relationship.

A source told Us Weekly magazine: "He just wouldn't propose. [However] Ryan was this close to looking for rings. He did want to marry her. Julianne is the only girl Ryan allowed him to get serious with. He's so upset that it's over."

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American Idol Recap: Who Managed To Pull Off The Beatles?


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Last night’s episode of American Idol saw the nine remaining finalists take on the Beatles catalogue – with varying success.

In preparation for the night, producer and Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine had this to say to the remaining singers: "If you sing these songs well they will deliver for you," he advised. "If you don't sing them well, the whole world is going to know." And they did. The night was mostly filled with ballads from the band’s catalogue, perhaps because those are usually the wider known Beatles tracks, or maybe they were just the safer choices? That didn’t really save some of the Idol wannabes, though.

Clearly, some of the contestants, like Amber Holocomb and Lazaro Arbos, were not familiar and certainly not comfortable with their songs, which didn’t go unnoticed by the judges or the audience. Their performances of She’s Leaving Home and In My Life, respectively, elicited the worst response from the judges, and Arbos’s rendition was dubbed the worst of the night by Randy Jackson. A performance everyone could rally behind turned out to be Jannelle Arthur’s closing rendition of the fairly obscure I Will, off The White Album – yes, another ballad, but this one was actually interesting to listen to. It was certainly more country than rock'n roll, but oddly enough, not bad.

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American Idol Chooses It's Top 10: But Are Any Of Them Good Enough?


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America has spoken. The general public have chosen this year's American Idol Top 10, and there's few surprises in the line-up for season eight of the show. Blessed with good looks and a half-decent voice, Paul Jolley was the first to make it through to the live final on Thursday's show, despite receiving only lukewarm support from Nicki Minaj and her fellow judges. It's difficult to imagine Jolley as a frontrunner for the competition and we predict he'll be packing his bags pretty early.

A shoo-in for the Top 10, Curtis Finch Jr duly made it through after his sensational version of John Legend's 'So High' this week, while fan favorites Devin Velez an Lazaro Abros also made it through comfortably. From the girls, Janelle Arthur made it through, singing Dierks Bentley's Home as her 'victory song.' After a couple of so-so performances in recent weeks, home is probably closer than she thinks. 

Strong vocalist Candice Glover and Angie Miller also made it through, with the former singing Mary J. Blige's 'Goin Down' and establishing herself as the competition's most accomplished R&B singer. Filling out the Top 10 were Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb and Burnell. 

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Zoanette Johnson Is “Queen Of The Jungle” On American Idol


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No one saw Zoanette Johnson – the huge-haired, larger than life, Liberian-born singer – getting this far in American Idol. She made the National Anthem sound like rallying cry during her initial try-outs, and erratic drum-bashing got people wondering how she made it through.

But now she’s through, she’s making the most of it. "First of all, I love that I have no clue what you’re gonna do. I sometimes wonder if you do, said Keith Urban. Forget the king of the jungle. Kudos to the queen of the jungle!" he continued. Nicki Minaj, who started crying (she always cries) told Zoanette, "You just served it. You're unforgettable. You're a superstar.” And Mariah Carey – so often at odds with Minaj but this time in total concurrence: "It's almost like your spirit is too big to be contained." Fellow top 20 Idol Aubrey Cleland took on Beyoncé’s Sweet Dreams while Breanna Steer sang Jazmine Sullivan's Bust Your Windows. "You had your swag on," Minaj said of Steer’s performance. "You're giving me sexy on a stick right now."

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DWTS Idol Contestant Revealed: American Idol Loser Kellie Pickler Takes On Dance Challenge


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The news has broken that we have a DWTS Idol Contestant in the making. TMZ have discovered the identity of four of this year’s Dancing With The Stars contestants and one of them is a former American Idol hopeful. 26 year-old Pickler was a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and has subsequently gone on to sell over 800,000 copies of her debut album Small Town Girl.

Clearly, Pickler’s career needs a little pick-me up, or maybe she just misses the pressure of a TV reality show contest, because she’s now signed up for the dancing program, according to sources close to the show, in a bid to win the nation’s hearts once more. The information that was leaked to TMZ, ahead of Tuesday’s official announcement (February 26, 2013), also reveals that another country music star, Wynonna Judd, will be taking to the boards, as well. The 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman is also rumoured to be amongst the cast members due to be announced tomorrow. And Sean Lowe, former star of The Bachelor will be there to ruffle a few feathers, too.

Raisman’s odds are looking good, to be honest, given that three Olympic champions have won the show in the past; we reckon they’ve got a little bit of an unfair advantage in terms of the training required to take part in the shows, but there you have it. A spokesperson for the show refused to confirm whether or not those four rumours are definitely true, telling TMZ “We do not comment on casting rumors, but tune in to 'GMA' on Tuesday when we reveal the cast live!” 

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Was American Idol's Shubha Vedula A Cross Between Aguilera And Psy?


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Mount Pleasant's Shubha Vedula was axed from American Idol on Wednesday night (February 20, 2013) after being told she sounded like a cross between Christina Aguilera and the "Gangnam Style guy," by influential judge Nicki Minaj. Vedula - still a student - tried her hand at Lady Gaga's Born This Way, but the results were not good.

"It's a bit comical because you have a beautiful strong voice but it's a mash up between Christina Aguilera and that Gangnam Style guy," Minaj told Vedula, with her publicist later confirming to Michigan's Morning Sun that she will not progress into the female Top 20. "She already knows where she stands in the competition," she said. The 17-year-old had sailed through to the latter stages following her performance of Aguilera's 'Something's Got A Hold On Me' in front of judges Randy Jackson and Keith Urban earlier in the month, though it appears she lacked the star-power required to make it through to the knockout stages.

Vedula remained upbeat on her Facebook page following her exit. "American Idol has been one of the highest moments in my life," she said. "I have no regrets! I have enjoyed it every step of the way! Never have I felt so much love and support from my community."

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"Far-Fetched" American Idol Racist Discrimination Lawsuit "Highly Unlikely" To Be Successful


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Last week TMZ reported that lawyer James Freeman was planning to file a suit against the makers of American Idol for racist discrimination, after he noticed that all the contestants who had ever been publicly disqualified from the show had been black. Now, Fox News has spoken to another Californian lawyer who has ripped his case to shreds before it has even reached court.

Freeman's case is based on the Californian law that prohibits employers from asking a potential employee about prior arrests, or from discriminating against them on account of their race. "[T]he key words here are 'employer' and 'employee'," Anahita Sedaghatfar explained. "The California Fair Employment and Housing Act[s]... which prohibit racial discrimination in employment, simply do not apply because it will be hard to prove that these individuals were employees." Arguably however, the point of the show is for its contestants to find employment by signing a record deal and becoming a singer full time, which is convincing in layman's terms, but in legal jargon perhaps holds less water.

Sedaghatfar goes on to explain that even if the case were done under 'civil rights statutes', Freeman may have little chance of a win because of protection by the First Amendment. 

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Were American Idol Contestants Booted Because Of The Color Of Their Skin?


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American Idol is at the centre of a racism lawsuit after it was claimed black contestants were booted from the hit talent show as a direct result of discrimination. TMZ.com obtained a letter filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by New York lawyer James H Freeman, which accused the show of deliberately exploiting black contestants to improve ratings.

Entertainment lawyer Freeman requested permission to sue American Idol and Fox on behalf of nine former singing contestants who believe they were forced from the competition because of their race. His clients include Corey Clark, Jaered Andrews, Donnie Williams, Terrell Brittenum, Derrell Brittenum, Thomas Daniels, Akron Watson, Ju'Not Joyner and Chris Golightly. Freeman says he noticed something was awry when Jermaine Jones was kicked off the show in March 2012, with producers claiming he was disqualified because he had not told the show there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Nine other people had been publically disqualified from the show: all were black. 

Three black contestants have won the show, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks, while prominent judge Randy Jackson is black. Season two contestant Corey Clark sued MTV for $40 million in 2012 for their coverage of his disqualification from the show. 

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Constantine Maroulis and American Idol Monday 10th September 2007 finalist of American Idol in 2005, at the 'Hard Rock's 2007 Ambassadors of Rock Tour' and official launch of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by Willie’s wife Annie Nelson. Held at the Hard Rock Cafe - Green carpet New York City, USA

Radha Nilia, American Idol, Frankee and Playboy - Wednesday 15th August 2007 at Mood Supperclub Hollywood, California

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