American Idol

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After 15 Years, American Idol Crowns Final Winner

Obama had message for series finale

(Newser) - The first American Idol finale in 2002 was a battle of the sexes, with Kelly Clarkson the victor over Justin Guarini. The last contest settled the score as Trent Harmon defeated La'Porsha Renae for the crown, the AP reports. Harmon tumbled to the stage in surprise as host Ryan... More »

Mariah Carey Says Idol Was 'Worst' Thing She's Done

So no, she won't be back

(Newser) - To say Mariah Carey did not love her experience as an American Idol judge would be a bit of an understatement. "That was the worst experience of my life," Carey said in a recent interview on Australia's Kyle and Jackie O radio show picked up by ETOnline... More »

Show's Over for American Idol

The coming 15th season will be its last

(Newser) - Fox is lowering the curtain on American Idol, ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood. The network announced today that the reality competition will go off the air after its 15th and final season... More »

Randy Jackson Leaving American Idol

Only original cast member left is Ryan Seacrest

(Newser) - Fox and the producers of American Idol say Randy Jackson is leaving the show after 13 seasons. In a statement yesterday, the network and producers call Jackson a key part of the singing contest and say he'll be welcomed back as a visitor. Jackson, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul... More »

'American Idol' Contestant, 32, Dies of Cancer

Joanne Borgella fought endometrial cancer

(Newser) - Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died yesterday at the age of 32, after a lengthy fight with endometrial cancer, reports Fox . Her family lamented her "great loss" via a Facebook post: "At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since... More »

American Idol Alum Dead at 35

Aussie Michael Johns competed in 2008

(Newser) - Michael Johns, the Australian singer who appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, has died at the age of 35, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Johns was voted off the show in what the AP calls an "eighth-round stunner" in 2008, having never finished in the show's bottom... More »

China Rations 'Vulgar' Foreign-Inspired Shows

Idol out, 'morality-building programs' in

(Newser) - Television in China is about to take either a great leap forward or a big step backward, depending on how you feel about reality TV. Shows inspired by the likes of American Idol are massive hits for satellite broadcasters in China but authorities are bringing in tough new regulations limiting... More »

New Idol Judges: Connick, JLo

Fox confirms casting rumors

(Newser) - After a weekend's worth of rumors , Fox announced today that Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez will join Keith Urban as judges for the 13th season of American Idol, in the hopes that that line-up will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did... More »

Randy Jackson Leaving Idol After 12 Years

His 3 fellow judges might be joining him

(Newser) - Jackson out. Randy Jackson, the lone original American Idol judge, says he won't be returning to the Fox talent competition. "To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol, I have decided to leave after this season," Jackson said... More »

The 10 Most Loaded Reality Stars

Obviously, Kim Kardashian is on the list

(Newser) - If you just hate the idea that someone can let a camera crew follow them around and end up a millionaire, do not read on. Celebuzz rounds up the 10 richest reality stars:
  • Kim Kardashian: Not only is she one of the richest reality stars, she's also the second
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Ex-Idol Hopefuls to Feds: Show Is Racist

Contestants seek equal-opportunity investigation: lawyer

(Newser) - Nine former American Idol contestants say race was a factor in their exits from the show—and they're asking federal officials to investigate. Hopefuls ranging from the second season's Corey Clark to the ninth season's Chris Golightly are involved in the request. They say the show highlighted... More »

21 Crazy Celebrity Feuds

The latest: Anderson Cooper and Star Jones

(Newser) - Thought Anderson Cooper's epic takedown of Star Jones was awesome? Well, that wasn't the end of the story: After his rant, Cooper was asked about Jones again, and his response was: "I’ve got nothing more to say, nor do I want to be in a room... More »

Minaj: Idol Drama Is Producers' Fault

But everything was calm between Nicki, Mariah Carey yesterday

(Newser) - Nicki Minaj is convinced that American Idol producers are behind her feud with Mariah Carey, attempting to goad Minaj into angry outbursts like the one caught on tape Tuesday because it makes for good television. Though that sounds like a very believable premise to us, TMZ 's sources insist... More »

Idol Drama Begins: Nicki Cusses Out Mariah

Producers concerned Minaj, Carey will continue to fight

(Newser) - So much for "no drama" between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey . The two new American Idol judges went at it during North Carolina auditions yesterday, and the fracas was caught on tape. Minaj and Carey disagreed over one of the performances, TMZ reports, and Minaj reportedly threatened Carey with,... More »

Mariah: No Idol Feud ... Yet

These things take time, Carey says of problems with Nicki Minaj

(Newser) - Anyone hoping for catfights on the upcoming season of American Idol will be sorely disappointed: Mariah Carey says the rumors of a feud between her and fellow diva-judge Nicki Minaj are false, at least for now. "How are we gonna feud in two days? I think a feud takes... More »

Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Head to Idol

Singers complete the 4-member judge panel

(Newser) - Keith Urban, get ready for your head to spin: The country crooner is headed for the American Idol judges' panel, where he'll be joined by Nicki Minaj, reports the AP . The newly minted judges, announced by Fox this morning, will join fellow newcomer Mariah Carey and veteran judge Randy... More »

Randy Jackson Done Judging American Idol

But he'll stick around as a 'mentor'

(Newser) - Randy Jackson's career as an American Idol judge is over. He'll stay on with the show in some capacity as a "mentor," because its bosses believe he's the "glue that helps keep the show together," as TMZ puts it. It's not clear... More »

Katy Perry Turns Down $20M Offer

American Idol tries to woo singer with big bucks

(Newser) - Even $20 million can't lure Katy Perry onto American Idol. Apparently trying to upgrade its judges from musical has-beens to superstars, Idol offered her $18 million and tossed in another $2 million for a single season's work—to no avail, TMZ reports. Sources say she didn't object... More »

American Idol's New Judge: Mariah Carey

Diva has officially signed on

(Newser) - J.Lo, who? Mariah Carey has officially signed on to be American Idol's newest judge, reports TMZ . The singer/notorious diva is reportedly snagging a $12 million paycheck, but sources are already muttering, telling TMZ that Carey was a "nightmare to work with" when she appeared as a guest... More »

JLo Leaving Idol Because of ... Steven Tyler

Lopez talks about her exit from reality show

(Newser) - Why is Jennifer Lopez leaving American Idol? The reason may surprise you: She and Steven Tyler "had magic," Lopez said in a recent ABC News interview. "I don't know, with him gone, it might be a different formula." Tyler announced his departure from the reality... More »

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