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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 »

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 »

10 Celebs Who've Had Weight Loss Surgery

One even had gastric bypass and a lap band

(Newser) - Not all celebrities lose weight by subsisting entirely on air and kale . Celebuzz rounds up 10 stars who've gone under the knife to shed some pounds:
  • Sharon Osbourne got lap-band surgery in 1999 and lost 125 pounds, but by 2006 she had gained back 65 pounds and said the
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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 »

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 »

TMZ: Janet Called Paris a 'Spoiled Bitch'

Michael Jackson's kids refuse to leave grandma's home

(Newser) - We know police came to Katherine Jackson's California home to investigate a reported assault . Now there's video of a confrontation between family members—and it's not pretty. Janet and 14-year-old Paris Jackson go at it outside the Calabasas home, with Janet making a grab for Paris' cell... More »

Idol May Lose All 3 Judges

Jennifer Lopez is out; maybe Mariah Carey as replacement?

(Newser) - We learned yesterday that Steven Tyler is out , and now Jennifer Lopez has made it official, too, reports TMZ . Considering previous rumors that Randy Jackson also is leaving, the New York Post notes that American Idol could soon find itself without any of its three judges. Who could replace them?... More »

Idol Debut: Tyler's a Dog, J.Lo Is 'Vacuous'

But ultimately, the show isn't much different, critics say

(Newser) - American Idol’s two new high-profile judges debuted last night, and critics, for the most part, yawned:
  • “Losing Simon Cowell from American Idol was like losing Alan Alda from MASH,” moans Ken Levine on the Huffington Post . In his place, we have Jennifer Lopez, “a vacuous former
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Jersey Shore Creator: It's a 'Herpes Nest'

Producers give out Valtrex 'like M&Ms'

(Newser) - The creator of the Jersey Shore says she's constantly worried about STDs, “because I have everybody hooking up.” In a recent reality TV roundtable conducted by the Hollywood Reporter , Dr. Drew Pinsky of Celebrity Rehab fame complained that the network made him give all his patients the herpes... More »

Idol Will Miss Paula's Crazy Antics

The true reality show is at the judges' table, after all

(Newser) - Paula Abdul “walked away from a multimillion-dollar salary, a gig that brought her out of obscurity”—but it’s American Idol that will smart the most from her departure, writes Jeanne McManus for the Washington Post. “She generally contributed absolutely nothing to the verdict of the talent... More »

Susan Boyle Makeover Begins

(Newser) - Susan Boyle, Britain’s Got Talent contestant and Internet sensation, has been the subject of one hot debate: Makeover or no makeover? The makeover process has already begun, Deadline reports—Boyle appeared recently in a trendy dress and leather jacket. “It wasn’t until I saw myself on TV... More »

This Season's Idols Leaked Online

List of 36 contestants revealed, some never seen in auditions

(Newser) - Warning to American Idol fans: If you don’t like spoilers, be careful what you search for. A list of the contestants who will perform on the new season has been leaked by fan sites, the New York Post reports. The list includes some surprise contestants whose auditions weren’t... More »

Simon Cowell Won't Be Able to Shut Her Up

Idol 's new fourth judge 'feisty, heartfelt, and outspoken'

(Newser) - Simon Cowell, beware: Your new sparring partner arrives this week on American Idol. “If he doesn’t let me speak, it’s going to be a problem,” Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter and Idol’s fourth judge, tells the New York Times. “I’m not going into this... More »

Simon Cowell Rocks the Vote

Encouraged by civics lessons from American Idol , young voters are used to going to polls

(Newser) - Barack Obama isn't the only force driving young voters are to the polls, writes Alan H. Fleischmann in the New Republic. Thanks to the extreme popularity of judge Simon Cowell and American Idol, they’ve gotten used to having their voices heard. And just as important, Idol participation has allowed... More »

Judge DioGuardi Is Just What Idol Needs

Injecting youth into talent show bound to boost 8th season

(Newser) - The addition of hit songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge on American Idol is a much better fix for flagging ratings than simply sending irrelevant judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson packing, writes Andy Dehnart for MSNBC. While guest judges in the past haven't had much effect, DioGuardi will... More »

American Idol Adds Fourth Judge

Songwriter Kara DioGuardi to join Cowell and company

(Newser) - American Idol is getting a fourth judge this season, marking what the New York Post calls the biggest change TV’s top show has ever undergone. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join Simon, Paula, and Randy, in a move producers say they always intended. All of Idol’s international counterparts feature... More »

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