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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...

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...

21 Crazy Celebrity Feuds
 21 Crazy Celebrity Feuds 

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Aretha Franklin: I Want to Be Idol Judge

Queen of Soul says via email that she's a big fan

(Newser) - American Idol is down Steven Tyler and J.Lo (and maybe Randy Jackson , for the trifecta), but one hefty voice is volunteering her talents as judge: None other than Aretha Franklin told CNN via email yesterday that she's interested in the gig. The 70-year-old Queen of Soul is apparently...

Idol May Lose All 3 Judges
 Idol May Lose All 3 Judges 
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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?...

Steven Tyler Leaving American Idol

He says Aerosmith has to come first

(Newser) - American Idol will have at least one and maybe two new judges next season. Steven Tyler says he's leaving after two seasons because he wants to devote his time to Aerosmith, reports TMZ . Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, tells AP she's unsure whether she'll be back to rejoin fellow...

16-Year-Old Kills &#39;I Will Always Love You&#39;

 16-Year-Old Kills 
 'I Will Always 
 Love You' 
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16-Year-Old Kills 'I Will Always Love You'

Jessica Sanchez gets standing ovation for Whitney Houston cover

(Newser) - Sixteen-year-old Jessica Sanchez "made 40 million people cry" last night when she performed Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" on American Idol, judge Steven Tyler told her. The San Diego high school student enjoyed a standing ovation after her performance and reaped praise from all three...

American Idol Wants Obama
 American Idol Wants Obama 

American Idol Wants Obama

Producer says he's got a better voice than Mitt Romney

(Newser) - If the whole presidency thing doesn't work out for Barack Obama, he could have a future in show business. American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe was duly impressed with the president's brief rendition of "Let's Stay Together," he said yesterday, in a tweet spotted by Politico...

Idol Cruises Into 11th Season
 Idol Cruises Into 11th Season 

Idol Cruises Into 11th Season

And its long run could continue for quite a while: USA Today

(Newser) - American Idol has dominated the Nielsen ratings for 10 seasons, and its 11th season starts up tonight. Bill Keveney of USA Today rounds up some reasons why this pop culture institution might just go on forever:

Kelly Clarkson Loves Ron Paul, Haters Pounce

Singer sets off Twitter fracas after backing Ron Paul

(Newser) - Kelly Clarkson knows all about casting votes in public when it comes to singing, but politics is whole different kettle of fish: The former American Idol champ stirred up a hornet's nest with a tweet of support for fellow Texan Ron Paul, notes AFP . "I love Ron Paul....

Idol Producer: J.Lo Coming Back

Oh, and so are Randy and Steven Tyler

(Newser) - Though we haven't heard the words from J.Lo herself, an executive producer of American Idol says celebrity judge Jennifer Lopez will return for another season. Nigel Lythgoe made the announcement on the On-Air with Ryan Seacrest program yesterday morning. He acknowledged it wasn't official, but he added...

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