AMERICAN IDOL will begin its 15th – and final – season this January on FOX. A season-long celebratory event, AMERICAN IDOL XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final IDOL superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their IDOLs.
LOS ANGELES — “American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.
The rumored addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced Tuesday by Fox. They’ll join Urban to make up the talent show’s first panel consisting solely of singers — a la NBC’s successful 2011 upstart “The Voice.”
Pop star and actress Lopez will be back on “American Idol” after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several “Idol” appearances.
Urban’s return to the contest was announced last month by Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly, who said the singer didn’t get a chance to show his personality in his first turn as a judge. Urban appeared overwhelmed last season by the Carey-Minaj crossfire that drew complaints from some viewers.
“I will confirm one thing: Keith is going to return to the show,” said Kevin Reilly, Fox Chairman of Entertainment, as he addressed a room full of reporters. “Keith’s a really funny guy, and I didn’t think he was able to let his full personality shine through” last season, due to the diva drama [between former judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj] that overshadowed not just Urban, but also the contestants.
We don’t know how she knows, but Katie Couric, during the taping of Friday’s “Katie,” told former “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez who will be filling the panel in the singing competition’s upcoming season: Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson.
So far, only Carey has been confirmed by FOX, which has not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment or made any public announcement.
“What do you think about the new group of judges?” Couric asked Lopez, according to a Thursday morning press release from “Katie.”
Fox just made it official: Carey is the latest successful pop diva to join American Idol. The 42-year-old will join the judges table for season 12.
As reported in this week’s issue of EW, Carey has been the leading contender to join the panel this summer, which has seen a flurry of celebrity names floated in the press as possible candidates. Her salary is expected to be somewhere north of $12 million — the sum paid Jennifer Lopez during her first year on the show — and possibly as high as $17 million.
A person familiar with the show’s negotiations say Carey is being pursued to join the judging panel of the Fox talent competition. The source requested anonymity because of the private nature of negotiations, which were termed as serious. Carey has also been courted by other talent competitions, and her name has been thrown out in the past for “Idol” and other shows.
There are two openings: Both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tylerannounced last week that they were leaving as judges after two seasons. Randy Jackson, who is a manager, producer and friend of Carey’s, is the only judge left. There are reports that Jackson’s role may shift as well.
Editor’s note: I think Randy Jackson might start to get a complex, LOL!
Her representative, Mark Young, said Friday that Lopez is ending her time on television’s most popular show after two years. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler said the same thing on Thursday.
Lopez broke the news to “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show.
“I really was dreading this phone call with you,” she told him. “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put kind of on hold because I love ‘Idol’ so much.”
Tyler leaving ‘American Idol‘ after 2 seasons; Lopez says his exit will affect her decision
NEW YORK – Steven Tyler says he’s exiting “American Idol” to put rock `n’ roll first.
Tyler said he’s leaving the hit show after two seasons to rededicate himself to Aerosmith, the band he fronts. The rock star said he loved every minute on the hit Fox singing contest but added, “it’s time to bring rock back.”
“After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress `American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” Tyler said in a statement, making a joking reference to the 1987 Michael Douglas-Glenn Close thriller “Fatal Attraction.”
“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.”
Not surprising in the least. Phillip Phillips is the new American Idol beating out a very young Jessica Sanchez. Congratulations Phillip!
Here is a funny recap of the show tonight that’s worth a read for the comedic value alone: http://social.entertainment.msn.com/tv/blogs/reality-tv-blog.aspx?blog=2080&feat=14857641-0a53-49ba-a5e8-fff94ed3b602
Following reports that she’s exiting the FOX series after two seasons, the star spoke out on Twitter on Thursday night.
“There is no truth to reports that say I am definitely leaving Idol,” she wrote. “All I said was I haven’t decided what I am doing next year.”
Adding, “When I know for sure what I’m doing I will let the #LOVE!RS know!”
With the coveted home town hero visit on the line, four became three tonight on the “American Idol” results show.
But before their fate was revealed the foursome kicked the show off with a snoozy version of “California Dreamin”” by the Mamas and Papas.
Then, we got down to business, or so we thought. First up, double P as Ryan said. Jimmy called Phillip’s performance the beginning of Phillip coming into his own. But Ryan didn’t reveal a thing. He told Phillip to return to “the couch,” but said, those are not the results. Which means what?
Next up was Hollie, who struggled on her second showing last night. Jimmy understood why the judges were okay with Hollie’s Journey showing, but he didn’t agree. And of her Bonnie Raitt performance, Jimmy said, “she hit the opera button” and “crashed and burned.” But still, the torture for us and them continued as she too was sent back to the couch.
And then there were four! Things are winding down on Idol and the final show is only a few weeks away. Tonight, Skylar went home. She found herself in the bottom two along with Hollie Cavanagh. I was rather surprised. I thought surely Holly would get sent home tonight but America had other ideas.
As usual, Vote For The Worst is taking credit for keeping Phillip Phillips on the show. I think they give themselves too much credit.
So we are left with Joshua Ledet, Holly Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips.
And then there were five…
America sent Elise Testone home after two less than stellar performances and poor song choices. Elise was argumentative with the judges as well… a turn off to voters.
According to Starpulse.com, their ranking of the final five is:
Another shocking elimination tonight as Colton Dixon, who many thought had a good chance of winning, was sent home. As you may recall the judges used their save on Jessica Sanchez last week so there was nothing they could do to save Colton.
Vote for the Worst is encouraging people to vote for Phillip Phillips, who they really dislike for some reason. Last week they claimed victory in messing with the results. Apparently they want a white guy who plays the guitar to win?? Not sure what that’s all about but I don’t think I want to understand their logic.
Losing isn’t always a bad thing on American Idol. Look at Chris Daughtry. This gives Colton a jumpstart on his music career instead of wasting a year doing what AI wants him to do and waiting too long to release his first album. Hopefully he will strike while the iron is hot and take advantage of his time on national television!
Good Luck, Colton!
Editor’s note: Phillip Phillips is Vote For The Worst‘s pick for this week. They have also branched out and have RaeLynn on The Voice named for this week. VFTW is proclaiming victory that their votes forced the judges to waste their save on Jessica Sanchez.
Colton Dixon and Joshua Ledet up on stage next as “American Idol” names its bottom three and cuts to its final six.
They’ve been having contestants stand in two groups tonight; Ledet joins Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone, while Dixon joins Hollie Cavanagh and Phillip Phillips.
Next up is Skylar Laine. You’d think whichever group she joins is the safe one, but who knows.
Editor’s note: Somebody has to go home every week. The competition is very strong this season. Not surprised by the order of eliminations thus far.
After the studio audience filed out, the heartbroken teen spent close to 10 minutes soliciting last words of advice from the judges at center stage — and admitted he knew the end was near.
“My mama told me this was gonna be the day,” he told the judges. “She kind of predicted it. I felt it too.”
Editor’s note: If he wasn’t out, he will be after tweeting that!
The 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, N.J., tweeted Tuesday night that he no longer would be on the Fox singing contest.
He wrote on his official “Idol” Twitter account: “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” The post and Jones’ official “Idol” Twitter account were later deleted.
A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter or confirm his tweet.
Amid the glitz of Hollywood and Vegas, a creative arts director from “Little Washington” sung his way onto the main stage of “American Idol.”
Adam Brock, 27, was announced Thursday night as one of the 24 finalists in the venerable Fox talent competition. Live shows kickoff next week and viewers will have the chance to vote for their favorites, ultimately naming the 11th American Idol.
For Mr. Brock, who graduated from Trinity High School and Messiah College in Harrisburg, it had to have been a tough week. The latest selection process was completed last month but the bluesman, who calls himself “White Chocolate,” was forbidden to reveal the results.
Naomi Gillies knows more than she’s telling.
“I grew up watching the show, and I was like, wow, I’m in this show,” she said Sunday during a telephone interview from Boston.
While she can say she passed the audition — which aired on “American Idol” last week — and appears in the “Hollywood Week” edition that airs this Wednesday on Fox, she can’t, according to a nondisclosure agreement with the network, say if she made it through grueling elimination rounds in Pasadena to appear in the semifinals.
The second season of a Simon Cowell-free “American Idol” started this week. Cowell ditched the popular talent show last year to launch a U.S. version of his British music competition “The X Factor,” which he vowed would attract 20 million viewers. It fell short, topping out at 12 million. Now there’s word that the new “American Idol” judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, had been joking backstage that they would be “devastated” if they didn’t get 20 million viewers. (They did for the season premiere, but just barely.)
Lopez may be winning the ratings war, but Cowell is winning the war of the wages. The music executive earned $90 million last year thanks to “The X Factor,” which he owns a share of, and his record label, Syco. Lopez earned $25 million. Most of that came from “Idol” but she also has several movies coming out and a new clothing line.