Harry Connick Jr. has just been announced as the newest ‘American Idol’ judge, joining returning judges, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.
Connick Jr. had been an “Idol” mentor, during a previous season, before agreeing to be a judge, this time around.
Of the decision FOX chairman Keith Reilly announced, “’American Idol’ has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom and personality to do just that _______READMORE
Jennifer Lopez has decided to make a return to the ‘American Idol’ judging panel. Do you care?
Chances are, you don’t. And, quite frankly, we get it.
‘American Idol’ may have reached its fullest potential. However, producers of the popular music competition show insist it can be saved. Perhaps they haven’t learned from last season’s disappointing decline in viewership. Even with the recruitment of “drama-queens” Marey Carey and Nicki Minaj, the show still failed to bring in those huge ratings.
And they’re done! Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj won’t be returning as ‘American Idol’ judges for the show’s upcoming thirteenth season.
Following Randy Jackson‘s announced departure earlier this month, neither diva saw the purpose of coming back to the music competition show.
Of her idol exit Mariah retweeted a story from her reps confirming the news. The statement read, “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”
As for what’s next for the super star? Carey is currently working on another album and world tour.
Following Mariah’s own announcement, the day before, Nicki also confirmed the news on Twitter. _______READMORE
Jennifer Hudson is officially and ‘American Idol’ judge! The singer has just signed on for season 13 to sit among the judging panel.
Although Hudson did not win during season 3 when she was a contestant, she has gone on to have a successful Grammy and Academy award winning career.
And now, after Randy Jackson announced his departure, we now know that current judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, will not be returning.
Former Idol contestants including Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and/or Clay Aiken are also rumored to join Hudson as judges for the show’s upcoming season.
Do you think Hudson is a great choice for a judge?
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‘American Idol’ has chosen its season 12 winner! Singer Candice Glover beat out runner-up Kree Harrison to claim the top spot on the singing competition show.
Of her win Candice stated, “I can’t even — oh my God — three years!” –– noting the number of times she had auditioned and appeared on the show.
Candice was apart seasons 9 through 11 before being eliminated each time. Talk about determination!
And in true ‘American Idol’ fashion, Candice sang her new single “I Am Beautiful” after her victorious win.
Earlier that night she also sang with another Idol runner-up turn Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson. A moment she’ll surely remember.
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Fantasia went back to her ‘American Idol’ roots. The singer performed new single “Lose To Win” on the show last night.
We must say she looked and sounded fantastic. Check out her performance below.
These two remind me of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ – two divas who want to outshine each other and do it so dramatically. While Nicki is known for throwing tantrums, Mariah is queen of throwing subtle shade, you know, in that I’m above the drama passive-aggressive way. Just stop it! You both look silly.
While their feud, stemming from last summer, have subsided a bit it’s clear these two women do not like each other.
During an interview with Barbara Walters, which leaked online, Carey (kind of) resurrected the beef all over again. The interview was actually done not long after their big blow-out caught on video where Minaj is heard spewing profanity and insinuating Carey threw a few jabs her way over the summer. Although it wasn’t actually heard on camera Carey says Minaj threatened to shoot her. According to reports Nicki blurted out, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that f—ing bitch”.
When asked about the fight with Mariah admits she felt her safety was in jeopardy. “It felt like an unsafe work environment,” she told Walters. _______READMORE
I suppose this is a good problem to have. Nicki Minaj fears ‘American Idol’ will take away her street credibility.
She tells THR, “I had a lot of talks with people — my family, my best friends, my label, Lil Wayne, management and then the producers,” she says. In the end, it was Darnell (one of the idol producers) who helped sway her. Adds the 30-year-old: “He was so lovable and made me feel so comfortable and confident. He kept saying, ‘I promise we’re going to protect you; you’re going to love it, we’re a big family.’ ”
On becoming more famous and her street cred she says, “[there is] a judgmental culture in hip-hop,” _______READMORE
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Who has a diva, like Mariah Carey, considering leaving ‘American Idol’? None other than thee “black barbie” Nicki Minaj!
According to NYC Gossip Girl, Mariah is ready to leave American Idol due to the threats she’s received from Nicki nearly two weeks ago in North Carolina. There is a clause in Mariah’s contract that allows her to leave the show if she felt her life was in danger.
TMZ was able to get a hold of the captured footage of Nicki and Mariah butting heads during the North Carolina audition. As a result, shooting had been cancelled for the remainder of the day while the ladies cooled off. Nicki was overheard saying, “Every time you take a shot at me, I am going to take it right back!”
It seems like the we are one big happy family bit didn’t last for too long. Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are already fighting and the ‘American Idol’ auditions haven’t aired yet!
“Private eye” TMZ was able to get their hands on the actual video of the two divas arguing. Thankfully country crooner and fellow judge Keith Urban was sitting in the middle to diffuse the situation. Nicki was heard saying, “I told them, I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f*ckin’ highness over there.” Check out the video.
Well, can’t say producers weren’t warned. It was long believed the two over the top divas would clash having to share the judging panel. And we all know, although, Mariah won’t get loud Nicki is unpredictable and explosive!
This is either really bad or great publicity sure to bring in the ratings wouldn’t you say? But who didn’t see this coming?!
What are your thoughts?
There’s no beef! That’s according to Mariah Carey. Since rumors swirled the Nicki Minaj would be joining the ‘American Idol’ judging panel there have been talk that the two divas are feuding.
During an interview with MTV News Mariah stated, “How are we gonna feud in two days? A feud takes a little longer to spread out [than that].”
“It’s fun, it’s music, it’s singing, it’s laughter,” she added half heartedly.
Mariah even tweeted this below photo with the caption, “Day 1 group shot with the Idol judges & Ryan!”
On rumors of a feud Ryan Seacrest also added _______READMORE