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Simon Cowell gushed — as much as the famously acerbic TV personality can — about his time on Fox’s “American Idol,” which the network announced Monday would end after its upcoming 15th season. “We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan – and not forgetting Brian,” Cowell told People, name-checking first season co-host, Brian Dunkleman, along with Cowell’s longtime costars Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest. “Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists,” he said. “Fox took a risk on a brand new show, and I want to thank them for. »
- Deborah Day
Way back in the early 2000s, Carrie Underwood faced Simon Cowell and the rest of the American Idol judges to sing her heart out - and she mentioned a third nipple. Then 21 years old, Carrie blew Simon and Randy Jackson away when she sang "I Can't Make You Love Me," but not before she revealed a few fun facts about herself. Simon asked her (around 1:54 in the video above), "Did you have something you shouldn't have had?" Carrie laughed and got embarrassed, saying, "It looked like a mole. It was a third nipple." She went on to explain why she had it removed, then belted out her audition song before showing off one of her surprising talents: clucking like a chicken. Following news that American Idol has been canceled, get a fun dose of Idol nostalgia with a look at Carrie's audition, then see the cutest pictures of Carrie and Mike Fisher! »
The music mogul was one of the original judges on the talent show and he has paid tribute to producers Fox for “taking a risk” on the programme following yesterday’s (11.05.15) news that it is to end next year after 15 seasons.
Simon – who was joined on the judging panel in the first seasons by Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson – said in a statement: “We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan [Seacrest, host] — and not forgetting Brian [Dunkleman, season one co-host]. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists.
“Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times.”
Simon – who quit the show in 2010 to launch ‘The X Factor’ in America – also thanked the entire country for enjoying the show for so long. »
- The Hollywood News
Keeping it consistent! Host Ryan Seacrest will be back for the final season of American Idol along with returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. On Monday, May 11, Fox announced that the longtime running reality competition series will be singing its final note in the fifteenth and final season, which will premiere in January 2016. Some fans immediately began to speculate about the return of original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, and Fox producers said they are hoping the dream team [...] »
“American Idol” is finally coming to a close. The 15th and final season will premiere January 2016.
While searching for the final “Idol” superstar, the last season will also serve as a “celebratory event,” paying tribute to fourteen seasons of contestants, winners and fans.
Fox TV Group chairman-ceo Gary Newman said it was “not an easy decision” to call it a wrap for “Idol” after much discussion with producers.
“It’s the right time to bring this run to a close,” Newman said in a conference call Tuesday. “We really wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory … and send it off in a way that is as significant as the run it’s had on our network.”
The show will air in its usual Wednesday-Thursday pattern to start »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fox announced on Monday (May 11) morning that "American Idol" has been renewed for the 2015-16 season, but that next year's installment will be its last. Per the official Fox release, host Ryan Seacrest and all three current judges -- Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr -- will return to "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." Whether you've watched "American Idol" from the beginning and still tune in on a weekly basis or you've looked down your nose at "Idol" for its role in reality-izing network television, it would be foolish not to look at this as the end of a rather major era. Adapted from the British "Pop Idol" format, "American Idol" premiered in the summer of 2002 and developed into a burgeoning sensation, »
- Daniel Fienberg
It’s hard to say anything too harsh about an American Idol finalist immediately after experiencing his/her “Hometown Visit” package.
Misty-eyed mamas. Weeping dads. The contestants themselves embracing Fox affiliate meteorologists, kissing schoolkids and choking back their emotions when they realize they’re officially stars (or something pretty damn close).
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Lucky for me, Wednesday’s Top 4 performance night — featuring one painful elimination — was (despite the absence of Quentin Alexander and Joey Cook) about as solid a night of performances as we’ve had in Season 14… no »
Grace Valerie, the Russian-born singer of “When the Lights Go Down,” cracked into the mainstream with help from American Idol’s Randy Jackson – and is now an independent artist making her own music. Grace Valerie Exclusive “Randy discovered me when I moved to the United States about like five years ago, and it’s been a […]
- Chelsea Regan
“War Room,” which focuses on the transformational role that prayer can play in an individual’s life, is directed by Alex Kendrick from a script he co-wrote with brother Stephen Kendrick. The film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer (“Praise the Lord”), T.C. Stallings (“Courageous”), Beth Moore (“Living Proof Ministries”) and Karen Abercrombie (“Remnant”).
“War Room” will open in theaters on Aug. 28.
“Pitch Perfect 2” is directed by Elizabeth Banks and features the returning cast led by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp and Banks herself. The film will open May 15.
Davis announced the event in January with the aim of highlighting diversity. The Arkansas festival is touting itself as the only film competition »
- Dave McNary
Over the course of 14 seasons, American Idol has had its fair share of uncomfortable moments.
Chris Daughtry serving up a “Wait, I got eliminated?” grimace. Paula Abdul critiquing a song Jason Castro was about 45 minutes away from covering. (Fret not, old girl will be back in a judging capacity this summer on Fox!) Danny Gokey trying to out-Adam Adam Lambert — and failing like a 5-year-old taking the AP Physics exam — on “Dream On.”
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Picture it: Germany, 1989. (Yes, the first four words of this American Idol recap are inspired by The Golden Girls‘ incomparable Sophia Petrillo.)
Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff is performing a partial striptease in the one country that’s embraced his pop-star aspirations as warmly as they’ve accepted sauerkraut and spätzle on their dinner tables. He’s shaking what his mama gave him and belting some of the decade’s biggest hits: “Walking on Sunshine.” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” “Let’s Dance.”
Except, hold up, »
Imagine an American Idol with Jennifer Lopez rocking a powder-blue Amish dress from the Pennsylvania Dutch Collection, Ryan Seacrest losing his cool and an audience of SwayBots successfully moving in time with the music.
None of those signs of an impending apocalypse occurred on tonight’s Season 14 Top 12 announcement/performance episode, but the hour was not without its share of whopping surprises.
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The human equivalent of a frayed nerve, Joey Cook, pulled it together and became an unlikely front-runner — at least for a night. The usually flawless Sarina Joi-Crowe saw »
Randy Jackson may no longer be mentoring the American Idol contestants, but the show has found a more-than-worthy replacement in Scott Borchetta. Though he may not (yet) be a household name, music fans have most certainly heard songs that Borchetta, 52, has made possible. Here are five things to know about the music mogul before he steps into his role as mentor for season 14 of the Fox reality singing competition: 1. He's worked with some of the biggest names in the business.As the president of the Big Machine Label Group, Borchetta has helped foster the careers of Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
North of Nine is prepping the release of their debut Ep "Alive" for tomorrow, and HitFix has the first-listne of that set's "Open Road." The Los Angeles-based pop-rock quintet had friends and family sing during the gang vocals on this anthemic track, but that hasn't been their only support: Randy Jackson executive produced the five-song Ep. "I wanted to create an epic song, that will impact our fan's lives. I look at life as an open road, everyone gets to pick their lane and destination," said group frontman Jackson Guthy. "You get in your car and push through all the good and bad times in life. You just have to choose your lane and get it!" Guthy has previously performed under his own name as a solo artist, singing on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" and supporting acts like One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer on the road. North of Nine »
- Katie Hasty
Better late than never! Kim Kardashian West and Khloé Kardashian were on hand to help Ryan Seacrest ring in his 40th birthday in style with a blowout bash in Napa Valley, California, on Saturday - even though his real birthday was on Dec. 24. The American Idol host partied the night away with an intimate bash of 100 guests. The reality TV stars took to their Instagram accounts to share some snaps from the night, including a silly one of Seacrest rocking oversized sunglasses. West, 34, posted the below picture, captioning it: "This sums up the night. Napa. Blurry. Photo booth." This sums up the night. »
What was once known for being the tenth largest city in Arkansas and location of the Walmart headquarters will now be home of the Bentonville Film Festival. Chaired by actress Geena Davis and hosted by Arc Entertainment, the festival is designed to champion women and diversity in film and media. Being a close cause for the Academy Award winner, Geena Davis is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Located at Mount St. Mary’s College, the organization is the first of its kind to educate and engage entertainment companies in bringing awareness for gender balance in the arts and media. When asked why she created the institute, Davis proclaimed, ““I have been an advocate for women for most of my adult life.” Now the institute is continuing their influence with the support of the Bentonville Film Festival. “The Bentonville Film Festival is »
- Christopher Clemente
Picture it…American Idol, Hollywood Week, Season 14. No vicious “Airplane Hangar of Doom.” No threat of Randy Jackson’s inane mentoring sessions. And a dozen (or two) fantastic, charismatic vocalists signaling the possibility of a truly stellar three months of competition.
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That dream scenario began to look like a reality during last week’s two-part Idol telecast — or at least that’s the conclusion drawn by my co-host Melinda Doolittle and me on this week’s episode of Reality Check.
Still, though, »
Pay no attention to the girl collapsing dramatically at center stage. She is as relevant to bigger picture of American Idol‘s 14th season as Kris Jenner is to the Mideast peace process. (And 10 points to Gryffindor if you asked, “What is a Kris Jenner?“)
Instead, gather up those precious snippets of future Chris Daughtrys and Haley Reinharts singing. Because, bound together in a tightly edited Group Rounds episode, we saw 10, perhaps even 15 vocalists who reminded us not only of the past glories of The House That Made J.Hud an Oscahhh Winner, but also of its future potential.
You can’t love ‘em all — or, wait, can you?
American Idol‘s Season 14 Hollywood Week kicked off with what the great philosopher Fergie refers to as “that boom-boom-pow.” Seriously, the one-hour installment featured so many triumphant vocal performances I felt like my TV set should’ve been perched atop Katy Perry’s mechanical lion and marching into wherever it was they held the Super Bowl on Sunday.
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Sure, standout auditioner Tara Honda was sent to the guillotine without so much as a trial »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Sleepy Hollow, Jane the Virgin, Parenthood and Scandal!
1 | Which Saturday Night Live intern goofed, that the Family Feud sketch featured a weirdly outdated array of American Idol judges? (Also, raise your hand if you could do a better Harry Connick Jr. impression.)
2 | Were you as floored as we were, during the SAG Awards, to learn that Lifetime Achievement winner Debbie Reynolds didn’t know how to dance before Singin’ in the Rain? And »
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