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Drake Sang ‘Let It Go’ From ‘Frozen'… As Boxing Legend Manny Pacquaio (Video)

17 July 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Drake gave every ounce of himself over to hosting the Espys on Wednesday night… and a little bit of Manny Pacquaio, too. In a bit that mixed a smart concept, solid guest stars, corporate synergy, and fearlessness from the host, Drizzy “played” boxing legend Manny Pacquaio as he embarked on the next (and uncertain) stage of his career: recording artist specializing in Disney princess songs. Also read: ESPYs Scene Across La: Kelly Rowland, Randy Jackson, Beyonce's Mom, No LeBron and ‘Soccer Wives’ Specifically, of course, because this is 2014 and somehow there is still comedy to be wrung out of the song, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Ryan Seacrest Set to Return for American Idol Season 14

23 June 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

American Idol‘s ratings and cultural relevance might be under siege, but its core team will continue to fight the tuneful fight for Season 14.

Related American Idol: 6 Most-Appreciated Improvements — and 6 Biggest Missteps — of the Season 13 Reboot

Indeed, Fox announced today that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will return as judges and Ryan Seacrest will host American Idol when it returns in early 2015.

Related American Idol Offering $50,000 to Season 14 Champ’s ‘True Believer

“Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning »

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Simon Cowell to Return to American Idol?

16 June 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Will Simon Cowell return to American Idol? The music mogul is reportedly in talks to return to the show. Cowell - who left his judging role for 'The X Factor' USA in 2010, which was canceled this year after just three seasons - has been offered $15 million to appear alongside his former colleagues, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, on the panel of the upcoming final season of the Fox series, in a desperate attempt to boost ratings. A source told the National Enquirer: ''In the past, the producers had always pooh-poohed the idea of asking them back. But after last season's ratings debacle, execs felt they had to do something drastic. So they're going with the tried-and-true threesome in hopes that the show can go out with a bang.'' All three original judges worked on the show for eight seasons during the height of its popularity. A number »

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Q&A: Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron on the State of Reality TV

16 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron have never worked together before, but they joke they keep bumping into each other in the hallways at work — both dance shows record at the same studio. We caught up with the British judge of “So You Think You Can Dance” and charming host of “Dancing With the Stars” at the “DWTS” rehearsal studio — and their rapport was instantaneous. Before long, plans were hatched for a spinoff “So You Think You Can Dance With the Stars.” “It’s like Batman and Superman in the same movie!,” joked Bergeron.

Variety: What makes for a good reality show?

Lythgoe: Honesty.

Bergeron: I agree. In the case of “Dancing” being a live show, the camera is very unforgiving. If there’s a dishonest emotion attempting to pass itself as sincerity, you’ll be found out. Honesty is what will endear you to and connect you to the viewer. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Who Is Brittany Kerr, Jason Aldean's Girlfriend?

4 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Jason Aldean attended the 2014 Cmt Awards with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, in tow.

Jason Aldean, Brittany Kerr Make Red Carpet Debut

Though this is the first time Kerr has joined Aldean on the red carpet, it’s not the first time they were pictured together. The first snap of Aldean and Kerr dates bates to September 2012 when Aldean was still married to his childhood sweetheart Jessica Ussery. In the scandalous photograph, Aldean was clearly shown kissing Kerr in a Los Angeles bar.

"The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar,” Aldean said about the incident in a Facebook post at the time. “I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story. I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. “

In March of this year, »

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Ryan Seacrest sings on 'American Idol' for the first time in 13 seasons -- Video

22 May 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

They say those that can, do; those that can’t, host.

Over the past decade, Ryan Seacrest has almost single-handedly reinvented the role of TV host by expanding his brand beyond American Idol, where he got his start in front of the camera. Of course, all of that time with a mic has only been spent introducing singers and performances — and not one of his own. That all changed last night on the two-hour finale of Idol, which drew over 10 million viewers, likely beating out the Survivor finale on CBS (after nationals are released later today). That’s probably because »

- Jake Perlman

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Ryan Seacrest Sings "Right Here Waiting" With Richard Marx on American Idol Finale—Watch Now!

22 May 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Maybe Ryan Seacrest should keep his day job(s). After months of pleading on Randy Jackson's behalf, the American Idol host sang a few bars during Wednesday's live finale. "All season I've been trying to get our star quarterback, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, to sing a little something for us," Jackson said. "And now, I've got his whole family on board with it!" The Kiis-FM radio host's parents and sister joined Jackson in the audience before he took the stage. "Randy, it took a lot of convincing to get him to agree to sing a song from his very first concert in Atlanta: Richard Marx," Ryan's mom, Connie, said. "I remember driving him to the Fox Theater." Connie »

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'American Idol' Finale Recap: Caleb Johnson Beats Out Jena Irene For The Title

21 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

American Idol’s season 13 finale on Wednesday night featuring finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson included a number of performances by the two remaining contestants – as well as from eliminated contestants, the judges and a host of well-known talent.

American Idol Finale

The show began with Irene and Johnson collaborating on a medley of Queen’s “We Will rock You,” “Just a Girl” by No Doubt and Tina Turner and Bryan Adams’ “It’s Only Love.” Separately, both finalists got to sing with their musical inspirations. Johnson had the chance of sharing a stage with Kiss for “Love Gun” and “Shout It Out Loud,” while Irene sang Paramore's “Decode” before she was joined by the band for “Aint It Fun.”

Previous American Idol winner Philip Phillips sang "Home" with Sam Woolf before launching into his new single “Raging Fire.” Jessica Meuse sang “Wrecking Ball with Jennifer Nettles after she performed “That Girl. »

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Finale - The Winner Is...

21 May 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ratings suggest that most of America skipped Tuesday's performance finale for "American Idol." If you're just tuning in for Wednesday's two hours of guest appearances and very limited results, here's what you missed on Tuesday. Bottom Line: Caleb Johnson versus Jena Irene? It's gonna be a close one.  Probably. Click through and follow along for two hours of live-blogging! 8:00 p.m. Et. We begin with intercutting between Caleb & Jena's audition experiences in The Box and their introduction to 7,000 squealing fans at the Nokia Theatre. The night's first performance finds Caleb head-banging to Queen's "We Will Rock You," leading into Jena working the crowd on "I'm Just A Girl." Jena gets dancers. Caleb, however, got a song he could actually sing. They join together for a fire-filled duet on "It's Only Love." So much fire. 8:05 p.m. Ryan's gone strict black-tie tonight after last night's white jacket. 8:06 p. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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5 Things to Look Forward to Seeing on the American Idol Finale

21 May 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Finalists Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson may have put on quite a show Tuesday night but the American Idol producers are pulling out all the stops for Wednesday night's finale. Here are five things to look forward to during the final episode of season 13: 1. The three judges will finally perform together."It was a blast," Harry Connick Jr. told People on Tuesday of pre-taping his performance of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" and Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" with his fellow judges, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, as well as mentor Randy Jackson. "Jen chose 'True »

- Patrick Gomez

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5 Things to Look Forward to Seeing on the American Idol Finale

21 May 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Finalists Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson may have put on quite a show Tuesday night but the American Idol producers are pulling out all the stops for Wednesday night's finale. Here are five things to look forward to during the final episode of season 13: 1. The three judges will finally perform together."It was a blast," Harry Connick Jr. told People on Tuesday of pre-taping his performance of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" and Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" with his fellow judges, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, as well as mentor Randy Jackson. "Jen chose 'True »

- Patrick Gomez

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'American Idol' Recap: Caleb Johnson & Jena Irene Make Finals

16 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

American Idol’s penultimate elimination episode narrowed the final field down to two from standouts Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene and Alex Preston.

American Idol Recap

On Wednesday night, the three singers each performed three songs – one selected by Randy Jackson, one selected by judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban and one picked by their hometowns. Unlike in last weeks, Jackson didn’t offer his predictions, merely stating how impressed he was will all of the performances.

Before Ryan Seacrest got down to revealing who no longer had a shot at becoming crowned the next American Idol, he let the singers know who they’d be singing duets with next week. Jena Irene will be singing with Paramour, Alex Preston with Jason Mraz and classic rocker Caleb Johnson will be jamming out with Kiss.

Furthermore, it was announced that all three semifinalists will be releasing their own new »

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 3 Results plus Scotty McCreery performs

15 May 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One week from now, Season 13 of "American Idol" will be over. Actually, it will have been over for a day, since "Idol" will be shifting to its usual Tuesday/Wednesday Finale schedule, which allows Fox to slip in the season-closer on the last night of the 2013-2014 Nielsen season. Back when "American Idol" was the Biggest Show In All The Land, that used to be really meaningful. Now? Meh. But it doesn't hurt. Tonight's show will feature our Top 3 results, a performance by Scotty McCreery, plus long and tear-filled clip packages about the joys of visiting Fox affiliates in New Hampshire, Michigan and North Carolina. Settle in and enjoy the hour-long ride... 9:01 p.m. Et. After bringing out Grumpy Cat last week, Ryan Seacrest is pandering to dog lovers with an adorable puppy named Georgia. Awwww. 9:02 p.m. Puppy. 9:02 p.m. Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston look miserable. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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American Idol Recap: 500 Episodes of Bummer

15 May 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s the 500th episode! What an accomplishment! But it gets me thinking: If you laid this show out by its individual elements, how do you think it would break down? I figure there are 227 episodes’ worth of Ryan and various judges saying how important everything is. 193 episodes of montages, recaps, and Ford Music Videos, 42 of gay-panic jokes, 18 of judges’ intros, 11 of Randy Jackson saying dawg or yee-uh. That leaves us 9 episodes of actual Idol action over the last 13 years. What I’m saying is that this show has completely worn me down. I’m exhausted after season 13. I’m a nub. I’m Reek on Game of Thrones. I am limping across the finish line and all I did was watch and try to find new words for tedious. What if we all took next year off and, like, backpacked around Europe or something?Anyway. Caleb, Jena, »

- Dave Holmes

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Idol: The Final Three Bring Down the House with Memorable Performances

15 May 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There was no place like home on Wednesday's American Idol, which celebrated its 500th episode with well wishes from former winners, as the final three visited their hometowns and had memorable performances in the lead-up to Tuesday's finale. Powerhouse teen Jena Irene, hard rocker Caleb Johnson and indie artist Alex Preston each sang three songs, the first one selected by Randy Jackson, the second one by the judges and the final one picked by their hometowns. It was not an easy night for Johnson, who was forced to sing with a small vocal chord hemorrhage that a doctor compared to »

- Wade Rouse

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Idol: The Final Three Bring Down the House with Memorable Performances

15 May 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There was no place like home on Wednesday's American Idol, which celebrated its 500th episode with well wishes from former winners, as the final three visited their hometowns and had memorable performances in the lead-up to Tuesday's finale. Powerhouse teen Jena Irene, hard rocker Caleb Johnson and indie artist Alex Preston each sang three songs, the first one selected by Randy Jackson, second one by the judges and the final one picked by their hometowns. It was not an easy night for Johnson, who was forced to sing with a small vocal chord hemorrhage that a doctor compared to "a »

- Wade Rouse

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'American Idol' Recap: Jena Irene & Alex Preston Shine; Caleb Johnson Fights Bronchitis

14 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

American Idol returned on Wednesday with Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene and Alex Preston battling it out for a spot in the finals next week, while celebrating the singing competition’s 500th episode.

American Idol Recap

Before the Idol hopefuls took the stage, the program featured a montage of some of the show’s greatest moments over the season, which included flashbacks to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken and even William Hung. Past winners Phillip Phillips, David Cook, Kris Allen, Candice Glover, Lee DeWyze, Fantasia Barrino, Scotty McCreery, and Jordin Sparks all offered their thanks via taped video messages.

Singing “Never Tear Us Apart” by Inxs, chosen by Randy Jackson, Caleb Johnson powered through despite a case of bronchitis and “small vocal cord” hemorrhage. All of the judges agreed that the mentor had selected a good song for Johnson and that despite the setbacks, the singer did a more than commendable job. »

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 3 Performances

14 May 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"American Idol" is a journey and even if we haven't always been overjoyed with this season's journey, I feel like we're moving toward the correct destination. Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston have been, for me at least, the clear Top 3 for nearly two months. I honestly don't care what happens from here, because while I like Alex, Jena and Caleb, I don't have a passionate singular attachment to any one of them.  So... May the best singer win! Click though and follow along for what I assume will be three performances apiece tonight... 8:02 p.m. Et. Oh right. This is the 500th episode of "American Idol." So we're doing a full montage of "American Idol" through the years. We even got a brief momentary reminder that Ellen DeGeneres was an "American Idol" judge. And I think if you go back and look at that Season 1 reveal, you may have spotted Brian Dunkleman, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Did ‘American Idol’ Finally Jump the Shark?

14 May 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The most recent season of “American Idol” isn’t just a singing competition. It’s also a photography contest. Between the deluge of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion ballads, the show has been asking viewers to send in selfies of themselves watching the show.

Or should I say #IdolSelfie? That’s the hashtag Ryan Seacrest has been trying to unload on America. But as the series keeps tumbling in the ratings — it now averages about 12 million viewers, less as the season has dragged on — there aren’t many TV screens tuned to “Idol” anymore. When teen heartthrob Austin Mahone stopped by the show, he and Seacrest mugged next to each other, like a pair of Madame Tussauds wax figures.

American Idol,” the most popular and influential show on TV since 2002, has become a plastic imitation of itself. Even when “Idol” was bad (think Sanjaya, Kara DioGuardi, the time Nicki Minaj »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Walking The Online Video Tightrope: Protecting Talent While Taking Ad Dollars

9 May 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Over the course of the last two years the YouTube ecosystem has dramatically commercialized in new ways for independent video creators. For digital talent to make meaningful upside in today's market requires new revenue streams outside of traditional revenue splits on video ad units. Things like iTunes sales, merchandise lines, and most of all, brand deals, are now the lifeblood of these artists. With CPMs in decline across the board - a trend that will not abate for a variety of reasons - brand deals are, and will increasingly be, what lines these creators’ pockets. However, as a talent manager I'm finding that the contracts that come along with brand dollars are in many cases too broad in scope, often to the point of exploitive. As an industry of artists, managers, agents, producers, sellers and executives, we need to strike a balance where both brands and talent win. Too often we forget that without talent, »

- Andrew Graham

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