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“American Idol,” in its 15th and final season on Fox, is opening a new digital door for aspiring singers to get a shot at appearing on the show.
FremantleMedia North America, which produces “American Idol” with 19 Entertainment, has teamed with startup StarMaker Interactive, whose app lets users record and post karaoke videos of themselves using backing tracks licensed from music publishers. Under the partnership, StarMaker is running a contest inviting users to share their best videos to get a chance to land an “American Idol” audition slot; other members of the service can then vote for their favorite performances through Sept. 30 — and 11 winners will be selected for in-person auditions.
One grand-prize winner from the StarMaker contest will appear at a “last chance” audition in October in San Francisco before “Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. The 10 other winners, to be selected by a panel of execs »
- Todd Spangler
Three years have passed since "America's Best Dance Crew," aka "Abdc," was cancelled by MTV after seven seasons of often-spectacular performances by hip-hop dance crews. When it returns July 29, it will look very different--and have a live finale right before MTV's VMAs. The teams competing, however, will be very familiar: they're the winners of seasons 2 through 7 -- Super Cr3W, Quest Crew, We Are Heroes, I.aM.mE, and Elektrolytes -- plus a new group, Kinjaz, formed from team leaders of other dance crews, including season-one winners Jabbawockeez. The significant changes to the competition series start with the subtitle. Instead of being preceded by "Randy Jackson Presents," the show title is now "America’s Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs." The former "American Idol" judge turned mentor doesn't seem to be on board with the new season, as his name isn't listed among producers. Instead, it's produced by Hip »
- Andy Dehnart
Another leading lady! Ryan Seacrest is dating former Miss Teen USA Hilary Cruz, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly. A source tells Us that the American Idol host and Cruz, 26, first met at Seacrest's star-studded 40th birthday bash in Napa, Calif., back in February. The pair got to know each other as they partied alongside Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul. Cruz won Miss Teen USA in 2007 and has appeared in the TV movies Beautiful & Twisted and Sand Sharks. She and the [...] »
Endemol Shine USA the unscripted U.S. division of Endemol Shine North America, has set its new programming team, naming former Shine America executive vice president and head of production Linda Giambrone (pictured above) as executive vice president and head of unscripted production. The newly established team, which combines the teams of Endemol USA and Shine America, also includes Georgie Hurford-Jones, a former senior vice president of Simon Cowell‘s Syco TV whose credits include “America’s Got Talent” and “Britain’s Got Talent.” Hurford-Jones will serve as senior vice president, unscripted programming. Also Read: Randy Jackson Signs Development, Producing Deal With Endemol Shine North. »
- Tim Kenneally
Grammy-winning producer, musician and longtime American Idol judge Randy Jackson has signed an overall production deal with Endemol Shine North America where he will develop unscripted, scripted and digital programming. "Randy is one of the most respected talents in both the music and television industries and we're looking forward to developing projects with him to produce across our unscripted, scripted and digital businesses.", said Endemol Shine North America… »
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Endemol Shine North America co-chairmen and co-CEOs Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin announced Wednesday that the company has signed an overall producing deal with music producer and former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson.
“We’re thrilled to have Randy joining our team at Endemol Shine North America,” said Abrego and Corwin. “He is one of the most respected talents in both the music and television industries, and we’re looking forward to developing projects with him to produce across our unscripted, scripted and digital businesses.”
Under the deal, Jackson will develop unscripted, scripted and digital programming that he will produce with the Endemol Shine North America team.
“I am so excited to be joining the Endemol Shine family and embark on this journey with one of the best companies in the world,” said Jackson. “Cris and Charlie are incredible leaders. I look forward to working with them and creating some magic. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Longtime “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson has signed an overall producing deal with Endemol Shine North America, co-chairmen and co-ceo’s Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin announced Wednesday. Jackson, who previously produced “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” for MTV between 2008 and 2012, will develop unscripted, scripted and digital programming to produce with the Endemol Shine North America team. Programming from the company already includes “Big Brother” (CBS), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Kingdom” (DirecTV), “MasterChef” (Fox), “MasterChef Junior” (Fox), as well as new summer programs “The Island” (NBC) and “Bullseye” (Fox). Also Read: 5 Ideas From Our. »
- Greg Gilman
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In either event, here’s hoping the season finale of Reality Check helps remove some of the sting. My co-host Melinda Doolittle and I are dishing the highs and lows of The Voice‘s Season 8 finale — from Sawyer Fredericks’ righteous win to Kelly Clarkson’s general aura of awesomeness to those terrible, »
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 »
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