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Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Joining Mariah & Randy on Idol: What Do We Want From Them?

16 September 2012 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The worst-kept secret in television is finally out of the see-through bag. Country superstar Keith Urban and rapper/singer/devotee of unsettling wigs Nicki Minaj will join pop diva Mariah Carey and Randy “Him Again?” Jackson on the American Idol Season 12 judges’ panel, a Fox spokesperson confirmed today.

“Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him,” said Mike Darnell, »

- Michael Slezak

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The week in 'American Idol': Top 4 going back to Cali, Kris Allen shut down on the pier, and more

4 May 2012 9:40 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Next Wednesday on American Idol, the Top 4 will choose songs from California artists for a “California Dreamin’”-themed performance show. On Thursday’s results show, judge Jennifer Lopez will perform her new single “Dance Again” and season 7 champ David Cook will debut his new single “The Last Song I’ll Write for You.”

Carrie Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart next week. It’s her third No. 1, following 2009’s Play On and 2007′s Carnival Ride. Her post-Idol debut, 2005′s Some Hearts debuted and peaked at No. 2. The new »

- MJ Santilli

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Justin Bieber 'Boyfriend' covers, ridiculously photogenic guy, Joey Lauren Adams reminisces...

13 April 2012 3:01 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Each Friday, the Zap2it staff features five essential things we found [cool] [interesting] [useful] [hilarious] [poignant] [stupid] in the past week. Do you have your own Friday 5? Share them in the comments section below.

#1: 50 People You Wish You Knew in Real Life

All of these people are awesome and most of these pictures are hilarious, but you can really tell it's Friday by the sheer amount of tears we cried while laughing at the photo of a cross-eyed pug going down a slide. Give the whole list a peek, you won't regret it. [More at Buzzfeed.]

#2: Justin Bieber "Boyfriend" covers

Since we might've outplayed Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" on our iTunes (who knows what the actual, astronomical play count is -- we erase it regularly so it's not too embarrassing), it's nice to throw some lovely cover versions in and mix things up. This week, we're totally digging former "American Idol" contestant Andrew Garcia's take on the tune. »


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The Week in 'American Idol': New Daughtry video, a Lee DeWyze preview, Stefano Langone coming home, and more

13 April 2012 8:04 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

It’s another homecoming for an American Idol season 10 alum: Stefano Langone, reveals to E! Online, that he’s scheduled to perform his new single,  “I’m On A Roll” on the Thursday, April 26 American Idol results show. ”I’m a little nervous but so excited for the opportunity,” says Stefano about his return. “It will be almost a year to the day since I was last on.” The single drops on iTunes April 24. Hollywood Records is planning to release Stefano’s debut album this summer.


Daughtry’s new single, “Outta My Head” now has a brand new music video (embedded below), which features frontman, »

- MJ Santilli

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American Idol: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the Strongest Ever? Take Our Poll!

26 March 2012 11:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

There’s this weird part of the week — from Friday morning till Monday evening — when not a single major TV network airs a reality singing competition. It’s terrible, I know, but it also gives me a lot of time to ponder American Idol history. (Everyone does this in their free time, yes?) And my latest flight of Idol fancy got me mulling this question: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the strongest — top to bottom — in show history? Let’s examine:

For starters, I’d automatically rule out the five seasons with three or more Top 10 contestants who probably wouldn’t have outlasted Season 11′s No. »

- Michael Slezak

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The 10 Greatest Reality TV Judges Ever

8 March 2012 5:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Reality TV judging: It’s important. I can only commit to a TV talent show if I believe there are tough, fair-minded judges keeping the circus under control. Since we’re headlong into enticing seasons of The Voice and American Idol, the time is right to reflect upon the best judges in reality TV history – the ones who boast authority, smarts, sass, and fearsomeness. Oh, and some evil too!

10. Nina Garcia, Project Runway

The glamorous Marie Claire editrix has no time for fashion with a less-than-editorial edge, and she’s regularly the most intimidating part of a panel that also includes the fire-breathing Michael Kors and the perpetually aloof Heidi Klum. When she’s not dispensing displeasure at the drop of an accessory, she’s sighing with the kind of amazing contempt that warranted Meryl Streep an Oscar nom in The Devil Wears Prada.

Best Quote: While critiquing Santino Rice’s horrendous, »

- virtel

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American Idol: The 10 Best Hollywood Week Performances Ever

15 February 2012 11:43 AM, PST | | See recent news »

There’s no telling how much — or how little — good singing we’ll get to hear when American Idol‘s Season 11 Hollywood Week rounds resume Wednesday night. Either way, I figured it might be a good idea to revisit the 10 best performances from Hell Week during the show’s first 10 seasons. Check out my picks, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

10) Middle C, “Closer” (Season 9, pictured bottom left) | Eventual third-place finisher Casey James, semifinalist Janell Wheeler, and Jermaine Purifoy skipped the fancy footwork and simply delivered a sublime rendition of Ne-Yo’s “Closer.” Lesson to future Idol wannabes: It »

- Michael Slezak

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20 'Idol' Hollywood Hopefuls

8 February 2012 1:26 PM, PST | | See recent The Insider news »

They came, they sang, some conquered and starting tonight we'll finally move past the audition round freakshow (which was, admittedly, less awful than in year's past) and into Hollywood Week, which only showcases the best contestants American Idol has to offer.

Adam Levine: Shame on Randy Jackson!

But with hundreds of singers taking the stage in Los Angeles, there are bound to be some broken hearts, plenty of shattered dreams and more disappointing group performances than I care to watch.

Although this batch of episodes historically serves up at least one or two amazing musical moments -- lest you forget Andrew Garcia's reworking of Straight Up from season nine!

In an attempt to predict which singers might produce similar game changing moments, lets look back at the 20 Golden Ticket getters we're most looking forward to hearing more from!

Johnny Keyser

Aubree Dieckmeyer

Ramiro Garcia

Shannon Magrane

David Leathers Jr.

Lauren Gray

Phillip »

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American Idol Season 11 Premiere: Who's Your Favorite Hopeful From the Savannah Auditions?

18 January 2012 7:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Good things come to those who wait (for 11 seasons). Indeed, it might finally be time to put an end to the annual kvetching by the Idoloonie nation that American Idol‘s audition rounds deliver too many jokesters, deludeds, and all-purpose waking nightmares — and not enough truly talented vocalists.

In the course of Wednesday night’s season premiere, we were treated to the sweet sounds of 16 Golden Ticket recipients — quite possibly a record for a two-hour episode. There was a supremely divalicious songbird who came with her own patented dance (is America ready for that jelly?); an acoustic cutie whose “Thriller” was a 1,000-lb. »

- Michael Slezak

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'American Idol' Season 11 premiere: 8 things to look forward to

17 January 2012 7:52 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"American Idol" is back in a two-night premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 19 and we are pumped. Forget those other singing shows, we'll take our old favorite. Here are eight fun things to look forward to during the two-night premiere:

There's a kid in St. Louis who looks like an Abercrombie model and sounds like a soulful blues singer and a current artist at the same time. He takes on Sam Cooke's "Change is Gonna Come," which is no easy feat, and he slays it. His baby blues are going to be very popular.

A kid who once beat Scotty McCreery in a vocal competition sounds like a young Michael Jackson. Like, exactly like a young Mj. We're kind of sad his audition song is not "I'll Be There" or "I Want You Back." He also looks about 12 years old.

Steven Tyler gets an "approval face" montage, which »


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