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American Idol ratings are at an all time low—and just keep sinking. So does that mean fans are missing Nicki Minaj? Or perhaps that infamous, juicy feud between Nicki and Mariah Carey from last season's judging table? We couldn't help but ask Nicki that very question at the premiere for The Other Woman, and the outrageous rapper has her own ideas as to why her Idol season had a bigger audience: 1) The chemistry (can we call it that?) between the judges and 2) Better talent. Do you Idol fans agree? "It was a very dynamic season," Minaj says to E! News of her season on the Fox singing competition, "not just from us being crazy as judges but the contestants! I mean »
This...is the American Idol you don't get to see on TV every week! Ever wondered what goes down behind-the-scenes at the Fox reality hit, like what the judges do during their downtime? Or what Ryan Seacrest likes to do to unwind before taking the mic? Well, wonder no more! Judge and country superstar Keith Urban is launching a fun new weekly series, aptly titled "Idle Chatter," that will give Idol fans a backstage pass to all the off-camera shenanigans. Urban's new gig launched across Country radio station web sites last week, but we're exclusively debuting the second episode of the unedited and unfiltered series with you right now! In the video above, Seacrest, a man of many, many »
Katy Perry is taking her breakup in stride.On Monday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the "Dark Horse" singer confirmed that she and John Mayer split, and then she laughed it off by making a joke about not having a boyfriend.The pop starlet faced off in a trivia contest against a superfan (they’re called "Katy Kats") named Emily. "How well do you feel that you know Katy Perry?" Kimmel asked Perry. "Very well," she replied. "I’m ready to play me." Emily said on the show that she used to have a wall dedicated to the "California Girl" songstress, before her boyfriend told her to take it down. "At least you have a boyfriend," Katy said, making a dig at her ex beau. The game began with a personal question, the name of Katy’s parents. Emily responded first: Keith and Mary. Correct! Emily answered the second question, too, identifying »
- tooFab Staff
Dexter talked with reporters, including BuddyTV, about his time on the show, advice from the judges and guest mentors, how he ended up auditioning and his plans for the future. Also, which of his competitors did he know before Idol? Read on to find out. »
Dexter Roberts doesn't have any music-related regrets about his time on American Idol, but he is disappointed that he didn't have a chance to get revenge on fellow contestant Sam Woolf for pranking him earlier in the season.
"He zip-tied me to a chair at this restaurant [by] my belt loop," Roberts tells TVGuide.com. "So, when I got up, I took the chair with me. So I was like, yeah, I'm going to get him. But I never did. ... When the tour comes, [he's] getting it."
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- Liz Raftery
For the second time this season, Jena Irene has the best odds to win Season 13 of "American Idol" according to Gold Derby's racetrack odds for Top 6 Week. The last time the female rocker topped our leaderboard was way back in Top 8 Week (Part One). Since that time, Caleb Johnson has been the singer to beat, but now he's dropped down to second place to make room for Jena. -Break- Tweet or share this if you think Jena Irene will win 'American Idol' Let's take a look at the odds of winning for each of the remaining six contestants. Jena Irene (odds of 11/8) - The rocker chick has topped our charts twice now, during Top 8 Week and Top 6 Week. She's appeared in America's bottom three only once, back in Top 12 Week. Jena is 17 years old from Farmington Hills, Mi. Caleb Johnson (odds of 3/2) - The male frontrunner has been »
Fans crushing on Ian Somerhalder may be happy to discover that reports of the actor dating a new woman are false. Somerhalder, 35, was rumored to be getting cozy with former American Idol contestant Molly Swenson last week, but Swenson has since denied the claims on Twitter, saying that she has a boyfriend. "I've been off the market for 2 yrs! Swenson is COO of Ryot News, a news site that links articles to philanthropic action sites. It seems that she shares similar aspirations with her beau Randal Hark, who describes himself on Twitter as "Dreaming, believing, achieving. Connecting people and ideas. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
First Lady Michelle Obama will guest star on Disney Channel comedy “Jessie” on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. The episode highlights the service, sacrifice and needs of military families. Obama will appear as part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative. Additionally, Flotus will take part in a public service announcement that accompanies the episode. Also read: First Lady Michelle Obama, ‘Idol’ Alum Kellie Pickler to Guest on ABC's ‘Nashville’ On the episode, titled “From the White House to Our House,” Jessie (Debby Ryan) and Zuri (Skai Jackson) plan a birthday party for Taylor (Kyla-Drew Simmon) whose mother is a deployed member of. »
- Jethro Nededog
Bikini season is officially here, at least on the West Coast!The pools in Las Vegas opened on Saturday and Jordin Sparks was one of the first stars to put her summer physique on display at The Venetian's Tao Beach, showing up to support boyfriend Jason Derulo.Wearing a stripped top and matching sarong, the "American Idol" alum looked more fit than ever, pairing the look with a pair of wedge heels.Even Sparks admits this was a very different look for her -- and something it took a long time for her to be comfortable in."For Me, this was Huge. I'm still learning more about my health & body confidence everyday," she tweeted. "I always want to keep growing! Will there be some unflattering angles? Yeah. Will I have some jiggle here, some flab there? Yup. Am I continuously working to be fit & healthy? Sure Am!""I've come a »
- tooFab Staff
The First Lady is adding another TV credit to her resume. Michelle Obama will be making an appearance this spring in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama Nashville, the Associated Press reports.
Obama will guest star as herself alongside American Idol's Kellie Pickler in an episode titled "All or Nothing With Me," set to air on May 7th. The episode will find Rayna James (Connie Britton) enlisting the First Lady and Pickler to help host a »
A long way from the American Idol stage! Jordin Sparks sizzled on the red carpet at the grand opening of the Tao Beach season at The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 19. The recording artist, 24, looked fit and trim in a neon two-piece Pan Dulce suit with sky-high Louboutin wedges. Boyfriend Jason Derulo was by her side in a black tank top with red shorts and sneakers. Though she looked like a pro on the carpet, Sparks admitted that getting there was a challenging road. "Big [...] »
The 39-year-old, who has hosted the Us reality singing competition since its first season in 2002, wants to jump ship before the Fox series gets cancelled due to declining ratings, reports contactmusic.com.
A source told gossip website RadarOnline.com: "Ryan is telling friends that this season of 'Idol' is likely to be his last. He's lost the passion for it, and desperately wants to do different things at this point in his career, like produce the Oscars and start developing more of. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Having already chosen Pharrell Williams to replace CeeLo Green on The Voice, NBC is now reportedly looking for someone to fill the pregnant Christina Aguilera's seat before taping for the seventh season begins in June: Deadline's "informed sources" say that replacement could be Gwen Stefani. So far, there's no confirmation from the network on whether Stefani is on board, but the the potential pick makes sense, considering that she has previously mentored on American Idol. Even better, she and Pharrell already seem chummy, having performed "Hollaback Girl" together at Coachella last week. The only snag in this plan would be ABC’s interactive singing competition Rising Star, where Stefani is also said to be in talks for a judging position. Either way, it seems like she'll be regularly telling people how to up their singing game on TV again very soon. »
- Delia Paunescu
Michelle Obama is dusting off her cowboy boots and heading to Nashville.
The First Lady will appear on the May 7th episode, when Rayna (Connie Britton) organizes a charity concert at Fort Campbell after finding out her boyfriend Luke (Will Chase) has been injured in Afghanistan and has to cut his tour short. Country singer and American Idol alum Kellie Pickler will also appear.
Nashville and more bubble shows: Which will survive?
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- Robyn Ross
The stars definitely shined this week! From after-parties to award shows, Hollywood’s hottest starlets had plenty of opportunities to strut their stuff.Leighton Meester was the picture of perfection at the opening night after party for Broadway’s "Of Mice and Men," rocking in a navy chiffon gown with a plunging neckline and fitted bodice by Versace. To complement her elegant ensemble, the newlywed accessorized with a white clutch and jewelry from Kimberly McDonald and Jacob and Co. The former "Gossip Girl" star wore her luscious locks in loose waves and amped up her makeup with a smoky eye and soft pink lip. Kate Bosworth looked beyond beautiful at the launch of Choo.08 by Jimmy Choo in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. The blonde beauty wowed in a white, A-line Dior dress with silver bodice embellishments that she paired with a shimmery Jimmy Choo clutch and matching pumps. To finish off her look, »
- tooFab Staff
Country crooner Dexter Roberts is gone on "American Idol," but not forgotten. Vote in our poll below for your favorite Dexter performance. Dexter's farwell song was "Lucky Man" and he explained to our own Tom O'Neil during Friday's webchat, the contestants get to choose their own exit song. "They give us a few songs and we have to pick from that list what song we would want to sing on the show. Sometimes they're good songs and sometimes they're bad songs." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel On "American Idol," Dexter sang close to two dozen hits throughout the competition, beginning with his audition song "Drive" and ending with the song that got him booted "Muckalee Creek Water." He also got to perform two duets during the live rounds -- "Alright" with C.J. Harris during Top 8 Week and "Islands in the Stream" with Jessica M »
NBC will have two “new” judges for The Voice in the fall as Gwen Stefani is in talks to replace the pregnant Christina Aguilera as a coach for Cycle 7, which starts taping in June. According to informed sources, Stefani also had been in talks for a judge position on ABC’s Rising Star, the interactive singing competition that’s set to premiere June 22. And she has experience on these kinds of shows, having mentored on Fox’s American Idol. The No Doubt singer and fashion icon might have given fans at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival something of a Voice fall preview last week when she joined Pharrell Williams onstage for a take on her 2005 solo hit “Hollaback Girl.” NBC announced last month that Williams will join The Voice next season, replacing CeeLo Green, who had announced his departure in February. Related: Chris Martin Joins ‘The Voice’ As Show Makes A Format Change Williams, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Ryan Seacrest is nearing a renewal of his contract with Fox's “American Idol,” individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. He's also looking to expand his role with Clear Channel Communications, while his role at NBCUniversal will probably decrease. Despite reports that state otherwise, Seacrest will sign a deal for two more years with the singing competition, despite its flagging ratings. A host of the competition since its 2002 debut, the contract renewal would take Seacrest through Season 15. Representatives for producers 19 Entertainment and Fox had no comment on the negotiations. Also read: VH1's New ‘Big Morning Buzz’ Host Nick Lachey. »
- Jethro Nededog
As he exits "American Idol" after making it as far as the Top 7, Dexter Roberts has a mature, even a grateful, attitude about the journey he's taken as a music artist. "I've learned a lot from all of my vocal coaches," he tells Gold Derby. "I've learned to hold notes longer and when to break out and sing a certain part. I've really enjoyed all of the help that I've been given. -Break- Some of that help has been positive feedback like JLo's remark when he crooned "Keep Your Hands to Yourself": "You always come out here and sing kind of perfect." But those other judges could be tough on him. Still, he's cool with that. Watch our exclusive video chat with 'American Idol' Top 8 contestant Malaya Watson "I love the tough parts because it helps me to be a better artist," he adds. "They've been in this situation. »
Ryan Seacrest is "making preparations to jump the sinking ship" and leave "American Idol," claims RadarOnline. The webloid reports, “Ryan is telling friends that this season of Idol is likely to be his last,” and quotes a so-called "insider" as saying, “He’s lost the passion for it, and desperately wants to do different things at this point in his career." For real? »
- Erica Tempesta
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