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'American Idol' 2015 Premiere Recap: Audition 1- Nashville

January 8th, 2015 9:31am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Premiere Recap: First Stop Nashville
Last night, American Idol returned for its fourteenth season.The show that built mega stars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood had a few major changes. One change was to introduce us to the top 24...before auditions.

Oddly, we didn't really meet them. We just saw their outlines and heard their voices. American Idol 14 also decided to let fans see more behind the scenes action. These changes will either make the series seem more human, or less. The verdict is still out on which one.

One thing that remained the same was the judges: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. T...

Lopez, Urban, Connick & Seacrest Commit To Season 14 Of 'American Idol'

June 24th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Lopez, Urban, Connick & Seacrest Commit To Season 14 Of 'America
"American Idol" judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. and host Ryan Seacrest are staying put for season 14, according to 21st Century Fox Senior Executive Vice President David Hill, who announced the news on Monday.

"Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I'm thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season," he explained during a network event in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the ...

Rumor Patrol: Selena Gomez's Rehab, 'American Idol' Feuds, More

February 8th, 2014 2:03pm EST
Rumor Patrol: Selena Gomez's Rehab, 'American Idol' Feuds, More
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Selena Gomez Left Rehab Early: This past week we were shocked to learn Selena Gomez spent two weeks in rehab in January to deal with exhaustion. However, rumors are growing that Selena skipped out early to attend the Sundance Film Festival and promote her film "Rudderless." So did Gomez leave without getting a clean bill of health?

Verdict: Leaning True. It's not the only rumor about her recent stay at...

'American Idol' Recap: New Judges Means A New Show

January 16th, 2014 9:06am EST
American Idol
13 Years in and suddenly 'Idol' seems like it's playing catch-up.

In what it's hoping isn't its unlucky thirteenth season, 'American Idol' attempted yet another reinvention last night, veering farther away from the snide formula that made it such a breakout success all those summers ago. Gone is the ridicule, the delight at disaster and general amateur nature of the show. Instead, it's mostly good contestants and enough sob/inspiration stories to fill a week's worth of Olympics coverage.

Even worse than that, we're getting to know the contestants before they even sing a bar. Banter abound...

Harry Connick Jr. Joins 'American Idol' For Season 13

August 31st, 2013 10:16pm EDT
Harry Connick Jr.
"American Idol" has a new judge - Harry Connick Jr.  The crooner will be joining returning singers Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the judging panel for the show's upcoming 13th season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The reality competition has slid in the ratings over the last couple of seasons, particularly with competition against "The Voice" and "The X Factor."

Last season, a feud between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj overshadowed the competition.

Several American Idol alumni, such as Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken, were rumored to be considered for the open judging slot...

10 Stars Besides Adam Lambert Who'd Be Great Judges On 'American Idol'

July 10th, 2012 11:04am EDT
Taylor Swift
"The X Factor" is starting its second season this fall with two brand new judges: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. And it appears that "American Idol" is looking for some fresh blood too. Jennifer Lopez has hinted she might not return for a second season, and execs may be looking to completely shake up the judging line up.

Rumors suggested Adam Lambert was in talks to return to the show for the upcoming 12th sesason, and he is thrilled by the possibility. But would he be a good fit?

What about Taylor Swift? She released her first album at age 16. Her sophomore album "Fearless" went gold i...

Harry Connick Jr.'s New TV Role Gave Him The Chance To Act Like Dad

February 15th, 2012 8:25pm EST
Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. was thrilled to learn he'd be playing an assistant district attorney on TV cop show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - because the role gives him the chance to act like his dad.

The singer/actor's father, Harry Connick, Sr. was New Orleans' District Attorney for 30 years.

The proud son says, "This is my first gig that required me to know details about his job. I asked him a lot of questions."

His new TV character, David Haden, plays Law & Order: Special Victims Unit regular Mariska Hargitay's love interest, and he can only hope the character doesn't become a cheater - ...

Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon Are Distant Cousins

January 14th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon
Happily married couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have been left stunned and shaken by a new family tree study - after discovering they are distant cousins.

The pair teamed up with top genealogist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for new TV special "Finding Your Roots," and he reveals they were not exactly thrilled with what they dug up.

The historian explains, "It turns out they share two things - they both are descendants from people who owned slaves, and they are indeed distant cousins."

And they weren't the only celebrities shocked by findings from the past on the show - crooner Harry Conni...

Harry Connick Jr. Writes Christmas Storybook

December 26th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Harry Connick Jr.
Singer/actor Harry Connick Jr. got into the holiday spirit this year by penning a Christmas storybook for children.

The "When My Heart Finds Christmas" hitmaker wrote The Happy Elf based on his hit song by the same name and he's hoping the naughty-or-nice themed story will keep kids inspired to be on their best behavior throughout the year.

The singer says, "It's a really fun story. (Elf) Eubie is super excited about Christmas and he's even a little too excited for Santa. He goes down to this town called Bluesville and he comes up with some innovative ideas to inspire the people there to ...

Harry Connick Jr.'s Daughter Learned To Drive At Six

December 21st, 2011 10:30pm EST
Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. can't wait for his teenage daughter to take her driving test - because he's been grooming her for the challenge since she was six.

The Grammy Award winner started allowing Georgia to get behind the wheel of his car at a local park to practice when she was just a young tot.

And now that the 15 year old is just one year shy of the legal driving age in the U.S., Connick, Jr. insists he's not worried like most dads - because she's already well-equipped to navigate the roads and get her license.

The Will & Grace star says, "Georgia, she's 15, she's just about to start driver...

Daughter Worried About Harry Connick Jr.'s Emotional State In Broadway Play

December 17th, 2011 9:30am EST
Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr.'s daughter feared for her father's sanity after he took on the role of a psychiatrist in Broadway play "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" because he channels such a wide range of emotions in every show.

The singer/actor is currently appearing on the Big Apple stage as Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist who grows conflicted over his relationship with a patient.

He admits his 15-year-old daughter Georgia had reservations about the musical, fearing her dad might crack trying to portray such happiness and angst eight times a week.

During an appearance on chat show "The Vi...

Check Out 'Dolphin Tale' On Blu-ray & DVD Combo, Digital Download Dec. 20

December 17th, 2011 7:03am EST
Dolphin Tale
Inspired by the incredible true story of Winter, a dolphin who was rescued off the Florida coast after her tail became caught in a crab trap, "Dolphin Tale" is an uplifting family-oriented adventure from director/co-screenwriter Charles Martin Smith that details the unique bond between an injured dolphin and a young boy.

When Winter loses her tail in a tragic accident, her young friend convinces the locals to build her a prosthetic replacement, inspiring hope and courage in handicapped people across the globe.

Nathan Gamble, Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Krist...

Bret Michaels & Cyndi Lauper To Lead Mardi Gras Carnival Celebrations

December 8th, 2011 10:10am EST
Bret Michaels
Rocker Bret Michaels and pop veteran Cyndi Lauper will help to get the 2012 Mardi Gras carnival celebrations started as the grand marshalls of crooner Harry Connick, Jr.'s annual parade in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The singers will reign over the Orpheus parade as the celebrity king and queen of the event, which will take place on February 20.

Previous stars who have led the celebrations include actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Sandra Bullock, and singer Stevie Wonder.

The Orpheus Parade was founded by Connick Jr. - a New Orleans native - in 1993. The star-studded parade will hit the streets ...

'Dolphin Tale' Flips To Top Of Weekend Box Office

October 3rd, 2011 8:32am EDT
Dolphin Tale
Family drama "Dolphin Tale" has stunned movie experts in America by landing at the top of the box office in its second week on release.

The surprise hit, about a dolphin with a prosthetic fin, has netted over $37 million in 10 days - more than most film pundits expected the Harry Connick, Jr. movie to make in its entire run.

With takings of over $14 million from its second weekend on release, the film toppled "The Lion King 3D" and stepped ahead of Brad Pitt's baseball drama "Moneyball" to claim the top spot.

Cancer comedy "50/50" landed the highest debut at four with $8.8 million.


Review: 'Dolphin Tale' A Whale Of A Time For Kiddies

September 23rd, 2011 5:00pm EDT
A Dolphin Tale
Do me a favor, locate your local corporate coffee shop chain and nab five sugar packets. Thanks. I'd like you to go ahead and pour all those sugar packets down your throat simultaneously. Okay, so, how's that feel? Weird right? The combination of guilt because you're a dirty, dirty thief, and sweetness overload from the sugar packets, is about the same the feeling you leave “A Dolphin Tale” with.

“A Dolphin Tale” is a sugary sweet family friendly tale that isn't going to rock your world. There's no inspirational soundtrack like with "Free Willy" or an adorable puppy that does cute puppy t...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Moneyball,' 'Abduction,' & More

September 19th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Last week I didn’t screen any new movies, but I had a chance to conduct some awesome interviews. I talked with Jonah Hill on Monday about his role in “Moneyball” and Seth Rogen on Wednesday for his upcoming film “50/50.” Look out this week for my Jonah Hill interview and the next for mine with Seth Rogen.

Hollywood loves movies inspired by true stories this week, since they represent four of the six opening in theaters. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Brad Pitt baseball vehicle “Moneyball,” the Taylor Lautner espionage thriller “Abduction,” the Gerard Butler redemption tale “Mac...

Why Is 'American Idol' Struggling To Find New Judges?

August 13th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Why Is Idol Struggling
Some critics say that "American Idol" is a halfway-sunk ship -- considering last season's ratings dip, underwhelming talent and Simon Cowell's exit -- and the recent scramble to revamp the judging panel might be the final hole in the hull.

Jennifer Lopez, who was reportedly a frontrunner to replace Ellen Degeneres, confirmed this week that she was no longer being considered. Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Bret Michaels and Harry Connick, Jr.'s names were also being tossed around, but nothing came to fruition. Why is the ratings behemoth -- dubbed by other networks as the "Death Star" -- hav...

Jessica Simpson To Judge 'American Idol?'

July 29th, 2010 8:31am EDT
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson has emerged as the new favorite to take over from Simon Cowell as a judge on hit TV talent show American Idol after Justin Timberlake and Elton John both rejected the role.

Speculation has mounted over who will fill the vacant judging seat following Cowell's exit from the program earlier this year, with recent reports listing the "SexyBack" hitmaker and the "Rocket Man" as possible replacements alongside Harry Connick, Jr. and Chris Isaak.

Reps for both Timberlake and John moved quickly to shoot down the claims and now singer Simpson has become the latest celebrity touted ...

Justin Timberlake & Elton John Snub 'Idol' Offers

July 28th, 2010 3:30pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and Elton John have turned down offers to fill Simon Cowell's vacant judging seat on TV talent contest American Idol, according to online reports.

Cowell quit the show in May to focus on his new U.S. series The X Factor, which premieres in September, 2011. Recent reports suggested the SexyBack singer and the Rocket Man had emerged as Idol creator Simon Fuller's favorites on a list of possible replacement judges, alongside Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Isaak.

However, both Timberlake and John's reps have denied the claims. Timberlake is said to be concentrating on his fi...

Justin Timberlake The Next 'American Idol' Judge?

July 27th, 2010 9:21pm EDT
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Pop star Justin Timberlake is the latest celebrity name to emerge as a potential contender for Simon Cowell's vacant judging seat on American Idol.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the SexyBack hitmaker has joined Elton John, Chris Isaak and Harry Connick Jr. as rumored replacements for Cowell. The former Idol judge quit the show in May to focus on his new U.S. series The X Factor, which premieres in September, 2011.

Reports suggest Idol producer Simon Fuller and Fox network executives are also considering dumping the entire judges panel - which would mean booting songwriter Kara DioG...

Chris Isaak To Take Over 'American Idol' Judging Spot?

July 22nd, 2010 8:22am EDT
Chris Isaak
Singer Chris Isaak has emerged as the latest name to be considered as Simon Cowell's replacement on "American Idol."

The "Wicked Game" hitmaker has met with producers twice since Cowell quit the show in May, and now he has joined Harry Connick, Jr. and Bret Michaels among the favorites to take over the show's vacant judges chair.

Idol bosses insist no decision is imminent, but insiders expect the new judge to be named in September.

The Hollywood Reporter suggests Michaels is no longer in the running for Cowell's job after meeting with producers.

See more photos of Chris here!

Adam Lambert Has Rock Star Arms

July 10th, 2010 9:06am EDT
Adam Lambert
"American Idol" star Adam Lambert performed and did a radio interview at 107.5 The River in Nashville this week, and we think he needs to work out a little bit. He's proud of his new tattoo, but he needs to bulk up those arms, don't you think?

Adam put himself in the running as a replacement for Simon Cowell on the hit singing competition, but it doesn't seem like anyone is backing him up. Simon told OK! magazine, "I wouldn't be surprised if it was Harry Connick, Jr. He was a great mentor when he was on, and he knows music."

Kara DioGuardi is also supporting Harry as a new judge. She ex...

Simon Cowell Backs Harry Connick, Jr. As 'Idol' Replacement

July 7th, 2010 2:49pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Harry Connick, Jr. has been tipped as the favorite to take over Simon Cowell's role as a judge on American Idol by the star himself - the music mogul insists the crooner is "a great mentor."

Connick, Jr. joined Brett Michaels and former reality show contestant Adam Lambert as a top contender for the job after he mentored the finalists for an episode on the latest season of the show, before Cowell quit in May.

However, Cowell admits Connick, Jr. has the edge over his competitors.

He tells OK! magazine, "I wouldn't be surprised if it was Harry Connick, Jr. He was a great mentor when he w...

Kara DioGuardi Wants Harry Connick Jr., Not Bret Michaels, To Replace Simon Cowell

June 30th, 2010 8:51am EDT
Kara DioGuardi
"American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi is voting for Harry Connick, Jr. to replace Simon Cowell as her sidekick on the talent show.

The crooner jumped to the top of the favorites list after he mentored the finalists for an episode on the latest season of the show - and songwriter DioGuardi insists he'd be the perfect for the role.

She says, "The way that he worked with the contestants, he really cared about them. I thought he was really, really great."

Cowell quit the show last month and Connick, Jr., Bret Michaels and former "Idol" star Adam Lambert have emerged as frontrunners to take hi...

Clay Aiken Vies For 'American Idol' Judging Spot

June 24th, 2010 8:35am EDT
Clay Aiken
Former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken has added his name to the list of possible replacements for departed judge Simon Cowell.

Elton John, Harry Connick, Jr. and another former Idol, Adam Lambert, have emerged as the fan favorites to take over from Cowell, but Aiken thinks he's the man for the job.

He tells, "I've always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who's a former contestant and knows what it's like to be up on that stage and be critiqued. I would not put myself out there to be as caustic as he (Cowell) is, but if they (producers) want t...

Justin Bieber And Friends Raise $1.3 Million For Oil Slick Clean-Up

June 22nd, 2010 8:28am EDT
Justin Bieber
A star-studded TV telethon featuring Cameron Diaz, Robert Redford, Justin Bieber and Sting has raised more than $1.3 million to boost clean-up efforts along America's Gulf Coast in the wake of the oil disaster.

A huge host of celebrities turned out to appear with veteran newsman Larry King for a special two-hour live broadcast on Monday night. The show saw stars including Jenny McCarthy and Ted Danson manning the phones to take donations in a bid to boost funds for those affected by the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, which has been drifting ashore since a BP rig ruptured in Apri...

Bret Michaels To Replace Simon Cowell On 'Idol?'

May 28th, 2010 8:18am EDT
Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels has emerged as the new favorite to replace Simon Cowell as an "American Idol" judge after his triumphant performance on the live finale of the talent show on Wednesday night.

The Poison singer ignored his doctors' advice and took to the Idol stage for a duet with finalist Casey James.

The ailing rocker, who is still recovering from a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and a recent stroke, was an instant hit with fans, who gave him a standing ovation as he walked out to sing a rendition of Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

And Cowell was left so impressed he's considering handin...

'American Idol' Recap: Aaron Leaves, Lada Gaga Underwhelms, And Harry Connick, Jr. Rocks

May 6th, 2010 9:33am EDT
Aaron Kelly sings his farewell
Lady Gaga, Harry Connick, Jr. and Ill-Fitting Tuxedos! Sounds like another Idol results show to me. Let’s get on with it shall we?

The Results

I can’t help but think this Aaron elimination came one week too late. It seems like it happens every year – we have a final four (or five) picked out and wait for that showdown, but it never quite shakes out that way. There’s always one who sticks around a little too long, and this year it was Aaron.

Let’s face it. Aaron had a zero-percent chance of winning this thing. He’s got about the fourth-best voice remaining and easily the worst sta...

Celebrity Weekend In Photos: Madonna At Carnival, Leonardo DiCaprio In Germany & More

February 15th, 2010 10:02am EST
Madonna, her daughter Lourdes Maria and Jesus Luz attended the carnival parade at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, Feb.14. Check out what other celebs did this weekend!

Filmmaker Spike Lee kissed Alicia Keys during halftime of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...