American Idol News

American_Idol news RSS feedSubscribe to American Idol RSS news feed!

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: The Pitfalls Of Group Week

February 7th, 2014 8:26am EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Pitfalls Of Group Week
Last night was the night when 'American Idol' bizarrely transforms into 'The Sing-Off'.

'American Idol' is a solo performance show, an individual competition where the judges seek to find the best contestant to become a pop star. So, of course, they make these solo artists sing together in a group in order to determine who should move on. The obvious choice.

This exercise has never made much sense. Actually, it used to make a lot of sense: It was a perfect excuse to inject the artificial reality show drama of the behind-the-scenes elements of group week into the show for a fun little dist...

'American Idol' Recap: Who Gets To Go To Hollywood Part 1

February 6th, 2014 10:40am EST
Contestants compete in the all-new
Last night this brand new 'Idol' started to resemble its old self.

That isn't to say the show was completely without change. Of course the producers can't help but throw a few new little oddities into the mix just to show they're trying.

The first change was just a complete waste of time. Before the Hollywood Week festivities could really begin, the judges forced the contestants to sing in a giant airplane hangar while they decided if a few were worthy or if they just made a mistake.

This was ridiculous for a couple of reasons. First, the idea that the judges actually remember a single c...

'American Idol' Recap: The Auditions Finally End - In Omaha

January 31st, 2014 1:45pm EST
Omaha Auditions: Contestant Tessa Kate
Watching 'Idol' is starting to make me feel like Regina George in 'Mean Girls': "'Idol', stop trying to make 'The Chamber' happen. It's not going to happen."

Yes, like every Thursday audition show this season, last night's episode led off with yet another reminder that contestants have to take an elevator up to the audition room as though that's such a tough task. Wouldn't having to take the stairs be a much more arduous task than standing in a box that lifts you up without walking?

Which really can't help but cause me to wonder, what would be more exciting than 'The Chamber'?

"The Raft"...

'American Idol' Recap: The Auditions Go To New Lows In Salt Lake City

January 30th, 2014 3:09pm EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Auditions Go To New Lows In Salt Lake
"This show isn't cast like some other shows."

With that, J-Lo really shot a direct volley at the reigning champ of singing shows 'The Voice', a series that has absolutely no undiscovered talent on it despite its conceit otherwise. That's what makes 'Idol' so much different, better, and more fun than that other show.

So where did it go? Where did that fun disappear to? The talent on this show may as well all be ringers. Last night, there may have been a total of about 15 auditions in two hours. 15 full rounds of singing in as many commercial breaks. Maybe two really bad auditions, the rest...

'American Idol' Atlanta Recap: Enter The Chamber To Nowhere

January 24th, 2014 10:11am EST
Atlanta Auditions: Contestant Majesty Rose auditions
The Chamber. The Chamber! This season 'Idol' has the Chamber! It's so exciting.

Well, actually it's an elevator. It goes up into a room. There's really nothing to it. It's not even that small. It's an elevator. Certainly not the portal to rocketship stardom or whatever Keith called it in this abbreviated show.

It's sad when you have to pretend things are entertaining and exciting to represent the idea of it. Rather than have actual fun on the show, this season, it's just an hour of bland with only a small elevator to take us up.

Speaking of small and abbreviated, let's get to this week's...

'American Idol' Recap: Not So Real In Detroit

January 23rd, 2014 9:01am EST
Keri Lynn auditions in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL
This year, 'American Idol' is filling the lower half of its screen with the hashtag #ThisIsReal. It's unclear what that's supposed to mean. Yes, this is a reality show, but we knew that already. To me, it seems like it should be a slight at 'The Voice'. Where that NBC show isn't real at all (every single "unknown" on that show is actually pulled from a database of "undiscovered talent" of people who are nearly in the industry and everybody knows is good already), 'Idol' sets itself apart from that show by giving us the good with the bad and actual unknowns who come obscurity to chase their ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Show Is Just One Big Commercial

January 17th, 2014 8:43am EST
American Idol - Contestant David Luning
I tuned in for an 'American Idol' commercial and suddenly a singing competition show broke out.

'American Idol', so far this season, has become way too obsessed with itself. It's a living, breathing advertisement for a show we're already watching. At this point we've come to expect the onscreen hashtags, the product placement and the logos everywhere, but why does the show have to keep incessantly talking about itself?

First, there's the promos for the chamber. Ooo...The Chamber! So scary. It's like being in an elevator for a one-story trip. Wait, that's because that's what it is. Do we r...

'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...

Hot Legs: J. Lo Shows Hers Off In A Mini-Dress At The 'American Idol' Season 13 Premiere

January 15th, 2014 10:31pm EST
Jennifer Lopez
A very sexy and curvy Jennifer Lopez wore a skin-tight black-and-white mini-dress to the American Idol Season 13 premiere Tuesday night that's sure to please all the leg-men out there.

The 44-year-old judge, who is returning to the show after a season off, wore a just-as-sexy outfit to the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour FOX All-Star Party, where she was asked about her relationship with backup dancer Casper Smart.

"I don't know (about getting married for the fourth time)," she told People magazine. "We'll see. I don't know.

"You know, I've always believed in that ...

Candice Glover Shines On 'Cried' – BUT Have People Heard It?

January 13th, 2014 9:45pm EST
Candice Glover
Candice Glover, the 24-year old victor of the 12th season of American Idol, sports nothing short of a fantastic instrument.  Vocally, Glover smothered the competition on the show’s least popular season.  What makes me sad about Glover’s feat to become the first woman to win the show since Jordin Sparks in 2007 (and only the fourth African-American victor) is abysmal timing – UGH! The pieces just haven’t fallen in place the way that they should have for such a talented musician as Glover.  Still, when you’ve “got it” like Candice does, you get the sense she’ll work her hardest through advers...

Mariah Carey 'Hated' 'American Idol,' Compares It To 'Working With Satan'

November 14th, 2013 12:00pm EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey had such a horrible time as a judge on "American Idol," that she says the experience was like working with the devil.

The pop star worked alongside Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson last season, and she expected to have a great time. She didn't anticipate the friction she'd have with Minaj and opened up about it with New York's Hot 97 on Wednesday.

"Honestly, I hated it. I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," Care explained. "They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment, and I was just like, 'OK, Randy Jackson will be there; I've known him forever. He us...

Album Delays Are NOT A Good Sign For 'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover

October 2nd, 2013 10:30am EDT
Candice Glover

Here’s what is sad to me.  After years of waiting to support a person who I legitimately desired to win American Idol (yay Candice Glover), the bottom seemed to completely fall out from underneath the show the season it occurred.  The judging panel was a hot mess, the talent was also questionable (particularly them boys), and everything seemed to overshadow some exceptional talent, particularly within the top three.

Initially, the winner’s album was scheduled overconfidently early during the summer of 2013, something that seemed like a mistake in itself.  Thankfully, for the sake of C...

Jennifer Lopez Confirms Return To 'American Idol'

September 4th, 2013 10:28am EDT
American Idol
Jennifer Lopez confirmed recent stories that she'll be returning to her judge's chair on the upcoming season of American Idol.

The singer told show host and Los Angeles area radio show host Ryan Seacrest that she's got a lot going on right now and it's not the best time for her to add to her workload, but she's thrilled about it.

"To be honest, right now is the worst time for me to stop and do Idol," she told Seacrest. "I'm doing two movies and I have my album coming out... but I'm doing it because I want to. I love it and I've had such a good time with it.

"When things are meant to be, ...

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...

Former 'American Idol' Kimberly Caldwell Going Strong With 'On The Weekend'

August 29th, 2013 2:47pm EDT
Kimberly Caldwell
Kimberly Caldwell is further proof that there is success after American Idol. The one-time contestant on the FOX singing competition is continuing to move forward, with her new single 'On The Weekend' and hard at work on her next album, which she took a break from to chat with BFTV.

"I'm still in the studio right now. We started 4-5 months ago," she explained of the forthcoming "80's inspired" record, which she calls "the best thing i've ever been a part of musically. [My collaborators] definitely inspired me and challenged me to write bigger and better and out of the box."

How did she co...

Finally Confirmed: Jennifer Lopez Returns To 'American Idol'

August 19th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
After months of rumors, the obvious has finally been confirmed: Jennifer Lopez is headed back to the American Idol judges' table.

Us Weekly reported the deal was finalized, but her boyfriend Casper Smart also let the news slip when he told E! Online she would be returning to the reality talent show.

The pop star was a judge in 2011 and 2012 before leaving to perform on her latest tour. Following the failed experiment involving Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, producers were looking to completely reboot the series - and Keith Urban and Ryan Seacrest were the only talent to survive the changes...

Rumor Patrol: Jennifer Lopez Rejected By 'The Voice,' Chris Brown Retiring, More

August 10th, 2013 12:07pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
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.

Jennifer Lopez Denied Spot On The Voice: Was Jennifer Lopez forced to return to American Idol after The Voice denied her a spot - even as a guest mentor?

Verdict: False. A source tells Gossip Cop that there was never a conversation about Jennifer Lopez joining The Voice as either a judge or a mentor. However, FOX is definitely in negotiations with Lopez over a return to American Idol. "Returning to ‘Am...

Jennifer Lopez To Return To 'American Idol'?

August 5th, 2013 8:46am EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has reportedly signed a deal with FOX to come back as a judge on "American Idol." The singer/actress left the series in 2012, and ratings plummeted during the following 12th season.

According to, Lopez will join Keith Urban and host Ryan Seacrest. Will.I.Am is reportedly in talks to fill the third judging slot.

Network producers had previously considered "Idol" alumni Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson for the upcoming season.

Lopez's career surged after she joined the reality show, and she pulled in about $15 million to be part of the judgin...

Rumor Patrol: Justin Bieber's Bodyguard Picks His Girls, 'American Idol' Exodus, More

June 2nd, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Justin Bieber
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.

Justin Bieber's Bodyguard Is His Wingman: Does Justin Bieber employ his bodyguard to pick up chicks for him at nightclubs? Word is Justin keeps a low profile while visiting 21+ clubs (he's 19), and has his older bodyguard scope out chicks to invite to his private tables.

Verdict: True. That's what we are hearing from RumorFix, who reports Bieber is able to get into several hot nightclubs despite being ...

'American Idol' Alums Ace Young And Diana DeGarmo Wed In Los Angeles

June 2nd, 2013 1:01pm EDT
Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo
Former American Idol contestants Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo tied the knot at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday.

The couple were engaged on live TV during the season 11 finale of Idol in 2012, when season five finalist Young got down on one knee and proposed to season three runner-up DeGarmo. They started dating in 2010 after starring together in a Broadway production of "Hair."

"I felt that this would be the perfect place to ask a simple question," Young told host Ryan Seacrest before asking DeGarmo to be his wife.

"I love you to death. You're my best f...

No Surprise: Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey Confirm They're Leaving 'American Idol'

May 31st, 2013 12:00pm EDT
Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey
After just one season, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are leaving their judging roles on "American Idol." The hip hop star announced her departure on Twitter, writing: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!"

Carey plans on embarking on a world tour on the back of her latest hit, "#Beautiful." She re-tweeted a message from  her publicists that read, "W/ global success of "#Beautiful" (#1 in 30+ countries so far) Mariah Carey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol."

Earlier this month, Randy Jac...

Jennifer Hudson In Talks To Join 'American Idol' Judging Panel

May 28th, 2013 8:22am EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Rumor has it that former "American Idol" star Jennifer Hudson will join the show as a judge for its upcoming season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer/actress, who appeared on the competition in 2004 before being voted off, is seriously considering a return to mentor wannabes on the upcoming 13th season.

Sources say none of the four recent judges - Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban - are being asked back. Earlier this month, Jackson declared he was retiring from the show after 12 seasons.

"Idol" execs want to revamp the judging line up in response to...

Jennifer Hudson Reportedly Signs On To Judge Next Season Of 'American Idol'

May 24th, 2013 5:30pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson has reportedly signed a deal to sit on the judges' panel for the upcoming 13th season of American Idol.

E! Online reports that multiple sources have confirmed that the Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls in 2006) and third season contestant is the first to replace the current panel of judges -- Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, all of whom are not returning.

Hudson is the first piece in a planned new direction for the show. Producers are reportedly seeking an all-alum panel to try and get back some of the 10 million viewers it lost ...

Rumor Patrol: 'The Voice' Judge Situation, Mariah Carey Lip-Synching, Mo'Nique's Weight Loss

May 19th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
The Voice
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.

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Returning To The Voice? Are two of the original Voice judges returning to their big red seats? Shakira and Usher are departing... or are they?

Verdict: True, and Shakira and Usher are staying. In an interesting movie, The Voice is going into a rotation of judges for the next two seasons. Shakira and Usher are getting a break and will be focusing on family and music while C...

'American Idol' Ratings At An All-Time Low As Producers Consider Big Changes

May 17th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
American Idol
Despite a grab for ratings by playing up a feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, viewers have refused to tune in to American Idol's finale performances this season.

The new judges - Carey, Minaj, and Keith Urban - are probably on their way out along with veteran Randy Jackson after a mere 11.57 million American viewers tuned in to watch the 12th season finalists duel it out.

Compared to the 11th season, the show has lost over 2 million viewers. The rating last year was a 4.2, compared to Wednesday's 2.9 score.

One of the reasons for the drop in ratings may be the strength of Candice...

'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: Complete Recap of Candice Glover's Win

May 17th, 2013 10:11am EDT
Candice Glover is the Season 12 winner
This is it. This is the last one.

For years, I’ve been recapping the cultural touchstone that is the finale of ‘American Idol’ with the classic mega-diary treatment: A blow-by-blow recap of everything that went down on TV’s biggest night.

At least it used to be. Once Upon a Time only the Oscars and Super Bowl drew more viewers than this night, but the last couple year it’s viewership has slowly degraded to the point where one of this season’s results shows got beat out in the ratings by a repeat of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

That’s enough to prove that the ‘Idol’ finale just isn’t anywhere c...

'American Idol' Recap: Candice Crushes Kree In The Finale

May 16th, 2013 12:10pm EDT
Candice Glover performs on AMERICAN IDOL
This is the finale recap that I never thought I’d write. One that didn’t include Angie. One that didn’t include the girl that was number one on my power rankings all year long.

It doesn’t feel right. It feels like this year’s victory will be tainted. Like Ang Lee’s Oscar win this year after Ben Affleck’s not getting nominated. That each of these girls should realistically be playing for second while Angie crushes them once again.

That isn’t how it turned out, and I suppose their careers will tell if that’s how it really should have happened, but, as far as I’m concerned here’s how the bat...

Chris Richardson On The Right Track After 'American Idol'

May 15th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson may have come to national attention thanks to American Idol, but there's a lot more to the singer-songwriter than just a fifth-place finish on a reality TV show. He recently sat down with BFTV to share the complete picture of who he is and talk about establishing a music career after being in the television spotlight.

"I feel like I've gotten past that show, and [I'm] being introduced as Chris Richardson, and not so much as Chris Richardson from American Idol," reflected the Virginia native, who released the single "Joy and Pain" in August of 2012. Asked if he was concerne...

The Morning Roundup: Neil Patrick Harris Hosting Tonys Again, Charlie Brown Rehab, 'American Idol' Shakeup & PSY

May 10th, 2013 9:55am EDT
What's going on in the entertainment world today? Check out some of the big stories you may have missed in the last 24 hours...

Neil Patrick Harris To Host The Tony Awards For Fourth Time
NPH promises that the June 9 show "will be 267 times bigger than last year." And fabulous.

Peter Robbins, Voice Of Charlie Brown, Sent To Rehab
Peter Robbins, original voice of Charlie Brown in the Peanuts cartoons, has been sent to rehab in lieu of further jail time for stalking charges. We have a feeling the psychiatric help is going to cost a bit more than five cents.

Insider Claims All Four 'Ameri...