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'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...

Randy Jackson Leaving 'American Idol' After 12 Years

May 10th, 2013 8:33am EDT
Randy  Jackson
Randy Jackson is no longer the last man standing. The musician/producer is exiting "American Idol" after serving 12 years on the judging panel.

Jackson survived far longer than the original team, which was comprised of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, who left  several seasons ago to pursue other interests.

Jackson told E! News: "To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season.
"I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life-changing opportunity but I am loo...

'American Idol' Recap: Angie Miller's Shocking Exit + Finale Preview

May 10th, 2013 8:31am EDT
Angie Miller is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
Since Kelly Clarkson, it's only happened once and this season it isn't going to happen again.

'American Idol' has developed a curious pattern over the years: That of never getting its winner right. Every year a clear winner emerges early, and every year that clear winner goes home before the finale. It doesn't pay to be the best in this competition.

After years of seeing this happen, it's become clear why the best contestant never wins: It becomes boring to vote for them. They peak too soon and after months of being on top and the clear favorite, it just seems unnecessary to keep voting f...

Insider Claims All Four 'American Idol' Judges May Be Getting The Boot

May 9th, 2013 11:15am EDT
American Idol
Rumors are circulating that there will be a major shake up on "American Idol" next season. Are judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban all on the chopping block?

With only three contestants left on this season's singing competition, Mariah has been taking her role very seriously. However, it's most likely that she won't be returning. Her bland judging style hasn't made a very good impression on network execs or fans.

A FOX source told E! there will definitely be no Mariah when the show returns next year. A few weeks ago it was even suggested that Jennifer Lopez was...

'American Idol' Recap: Signs Of Life From The Final Three

May 9th, 2013 8:21am EDT
Angie Miller performs on AMERICAN IDOL
It seems the theme of the past few weeks has been that of three “D’s”: Depressing, Dreary and Dull.

For weeks on end, the three remaining girls chose ballads for each performance. Dreadfully boring ballads that did little to entertain or really enhance their voices in any way. Just sad bits of beauty that are great for singers to mess around, but don’t show anything artistically about the type of singer the contestant could be or what they would record.

All the song choices serve is vanity as they’ve allowed each contestant to do as much vocal gymnastics as possible without having to worr...

American Idol Star Crystal Bowersox Splits From Husband

May 7th, 2013 7:56pm EDT
Crystal Bowersox
American Idol season nine finalist Crystal Bowersox has filed for divorce from husband Brian Walker after less than three years of marriage

"After two and a half years, we have decided to end our marriage," the couple told People magazine in a statement. "The friendship and love which brought us together remains strong, and we will continue to support each other in our careers and personal lives. We are hopeful that people will be respectful of our privacy as we face this emotional and challenging time for our family."

The couple wed in Chicago after a brief engagement in 2010 and Crystal...

Nicki Minaj Plans Showdown With Critic Billy Bush

May 7th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj and Billy Bush
Nicki Minaj has another rival: Access Hollywood anchorman Billy Bush.

Bush took Minaj to task last week after he claims she was rude and dismissive towards him at a red carpet event after Bush asked about Minaj's Twitter attack on fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey.

Bush said, "I've just about had it with her... She's so rude and so indignant." 

Minaj responded back via Twitter, "The audacity of you to call me nasty with your one-sided journalism. That's what you ppl do." 

On Monday, Bush said on air, "The tweet ended by calling me a not-so-nice four-letter word, starting with a 'C...

Phillip Phillips Postpones Remainder Of Tour

May 7th, 2013 2:44pm EDT
Phillip Phillips
Reigning American Idol winner Phillip Phillips hsa postponed the remaining dates on his tour over health issues.

The singer has been playing college campuses around the U.S., but announced on Monday that due to doctor's orders he's postponing the rest of his tour dates, including a stop in Dublin, Ireland.

"Hey guys, due to doctor's orders I have to postpone my last few tour dates," he wrote on Facebook. "They will be rescheduled!"

The singer is set to hit the road this summer, warming up for John Mayer. Phillips says those dates won't be affected by his current health.

There is now wor...