American Idol

Thursday, 19 January 2012, 9:00PM – 11:00PM

Ryan Seacrest presents the brand new eleventh series of the American singing competition. 

Returning judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are ready to hear from some of the thousands of hopeful performers who have lined up around the US hoping to impress the panel and bag that life-changing prize.

Pop diva Jennifer and Aerosmith legend Steven were new to the show last year but they quickly proved their mettle, and now they and Randy are back to sort out the high notes from the bum notes. 

The series kicks off with the audition stages. Tryouts have been held across America from coast to coast, but which performers will manage to impress the panel and make it through to the next round? 

Previous contestants have gone on to great things, and this year’s crop of contenders will no doubt be hoping to follow in their footsteps. 

The very first winner, Kelly Clarkson, has released several big-selling albums and won two Grammy Awards, while 2004 finalist Jennifer Hudson has become a true crossover star, bagging both a Grammy for her debut album and an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls. 

Can this year’s contestants match their talent and success?

Friday, 27 May 2011, 9:00PM – 11:00PM

The Final: 

After months of gruelling auditions, tough practice and high-pressure performances, the final of the US singing competition has arrived. Only two contestants remain to battle it out for the life-changing prize, and they will have to give it their all if they are to triumph. Ryan Seacrest hosts the final, which takes place over two nights this week, with the finalists performing on Thursday before the results of the American viewers’ vote are revealed on Friday. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler will be on hand to give their opinions, but the ultimate decision about who wins the competition is down to the American public. 

It has been a long and sometimes gruelling journey for the two finalists. After lining up for hours to perform in front of the judges at the first stage of auditions, they had to go through further elimination rounds before reaching the live performance stage. Over the weeks, the numbers of contestants have been whittled down to just two, which means that one person’s dream is about to come true. Can the contenders hold their nerve as they prepare to give the most important performance of their lives?

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It appears Jennifer Lopez is no longer in the running to sit at the judges table in the next season of American idol with reports saying producers aren’t interested anymore.

The singer was one of the frontrunners to take up one of the slots left by Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres but reports suggest the singer’s high-maintenance demands have put the Idol producers right off the idea of having her involved.

An insider has said: “Her demands got out of hand. Fox had just had enough.”

With Lopez out, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler appears to be the new leader in the race for the judging gig.

Source: Digital Spy

Ryan Seacrest is believed to have claimed that the new judges to join American Idol will not be named for weeks.

The host of the Fox competition said that fans of the series might be waiting a while to discover who will sit alongside Randy Jackson when the show returns for its tenth season as well as saying that he is unsure of the lineup of the judges; whether there will be a four judge panel or a three judge panel.

The ninth season of the show had a panel that consisted of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres (who replaced Paula Abdul); however with Cowell announcing that he was leaving the show earlier this year and DeGeneres recently revealing that she had also resigned, rumours are circulating that DioGuardi will leave too although Fox has yet to confirm this.

A whole host of stars have been linked to the roles in the press including Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.


TMZ are reporting that Kara DioGuardi is the latest casualty of the American Idol reboot.

Rumor is that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will be joining Randy Jackson on the show’s next season.

If this is the new judging panel, will they prove to be the right formula to replace Simon Cowell?

What do you think?


American Idol will lose the services of judge Ellen DeGeneres for the next season with the talk-show host deciding to exit the judging panel.

The exit is said to be a mutual decision between DeGeneres and the Fox network and part of an Idol overhaul which will see the network try to re-invent the brand.

The Ellen DeGeneres show host made her feeling clear to Idol producers months ago that she was looking to quit in order to concentrate more on her own successful show.

“I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next,” DeGeneres said. “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”

DeGeneres also said that she struggled with some of the criticisms she had to give contestants on the show.

“I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on ‘Idol’ and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be,” she said.

With fellow judge Simon Cowell leaving the judging panel also, the path is open for possibly a complete overhaul which may see producers clear the panel of Kara DioGuardi as well and build  a new panel around Randy Jackson.

Source: Variety


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Victorious American Idol contestant Lee DeWyze has signed his debut record deal.

DeWyze, who edged Crystal Bowersox in the finale of the talent show a few weeks back, has signed on with 19 Recordings/RCA Records.

The 24-year-old’s debut album is expected to drop later this year.

“Looking back on the last few months and all I gained from my experience on American Idol, it is incredible to know that this is only the beginning for me,” the singer said in a statement.

He added: “Being signed by 19 Entertainment/RCA Records is a dream come true. I know that by working with them, I have the support that will allow me to record the best possible album I can.”

Source: Digital Spy

American Idol judge and producer Simon Cowell will be honoured at the BAFTA TV Awards next week for his contribution to television.

The respected producer, who is also the driving force behind Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor, will receive a special BAFTA award for his role in developing entertainment talent.

The chairman of the BAFTA TV committee John Willis praised the 50-year-old producer, labelling him “one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time”.

Previous recipients of special awards have been director Paul Greengrass and BBC drama chief jane Tranter.

Cowell, who is also set to be handed an International Emmy award later this year, will receive the award at the June 6 ceremony held in London.

Source: THR

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