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American Idol Hopes To Revive Itself After Season 13


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Things have been up and down lately for 'American Idol,' as the singing competition is reaching the end of its 13th season. The ratings for one of the more recent episodes reached an all-time low in viewers -- a measly 7 million, while the show’s highest attraction drew in 30 million. Additionally, publicity for one of the finalists hasn’t been too hot either, as contestant Caleb Johnson found himself in a bit of trouble when he called his social media critics “retards” in a video interview with AfterBuzz TV. Either way, the show must go on, and Idol’s two night season finale begins on Tuesday, May 20 as Johnson takes on Jena Irene for the 'American Idol' crown.

“We don’t really care who wins,” Johnson told a group of press outside of Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on May 19. Irene, on the other hand, stated that win or lose, she wanted to “go out on a good note.” Irene may have the better philosophy here, because as 'American Idol' grows older and older, it raises the question: does anyone really care who wins 'American Idol' anymore?

Caleb Johnson PhotoCaleb Johnson is one of American Idol's season 13 finalists

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And Then There Were Three - Who Got Voted Off "American Idol" This Week?


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Well, it’s about that time again – time to announce the top three contestants on this year’s round of American Idol. Where did the time go? So from last night’s performances we know that Jena Irene is pretty much safe – when you make Jennifer Lopez so excited that she starts dropping F-bombs on camera, it’s a pretty safe bet that you aren’t going home (well, not permanently anyway). Beware of spoilers ahead.

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Randy Jackson had the spotlight before the finalists were announced.

Before the final reveal, however, we got to hear some of Randy Jackson’s oh-so-valuable critique (we’re guessing the show just had too much time leftover). Despite the fact that Jackson’s praise was largely unnecessary, it was nice to hear him being so unusually nice to the contestants, so we’ll let that slide.

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Jena Irene Impresses 'American Idol' Judges With Elvis Cover


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Sure, Jena Irene delivered a great performance on Wednesday’s American Idol, but FCC warning-worthy? Jennifer Lopez seems to think so. Wednesday’s show was centered around the theme of love, with each of the four remaining contestants performing three songs – a “break-up”, “make-up” and “dedication”. In the end, Jena’s “dedication” performance stole the show. The 17-year-old musician reminded everyone what got her into the final four with a cover of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.

Jena Irene
As of last night, Jena is a favorite for the final three.

Jena accompanied herself on the piano and, in a rather endearing twist, dedicated the song to her mother, ahead of Mother’s Day Sunday. Jennifer Lopez was apparently so stunned during her performance, that she could be seen mouthing “f—k” to Randy Jackson, before the cameras cut away from her to the audience. Well, the FCC probably won’t be knocking on Idol’s door anytime soon, but Ryan Seacrest still poked fun at Lopez for the incident, saying: "We saw you in that song and you turned to Randy and you said FUN."

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American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Held At Gunpoint In Home Invasion


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Sometimes even American Idol graduates aren’t immune to disaster – case in point, Scotty Mccreery, the Idol alum, who became the victim of a home invasion early on Monday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCreery, who won American Idol’s tenth season, was robbed at gunpoint at his home I Raleigh, C.N. yesterday. He and his friends were threatened and robbed by three men, who entered the home just before 2 a.m. on Monday morning.

Scotty McCreery
The Idol alum had just finished his exams and was planning a nationwide tour.

The suspects reportedly took cash, wallets and electronic items. The apartment did not belong to McCreery, said the report. McCreery had just finished his second year at North CarolinaState, the report said. He was on a break after finishing his exams. He is just going back on tour this Friday, starting in Bakersfield, California. The 20-year-old reality star chose to report the crime on Facebook and Twitter early on Tuesday.

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"American Idol" Results: Contestants Can't Agree, Jennifer Lopez Is Shocked


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The results of this week’s American Idol might have shocked many people, but none more so than Jennifer Lopez. This warning might be redundant, but we’re giving it anyway – spoilers ahead.

With five contestants left, it was time for a slight rule change. Did the producers lift that idea from The Hunger Games? We may never know. Anyway, the new rules stated that the five remaining contestants were allowed to either axe the finalist with the lowest votes or keep him/her, but face a tougher contest next week.

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This week's lowest votes went to Sam Woolf.

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American Idol Voting Recap: No One Saw That One Coming


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Proceed with caution, spoilers below. Jennifer Lopez reminded us why she is everyone’s favorite American Idol judge during last night’s show. The singer broke out in tears after Malaya Watson owned the stage with Jennifer Hudson’s I Am Changing. The judges were unanimous on Malaya’s performance. Harry Connick Jr. called the teenager “a goldmine of talent.” J-Lo predicted Malaya would “run away with the title.” And yet, on Thursday night, Malaya Watson was voted off American Idol.

Watch Rya Seacrest explain Idol's Idol Across America microphone rally in the video below.

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'American Idol' Judges Use Their Save - Tom Woolf Survives After 'Babylon' Performance


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There are no more second chances left for the remaining contestants on American Idol after the judges decided to use their save on Thursday night (3rd April). After strong performances on the previous show, it was certainly going to be an evening of drama and possible dissent amongst the judges.

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Randy Jackson correctly predicted the five to gain the public's support and not enter the bottom three.

However, eight contestants are still remaining after the judges were unable to decide who should be eliminated when the bottom three - Malaya Watson, Sam Woolf and C.J. Harris - battled it out to remain in the competition. 

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Jennifer Lopez Drops F-Bomb Whilst Judging 'American Idol' - Live!


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Jennifer Lopez was evidently mortified on Wednesday evening after dropping the F-bomb on live TV. Lopez was judging American Idol and got carried away when commenting on one of the contestant's performances.

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Jennifer Lopez accidently swore whilst judging American Idol live on air.

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American Idol Results Night: Who Went Home And Why?


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And then there were ten. Ten American Idol finalists, that is. It’s getting to be that time in the competition, when the hearts of the remaining Idol hopefuls just don’t seem to be in it (at least for now). If you've somehowe managed to avoid spoilers thus far, be warned: SPOILERS BELOW, So, so many of them. It came as no surprise when the bottom three – terrible word choice, by the way – was named as: Sam Wolfe, Ben Briley and Majesty Rose. And the winner, pardon, loser is… Ben Briley.

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Sorry Ben, much like a Katherine Heigl movie, it just wasn't meant to be.

Briley’s name coming up wasn’t really a surprise after his performance during Wednesday movie night. Passing off Bennie and the Jets as a Song from the Cinema was more than a bit of a stretch. Yes, it was featured on the 27 Dresses soundtrack, but come on! In any case, the judges didn’t buy it and neither did the audience.

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Is 'American Idol' Moving To New York For Season 13 Finale?


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American Idol will be back for its thirteenth season on Tuesday, 14 January, with an (almost) entirely new judging panel holding down the reins for the long-running singing contest. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. aren't the only new things to come out of the latest season of Idol either, as the new season may also mark the move from West to East Coast for the show.

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Keith Urban and J-Lo are returning to the judge's seats

According to various reports, with The Hollywood Reporter first generating the rumours, American Idol will dig up it's Los Angeles-based root and make the journey across country for the eventual final. After twelve years in the City of Angels, the show may be moving to the newly refurbished Madison Square Garden in New York City for its conclusive episodes, with the last two instalments of the thirteenth season scheduled for 20 and 21 May.

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'American Idol' Is Ready To Launch Season 13


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It's that time again — American Idol is about the launch another season. The show promises this time will be different.

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Season 13 will kick off with former judge Jennifer Lopez coming back, after taking a season off. She will join Keith Urban, and brand new judge Harry Connick, Jr.

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So, Is American Idol's Justin Guarini Living In Poverty Or Not?


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Justin Guarini has elaborated on his emotional open letter in which he claimed to skip meals in order to feed his children. The singer, who finished as runner-up in the first season of American Idol, has criticized the media for its coverage of the note.

"Obviously you completely missed the point of my letter @peoplemag," tweeted the 34-year-old father of two on Friday, "News isn't news anymore, and I'm nowhere near poverty. #twistedmytruth"

In his original letter, Guarini said he spent "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough." Which is...well, crystal clear. Justin Guarini doesn't have enough money to feed himself.

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American Idol Runner Up Justin Guarini Opens Up On Dire Times


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American Idol’s first season saw Kelly Clarkson win and forge a hugely successful career for herself, with Grammy award wins, number one albums and sold out tours across the globe. For the man she beat – Justin Guarini – fortunes haven’t been so kind.

Justin Guarini

It wasn’t all bad at the beginning; he was a famous face and was at the beginning of what he thought would be a long and fruitful music career. As he notes in his blog: "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times" by fans. Now, though, The 34-year-old spends "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."

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Keith Urban Set For Idol Return - Jennifer Lopez Close, Too


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So successful was country music judge Keith Urban, that American Idol have signed up for more. Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly confirmed the news, and hinted that something may be close for Jennifer Lopez to make a return to the show.

"Keith did a great job last year. The fans really liked him. Keith's a really funny guy," Reilly said. "You could see how much he loved the show." Urban will slide back into judging action when Idol returns in January 2014.

But Will J-Lo be donning her winter attire and joining the country star on the panel?

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American Idol Judges: Keith Urban Confirmed And Jennifer Lopez In Talks


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Keith Urban will return to the American Idol judging panel. The show will start its 13th season with a new (well returning) set of judges and will, possibly, have a new format. Fox entertainment Chief Kevin Reilly told the press on Thursday (1st August) at the Television Critics Association press tour that Urban would definitely be returning to judge.

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Keith Urban at the 2012 American Idol Finale Results Show Live at the Nokia Theater in L.A.

On Urban's return, Reilly said "the fans really like him." He continued to compliment Urban by saying "Keith is a really funny guy."

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Jennifer Lopez Slammed For Raunchy Outfit On Family Show [Video]


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Jennifer Lopez gave UK viewers of Simon Cowell's Britains Got Talent a real eyeful on Tuesday night, performing her new single 'Live It Up' while wearing a skimpy black leotard that barely covered her famous behind. Twitter immediately sprang into action, with some parents concerned about the "inappropriate" nature of her performance on what is considered a family show, with some young children actually performing.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for TV regualtor Ofcom said, "Ofcom can confirm that it has received complaints about the Britain's Got Talent broadcast last night, which we are assessing but not currently investigating." One viewer on Twitter said, "BGT does #jenniferlopez realise it's a family show - only thing missing was the pole - cover up your cheeks please!" though judge Simon Cowell was pretty happy with how things went, telling Lopez, "Seriously, J-Lo. If anyone wants to know how you do it. That's how you do it,' he said. "Seriously world class."

For what it's worth, Lopez herself seemed pretty oblivious to any concerns and happily posted an Instagram of the R&B star being held up by various dancers. "Thanks @GotTalent for a great night #liveitup," she added.

Watch Jennifer Lopez's Britain's Got Talent performance, courtest of Daily Motion.

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American Idol Hasn't Called Keith Urban Yet, (Do You Want To Tell Him, Or Should We?)


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Keith Urban says he is still awaiting his fate on American Idol and remains in the dark of producer's plans for the new season. Urban has been a popular and inoffensive judge on the show for season twelve, though industry sources suggest Fox are planning a complete overhaul of the show for season thirteen.

"I have no official information of anything. I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around," Urban told the Associated Press, "I don't know anything more about what's happening next season. It was like this before I signed on . . . so it's not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together." Last week, E! News reported that Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Urban would be replaced by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and possibly Aiken. American Idol producers were left red-faced midway through season twelve after it emerged they had tried to replace Mariah with previous judge Jennifer Lopez following dwindling viewer ratings. Carey's legal team blocked any such thing from happening.

We assume Urban wouldn't be too fussed should Idol bosses want to take the show in a different direction. His new album Fuse will hit shelves on September 10, 2013 and he'll head out on a huge tour in mid-July. Oh, and he's married to Nicole Kidman. So...

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Keith Urban Plans New Album While He Waits On His American Idol Future


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Country star Keith Urban might not be on the next season of American Idol, but at least he's not dwelling too much on it because in the meantime the singer has announced that he's heading into the studio for a new album. The singer plans to bring out the work-in-progress Fuse, the follow-up to 2010's Get Closer, in September this year. He didn't get specific on the date, but did seem fairly confident of a fall release.

The singer revealed the news on Tuesday (May 28) to USA Today, detailing the album name and release details in a statement that said he is finding the album-making-process as a "liberating" and "creative" one. He went on to say, "I don't know why that is, because I've always been fortunate enough to make the records I want to make. I think just working with other people has just been a really enjoyable thing."

Urban went on to discuss the album layout, estimating that the album will feature up to 16 songs, and collaborators. He will be teaming up with the more pop-friendly production techniques of Butch Walker on some songs, as well as regular studio-whiz Nathan Chapman and a selection of other well-known country producers.

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One Show's Dip Is Another Show's Success: The Ratings Are In For TV's Big Finale Week


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The ratings from TV finale week are in and, as you might expect, it’s looking good for the last ever (tear) episode of The Office and CBS’s Scandal, while good ol’ American Idol takes its deepest plunge yet. According to USA Today, the singing competition, which crowned Candice Glover as the winner, drew in only 14.3 million viewers for Fox, less than half of its peak audience of 36+ million, who tuned in to the 2005 finale. At this point things are looking bleak for Idol, which is even trailing behind CBS’s Big Bang Theory. That show broadcast to 14.8 million. Some frontrunners in the newcomer category included ABC’s political drama Scandal, starring Kerry Washington. The series managed to draw in 9.1 million for its second season finale.

And last but not least of course there was The Office. The much beloved sitcom has never quite had a viewership on the scale of a talent competition. Still, with its extended 75-minute finale, which saw the return of Steve Carell and prompted a lot of nostalgia, The Office bowed out with 5.7 million people watching. All in all, though, it’s been an underwhelming season for television. Perhaps online productions of the kind Netflix has been working on this past year really are the way forward.

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The almost identical ratings, which spell doom for Idol, mean that BBT is flying high.

Candice Glover - 'American Idol' Finale Results Show live at the Nokia Theatre- Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 17th May 2013

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Awkward: Did Aretha Franklin Already Know The 'American Idol' Result?


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Err, shooting into first place for the most awkward piece of television for 2013, it's Aretha Franklin telling everyone who won American Idolseason twelve before the result was officially announced! Appearing via satellite from New York for the season finale of Idol - which pitted Kree Harrison versus Candice Glover - Franklin appeared to spoil the result, saying, "Candice, you're a winner," from a huge screen in the Nokia Theater.

The audience were confused - had Aretha just told everyone who had won? Candice fans cheered, Kree fans fell silent. After an excruciating pause, the Queen of Soul added, "Win or lose - you're a winner," - which makes absolutely no sense to anyone.

The whole car-crash led host Ryan Seacrest to nervously ask Franklin whether she had the results. "I do," Franklin answered, "but I won't tell you." But she did tell everyone. She told everyone that Candice Glover had won. Which is actually what she went on to do.

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Candice Glover - 'American Idol' Finale Results Show live at the Nokia Theatre- Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 16th May 2013

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American Idol - American Idol Season 11 Finalists Thursday 1st March 2012 The American Idol Season 11 Top 13 Party held at the The Grove Parking Structure Rooftop

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American Idol, Flea, Jonna Walsh and Lee DeWyze Sunday 25th September 2011 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze and fiancee Jonna Walsh enjoy the day at a Hollywood Flea Market Los Angeles, California

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Lisa Raye, American Idol, Fantasia and Las Vegas - Friday 27th August 2010 at Palms Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada

Lisa Raye, American Idol, Fantasia and Las Vegas

Constantine Maroulis and American Idol Monday 10th September 2007 finalist of American Idol in 2005, at the 'Hard Rock's 2007 Ambassadors of Rock Tour' and official launch of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by Willie’s wife Annie Nelson. Held at the Hard Rock Cafe - Green carpet New York City, USA

Radha Nilia, American Idol, Frankee and Playboy - Wednesday 15th August 2007 at Mood Supperclub Hollywood, California

Radha Nilia, American Idol, Frankee and Playboy
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