Synopsis: They come from across America in search of one dream and American Idol helps make that dream of stardom come true. To date, Idol alums have produced 356 No. 1 Billboard hits and garnered nearly250 million iTunes downloads.
Exec Producers: Per Blankens, Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager
Host: Ryan Seacrest
Latest American Idol News
Nicki Minaj And Mariah Carey Are Leaving American Idol
In unsurprising news, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are both exiting American Idol after one season as judges on the series. The duo follow veteran Idol judge Randy Jackson out the door, leaving Keith Urban as the lone remaining judge yet to confirm his return or departure. Given the rumors about the singing competition looking to start fresh with new judges, there's a good chance it's just a matter of time before we hear word that Urban is out.
Fox Alternative Entertainment President Mike Darnell Makes His Exit
Fox announced today that Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for the network, "votes himself outÖ Fox Broadcasting Company." Their words. This is pretty major news for Fox, coming in the wake of American Idol's lowest finale numbers yet, not to mention the fact that Darnell has been with the network for nearly two decades, and has played a key role in building the network's reality TV presence on network television.
Jennifer Hudson In Talks To Judge American Idol In Season 13
Not only might all of the judges on this yearís panel be replaced by Season 13, but they might be replaced by former American Idol contestants, who would know exactly what challenges the new contestants must face each week. Now, former contestant Jennifer Hudson is actually in talks to join the veteran singing competition show.
American Idol Could Bring In Former Contestants As Judges For Season 13
American Idol needs a game changer. While Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj generated plenty of buzz during their tension-fueled stint as judges on the Fox singing competition, their presence did little to improve ratings. In fact, the series closed out its twelfth season to its lowest finale numbers yet. Talk of some major changes, which includes a possible full overhaul at the judges table led to the reveal that Randy Jackson was leaving the show.
American Idol Season 12 Finale Ratings Drop Drastically From Last Year
It was a big night for Candice Glover on American Idol. The singer won the grand prize in the closer of Idol's twelfth season, beating out fellow female singer Kree Harrison, who took the runner-up prize. While it was a good night for Glover, it was not a good night for Idol. The season finale, which ran over two hours, earned a series low for finale viewers. In fact, the finale took in less than half the number of viewers it earned for its finale two years ago.
American Idol Season 12 Winner Is Crowned
Almost from the start, it seemed like this season of American Idol was destined to be a female-led season. The male contestants that managed to make the finals didn't hold a candle to some of the talent on the female side. One by one, the guys dropped out, with Lazaro Arbos managing to hold on as far as the Top 6 before being sent home, leaving five women to move forward. By that point, I would've called the competition for Angie Miller to win. Not only was her vocal talent holding up against her competitors, but she had great stage presence.
Why Angie Miller Should Have Won American Idol
From Taylor Hicks beating Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry to Kris Allen beating Adam Lambert to Ruben Studdard beating Clay Aiken, the history of American Idol is filled with not only bad choices but choices that were overtly wrong at the time. Why does it happen? Well, it all boils down to the same argument judges on the show have been having since the first season.
American Idol Season 12 Results: The Final Two Are...
It's certainly been a season of great female talent. Whether it was a matter of the girls simply outnumbering the guys in talent this year, or the judges being unable to scout out the better male voices, we were left with an abundance of female talent this season, and it would be difficult to argue that the Top 3 aren't the most deserving contestants. With that in mind, it's virtually impossible to predict which two ladies will go on to the finale.
Randy Jackson Quitting American Idol After This Year
Jackson brought different things to the show based on what other judges he was surrounded with over the years, but the one consistent element was his incredible musical knowledge. Whether the contestant was singing pop music, R&B or even classical Indian music, he always knew enough to engage the performer in conversation about it and could instantly tell how sharp or flat on certain notes their rendition was.
American Idol Reportedly Replacing All Four Judges For Season 13, Other Big Changes Planned
Just last week, word got around that Harry Connick Jr. had been approached about possibly being a judge in Season 13 of American Idol. On one hand, the producers' reported interest in the artist wouldn't be particularly surprising, especially considering he just mentored the final four contestants. But on the other hand, the news itself was a bit surprising, considering the show currently has four judges.
Harry Connick Jr. Has Reportedly Been Approached About Being An American Idol Judge
Likability and musical talent and/or knowledge are key qualities to be a good singing competition judge, and Harry Connick Jr. certainly is likable and musically talented, so he might be a great choice to fill one of the judges chairs in the upcoming American Idol season. That is, assuming there's an empty chair to fill. From what's being reported, that may be the case.
American Idol Season 12 Results: The Top 3 Contestants Are...
The competition is heating up among the final four contestants on American Idol and tension has also gotten pretty heated at the judges table this season, as Nicki MInaj's latest tweets will attest. But tonight's not about Nicki and Mariah's public feud. It's about three young women getting to the Top 3.
American Idol Season 12 Results: The Top 4 Face Off
As talented as the final four are this season, last night's episode was kind of a snoozefest, with one odd song choice after another. The "One Hit Wonders" theme had tons of potential for some interesting and exciting covers. While there were some solid vocal performances to around, the only stand-out among the bunch this week was Angie, who may have performed her way to my top pick to win this season.
The Eagles Question The Artistic Integrity Of American Idol
Itís pretty safe to say classic rock legends The Eagles arenít fans of American Idol or any of the singing competitions it spawned. The band offered their opinions on the genre while on a DVD release publicity tour for the documentary History of the Eagles, and it wasnít all that flattering.
American Idol Was Reportedly Planning To Replace Mariah Carey With Jennifer Lopez
All of the judge change-ups in recent years really hasn't helped American Idol all that much, has it? The series' has been on a mostly steady ratings decline since about the sixth season, with a slight spike in numbers for the Season 10 finale. Was that faint increase more to do with the judges or the contestants? Given the constant state of flux at the judges table, it seems some are leaning toward the former.