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American Idol Keeps Keith Urban — Yay?

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Keith Urban managed to avoid the great Idol wipeout of 2013. Fox is asking him to come back for another season of American Idol. Yay? Keith Urban seems boring as hell to me. Anyone watching the show care that he’s coming back? I’m sincerely asking, I’ve maybe seen 5 minutes of footage of him in my life.

The official report from People:

On Thursday, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed Urban’s return, and regarding other judges [ahem Ms. Lopez] said, “most of what you’ve heard and read about has merit.”

Mr. Urban also tweeted, “Thrilled to be back on @AmericanIdol with my pal @RyanSeacrest and dying to know who the other judges will be!!!!” Whoa there buddy, careful with those exclamation marks.

People is also very confident that Jennifer Lopez will return as a judge, after skipping last season. Let’s not forget that she and Seacrest had a “secret meeting“, so it must be totally true.

Ryan Seacrest And Jennifer Lopez Had A Super Secret Meeting

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American Idol is going through some major changes. Some of these changes include getting rid of pretty much everyone and getting new judges. Jennifer Hudson is a rumored choice, but the producers may be going back to an old favorite…Jennifer Lopez. How else to explain this ~~super secret~~ meeting between Ryan Seacrest and JLo?

RadarOnline has an exclusive:

Jennifer Lopez  and Ryan Seacrest held what was supposed to be a top-secret meeting on Friday, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

The pair met up at an industry office building in Beverly Hills, an eyewitness tells us.

“J.Lo was driven there by her regular driver.  Ryan arrived simultaneously, and didn’t look happy to have been spotted,” the source says.

As RadarOnline.com  has been exclusively reporting, Lopez is in discussions to return to the American Idol  judges desk next season.

Her meeting with Seacrest may mean negotiations have reached the next level.

Psh, “supposed to be a top-secret meeting” and “[Ryan] didn’t look happy to have been spotted” my ass. These bitches know what they’re doing.

I’m pretty sure though that getting the two Idol Jennifers onboard isn’t going to do much for their dying ratings. Maybe get Aniston in there. Do an all-Jennifer panel. Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Coolidge, Jennifer Tilly, Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Esposito, Jennifer Grey, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Morrison…but NOT Ginnifer Goodwin. She doesn’t count. She is a traitor to all Jennifers.

The ‘American Idol’ News We Already Knew About: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj Are Leaving

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American Idol is a shit show that should have thrown in the towel a few seasons back, but you know what they say: the show must go on… and on and on and on, even when people stop watching it. In any case, there’s been lots of talk about the judges panel and Idol producers wanting to clean house to bring an all-alum table, but until now there was no confirmation. You know, besides the ink on Jennifer Hudson‘s contract nearly drying already.

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have both confirmed what we already knew: neither of them are coming back. In true Mariah fashion, she released a statement through her PR saying that she was leaving the show to embark on a world tour – not because she got sacked when Idol realised she wasn’t worth the $16 mil or whatever she got last season. Nicki’s also leaving to “focus on the music”, which is bullshit because if they’d have offered to extend her contract, there’s no doubt in my mind she’d still be sat at that table sipping on that Coca Cola next season, but whatever.



No word yet on Keith Urban’s fate, but I think we all know where it’s headed.

Kelly Clarkson Gives ‘American Idol’ a “Thanks, But No Thanks”

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We all know that American Idol is cleaning house when it comes to the judges and are thinking of having an all-alum panel next year. Jennifer Hudson is most likely going to be sipping away at her Diet Coke at the table, but Kelly Clarkson was also rumoured to be close to signing a deal to join the rapidly sinking ship that is Idol. Thankfully, that’s not happening now.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Despite rampant rumors, a rep for Kelly Clarkson tells The Hollywood Reporter that the American Idol winner will not be judging season 13 of the Fox show.

It was reported by New York Magazine’s Vulture blog on Wednesday that series producers are considering an all alumnae panel for next year’s competition, after seeing a double digit drop in viewership for season 12, which was judged by expensive music celebrities Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, in addition to Randy Jackson and Keith Urban. E! later reported that a three-judge table made up of alums is “95% there” and featured images of Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson.

Wait, so Aiken is joining the panel? Well, I bet his stalker will be pleased about that. Also, I’m glad Kelly managed to… *pulls off sunglasses* break away from this shit show.

Is Jennifer Hudson Headed to ‘American Idol’?

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Rumour on the street is that Jennifer Hudson may be heading to American Idol next season to replace either Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey. Which one doesn’t matter since both of them are probably getting the boot, but whatever. If you remember, Jennifer came in 8th place or something a few seasons back and has gone on to star in and get an Oscar for Dreamgirls and lose a lot of weight. She also had a few good tracks – ‘Spotlight’ was my shit back in the day, to be honest – but generally, that’s about all she’s notable for in my mind.

From Vulture:

Well, that was fast: Barely a day after Vulture broke the news that Fox was mulling an all-alumni panel of judges for American Idol, with Jennifer Hudson among the names being discussed, there may already be some movement on that front. There’s buzz around Hollywood that Hudson and Fox may have already started talks about her joining the show; one source tells us the deal is essentially “done.” As always, Fox won’t comment. And buzz even from people familiar with the situation does not always lead to deals, as we noted yesterday. But the idea of Idol alumni as judges may not be a dream after all.

If we’re going for an all-alumni panel, why not bring back Carrie Underwood (if she would even lower herself down onto this sinking ship at this point, that is)? The best they’ll probably get is like, Ace Young or Alison Iraheta. Yes, I’m a sicko and I know these people’s names. WHATEVER.

Anyway, producers better make sure JHud’s cup is filled with DIET Coke. Don’t make homegirl lose her Weight Watchers endorsement deal, now.

Was Mariah Carey Lip Synching And Do You Care?

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Mariah Carey, in a diabolical feathered gown, sang her face off last night in the season finale of American Idol — or DID she? A lot of people are freaking out, pointing fingers, saying she was actually lip synching her Mariah’s greatest hits medley. Maybe she did, considering she and everyone else on the judging panel got fired, and this is her way of saying, “Thanks, bye.” Like maybe she doesn’t even care. Or maybe she actually was singing. I can’t tell. It looks like she’s singing but there’s something very smooth about it. But maybe that’s because she’s a professional who has been singing since she was but a wee child in a diabolical feathered gown.

Watch it and tell us what you think.

 

Pretty Much Everyone On American Idol Got Fired

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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, and…who is the other one? Ah, Keith Urban. Yeah all of them are fired and won’t be coming back for the next season of American Idol. And Jennifer Lopez isn’t coming back either. Or Nigel Lythgoe. That’s what they’re saying. So spin it away, boys! Here’s most of the report. It contains the delicious quote “No more big checks for big divas.”

From The Wrap:

“All four are gone,” [an] insider told TheWrap. “They feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back.”

A Fox spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

All four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won’t be picking them up, according to the knowledgeable individual, who said: “No more big checks for divas.”

The network has resolved to stop paying the huge salaries it has been shoveling out for its big name talent, i.e. Carey’s reported $18 million package, Minaj’s $12 million salary and former judge Jennifer Lopez’s $15 million.

The show’s format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be a thing of the past. But the show’s trademark audition episodes will continue.

Behind the scenes, Fox Broadcasting chairman Kevin Reilly is charged with “fixing Idol.” And one of the first changes will occur at the top of the food chain: Longtime executive producer Lythgoe is expected to be replaced. What that means for the show’s producers, FremantleMedia, remains to be seen.

Fox’s meltdown has everything to do with the talent competition’s declining viewership. Its ratings are already down 22 percent this season and it hit a series low for ratings last Thursday, when it attracted only 11 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic. The ratings slide is especially problematic during May Sweeps, where ratings numbers are used to dictate advertising rates.

Viewing has been in decline for several seasons now. At its height during Season 6, “Idol” attracted about 30 million viewers an episode.

So, why not just cancel the show?

“Idol” is still a huge revenue generator for Fox, bringing in $836.4 million in ad revenue last year, according to Kantar Media. Plus, it has nothing to replace it. Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” is far from being “Idol’s” heir apparent after failing to meet ratings expectations over its first two seasons. It, too, is undergoing another round of changes for Season 3, with pop star Britney Spears and record executive L.A. Reid not returning.

“Idol’s” problems are compounded by the success of NBC’s “The Voice.” Currently airing its fourth season, the show recently crossed a milestone when it beat “Idol” (and everyone else on the small screen for that matter) in both total viewers and the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Additionally, “The Voice” took “Idol’s” spot in the Emmy race last year, replacing it among the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Competition category.

I haven’t watched American Idol in years. It got boring as hell. And it really wasn’t the same after Simon left. Remember when they tried Ellen? And Steven Tyler? They had no idea what they were doing and neither did the audience. I’m surprised it still generates so much ad revenue.

Anyway, EFF YEAH, because it is EFFING RIDICULOUS to give people that much money to essentially cohost a talent contest. I guess they’re keeping Seacrest though.