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.
May 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj don’t get along, in case you hadn’t noticed – though chances are you have, since they seem to always be at each other’s throats during every American Idol broadcast and Nicki won’t stop trying to fan non-existent flames on Twitter. Turns out, that’s sorta the producers’ fault, as they really egg the bickering on – this according to Mariah’s husband Nick Cannon.
Nick stopped by The Talk on Monday, where he was of course asked about his wife, since no one cares about what he’s doing.
“It’s kind of unfortunate. I ain’t got time for that … When you see someone like my wife, who tries to remain classy and tries to take the high road, it feels like everybody else around it — including the network and the producers — feed into this whole sound bite drama. It feels like it lacks substance.
“You can’t even blame Nicki Minaj or her team. I feel like they fed into that. They wanted to see the drama. I think America in general is tired of seeing the mean judges and people be mean to people. They’re over it … In the book of Mariah Carey, American Idol will be a footnote.”
That’s true enough – American Idol is going to be a footnote in pretty much everyone’s lives, except for like, Kelly Clarkson and probably Simon Cowell. Why can’t this show just die already?
As for the “feud”, I’ve aired my thoughts before. Nicki needs to sit the hell down and know her place and Mariah just needs to get off this sinking ship. (I seriously typed “sinking shit” accidentally, at first.)
May 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Anne Hathaway actually blew me away with her punk transformation for the Costume Institute Gala for the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum (or Met Gala for short). Doesn’t she look great as a blonde? Every year celebs dress to the hilt for the event for whatever the theme is. This year, it’s punk. So keep that in mind when looking at these photos — these looks are supposed to be crazy and over the top.
BEST: Anne Hathaway, January Jones, Sienna Miller
WORST: Almost everyone else, but especially Kerry Washington, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kim Kardashian and honestly there were so many more I couldn’t even deal with.
PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY: Miley Cyrus and Anne Hathaway
Check it out!
May 7, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Guys, listen. I think you should sit down because I have something really important and extremely shocking to tell you. Are you ready? Okay, well… Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey don’t get along. You see, sometimes in Hollywood, celebrities get massive egos and think that in order to prove their own greatness, they need to try to start fights with other celebrities who have had success beyond the troublemaker’s wildest dreams even though no one really cares. It’s all very stupid, as you can see.
Okay, in all seriousness, let me just say this. Mariah Carey is a fucking legend. Music Box was the first cassette tape I ever owned as a 7-year-old, the MTV Unplugged session was like, my lifeblood and there’s not a single person who doesn’t STILL count ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ as the absolute best Christmas song written in the history of the world. The same can’t be said for Nicki Minaj, who bragged her way to the top of the rap game and then… stopped rapping. Somehow, I can’t see any Gen Y’ers sitting around with their teenage kids in 15 years to reminisce about ‘Super Bass’.
All of this is neither here nor there, though. Mariah’s probably a total bitch just like Nicki, but there’s one slight difference: Mariah’s earned it. People need to check themselves before they wreck themselves – an important message Nicki obviously missed out on since she tried to pick another on-air fight with Mariah on Wednesday and Thursday night’s episodes of American Idol. When Perez Hilton wrote one of his bullshit stories about the incident (which I won’t even bother to link because I can’t stand him that much), claiming that Mariah had “burned” Nicki by saying she had more #1s or something, Nicki took to Twitter to respond:
Bwaha! Burn? Shes sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper @perezhilton
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 2, 2013
What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy ass) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter @perezhilton
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 2, 2013
Right, I get that you’re proud of your rap roots, Nicki (though I would hardly call whatever it is you do anymore rapping), but what’s your point about being a black female. Mariah Carey is a half black female. Isn’t her accomplishment just as valid? It makes it mighty hard to even like Nicki Minaj on a basic level anymore when she starts talking utter garbage like this (and this is from someone who loved the Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape).
Anyway, Nicki also had a dig at the rumours that Idol producers wanted to replace Mariah with J.Lo mid-season (not realising, of course, that her place at the judges’ table doesn’t exist past this season, either).
All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that.
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 2, 2013
May 3, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Not content to simply ruin the mediums of music and television, Nicki Minaj has apparently decided to expand her tour of terror to film and is reportedly in final negotiations for a role aside Cameron Diaz in the upcoming “revenge comedy” The Other Woman.
The Hollywood Reporter has the full scoop:
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton are on the roll call.
Nick Cassavetes is directing the comedy, which centers on a woman (Diaz) who finds out that she is “the other woman” in an affair. She teams up with the wife (Mann) to get revenge on the cheating cad of a husband, being played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Minaj will play Diaz’s opinionated assistant — a woman on her third marriage — at a law firm.
The singer currently appears on American Idol as one of the judges and has voiced a character in Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Julie Yorn is producing the project, which was written by Melissa Stack and will shoot in late spring/early summer in New York.
LOL, I love that Nicki Minaj’s first role would be of an “opinionated” woman. Really stretch her abilities there, guys. The only thing that could make a Cameron Diaz movie worse is Nicki Minaj – and I’m saying that as someone who doesn’t really even mind Cameron Diaz. This is just a big no all around.
April 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Nicki Minaj has made it clear that she loves being on American Idol because she thinks she’s good entertainment, and I have to agree. Unfortunately, the producers of the show aren’t such big fans and apparently won’t be bringing her back for another season (because yes, this awful show that’s long past its sell-by date will most likely have another season).
From Hollywood Life:
Nicki may be looked at as a very unique addition to American Idol, but her act is wearing thin with the powers that be, as sources close to the show tell HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “The chances of Nicki returning to the show next season are slim to none, she is such a major headache with her behavior and it’s really taxing on many people with the crew. So her behavior is wearing thin on many people this season.”
That may be true, but Nicki has said herself that she’d never pre-commit herself to a second season on the show and wanted to see how things went. Idol is a sinking ship and has been for years, regardless of the fact that they managed to wrangle Nicki and Mariah, so chances are, both of them might call curtains on this whole thing at the end of this season. Then again, I suppose threatening to shoot your co-workers and firing your entire style team is generally frowned upon in a professional environment.