Shirley Halperin

Shirley Halperin is the music editor of The Hollywood Reporter.

The New 'American Idol': A Cheeseburger, a Coke and a Smile (and Shut the F--- Up)

The New 'American Idol': A Cheeseburger, a Coke and a Smile (and Shut the F--- Up)

“We stressed that we wanted a panel [of people who] enjoyed each others’ company and could actually sit down together or go out to lunch,” says Per Blankens, who was showrunner on the Swedish version of Idol from 2007 through 2011. “If we don’t have a good time behind the camera then we can’t expect the viewers to have a good time when they see the show.”
'American Idol' Accused of Weight Bias; Show Denies Claim

'American Idol' Finale Heading to New York?

The network has yet to confirm the rumor, which began circulating on Idol blogs on Thursday afternoon, but a source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the season-13 grand finale will be held at Madison Square Garden.
Scooter Braun and Yael Cohen

Scooter Braun Engaged to Yael Cohen

Manager Scooter Braun, best known for guiding the career of Justin Bieber along with pop stars like Ariana Grande andCarly Rae Jepsen, has proposed to girlfriend Yael Cohen.

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