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  1. Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Join 'American Idol' Judges Panel

    September 03, 2013 1:18 PM EDT It's official: Fox has named Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban as American Idol's newest judges panel. The trio will kick off production on season 13 on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Boston. "I have always been a huge fan o ...

  2. 'American Idol' Finale's Ratings Free Fall: What Went Wrong

    May 17, 2013 10:10 PM EDT The numbers are in on the "American Idol" season 12 finale, and it’s not a pretty picture. The Fox show saw a dip of more than 40 percent from the 2012 season closer, losing some 7 million viewers to come in at a 3.6 rating among adult ...

  3. 'X Factor' Update: Britney Spears' Possible Exit Isn't the Only Big Change Coming

    December 28, 2012 6:09 PM EST Days before country singer Tate Stevens was declared the winner of "X Factor's second season in the U.S., show creator and judge Simon Cowell said the show's success was owed to the younger audience it brought to Fox. In the week of ...

  4. Post 'American Idol' -- What Lies Ahead For Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez?

    July 13, 2012 3:42 PM EDT An old saying contends houseguests and fish last about three days. Swap out days for TV seasons and it appears destined to apply to singing competition judges as well. Steven Tyler announced Thursday (July 12) he would not return to "American ...

  5. Steven Tyler Quits 'American Idol'

    July 12, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Steven Tyler is leaving "American Idol" after a two-season run as judge, Fox announced today (July 12). "After some long, hard thoughts, I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' befo ...

  6. Phillip Phillips Makes 'Idol' History as 'Home' Sells 278,000 Downloads

    May 30, 2012 4:18 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns the highest debut on the Digital Songs chart this week as his "Home" bows at No. 2 with 278,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Even better: It's the second-best ...

  7. ABC To Air 'Duets' Singing Competition With Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke

    March 08, 2012 9:52 AM EST ABC is diving into the competitive music competition space with its own celebrity-headlined series this summer. Duets will have American Idol season one alum Kelly Clarkson as well as Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke combing the co ...

  8. 'X Factor' Finale Accident Leaves 3 Stagehands Injured

    December 22, 2011 9:47 PM EST Tragedy nearly struck in the last minutes of the "X Factor" finale as a stair riser came unhinged and hit two stagehands in the head and another in the elbow. The paramedics were on scene within minutes at stage 36 of CBS Television City ...

  9. 'The X Factor' Vs. 'American Idol:' Who's Leading the Battle for Talent Show Supremacy (Analysis)

    October 07, 2011 9:43 PM EDT Now that "The X Factor" has had a minute to make its initial impression on America, with some 11.2 million people tuning in faithfully in week two, the time has come for us to step back and a take a good look at the slate of singing cont ...

  10. Simon Cowell Breaks Silence on 'X Factor' Lawsuit, Slams 'Idol' Creator

    August 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Simon Cowell has some choice words for American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Keep your hands off "The X Factor." Cowell is finally responding to the lawsuit filed in July by Fuller against Fox and producer Fremantle claiming Fuller is owed ...

  11. Adam Lambert Splits With 'Idol' Manager 19 Entertainment

    August 05, 2011 10:44 PM EDT Adam Lambert is parting ways with 19 Entertainment, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. The "American Idol" runner-up from season 8 is signing with Direct Management Group, whose client roster includes Katy Perry, K.D. Lang and The Go-Go ...

  12. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox Over 'X Factor' Fees

    July 20, 2011 1:20 PM EDT TV's most-watched show exploded into litigation today as "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox claiming he should be paid a rich fee for the upcoming Simon Cowell competition show "The X Factor." According to a law ...

  13. 'X-Factor' Airtimes Announced; Is Two and a Half Hours a Week Too Much?

    May 16, 2011 11:01 AM EDT Fox has given "The X Factor" the odd running time of 90 minutes and positioned it at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning this fall the network announced Monday morning. An hourlong results show will be aired Thursdays. "The X Factor&quo ...

  14. 'Idol Puerto Rico' Launching in July

    May 03, 2011 3:22 PM EDT Puerto Rico will launch its own version of "American Idol," titled "Idol Puerto Rico," in July. The show, which will be produced locally by television station Wapa TV and FremantleMedia, will feature as judges singer/songwriter ...

  15. Jennifer Lopez Shops Musical Competition to TV Networks: Report

    April 21, 2011 4:06 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has joined forces with "American Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and his company, XIX Entertainment, for a new musical competition. They are shopping a reality series, tentatively titled "Que Viva,&q ...

  16. 'American Idol' Launches Facebook Voting for Season 10

    February 24, 2011 8:26 PM EST In its 10th season, "American Idol" has added a voting booth that does not require a telephone. Viewers will be able to cast votes on "Idol's" Facebook page beginning Tuesday when the 12 male semifinalists take the stage ...

  17. Universal Partners With 'American Idol' Rival 'The Voice Of...'

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a recording and services deal with the producers of a new television singing competition "The Voice Of ...," which launches in the United States this spring to rival the popular "American Idol" ...

  18. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  19. 'American Idol' Moves from Hollywood to Las Vegas

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" has lost its mean streak. The hit Fox television show once exalted equally for its sensational singing and cutting criticism is embracing a softer approach this year, following the exit of top villain Simon Cowell and t ...

  20. NBC, Mark Burnett to Launch 'Idol' Rival

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST NBC is teaming with Mark Burnett and John de Mol to launch a new singing competition program that takes aim at Fox's American Idol and its upcoming series The X Factor. The broadcaster has acquired the rights to The Voice of Holland, a format ...

  21. Report: Jennifer Lopez Inks $12 Mil 'Idol' Deal

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez has sealed a one-year deal valued at around $12 million to become a judge on Fox hit show "American Idol," according to reports. A deal would allow Lopez to be at the auditions of the new season of "Idol," which ...

  22. Kara DioGuardi Departs American Idol

    September 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ending weeks of speculation, Kara DioGuardi and Fox announced late Friday that she would be departing as a judge on "American Idol" after two seasons. A statement released by Fox was full of accolades for DioGuardi, perhaps to counteract ...

  23. No Autotuning Here, Say 'American Idol' producers

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell has gone from "American Idol" judge to a potential headache for the show. A furor over whether Cowell's British talent show "The X Factor" electronically altered contestant voices has prompted "American I ...

  24. 'American Idol' to Refocus on Talent

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" will refocus on strong talent in this coming season as it looks to revive its ratings, Michael Ferrel, CEO of owner CKX Inc., said Monday. "We want to refocus 'Idol' on its talent," he told analysts ...

  25. 'Idol' Back-Up Plan: Shania Twain

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the "American Idol" judge selection process continues, sources tell TMZ that a deal to bring Jennifer Lopez on board isn't dead yet, but country star Shania Twain is a potential back-up. Twain had a successful appearance this pas ...

  26. 7 Reasons Fox Hasn’t Signed An 'Idol' Judge

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell declared he's leaving "American Idol" back in January. Now it's a few weeks before the "Idol" judging panel goes before the cameras on the show's audition trail, and there's still no replacement ...

  27. Fox Couldn't Talk DeGeneres Into Staying On 'Idol'

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ellen DeGeneres couldn't be talked into staying with "American Idol," a Fox executive said Monday, creating a second opening for change in the show's 10th season. Who will fill her judge's chair and the one vacated by Simo ...

  28. Fox To Lower 'Idol' Age Requirement

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox is lowering the age requirement to audition for "American Idol," allowing 15-year-old singers to compete for the first time. Previously, contestants had to be at least 16 to appear on the show. The maximum age to try out for "Id ...

  29. Simon Fuller To Bid $600M For "American Idol" Owner CKX

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller is trying to buy the company that owns the hit show. Sources confirm to Billboard.biz that the TV mogul and ex-Barclays Capital banker Roger Jenkins will submit a letter outlining a $600 million bid f ...

  30. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV (Night 2)

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Congratulations to "American Idol" Season Nine champ Lee DeWyze - not since Kelly Clarkson won in the first season has a winner seemed so totally blown away by taking home the title. Lee's astonishment was there for all to see on TV ...

  31. 'Idol' Creator Fuller Marks iTunes Milestone

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller on Monday (May 10) marked a digital music milestone, and said he was looking to the Internet and other digital platforms for the next big thing in global entertainment. At a time of crisis in the reco ...

  32. 'American Idol' Ratings Down, But Ad Sales Seen Up

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox television heads into the year's biggest advertisement sales period later this month with questions about the future of its ratings champ "American Idol," but a better economy, among several factors, should buoy the show's ...

  33. Music Director Rickey Minor Leaves 'Idol' For 'Tonight'

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" bandleader and music director Rickey Minor is leaving the show after this season to become the music director on "The Tonight Show." Rickey Minor's on-air debut alongside Jay Leno will be June 7. Current &q ...

  34. No Deal For Paula Abdul At ABC

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul won't be judging "Star Search." The former "American Idol" judge and ABC couldn't come to terms on Abdul judging a reboot of the classic talent show. The outcome puts the fate of the show in doubt since AB ...

  35. Simon Cowell Recruiting 'X Factor' Judges

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is talking to familiar faces to sit beside him at the judges table on Fox's "The X Factor." Cowell is in discussions with his former "American Idol" co-star Paula Abdul and his current "X Factor" U.K ...

  36. Simon Fuller To Launch New Company

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment, and 19's parent company CKX have agreed to a long-term deal to keep the "American Idol" creator and executive producer involved in the firm's key shows, while freeing him up to launch ...

  37. Simon Cowell To Leave 'Idol' After This Season To Launch U.S. "X Factor"

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST As has been long rumored, Simon Cowell is leaving his judging spot on "American Idol" after his season to launch an American version of "The X Factor" on Fox. The U.S. version of "X Factor" - which was responsible for ...

  38. 'Australian Idol' Taking 2010 Off: Report

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The "Australian Idol" TV talent quest will take a break from the airwaves this year, if unconfirmed reports are to be believed. Network Ten, the free-to-air TV station which last year dumped its coverage of the annual ARIA Awards, is und ...

  39. Fox To Order More 'American Idol'

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fox is near a deal to order more seasons of "American Idol" -- with or without its most popular judge, Simon Cowell. The network's current contract with "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia extends through t ...

  40. Report: Simon Cowell Will Leave 'American Idol'

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has decided to quit the top-rated TV talent show when his contract ends in 2010, according to a report in British tabloid the Sun, which would deal a blow to the Fox network. Cowell, 50, has been with t ...

  41. 'American Idol' Is Bringing Back 'Idol Gives Back'

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After an yearlong hiatus, the charitable special will return for a third installment April 21, airing during the top-seven Wednesday results show. "This is our opportunity to reach out and support the people of America and around the world wh ...

  42. 'X Factor' Key In Simon Cowell Deal

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britain's "The X Factor" may be coming to the U.S. via Fox and a deal with the show's creator, "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. Cowell, in the final year of his contract on "Idol," had been open about his ...

  43. After Abdul, 'Idol' Will Still Ad Up

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While her fans might be upset, advertisers don't expect Paula Abdul's exit as an "American Idol" judge to have any significant impact on ad sales or audience ratings for the Fox show. "To me, that show is appointment TV, a ...

  44. Paula Abdul Quitting 'Idol'

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul says she is quitting "American Idol," a show that she said became an international phenomenon with her help. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return" to the hit Fox TV singing contest, Abdul said ...

  45. Kara DioGuardi To Return To 'American Idol'

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As expected, newest "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi will return to appear on the show next season, producers and Fox announced Monday. "Kara's spitfire personality and sharp musical sensibility infused 'American Idol& ...

  46. 'Idol' Exec Warwick Inks New Deal

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT One by one, Fox's "American Idol" is securing its key players. "Idol" executive producer/showrunner Ken Warwick has inked a three-year deal with the show's co-producer, FremantleMedia North America, to remain at the h ...

  47. 'American Idol' Fans Lobby For Paula Abdul

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans have launched a grass-roots campaign to keep Paula Abdul as a judge on the No. 1-rated television show after her manager said she had not received a new contract proposal and might not return. Former "Idol" ...

  48. Ryan Seacrest Nears New Megadeal

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is putting the finishing touches on a contract extension with "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment to continue to emcee the top series on TV. The pact, which is believed to be for three years, ...

  49. 'American Idol' Hits A High Note

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the final two contestants of season eight of "American Idol"—the folksy singer/songwriter Kris Allen and the zeitgeist-capturing vocalist Adam Lambert—faced off one last time, few predicted that the show's season finale would e ...

  50. 'Idol' Finale Scores All-time Ratings Low

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" wrapped its eighth season Wednesday with the lowest rating ever in the 18-49 demographic for an "Idol" finale, even as the series touted its largest margin of victory yet over competitors this season. The two-ho ...

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