Talent shows

  1. 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 ...

  2. '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 ...

  3. 'Idol' Results Finale Ratings Down 16%

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The crowning of Lee DeWyze as the ninth season "American Idol" champ drew 24.2 million total viewers Wednesday night, down 15.9% from the 28.8 million that watched Kris Allen take the title in 2009, according to numbers provided by Nie ...

  4. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospe ...

  5. 'American Idol' Finale Attracts 19.6 Million Viewers, Down 15%

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The performance finale of "American Idol" Tuesday night attracted 19.6 million total viewers, according to preliminary ratings numbers provided by the Nielsen Company, down 14.7% from the performance finale ratings last year. Last year ...

  6. '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 ...

  7. '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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Simon Cowell Is Top Male Earner On U.S. TV

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell, the acerbic "American Idol" judge, creator of "America's Got Talent" and record producer, is the top earning man on prime-time U.S. television with an estimated haul of $75 million, said Forbes.com. Cowell be ...

  12. '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 ...

  13. 'Idol' Finalist Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It took him a bit longer than his fellow contestants, but "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey has landed a record deal. The 29-year-old Wisconsin native -- who finished third on the show behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert -- has inked ...

  14. Simon Cowell Signing New 'Idol' Deal

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indic ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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& ...

  18. '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 ...

  19. '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" ...

  20. 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, ...

  21. '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 ...

  22. '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 ...

  23. The Latest 'American Idol' News, Business Analysis, Highlights And More

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the w ...

  24. 'American Idol' Is Ready For Its Next Act

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The crowd isn't cheering for Simon Fuller. Rather, it's the four talent judges whose appearance just minutes before a recent Wednesday evening "American Idol" telecast causes a loud burst of applause to fill the soundstage at C ...

  25. 'Idol' Expands Its Digital Boundaries

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" calls the Fox network its home. But for an increasing number of viewers, the show is a very portable obsession. No, you still can't vote for your favorite singers online. But from computers to iPods to AT&T-enabl ...

  26. Brands Take The 'American Idol' Stage

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Each season there is only one American Idol. But the real winners may be the show's loyal sponsors. Almost since its inception, "American Idol" has maintained strong ties with three main benefactors: Coca-Cola, Ford and AT&T (pr ...

  27. NBC Tuning Up Singing Competition Series

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT NBC is launching a singing competition series destined to draw comparisons to Fox's "American Idol." The project is called "The Sing Off," and it's billed as the first a cappella singing-style reality series. "Th ...

  28. 'American Idol' Launching Trading Card Line

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans will soon be able to trade Carrie Underwoods for Danny Gokeys. "Idol" production company FremantleMedia and trading card publisher Upper Deck are launching a new line of trading cards featuring images of pa ...

  29. Billboard TV: Industry Weighs 'Idol' Influence

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT From the young contestants' song choices to the artists who agree to become mentors on the program, former chart-topping acts can find their careers re-invigorated from what is commonly known as the "America Idol" bump. But despite ...

  30. iTunes To Offer 'Idol' Performances

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Starting Wednesday (Feb. 18), "American Idol" fans can buy performance tracks from the show's 36 semifinalists on iTunes, and starting March 11, videos of the top 12 finalists also will be available for purchase. In addition, starti ...

  31. 'Idol' Goes Virtual Via Habbo

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" is about to enter the virtual-world space - can a Sanjaya avatar be far behind? On Jan. 30, the Fox ratings juggernaut will launch an "Idol"-branded locale within Habbo, one of a handful of increasingly popular ...

  32. 'American Idol' Premiere Ratings Slip

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The debut of the eighth season of "American Idol" averaged 30.1 million viewers Tuesday night, down 10% from the previous year's debut of 33.4 million, according to early ratings from Nielsen Media Research. That being said, "A ...

  33. Key `Idol' Producer Moving On

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A key "American Idol" producer who's guided the top-rated TV show since its debut is leaving the job as the Fox juggernaut faces the challenge of staying on top in its eighth season. Nigel Lythgoe is negotiating a joint-venture deal ...

  34. 'Idol' Sets Auditions For New Season

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Auditions for the eighth season of "American Idol" begin Thursday, July 17 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The other audition cities are: Louisville, Ken. on July 21; Phoenix, Ariz. on July 25; Salt Lake City, Utah on July 29; San Ju ...

  35. AFM Files Suit Against American Idol

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Federation of Musicians has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against American Idol Productions and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions, who they alleged created an unauthorized orchestral soundtrack for the second season of &qu ...

  36. 'Idol' Get Beatles OK

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The producers of "American Idol" have received permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing for the show's contestants to perform songs from the John Lennon-Paul McCartney catalog. While specifics of how the show will use the Lennon-Mc ...

  37. 'Idol' Performances Find A Home At iTunes

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beginning this week, "American Idol" fans will find salvation on Apple's iTunes Music Store, which will offer downloads of every performance from the top 24 semifinalists. Full songs will be $0.99, while full videos of the final 1 ...

  38. Lyric Jeans To Launch 'Idol' Clothing Line

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lyric Jeans, Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with FremantleMedia, co-producer and licensor for American Idol, to create an American Idol branded apparel line. The initial Lyric Jeans-American Idol collection will be aimed at the junior ...

  39. Company Man

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If media moguls had to be screened by the judges of Fox's "American Idol," Simon Fuller wouldn't make it past the first stage. "Too dull. He's essentially nothing better than a karaoke performer," Simon Cowell wo ...

  40. The 'American' Way

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT From the start, Fox's "American Idol" has had some of the most popular kids on the marketing playground in its corner. Coca-Cola, Cingular (now called AT&T) and Ford all jumped in as the show's sponsors in the first two sea ...

  41. Virtual Idol

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While the other broadcast networks look with envy at the iron grip Fox's "American Idol" has on audiences, the show's creators have ensured that its reach goes well beyond its successful primetime slot-all in the name of extend ...

  42. American Idol 2007

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Industry Impact March 24, 2007 - Billboard Magazine Anyone doubting the impact of "American Idol" on the music business need only take a look at the last four months of "Idol"-related activity. 'Idol' Worship Marc ...

  43. From The Magazine: American Idol - The 'American' Way

    January 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST It's hard to imagine that the producers of "American Idol" would want to tinker with the show's formula following last season. After all, the hit reality program -- a talent search for music's Next Big Thing -- was 2006� ...

  44. Garland Says Farewell to 19 Entertainment

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Charles Garland, COO of Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment media group, has quit the company and is understood to be planning his own content-and-branding company. Charles Garland, COO of Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment media group, has qui ...

  45. On The Road

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who ever doubted that the "American Idol" TV phenomenon would not have legs as a touring entity was wrong as 60 sellouts for the 2006 American Idols Live tour attest. Read Ray Waddell's column. Anyone who ever doubted that th ...

  46. On The Road

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who ever doubted that the "American Idol" TV phenomenon would not have legs as a touring entity was wrong as 60 sellouts for the 2006 American Idols Live tour attest. Read Ray Waddell's column. Anyone who ever doubted that th ...

  47. Studdard Wins $2 Million In Suit

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Judge rules for 'Idol' winner over ex-manager. Judge rules for 'Idol' winner over ex-manager. News ...

  48. Billboard Latin Music Conf & Awards Kick Off

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promo impact of TV debated on first panel. The promotional impact of television and the "American Idol" model were ideas in focus at the “TV Star” panel which opened this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami ...

  49. Latin 'American Idol' To Begin Auditions

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" is going Latin. Beginning at the end of next month, Sony Entertainment Televisión and Fremantlemedia will begin hosting auditions for "Latin American Idol." The Latin American version "American Idol" i ...

  50. 'Nashville Star' Launches Download Service

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Offers a 'points' program and discounts to users. USA Network has tapped PassAlong Networks to power a digital download service for its American Idol-like country music television series Nashville Star. The service, which went live March ...

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