1. 'American Idol' 429-Page Racism Lawsuit: The Highlights

    July 29, 2013 1:33 AM EDT On Thursday, 10 former contestants on American Idol sued over alleged discrimination on the long-running reality singing competition show. If you want to read the complaint, it'll likely take you longer than the amount of screen time that 9 ...

  2. Longtime 'Idol' Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick Exit After 12 Seasons

    June 10, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Add two more departures to the "American Idol" post-season tally. Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest. Its 12th season ended in May with a record low-rated fin ...

  3. Nigel Lythgoe Confirms 'American Idol' Exit

    June 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Nigel Lythgoe has been fired as executive producer of "American Idol." The longtime "Idol" fixture, who briefly went on hiatus from the show during its eighth and ninth seasons, confirmed the news via his @dizzyfeet handle on t ...

  4. 'American Idol' Judge Mariah Carey: 'We're Putting the 'Fun' Back in Dysfunction'

    January 08, 2013 5:05 PM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" officially kicked off on Tuesday morning at the 2013 TCA in Pasadena. That's where new judges Mariah Carey , Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban took the stage to face the critics -- and there were plenty of them: those who ha ...

  5. 'American Idol' Producer Hopes Jennifer Lopez Stays, But Wants New Judges Every Season

    July 23, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nigel Lythgoe is still in negotiations to renew his deal on American Idol, but he's holding out an irrational hope that Jennifer Lopez will in fact stay with the show. Steven Tyler already has confirmed that he is leaving the show, which saw ...

  6. Aretha Franklin, Charlie Sheen Discuss 'American Idol' Judge Possibility

    July 18, 2012 7:10 AM EDT With at least two vacancies open at the "American Idol" judges table due to Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez's announced departures last week, two exceedingly different candidates are making it known that they wouldn't mind the ...

  7. Charlie Sheen Addresses 'American Idol' Judging Rumors

    July 17, 2012 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 'I Could Be Helpful and Give These Kids Some Guidance,' the 46-Year-Old Actor Told Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' Last week the Internet was abuzz over rumors that Charlie Sheen might join "American Idol" as a judge. Ni ...

  8. Adam Lambert in Talks With 'American Idol' to Judge Season 12 (Report)

    July 09, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Prepare for a possible shake-up at the American Idol: Adam Lambert, season-eight runner-up, could join the judges' table for the 12th edition of the Fox competition. For the moment, the singer and the show are in the talking stage, E! News re ...

  9. Ryan Seacrest Among Potential Bidders for Dick Clark Productions

    June 15, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest could continue to follow in his idol's footsteps. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the media multihyphenate is among potential bidders to request information regarding the potential sale of Dick Clark Productions. Reute ...

  10. New E! Show 'Opening Act' Offers YouTube Talent Opening Slots for Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Rod Stewart, Others

    April 30, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") is teaming up with E! for new music reality series, "Opening Act," which debuts July 9 at 10p E.T./P.T. on the NBC Universal cable network. E! will formall ...

  11. 'American Idol' Top 11: Bad Song Choices and Disqualifications

    March 15, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jermaine Jones, the proclaimed "gentle giant" who was brought back to the show after being eliminated prior to the semifinals, was announced Wednesday night (March 14) to be off "American Idol" -- for good this time. His eliminat ...

  12. 'Idol' Hollywood Week Begins: A Whole Lot of Ups & Downs (Literally)

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Soooo... how about the ending of last night's "Idol"? It wouldn't have mattered if the performances on last night's first edition of Hollywood Week had featured the most talented crop of young singers the show had ever seen ...

  13. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  14. Billboard Power 100: Nigel Lythgoe

    January 26, 2012 11:12 PM EST No. 92 Nigel Lythgoe Executive Producer "American Idol" Twitter: @DizzyFeet American Dream... English TV/film director/producer Nigel Lythgoe returned as an executive producer of "American Idol" for its 10th season after bowing ...

  15. Pussycat Dolls Creator Robin Antin: Revamped Group Will Be 'Fierce'

    November 06, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Did Perez Hilton jump the gun with his recent blog post and photo proclaiming, "The REAL New Pussycat Dolls!"? According to Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin, the actual members of the revamped group haven't officially been chosen. & ...

  16. Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks Lead Buddy Holly Tribute Event

    September 08, 2011 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 An eclectic collection of artists that included Stevie Nicks , members of Cobra Starship , Chris Isaak and Paul Anka saluted Buddy Holly Wednesday on what would have been his 75th birthday in, appropriately enough, Hollywood. Producer, manager and s ...

  17. Adam Levine: "F--- You VMA's"

    August 27, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 While many of the world's biggest pop stars are getting ready to appear at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards tomorrow night (Aug. 28), Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is flipping the middle finger to the network's long-running ceremony. " ...

  18. 'American Idol' Producer Responds to Adam Levine's Anti-Gay Accusations

    August 18, 2011 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a recent interview with Out Magazine , "The Voice" coach Adam Levine criticized "American Idol" for not promoting openly gay and lesbian contestants. "What's always pissed me off about 'Idol' is wanting to ...

  19. It's Official, Seriously: Jennifer Lopez Returning to 'American Idol'

    August 17, 2011 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 If there was ever any doubt, it's gone now. Jennifer Lopez will be back at the judge's panel for the 11th season of "American Idol." The Fox network has made Lopez's return official, along with her fellow judges, Aerosmith r ...

  20. Jennifer Lopez Is Returning to 'American Idol,' Nigel Lythgoe Says

    August 10, 2011 4:17 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol. Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe let the cat out of the bag Wednesday during Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show that the singer-actress will return to the judges' table alongside mainstay Randy Ja ...

  21. Jennifer Lopez Returning to 'American Idol,' Producer Confirms

    August 10, 2011 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Though Jennifer Lopez has yet to make it official, 'American Idol' executive producer Nigel Lythgoe went ahead and confirmed Wednesday (Aug. 10) that "all three judges" will be returning to the top-rated talent show for season 11 ...

  22. Lady Gaga to Premiere 'Glory' Video on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    June 15, 2011 2:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lady Gaga has announced that the next visual for her "Born This Way" album, the music video for "The Edge of Glory," will premiere during a new episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" on Thursday night (June 16). " ...

  23. 'American Idol': Lee DeWyze, Nigel Lythgoe Feud Heats Up

    May 27, 2011 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 It seems there was actually more drama happening off the stage at the "American Idol" finale Wednesday (May 25) night. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Best Performances (Video) After the taping of the show -- which saw Scotty McCreery ...

  24. 'American Idol': 25 Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 22, 2011 11:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Top 7 elimination episode was an emotional roller coaster if ever there was one -- from the exuberance that comes with hearing a Coldplay song on the "American Idol" stage to the highly anticipated debut of David Cook 's new singl ...

  25. Billboard Bits: Aerosmith, J.Lo to Perform on 'Idol,' Bon Jovi Says Steve Jobs 'Killing' Music Biz

    March 15, 2011 6:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Aerosmith, J.Lo to Perform on 'Idol,' Says Nigel Lythgoe "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed that Steven Tyler (and his Aerosmit ...

  26. 'American Idol': 7 Things You Didn't See on TV

    March 10, 2011 10:07 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol's" first night in which fans got a chance to vote was taped Tuesday for broadcast a day later. Here are seven things you did not see on TV: 1. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, sensing some lethargy in the crowd, led th ...

  27. 'American Idol' Is About 'Warmth' and 'Eccentricity' This Season, Says Lythgoe

    February 17, 2011 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As the cast of "American Idol" season 10 is cut down to 12 finalists, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says "something happened with Jennifer (Lopez) that would have never happened" in prior seasons during Wednesday night's ...

  28. J. Lo Tightens Up on 'American Idol' Nashville Auditions

    January 28, 2011 1:06 AM EST 0 0 0 They don't call it Music City for nothing. On Thursday night, "American Idol" auditions returned to Nashville for only the second time and brought out plenty of top-notch talent, along with a few moments of comic relief, naturally, st ...

  29. 'American Idol' TCA Panel Reveals: 20 Semifinalists, Longer Hollywood Week, 'Helpful' Judges

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST The big "American Idol" roll-out officially kicked off this morning when host Ryan Seacrest, judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine, Fox president of Alternative Programming Mike Darnell, and ...

  30. '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 ...

  31. 'American Idol' to Cut Top 24, Add Music Video Round Next Season

    November 18, 2010 8:55 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TVGuide.com that there are more changes coming to Fox's singing competition. This season, the finalists will participate in a number of new challenges, including making a music vid ...

  32. Lythgoe Reveals More Changes For 'American Idol'

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TVGuide.com that there are more changes coming to Fox's singing competition. This season, the finalists will participate in a number of new challenges, including making a music v ...

  33. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Reveals Album Artwork, Bruce Springsteen Crashes Engagement Photo

    September 29, 2010 7:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Reveals Album Cover for "Loud" Rihanna has revealed the album cover artwork for her soon-to-be-released "Loud," unveiling it piece-by-piece on ...

  34. 'American Idol' Confirms Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler As New Judges

    September 22, 2010 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 As widely expected, the judging lineup for "American Idol" season 10 will be Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson , with Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, acting as an in-house mentor to contestants, wi ...

  35. Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Jimmy Iovine Join 'Idol'

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As widely expected, the judging lineup for "American Idol" season 10 will be Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, with Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, acting as an in-house mentor to contestants, w ...

  36. 'American Idol' to Refocus on Talent

    August 16, 2010 4:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 "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 on t ...

  37. 'American Idol' Watch: Lythgoe Officially Onboard, Iovine As Mentor?

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox on Thursday confirmed that Nigel Lythgoe will return as an executive producer of "American Idol." He joins executive producers Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick for the 10th anniversary season that kicks off in January ...

  38. Nigel Lythgoe Officially Rejoins 'American Idol'

    August 05, 2010 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fox made one thing official Thursday -- Nigel Lythgoe will return as an executive producer of "American Idol." He joins executive producers Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick for the 10th anniversary season that kicks off in ...

  39. Ellen DeGeneres Couldn't Be Convinced to Stay with 'Idol'

    August 02, 2010 5:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 Simon ...

  40. Steven Tyler: I'd Be an 'Honest' Judge on 'Idol'

    August 02, 2010 2:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler discussed the possibility of joining "American Idol" as a judge next season -- and what kind of judge he would be -- during an interview Monday (Aug. 2) with syndicated radio show "Kid Kraddick in the M ...

  41. Fox: No 'American Idol' Announcement Monday

    August 02, 2010 9:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fox sources say there will be no "American Idol" announcements during the network's portion of the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday (Aug. 2). That leaves plenty of unresolved questions surrounding the biggest show o ...

  42. Ellen DeGeneres Leaving 'American Idol'

    July 29, 2010 8:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ellen DeGeneres is leaving Fox's "American Idol." As previously reported, Fox has been looking to shake-up the "Idol" format, including potentially ditching current judges and bringing back producer Nigel Lythgoe, as well as ...

  43. 'Idol' Pursuing Elton John, Justin Timberlake

    July 27, 2010 7:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Reality producer Nigel Lythgoe is near a deal to to executive produce Fox's "American Idol" -- and that could spell trouble for the current judges panel. Fox is seeking to bring back Lythgoe to work on the hit series as part of a mast ...

  44. 'Idol' Pursuing Elton John, Justin Timberlake

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reality producer Nigel Lythgoe is near a deal to to executive produce Fox's "American Idol" -- and that could spell trouble for the current judges panel. Fox is seeking to bring back Lythgoe, who shepherded "Idol" for it ...

  45. Katy Perry, Posh Spice To Fill Abdul's Judge Seat On 'Idol'

    August 07, 2009 10:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pop singers Katy Perry , former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham , and other female artists will be guest judges on "American Idol" this upcoming season to help replace departing Paula Abdul , Fox television executives said on Thursday. But Fox ...

  46. Kara DioGuardi Named New 'Idol' Judge

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in Janua ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Ruben Returns For 'Idol' Farewell Track

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 To paraphrase "The Godfather" -- just when you think you're out on "American Idol," they keep pulling you back in. Indeed, season-two winner Ruben Studdard will perform the "farewell song" used to pla To paraphrase ...

  49. Ruben Returns For 'Idol' Farewell Track

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST To paraphrase "The Godfather" -- just when you think you're out on "American Idol," they keep pulling you back in. Indeed, season-two winner Ruben Studdard will perform the "farewell song" used to play off the lo ...

  50. 'Idol' Performances Find A Home At iTunes

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 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, wh Beginning this week, "Americ ...

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