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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj tweet their goodbyes to 'American Idol'

Posted by Rachel Raczka May 31, 2013 09:28 AM


"American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are both playing the "one and done" card and stepping down after their first season on the singing competition. The diva songbirds -- and their alleged feud -- were the focus of much the anticipation leading up to season 12 when they took over panel spots left vacant by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Country crooner/Nicole Kidman's husband, Keith Urban rounded out the foursome with longtime judge Randy Jackson.

Both ladies turned to Twitter to confirm their departures from the show, Minaj directly, Mariah through a retweet from PR firm PMK•BNC:

Randy Jackson announced his own departure after 12 seasons earlier this month.

Which leaves... Keith Urban.

And possibly Jennifer Hudson and a gaggle of other "Idol" alums who have been rumored to be returning on the other side of the stage... but only possibly.

While the fate of the "Idol" judging panel still lies in the hands of Ryan Seacrest (not really, but we can assume who calls the shots there), we want to know: what do you think of the departures? Will you miss Mariah or Nicki? What about Randy? Remember him? Discuss here.

And until we know more, here's that awkward (but enjoyable) Barbara Walters interview when Mariah Carey threw some serious shade at Nicki Minaj again:

[Image via REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files]

'Idol' Top Four 'Surprise'

Posted by Sarah Rodman April 25, 2013 09:43 PM


"American Idol" ended Thursday night's elimination show with a "twist."

To attentive viewers of the show's schedule, however, the surprise wasn't much of one.

After learning that Kree Harrison and Beverly's Angie Miller were the top two vote-getters and Candice Glover and Amber Holcomb the bottom two, host Ryan Seacrest announced that no one was going home.

The reasoning? Because the judges had the option of using a "save" up until last week but elected not to use it, the show had an extra week built into the schedule. So the producers essentially decided to enact a save of their own and sent no one home.

All four contestants will return next week to compete on the theme of "Now and Then." The 38 million votes that were cast Wednesday will be added to next week's votes to determine who will go home.

Want to discuss last night's show? Globe critic Sarah Rodman chats at 10:30 a.m. with readers about the turn of events:

Beverly High grad Angela Miller makes 'Idol' debut

Posted by Rachel Raczka January 16, 2013 12:37 PM

Angela Miller, who graduated Beverly High School in 2012, will make her debut on the premiere of "American Idol" tonight on Fox. Miller's status in the competition cannot officially be confirmed, but given her appearance in the show's promotional videos, locals and online fans alike (including an unnofficial "Idol" site, created in December) appear optimistic.

The Salem News reports:

Yesterday, Beverly High School Principal Sean Gallagher sent an automated phone call to families of Beverly students urging them to watch Miller on tonight’s show and saying, "We’re all rooting for her to be the next ‘American Idol."

The newspaper also noted that Miller and her family could not be reached for comment due to confidentiality restrictions set by the show.

"American Idol" returns to Fox tonight at 8 p.m. for the first of a two-night premiere. Much-hyped new judges, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban, will debut as judges in the 12th season.

Discuss: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join 'American Idol' season 12

Posted by Rachel Raczka September 17, 2012 01:10 PM

Moments before the season 12 auditions kicked off in New York, Fox finally confirmed rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban as their latest additions to the "American Idol" judging panel. The eleventh-hour duo joined fellow newbie, Mariah Carey, and 11-season alum, Randy Jackson. Minaj joined the panel with a $12 million contract (trailing Carey's "just shy of $18 million" deal), while Jackson and Urban's agreements were not disclosed, according to The Associated Press.

Perhaps a multi-genre judging panel of performing artists could give "Idol" the same edge as its competitors, but we'll be waiting until the season's January premiere to see how it all plays out.

What do you think of the additions to the "American Idol" judges' panel? Are you excited for season 12? Comment here.


Simon Cowell tweets that Randy Jackson will stay on 'American Idol'

Posted by Kristi Palma September 11, 2012 07:57 AM

After weeks of speculation that Randy Jackson may leave "American Idol," Simon Cowell took to Twitter to share the news that he's not.

Cowell, who sat with Jackson on the "Idol" judges panel for several seasons before he left for the "X Factor," sent out the following tweet yesterday:

There was also talk that Jackson would stay on the show, but leave the judge's table to take on a mentoring role instead. Not so, according to Deadline. Jackson and Fox have not yet confirmed any news about Jackson.

The question remains, though, who will sit beside Jackson and new judge Mariah Carey during season 12?

Other rumored judges have included Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Nick Jonas.

Do you think Jackson should stay on as a judge? Who else should get a judging spot?

Is Randy Jackson leaving the 'American Idol' judging table?

Posted by Kristi Palma September 4, 2012 08:39 AM


Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for HSN

Musician and television personality Randy Jackson attended the Randy Jackson Timepieces Launch with HSN at the Four Seasons Hotel May 8 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Is Randy Jackson finally leaving the "American Idol" judging table? Possibly, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The latest "Idol" rumors have Jackson taking a mentor-like role on the Fox singing competition show as three brand new judges take over the panel. Those judges will include Mariah Carey, and reports are circulating that Nicki Minaj will join the panel ... along with country crooner Keith Urban? We're still waiting for confirmation for the second and third judges, but Entertainment Weekly reports Minaj is close to a deal and Urban is likely at this point. It remains to be seen who would replace Jackson. Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, "Idol" alum Adam Lambert, and Nick Jonas have also been tossed around the rumor mill.

Read more about the "American Idol" shake-up at

Nick Jonas confirms 'American Idol' interest

Posted by Rachel Raczka August 6, 2012 11:48 AM

nick-jonas-400.jpgNick Jonas confirmed via Twitter that the "American Idol" team has tapped him for a potential post on next season's judging panel. Rumors have been swirling that the 19-year-old Jonas was up for the gig after US Weekly cited a source last week stating: "[American Idol producers] think he can help bring that younger demo to the show."

In response, Jonas tweeted: "The rumors are true... I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol" on Aug. 4.

N.E.R.D. rapper Pharrell is also rumored to be in talks to join the panel alongside confirmed music maven, Mariah Carey, for this winter's season 12.

What do you think? Should Jonas join "Idol" as a judge? What about Pharrell or Carey?

Jennifer Lopez leaving 'American Idol'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 13, 2012 12:24 PM


REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

It's official!

After hinting in the press for months that she may not return to "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez has confirmed she will no longer judge the Fox singing competition.

The superstar broke the news to "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest on July 13 on his radio show. The news comes a day after Steven Tyler announced his departure from the show. As of press time, the sole remaining judge is Randy Jackson, the only critic who has remained since the beginning of the show.

As far as a possible replacement for Lopez or Tyler, powerhouse diva Mariah Carey is reportedly in talks to join the hit show.

Mariah Carey to judge 'American Idol'?

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 13, 2012 11:24 AM


Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET

Mariah Carey may be sitting in Steven Tyler's recently vacated seat at the "American Idol" judges panel.

An unnamed source tells People that the vocal powerhouse is "in serious talks" for the "Idol" gig.

Judging a music competition show may not be that big of a stretch for Carey. Her name popped up as a possible replacement for Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger after the first season of the American version of "X-Factor."

In addition, "Idol" might be a good home for Carey since her manager is veteran judge Randy Jackson. Jackson also said in February that while the superstar diva would be "amazing" giving critiques on "X Factor," he added that he didn't think Carey would actually join Simon Cowell on his latest TV venture. Maybe they were plotting an "Idol" move all along?

However, according to US Weekly, Carey and Jackson won't be dishing out advice next to each other at the judges' table since Jackson might be the next to exit the show.

Adam Lambert to judge 'American Idol'?

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 9, 2012 03:44 PM

Adam Lambert may be returning to the show that kicked off his career, according to an E! news report.


AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

A source tells E! that "American Idol" producers have been thinking about switching up the judges panel, and have mentioned the season eight runner-up as a possible choice to dole out critiques to wannabe stars.

The E! News source says:

"They have been talking about Adam for over a month ... He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start. He knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of the judges' comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can't go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him."

ABC's 'Duets' opens with a whisper

Posted by Glenn Yoder May 25, 2012 04:12 PM

No rest for weary ears. Only a day after Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner of this season's "American Idol," ABC launched its own singing program, "Duets," to a disappointing debut last night. The show finished a distant second in young adults to Fox's returning "So You Think You Can Dance," according to Variety.

The show, which pairs "Idol" veteran Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, and Robin Thicke with contestants for, well, duets, drew 6.7 million viewers over its two-hour time slot, the report said. You can watch the full episode on ABC's site.

Did you watch the show? What did you think? Does it have potential?

Thursday combo 'Idol'/TV chat at 11 a.m.

Posted by Sarah Rodman May 23, 2012 05:47 PM

From 11 a.m. to 11:45, come chat about all things "American Idol." Did the right person win? Did Steven Tyler call anything beautiful? Did JLo get "goosies"? Will you watch next year?

And then from 11:45-12:30 we'll switch to our usual TV free-skate, wherein we talk about whatever you like from the "Revenge" finale to the upcoming summer shows. It's not a chat sprint, it's a chat marathon! Be sure to carbo-load.

'American Idol' chat with Sarah Rodman

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 18, 2012 11:03 AM

It's down to the final two, and Globe critic Sarah Rodman is chatting today about "American Idol!" Log on at 11 and chat!

Is Jennifer Lopez leaving 'American Idol'?

Posted by Glenn Yoder May 17, 2012 11:53 AM

Jennifer Lopez may be vacating her seat at the judges' table on "American Idol," according to E! News. No formal announcement has been made.


Friday 11 a.m. 'American Idol' chat

Posted by Sarah Rodman May 11, 2012 09:24 AM

The top three singers have been revealed! Globe critic Sarah Rodman will be online at 11 a.m. to chat about the week on "American Idol." Log on and sound off!

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