Randy Jackson out on ‘Idol’, Keith Urban sort of in

By brendon August 31, 2012 @ 12:59 PM

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It’s been rumored for months that Randy Jackson would not return to ‘American Idol’ next season, and now the LA Times says his departure is all but official, causing a void that the show will replace quickly and easily.

TMZ has a source (possibly a two-week old copy of the Hollywood Reporter) saying Keith Urban will replace Jackson and “take the third judging spot alongside Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.”

Officially, Minaj is not actually a judge yet either, perhaps because of this rumor saying Mariah doesn’t want to share the spotlight with her. And I don’t blame her. It’s just like when I starred in my 8th grades production of ‘Pippin’. Those other kids sucked, they ruined everything!

no one has any idea who the new American Idol judges are

By brendon August 21, 2012 @ 3:41 PM

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Despite Us magazine saying Nicki Minaj is all set to be a judge on ‘American Idol’, apparently it’s not all set, nothing is all set, and no one even knows how many judges there will be, much less who they are.

The Hollywood Reporter says a four person panel with Carey, Minaj, country star Keith Urban and Latin, um, person Enrique Iglesias is a very likely scenario, People mentions Minaj, Iglesias and Nick Jonas, while TMZ is now reporting that Kanye West has been approached too. But he would cost at least as much as Carey, which is $18 million a season.

Oh and Carey reportedly threw a hissy fit yesterday about Minaj because she doesn’t want to share the spotlight with another girl. Meaning Minaj is no lock.

So the only thing we know for sure is that ‘Idol’ wants big stars, because those cost the most money and almost definitely have nothing interesting to say. That’s clearly the best way to make a TV show. “Sure the show was boring,” Fox executives will say. “But at least we threw away lots of money on it.”

(image source of carey filming ‘the butler’ in new orleans today = fame/flynet)

Nicki Minaj is the second new American Idol judge

By brendon August 20, 2012 @ 3:47 PM

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Though it was just reported 12 days ago that ‘American Idol’ producers wanted Sean Combs to replace Steven Tyler and join Mariah Carey as a judge next season, two sources now tell Us.com that Nicki Minaj is all but official.

“I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” one insider reveals. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.”
A second source says (she’s) “100% confirmed to judge American Idol.” FOX and Minaj had no comment when contacted by Us.

Wow! What a moment this is! Nicki Minaj! On American Idol! I was just at Starbucks and everyone is talking about it, people are honking their car horns, everybody’s cheering. This must be what the country felt like when Germany surrendered to end World War II!

‘American Idol’ wants Diddy to be a judge

By brendon August 09, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

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‘American Idol’ producers have reportedly asked Sean Combs to be a judge next season, in essence replacing Steven Tyler and joining Mariah Carey who replaced Henifaa Yopez. So if you’re on ‘Idol’ next year, just don’t do anything when the music starts and then say “yeah that’s right’ at the end. Diddy will think you’re a genius.

(source = new york post)

Mariah Carey announced as new American Idol judge

By brendon July 23, 2012 @ 3:54 PM

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After weeks of speculation, Fox officially announced today that Mariah Carey will be a judge on the upcoming season of ‘American Idol’ after signing a contract reportedly worth between $12 and 17 million per season.

For now the only 2 judges are Mariah and Randy Jackson, though he’s also expected to be replaced before next season. Either way, the process for us to ignore the American Idol winner will never be the same.

Jennifer Lopez was actually “dumped” by American Idol

By brendon July 13, 2012 @ 6:12 PM

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When word first got that Jennifer Lopez was talking about leaving ‘American Idol’ two months ago, some immediately speculated that it was simply a tactic to get a raise. But then she kept talking about spending more time with her family, and how hard it was for her to leave, and today she called Ryan Seacrest and it was all so sweet and touching that I cried for like an hour.

Oh but in reality she won’t be back because she wanted a raise to $17 million a year and Fox told her no. The Wrap says:

J. Lo’s fee went from $12 million in her first season to $15 million in her second. When she asked for another $2 million, the network surprised her by not making a counteroffer.
“Idol” lost its top spot in the ratings to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” last season after eight years of dominance. In their two seasons, Tyler and Lopez helped prop up the show. But they could not return it to its former dominance.

Oh so she just wanted more money. What a surprise. I assumed she really liked the kids on the show. I picture her taking one of them on a tandem bike ride down by a stream, and then having a picnic lunch that she prepared, because she’s such a nice person that you always hear such delightful stories about.