10:04 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 11/18/2010 05:00PM
Winning American Idol just got tougher.
According to the show's executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the competition will be whittled down to the top 12 contestants – and skip having the top 24.
"I didn't think [the top 24] were very good," Lythgoe tells TV Guide of previous seasons. "I was bored with them by the time they got there."
He's also creating more difficult challenges for the contestants, including having them make music videos, promote themselves, and work on awards show-style performances.
Originally posted 09/29/2009 07:45AM
Season 8 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is no also-ran. His first album, not due for release until Nov. 24, zoomed to the No. 2 spot on the Amazon.com sales list Monday, behind only Barbra Streisand's much-publicized new jazz album, reports the New York Post.
The distinction ranked Lambert, 27, ahead of Madonna, the Beatles and Susan Boyle on the online retailer's sales list – and shows that one needn't nab the top title on Idol to win the sales race, as also evidenced by such chart-topping later-place finishers as Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Chris Daughtry.
Originally posted 09/09/2009 08:30PM
Ellen DeGeneres is taking Paula Abdul's place as the fourth judge on American Idol.
"DeGeneres will sit alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi and offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition," Fox television says in a statement.
DeGeneres, 51, begins her stint after the audition rounds, which have featured a rotating group of celebrity guest judges including Shania Twain, Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Joe Jonas and Kristin Chenoweth.
Originally posted 08/05/2009 12:20AM
Abdul – out!
Ending speculation about her future on one of the most popular shows on television, Paula Abdul confirmed Tuesday she will no longer be at the judge's table on American Idol.
"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to Idol," Abdul, 47, writes on her Twitter page. "I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon."
She adds: "What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. I do, without any doubt, have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all."
Originally posted 07/20/2009 06:05AM
Paul Abdul may have a new manager – but she may find herself without her old job on American Idol.
"Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol," David Sonenberg, Abdul's manager, told the Los Angeles Times, which also reports that a grassroots campaign took shape this weekend to keep Abdul on the show – along with other judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and recent addition Kara DioGuardi – for its ninth season, auditions for which start next month.
Though FOX said earlier this year that Abdul, 47, was "an integral part of the show," Sonenberg says there is no contract on the table. "I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful," he said of the delay. "I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven't stepped up and said what they want to do."
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 05/29/2009 09:00AM
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert may want America to keep speculating about his sexuality, but there's at least one person who has no doubt which way the 27-year-old singer swings: judge Kara DioGuardi.
"I don't think that Adam was ever in [the closet]," she says in a chat set to air on The View Friday.
Her comment came as part of a response to host Barbara Walters, who had asked if Lambert's controversial loss to Kris Allen was influenced by questions about whether Lambert is gay. Lambert has a penchant for eyeliner, nail polish, tight pants and flamboyant hair styles, and has been photographed kissing other men.
Originally posted 04/30/2009 07:40AM
No, it's not the ghost of Elvis, but somebody is apparently haunting the nine-bedroom Bel Air mansion where the American Idol contestants are bunking while they're in competition.
"Some people are convinced that there's a ghost there, especially Allison [Iraheta]," a skeptical Anoop Desai tells PEOPLE. "But I've never really seen her."
It's not just a matter of seeing "her," according to Desai, who says the ghost, named Phyllis, is "just a friendly troublemaker. She bangs around and keeps people awake. Allison hears something in her room every night. I don't know if someone's just creeping around in there or what."
Originally posted 05/01/2008 07:15AM
This is your (love) life, Simon Cowell!
The acerbic American Idol judge got the surprise of his career during the show's Q&A session Wednesday, when a British woman – identified only as Tara, 46, from Petaluma, Calif. – called in and announced to the nationwide audience that she had been Cowell's first kiss.
Uncharacteristically flustered, Cowell quickly recognized the voice – asking if she was really Tara Miller, whom he smooched at age 9.
It was, indeed. And, later that night, she chatted with PEOPLE about the fateful pucker.
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