BBC 1 Radio premiered the Simon Cowell-organized all star cover version of “Everybody Hurts”—billed as Helping Haiti—this morning. Among the singers who lent vocals to the track are Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Miley Cyrus, Susan Boyle, Take That, Rod Stewart, Mika, Bon Jovi, James Blunt and Cheryl Cole, as well as X Factor… More »
Last night on American Idol, the judges rolled up to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. They say that everything’s bigger in Texas—and clearly that includes the magnitude of Ryan Seacrest’s cheeseball dialog. (“It’s the second biggest state in the U.S., but its pride is second to none!”). Urgh. All in all, 31 hopeful contestants were ushered… More »
Twenty-five years after the recording of “We Are The World,” Quincy Jones, who produced the 1985 charity single, is teaming up with the song’s co-writer Lionel Richie to pull together a new version of the tune, reports Billboard. “We Are The World” was originally being dusted off to simply mark its anniversary, but Billboard now… More »
Last night the Idol judges headed off to hear Orlando’s finest attempt to croon, warble and beatbox their way to Hollywood. Ryan Seacrest called it the most dramatic episode ever, and he wasn’t kidding. There were tears. There were handcuffs. There was guest judge Kristin Chenoweth and split jeans. Hop below the jump to see… More »
American Idol served up a huge helping of Southern-fried crazy last night as the judges hit Atlanta. While searching for actual talent, we met Skii Bo Ski and Guitar Girl (no really, the girl was dressed as a guitar). Plus, Mary J. Blige’s super-fan turned out to be her super-security-threat. Then the heavens parted… More »
It’s no secret that the audition episodes of the American Idol season are all about the misfits, oddballs, freaks and geeks we suffer through/gawk at while the judges pan for Idol gold. While these episodes lack the drama of the real competition, they often represent the best chance for us to catch one of… More »
Paula’s gone. Ellen has not yet arrived. And so we begin American Idol’s crucial Season 9 feeling a little aimless — heck, make that flat-out bewildered, now that we also have to contend with Simon’s impending exit. But if this show’s about to undergo a revolution, then we might as well start in Boston, right? More »
It’s happening, whether you want it to or not: Simon’s leaving American Idol. But don’t worry—we’ve given this almost 24 hours of thought, and we think we’ve got the whole situation sorted out: Why Simon really left; how to cope with his exit; and, while we’re at it, whether Idol should continue at all, and… More »
Simon Cowell may have just rendered the biggest judgment call of his career with his decision to bid farewell to American Idol. But what is his real legacy as a talent spotter? Before he calls in his manservants to ship his tight black shirts over to The X Factor, we decided to take a… More »
G’morning folks! Tonight’s American Idol premiere sure is easily the most bittersweet start to a season ever. On one hand there’s no Paula, and soon enough, there won’t be any Simon, either. But on the other hand, we’ve got the audition rounds before us, typically the funniest part of the show. Ah, so conflicted!
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It’s officially the end of an era, folks: just one day before the premiere of Season 9, Simon Cowell has confirmed that he will be leaving American Idol after the conclusion of this season.
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We’ve practiced hitting redial. We’ve got popcorn ready to pop. All we need is for Ryan Seacrest to intone “This. Is. American Idol!” We’re armed and ready for the national gladiator match that will be Season 9, now just days away. For some, it feels like the clock has barely Tik Tok-ed forward… More »
It feels like just yesterday we were discovering Glambert for the very first time, and yet here we are, 120 hours away from a brand-new season of American Idol. The only judges people give a damn about (sorry Randy and Kara), Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, sat down with Entertainment Weekly to dish about Idol’s… More »
With Paula Abdul having departed American Idol earlier this year and rumblings of Simon Cowell possibly following suit this coming spring, the blockbuster Fox reality singing competition may never be the same after 2010.
Nevertheless, Idol proved to be an omnipresent television force during the first decade of the new millennium, transforming some… More »
We’re about to find out whether Simon Cowell’s ego is justified. The Fox TV network is close to extending its deal with 19 Entertainment and Fremantle Media to keep American Idol on the air through 2014 — with or without the snide British judge who helped start it all. Thumbs up or thumbs down?
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Uh oh. Has Ellen jumped onto a steadily sinking ship? British paper The Sun reports this morning that Simon Cowell’s brother has confirmed that the American Idol judge is indeed leaving the popular Fox reality singing competition once its ninth season is over next year—a rumor that’s been getting louder with each passing day.
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American Idol is changing its time slot for its ninth season, and in typical Fox fashion, the scheduling masterminds are doing pretty much everything possible to prompt a national DVR meltdown—all in the name of trying to build viewership for a couple of the network’s new shows. Is Fox also preparing for the long-anticipated American… More »
Every year since 2005 the current winner of The X Factor has nabbed the Christmas #1 single in the U.K. But that all came to a screeching halt last week when a Facebook campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 single “Killing In The Name” to trump 2009 X Factor champ Joe McElderry’s “The… More »
Simon Cowell has reportedly offered to give Eminem a guest spot on The X Factor after the disparaging comments Em made last week towards the show. Hey, it doesn’t make any less sense than naming Quentin Tarantino a guest judge (and mentor) on American Idol. … More »
Earlier this week, a demo version of a Timbaland/Timberlake-helmed song performed by 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis called “Don’t Let Me Down” leaked. An investigation into who put the track, which is supposed to be Lewis’ “comeback” single, out there has been launched by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Apparently there… More »