American Idol

Bless your heart, American Idol.  Bless it.  In the wake of much more original and exciting talent reality shows, AI is desperately trying to stay remain once again become relevant.  After unveiling the new judges, tabloids immediately began speculating about a giant feud brewing between the original diva Mariah Carey and raspy rapper extraordinaire Nicki Minaj.  Here's what I know to be true:  Starships were meant to fly, Glitter will always be a horrible movie, and such obvious PR stunts can be spotted from a mile away.

I mean, yes, if you told me that Mariah Carey would be totally horrid to work with and she has a need to always be the HBIC (head b*tch in charge, duh), I would totally believe you.  If you also informed me that Nicki Minaj had an ego the size of her booty and annoyed everyone in her path, I certainly wouldn't call you a liar.  However, the whole situation is just too perfect.  The show needs publicity.  Shoving Keith Urban in America's face wasn't enough to create a giant buzz, so let's say these two talented, strong-willed, and notoriously diva-licious ladies can't stand one another.  Nice try.

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There has been quite the change up over at American Idol, but Fox has finally named its new judges.  Here's hoping that a fresh new batch of superstars can breathe some life back into this talent competition.  For the past few seasons, the show has been a revolving door of judges, with only host Ryan Seacrest and voice of reason Randy Jackson remaining constant.

Earlier this year, the show bid farewell to former judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, while Mariah Carey secured the first spot at the new judges' table.  Since then, there has been so much speculation as to who would join her in finding new singing talent.  There have been multiple musicians thrown in the hat, from Nick Jonas to P. Diddy, but now Mariah's counterparts have been chosen.  I wonder what she thinks of them though…

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Is the summer-long drama surrounding the American Idol judges finally coming to an end? Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are reportedly joining Mariah Carey on the judging panel. Randy Jackson is moving into a mentoring role

American Idol is dead set on four judges for the upcoming season because it worked so well the last time, presumably to compete with newer and hipper singing competitions like The Voice and The X Factor, so there is still one vacant spot.

Still, the end might be near, because Enrique Iglesias is currently sitting on an offer from American Idol for about $4 million. Coincidentally, Enrique just wrapped up a tour with former Idol judge Jennifer Lopez.
 
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This American Idol drama will never end, it seems!  Randy Jackson will reportedly not be returning to the show this season – at least not as a judge. 

Randy is out, but there's a 99% chance he'll be returning as a mentor during the season. 

Another bit of news is that they are definitely adding a fourth judge to the table.  Now that leaves three open spots, with Mariah Carey being the only new judge to have signed on the dotted line so far. 

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It seems like every singer under the sun’s name has been mentioned as a potential American Idol judge.  From Nick Jonas to Diddy, everyone is “in talks” to fill that third seat.  However, some of artists who have been approached to critique young hopefuls have turned down the gig.

Case in point?  The punkish pop star Pink does NOT want to be giving advice to unknown singers trying to make it big.  In fact, she’s turned down the opportunity to judge on both AI and X Factor because she thinks there are too many of these reality television talent shows on the air.  She doesn’t want any part of it!

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I guess I was right yesterday when I questioned whether there was enough room at the American Idol judges’ table for the egos of both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Mariah is stamping her feet and throwing a divatantrum over news reports yesterday all but confirming that Nicki Minaj is ready to sign on with the show.  According to TMZ, Mariah was promised she’d be the only female judge and she’s now livid at the thought of Nicki joining her.

There are still a lot of unknowns about the upcoming season of AI.  The show runners still don’t know if Randy Jackson is returning, who is filling the vacant seat(s) and they’re still tossing around the possibility of  adding a fourth judge.

Hold tight, Mariah!  Don’t huff off to your dressing room and pack up your Hello Kitty collection just yet!  Things could change twelve more times this week!

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 Jennifer Lopez had a busy busy weekend!

The former ‘American Idol’ judge (I still can’t believe she blew off that huge paycheck) was spotted out partying this weekend at Wet Republic and Pure nightclub with her pals.

Jennifer celebrated her world tour with a special appearance at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand in Vegas, accompanied by Casper Smart.   Later that night she headed over to Pure nightclub inside Caesars Palace, joined by former DWTS contestant and Extra hostess, Maria Menounos.

Check out J-Lo’s outfits below!

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American Idol sure is milking this empty judge chair situation for all its worth! A new day, a new rumor surrounding who will be signed on in the last(?) remaining seat.   Let’s recap the rumored judges so far: Brad Paisley, Nick Jonas, Pharrell, and P.Diddy.  And I’m probably forgetting a few! If anything, it’s been a great way to bring publicity to each of the rumored musicians, as well as the show.

The latest news is that Nicki Minaj is just about to sign on the dotted line. Us Weekly claims to have two sources verifying that Nicki’s deal is a sure thing.  “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it. A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.”

Mariah Carey and Nicki?  I’m just not sure if there’s enough room for both egos at that table?  Do you think she’s been ‘in the game’ long enough to be of value to the show?

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