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Fox recently announced the ninth season of America Idol will premiere on Tuesday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT. The season will premiere for two consecutive nights with a two-hour broadcast on Tuesday and a one-hour broadcast on Wednesday, January 13 at 8PM ET/PT.

The new season will feature the addition of Ellen DeGeneres as a replacement for Paula Abdul. Paula served as AI judge since the show began in 2002 and reportedly rejected a $5 million per year income and later announced her exit from Idol in August. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi will be returning as judges while Ryan Seacrest will continue as host.

The auditions for American Idol took place over the summer and featured several guest judges in Paula’s spot including Victoria Beckham in Denver and Boston, Mary J. Blige in Atlanta, Joe Jonas and Neil Patrick Harris in Dallas, Kristin Chenoweth in Orlando, Shania Twain in Chicago, and Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne in Los Angeles.

In other Idol news, Kris Allen’s self titled album dropped at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart after selling only 80,000 copies during its week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan data. This is the lowest of any idol winner ever recorded. Before Kris, Jordin Sparks, sixth season winner previously held the record for lowest album sales and sold 119,000 copies in first week release in November 2007.

Those figures are especially low compared to the 198,000 albums sold by runner up, Adam Lambert, who has remained in the headlines due to his recent raunchy performance at the American Music Awards.

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American Idol runner up Adam Lambert officially came out in Rolling Stone magazine this month, but another interesting tidbit Adam revealed was his crush on Kris Allen.

Adam tells Rolling Stone, “I was like, ‘Oh, s–, they put me with the cute guy,’ “Lambert recalls of bunking in the Idol mansion with Allen. “Distracting! He’s the one guy that I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type – except that he has a wife. I mean, he’s open-minded and liberal, but he’s definitely 100 percent straight.”

And what is Kris Allen’s reaction to this new crush? “I’m flattered,” the Idol winner says, “And think it’s hilarious.”

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In very shocking news, AI’s Adam Lambert has confirmed what the world already knew, that he is indeed gay. Adam appears on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

“I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” says the American Idol runner-up.

Adam continues, “I’m proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.” Adam however is wary of becoming the poster boy for gay civil rights, “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.”

Adam also says he didn’t want to “come out” on American Idol, but rather wanted to do it on his own terms. “I was worried that [coming out] would be so sensationalized that it would overshadow what I was there to do, which was sing,” Lambert tells the mag. “I’m an entertainer, and who I am and what I do in my personal life is a separate thing. it shouldn’t matter. Except it does. It’s really confusing.”

In other news, Adam also signed a record deal with RCA Records. His record is set to be released this fall. We reported yesterday that AI winner, Kris Allen has also signed his record deal.

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Fox network, along with American Idol producers have come out swinging against new reports that the AI finale voting was rigged.

If you haven’t heard by now, the NY Times reported that AT&T provided phones for free text-messaging services at two Allen parties in Arkansas on the night of the finals. Citing sources, The Times reports that AT&T reps showed party-goers how to “power text” – cast 10 votes at the touch of a button, which violates show rules.

So basically we are all suppose to get all up in arms over what amounts to probably about a few hundred votes or less than .000000001% of the total votes? Newsflash to NY Times, the total votes from the Idol finale amounted to tens of millions. And numerous reports have pointed out that the voting was not even close at all. Kris Allen won by a large margin, thus making these reports even more ridiculous.

The full statement given by Fox and AI producers is below -

“Fox and the producers of American Idol are absolutely certain that the results of this competition are fair, accurate and verified. Kris Allen is, without a doubt, the American Idol. We have an independent third-party monitoring procedure in place to ensure the integrity of the voting process. In no way did any individuals unfairly influence the outcome of the competition.”

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AI alum, Clay Aiken, who lost to Ruben Studdard in 2003 claims to watch the American Idol show once during every season. According to Aiken, he caught Lambert’s rendition of “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. Aiken bashed the performance, referring to it as “contrived,” “awful” and “slightly frightening.” Like that wasn’t enough, Aiken also said, “He thought his ears would bleed”.


But wait — there’s more. Aiken aims his wrath on “Idol” itself. He thinks the series showed bias for Lambert over ultimate champ Kris Allen.


I don’t understand why these celebrities say one thing and then try to retract when the damage has already been done. Clay has since apologized to Lambert via his fan site on Saturday morning, saying it was just his opinion.

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In a recent interview with Jay Leno, the newest American Idol winner, Kris Allen, said he was advised by both Simon Cowell and wife Katy (pictured above) to keep his marriage a secret. The rationale was that if some viewers knew he was married, it could affect his votes on the show. Obviously, they were wrong.


Both Allen and Katy have been married since last year September. I just hope they are both ready for stardom.

Allen also says that not only is Adam Lambert gifted but he is also one of the best performers to grace the Idol stage. Allen looks forward to working with Lambert in the future. I personally love Allen’s style of music and can’t wait for him to work on his album.

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Kris Allen is the new American Idol, though he seemed shocked at the annoucement of his name. Every poll that I viewed indicated that Adam Lambert would be crowned the newest American Idol. Interestingly, they were wrong. Over 100 million people voted last night.

The night was full of entertainment and wonderful performances ranging from the “Black Eyed Peas“, Fergie, Queen Latifah, Lionel Richie, previous AI contestants and so on. I really loved Lil Rounds’ and Queen Latifah’s performance together. The Queen looked great with her new hair do. The Black Eyed Peas with Zebra Man Group also performed “Boom Boom Pow.” Kris Allen and Keith Urban performed “Kiss A Girl.” Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper gave a brilliant performance. AI Judge, Kara DioGuardi also performed with “Bikini girl”

This ends the eight season of American Idol until next year. Good luck to Allen as he works on his new projects.

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