American Idol

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The American idol judges and host are finalizing contract negotiations before the show returns for the ninth season. Ryan Seacrest recently renewed his contract for three years, a $45 million deal to continue as host, perhaps making him the highest paid host in the history of reality tv.  Randy Jackson also signed on through 2011 while Kara DioGuardi has expressed interest to return. Though Simon Cowell will return for another season, his long term future on AI remains uncertain.

There were several reports that Paula Abdul will be returning to the show, however Paula’s manager is not certain of her return since the producers are not agreeing to their demands.

“Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on Idol,” Abdul’s manager, David Sonenberg, who has yet to receive a proposal for her return, told The Los Angeles Times.

According to Sonenberg, who began managing the star in June, he told the network Abdul would “love to be on the show,” but is yet to get a response from the producers.

“She’s not a happy camper as a result of what’s going on. She’s hurt. She’s angry,” Sonenberg said. “I think at this point we’re going to be considering everything, including some kind of a competition show. She has tremendous ideas for a whole variety of shows.”

Tell us: Will you continue to watch American Idol without Paula Abdul?

idol_02-judges-wall_0045_1 It seems all four American Idol judges will be returning for season 9 after all. According to RadarOnline.com, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi will be returning to the next season of American Idol despite initial rumors surrounding the show.

Since Abdul’s contract was up, there were speculations of her not returning to the show and that Kara may not return since she only signed a one year contract. Having four judges seemed to be problematic for the live show because it slowed down the pacing says Abdul and Cowell.

Timing issues will be addressed on the next season. At the moment, Abdul and Dioguardi are still in negotiations though sources believe the contracts will be finalized in a few weeks. Sources also believe a formal announcement will be made in a few weeks.

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In a recent interview with David Letterman, Paula Abdul says she loves her job on American Idol but she is not certain that she will be returning for another season. “I never said [I wasn’t returning]. I just said that I’m not sure,” Abdul said cryptically.

“It’s called, um, ‘negotiating’,” she joked.

Letterman shared his own personal experience dealing with network suits and advised Abdul to be careful. “One time, I tried that, I was coming up to the end of a contract, and I said, ‘I don’t know, maybe I won’t come back,’ and they said, ‘Fine because we’ve got another guy ready to go’,” cracked the 62 year-old late night host.

Abdul was asked about her relationship with co-host Kara DioGuardi. “Kara’s great,” Abdul told Letterman. “I don’t understand why they do this to women; they love to pit women against each other. Maybe because it’s sexier, I don’t know. Maybe mud wrestling, the whole thing.”

hudsAccording to the The Chicago Tribune, Oscar-winning Dream Girls star, Jennifer Hudson is reported to be 7 months pregnant. A baby shower was held Saturday in her native town of Chicago. The shower was well attended by friends and family members.

Since the sex of the child wasn’t revealed most of the gifts were neutral colors. Jennifer who is engaged to I Love New York 2 contestant (and Harvard Law grad) David Otunga — told Access Hollywood earlier this year: “I definitely want a family. You know, I’m almost 30 now, so they gotta get started sometime.”

When asked about the wedding ceremony, she plans to keep it quiet and include her three dogs — Oscar, Grammy and Dream girl — in the ceremony. Oscar might be the ring bearer,” said the American Idol alum, who recently finished a tour with singer Robin Thicke. “We’ll send them down the aisle with a little tux.” Hudson tells USA Today that she wants a traditional and classy wedding surrounded by friends and family members.

The baby news comes seven months after the tragic deaths of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, who were murdered late last year. Hudson returned to the spotlight in February after taking time off.

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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.

Katrina Darrell aka “Bikini girl” thinks Kara DioGuardi made a fool of herself during the surprise performance on the American Idol finale. While Bikini girl was performing on the Idol stage, DioGuardi joined and took over the song. At the end of the performance, it was obvious that Bikini girl had no idea that DioGuardi would be joining her on stage.

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If you remember during the Idol auditions, DioGuardi dogged Bikini girl’s performance of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love”. A little show down occurred and Kara tried to out sing Bikini girl.

Bikini girl believes that DioGuardi did not succeed in making her look stupid; saying Kara made herself look stupid instead. “I really didn’t think much of the performance, it is live television and anything is possible.”

At the end of the performance, DioGuardi showed off her own two-piece after Ryan Seacrest dared her and promised to make a donation to her favorite charity.


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Carrie Underwood, winner of season five American Idol will be performing at the finale between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Underwood will be returning to the stage where it all started just a few years ago. Underwood has won four grammies and is not slowing down anytime soon. In addition, she has graced the cover of several magazine. Her representatives say, she will be singing this year’s farewell song, a cover of Motley Crue’s metal ballad “Home Sweet Home,” . Proceeds from the digital single to benefit the humane society of the United States for abused and abandoned animals. In march, Underwood made a guest appearance with country star and idol, Randy Travis. Both stars performed that night wooing the audience.

In the 8th season of American Idol, Adam Lambert faces off against Kris Allen. What’s really exciting is that both artist are unique and have different music styles. Most people seems to think that Lambert will out sing Allen. What do you think, we wanted to hear from you? I know Idol lovers can’t wait to witness who will be the next American idol? Stay tuned next week.

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