American Idol

Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol because they told her to to focus on family and film. E! News recently caught up with the former judge to get her thoughts on Mariah Carey joining American Idol. Does Carey have what it takes?

“I think so, yeah! Why not? She’s a musician for a long time she has a lot of experience,” Lopez told E! News. “And it’s that experience you offer them at the end of the day, the contestants just want to get better and grow through the process.”

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American Idol is experiencing another judging renaissance. With Mariah Carey replacing Jennifer Lopez as the female judge the question still remains – who will fill the vacancy left by Steven Tyler?

Apparently his polar opposite that’s who! Deadline is reporting that country star Brad Paisley may step up to the plate as the final judge.

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American Idol winner Jordin Sparks has stepped out with a rocking new figure thanks to diet, exercise, and good old fashioned hard work.  The star has recently lost fifty pounds!  How did she do it?  She entirely changed her diet and lifestyle, implementing new strategies to make sure that the pounds just melted away.

Jordin touts cutting out her Starbucks cravings and late night snacks, and swapping out sugary drinks and treats with healthier options.  She also swears by portion control and not eating within two hours of going to bed.

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American Idol‘ casting rumors have been running wild since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler confirmed they were fired weren’t interested in returning for another season, but we now have official confirmation on at least one new judge – Mariah Carey! 

Mariah signed on the dotted line today and it seems that she and J-Lo have more in common than having twin babies, as Mariah will be paid a whopping $12 million, the same amount that Jennifer was earning during her stint on the show.

TMZ reports that Adam Lambert and Miley Cyrus are still in the running for the other empty seat.

UPDATE:  TMZ now says her paycheck for one season stands at $18 million!

TELL US – DO YOU WANT TO WATCH NOW THAT MARIAH HAS SIGNED ON? DO YOU THINK SHE’S WORTH TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS?

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A few of TV’s favorite reality stars hit the purple carpet last night for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Among them: Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry-Housely, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, DJ Pauly D, Demi Lovato and more! Check out the photos below!

Here are the winners relating to reality TV:

Choice TV: Male Personality – Simon Cowell, THE X FACTOR

Choice TV: Female Personality – Jennifer Lopez, AMERICAN IDOL

Choice TV: Reality Competition Show –THE X FACTOR

Choice TV: Reality Show – Punk’d

Choice TV: Male Reality Star – Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio,  Jersey Shore and The Pauly D Project

Choice TV: Female Reality Star – The Kardashians,  Keeping Up With The Kardashians

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Reality TV stars like former Real Housewives of Orange County star Peggy Tanous, current Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, and a handful of Dance Moms hit the Teen Choice Awards Lounge last night in Los Angeles.

The event was held at the W Hotel in L.A. and brought out the likes of Bachelorette host Chris Harrison, former Bachelor and Bachelor Pad contestant Erica Rose, Michael Stagliano, Natalie Getz, Dance Moms Kelly Hyland and Chloe Lukasiak, former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano, and Hollywood Exes stars Sheree Fletcher and Jessica Canseco and more!

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Last week both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they were leaving American Idol to pursue their own careers. However, a new report claims they were actually fired in response to falling ratings – and Jennifer seeking yet another pay raise!

According to The Wrap, Jennifer who was paid $15M last season, asked for a $2M raise to return. In response, Fox said no way, declining to even make her a counter offer! As for Steven, Fox opted not to renew his contract as they are seeking new blood in the hopes of restoring the show to its former dominance in the music competition marketplace.

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Rumors of an American Idol shake-up have been circulating for a while and apparently aging rockers and former fly girls aren’t where it’s at, dawg.

Yesterday Steven Tyler announced he was leaving the show that made him lose all his credibility:

“After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” the quote references the infamous movie, Fatal Attraction.

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