It's hard to believe that American Idol has been on the air for over 10 years. Around season eight, the American Idol judges started to change, which, in my opinion, changed the focus of the show. Sadly. It became more about the judges and less about the contestants.
Clay Aiken, the season two runner-up, recently shared his thoughts on the American Idol judges. When asked if he will return to the show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his appearance on the show that gave him his big break, Clay said, "I don't know that I would commemorate it on the show. I don't know that they did it with Justin Guarini and all those folks."
Clay added, "But Idol back in those days was about the contestants. Kelly [Clarkson] and Justin and Tamyra [Gray] and Nikki McKibbin, they were all the stars of the show. And when I was on, Ruben [Studdard] and myself and Kimberley Locke were the stars of the show."
Definitely not shy about his opinion, Clay concluded, "Now Idol is about the judges. I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore."'
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…
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.
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There are some changes coming on some of your favorite reality shows. From Michael Phelps to P. Diddy, and NeNe Leakes to Kendra Bell, read on to find out what’s rumored to be happening on some of your guiltiest pleasures!
Whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit that Real Housewives of Atlanta’sNeNe Leakes knows how to manage her career. She turned her gig on RHOA to a guest starring spot on Glee, which in turn led to scoring a recurring role on an upcoming sitcom. Back when Kim Zolciak was filming Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding, there were rumors that NeNe was jealous for not getting her own spin-off. Well, it turns out she has had one in the works…I Dream of NeNe (amazing name, by the way). According to the Examiner, NeNe is the one who pulled the plug on the series because she felt at that time she wouldn’t be able to carry her own show. Apparently, NeNe did get a patent on the title, so the show could come to fruition in the future. Right now, she just wants to focus on her budding acting career. I guess good things do come to those who wait!
And now the real reasons come out regarding exiting American Idol judges. While Steven Tyler allegedly wasn’t asked back for next season, he’s not at all upset. In fact, Steven calls the show not his “cup of tea.”
Not that I’m surprised, but Steven has said that the show was basically just a paycheck that held him over while negotiating through the drama his Aerosmith band mates. Who knew American Idol could serve as just an interim distraction while he got his band back together?!
So the big question is, who will round out the judges’ panel? While rumors run rampant, I can say that there will likely be two seats filled. Why, you ask? It appears that longtime Idol fixture and judge Randy Jackson will be transitioning into a mentor role. He certainly has the credentials, and the contestants would surely benefit from his knowledge.
Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idolbecause 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,” Lopeztold 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.”
Despite allegedly being fired from American Idol, Forbes has named Jennifer Lopez number one on their Celebrity 100 list. Why? Her amazing career resurrection! Oh, and the massive millions she’s pulled in as of late. Dating teenagers does wonders for one’s earning ability, I suppose.
Apparently basing their list not on talent, but on monetary success, social media prowess, and media visibility; Jennifer outranks even Oprah and Beiber this year. The former J.Lo earned $52 Million dollars in the last year alone. Holy hot pants that’s a lot of moolah!
Crediting Jennifer‘s amazing reincarnation from aging nobody married to Marc Anthony and a flailing attempt at the latin market, Jennifer’s star started rising again the moment she stepped onto the Idol judging panel.