Steven Tyler

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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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’s NeNe 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!

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Steven Tyler

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?!

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Jennifer Lopez.  Out.  Steven Tyler. Out.  Mariah CareyIn.  I’ll be the first to say I didn’t see that one coming!  American Idol has become a revolving door these days, has it not?

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.

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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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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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Holy smokes, the American Idol rumors are running rampant! Adam Lambert is reportedly being considered as a judge for season 12 of the reality competition show that made him famous. It would be an easy switch – Jennifer Lopez, who wants to be done with American Idol, moves out and Adam Lambert moves in.

“He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start,” an unnamed source is quoted telling E! News. “He knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.”

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