So, it happened. Those “final talks” Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were in with American Idol producers worked out. No matter how much Mariah Carey fumed (maybe), it all played out. Randy Jackson‘s sticking around too, and not as a “mentor.” Welcome to your new American Idol judges’ panel comprising this motley crew — Nicki, Keith, Mariah and Randy. How’s that going to work out, you think? Apparently, Randy got to keep his judge position because talks with Enrique Iglesias didn’t work out. And while we’re fond of Randy, dawg, we’re kind of miffed that ‘Rique won’t be hitting out screens regularly because, you know … it’s Enrique Iglesias. Ryan Seacrest tweeted out a picture of the new panel confirming the news, less than a day ago, writing, “It’s official, your new #IdolJudges are @MariahCarey, @NickiMinaj, @KeithUrban & @Yo_RandyJackson!” Auditions rounds have already begun — in New York — because Mariah also tweeted the picture you see above of all four judges presiding over the AI panel, with Seacrest looming, of course. Her tweet read, “At the @AmericanIdol judging table… Oh and @RyanSeacrest is here too!”
May we just say — word to Nicki’s hair!
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Reality television gets a bad rap. Many wonder how so many nobodies with questionable talent can become some of the most famous people in the world (hey, Honey Boo Boo!). And then they wonder, “How can I do the same?” Well, we don’t have the answer to that question, but what we do have is a roundup of the best reality-TV shows hitting the tube this fall. Whether you’re a dancing fanatic, a Demi Lovatic or obsessed with JWOWW’s ample assets, there’s a little something for everyone. The Epcot Center of the tube, if you will. Check out our picks below and then tell us what you’ll be watching this fall.
Can you believe Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton have been blindly auditioning contestants in our living rooms for three seasons now? We can barely remember a time before we had to choose between Team Adam and Team Christina. Thankfully, the bickering foursome is back to in their swiveling chairs on a quest to find The Voice (duh!). And it’s not secret that NBC is hoping to deliver a ratings smackdown to Fox’s The X Factor in the process. Our opinion: We love Xtina, but our money’s on Britney. Premiering September 10, 11, 12 at 8 on NBC, airing Mondays and Tuesdays at 8.
What the Critics Say: “The Voice promises big changes this year – hopefully they live up to it in a major way because it would be a shame to see the series over-saturate the brand and not make adjustments to ensure its longevity like [American] Idol has somehow managed to do.” –– Assignment X
The X Factor
Britney. Spears. Need we say more? Clearly, we don’t, but we will anyway. It’s been years since we’ve heard Brit Brit speak more than a few sentences, let alone offer up her opinion. Simon Cowell tells People.com, “[She] is a fascinating person because you just don’t know anything about her … she’s very unpredictable … she has taken this very seriously and she’s surprisingly quite mean.” Any show where a “mean” Britney Spears joins forces with hair-chameleon Demi Lovato has us hooked. Premiering September 12, airing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
What the Critics Say: “Curiosity is enough to drive The X Factor to a ratings win tonight. If Britney can help the troubled show find its footing, don’t be surprised if she breaks out a rendition of ‘Oops! … I Did It Again’ and maybe even cracks a smile. –– Boston Herald
Remember the time you had an idea for a super cool product, but didn’t have enough money to make it happen? Shark Tank takes everyday people with great –– and sometimes not so great –– ideas and gives them a forum to pitch their products to a group of “sharks,” successful businessmen and women with fat wallets, who will invest in their companies. Sounds extremely nerdy and boring, but Shark Tank is anything but. It was nominated in the non-competition reality show category at this year’s Primetime Emmys and features Dallas Mavericks owner –– and noted hothead –– Mark Cuban. Cancel your Friday night plans and dive in. Premiering September 14, airing Fridays at 8 p.m. on ABC; moving to 9 p.m. on November 2.
What the Critics Say: “The tension between the Sharks is palpable. The entrepreneurs more confident. The deals less formulaic. In many ways Shark Tank has become the American Idol of the small business startup.” — Forbes
Jennifer Hudson sure has come a long way from placing 7th on Season 3 of American Idol way back in 2004! The soulstress got her start singing in a small church choir in the South Side of Chicago and now she’s an Oscar winning actress, Grammy winning singer, spokesperson for Weight Watchers and Mother to adorable son David! A lot sure has happened to the star over the past 8 years; from dominating her role as Effie White in Paramount Picture’s Dreamgirls, to rocking the stage with fellow VH1 Divas in 2011. As her life has changed so has her look. From her humble beginnings on Idol to her recent dramatic weight loss, J-Hud sure knows how to explore her fashion horizons and we all can’t deny that she looks great doing it! You go girl! I’m sure sexy fiance WWE fighter and Harvard Law graduate David Otunga would agree. With a wedding date set for the near future, and a career that won’t stop we can’t wait to see what this superstar will do next! Head to the gallery below to check out her best looks throughout the years.
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This whole American Idol judges panel thing is going completely bananas. Will Mariah Carey stick around if Nicki Minaj gets a spot? And how about all those rumors about who the producers were considering — Kanye West, Alanis Morissette, Keith Urban? An important premise to note with all of this, is that no one was really sure whether mainstay Randy Jackson was going to come back at all this season. That’s why a major shuffle is happening, what with Jennifer Lopez also saying adios to the show. TMZ is now reporting that Randy’s exit as a judge is final. But he’s not leaving the show altogether, because sources say that he’s staying on as a mentor, even though some AI head honchos feel like it may not be the best idea. Basically, and we’re paraphrasing in our language, a mentor saying “Yo dawg … know what I’m saying” every five seconds may not be the advice that contestants need. But, Randy’s been on the show forever and they need him around in whatever capacity, so looks like this mentor thing is going to stick. The same sources claim that Kanye and P.Diddy are totally off the table too. We’ll tell you more as soon as we hear news.
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The toupee tape alone will cost more than our annual income! Looks like Fox is going to have to rent out a few more warehouses to store all the falls, extensions and wig glue for American Idol this year: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are allegedly in “final talks” to join Mariah Carey as American Idol judges. (Note: we are not saying Keith Urban wears a wig. We’re just saying it sure seems like Keith Urban wears a wig, based on what his hair looks like.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Urban would pull in between $3 to $4 million for the gig, while Nicki would pocket atcool $8 million “with additional allowances for wardrobe, hair and makeup,” which we assume will translate into another $8 million. Or $20 million. Mariah raked in $18 million for her Idol contract, so we’re assuming her wardrobe and hair budget is just an infinity symbol. Only time will tell. No world if the addition of two new faces means Randy Jackson won’t be returning to the show, but if we had to guess, we’d say Randy’s dressing room is being filled up with boxes and boxes of wig caps as we speak.
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We guess it isn’t technically ironic that Alanis Morissette is in talks to become an American Idol judge. It’s unexpected, but it probably wouldn’t be ironic unless Alanis lead some sort of public campaign against Simon Cowell. If only. When asked about the show at the Hollywood Rockwalk induction ceremony this week, however, Alanis did admit that she’s “been in conversations about it, and that’s the degree to which I can share the info right now.” Ugh, we would love to see Morissette smiling away at the judge’s table to. We suspect her feedback would be…delightfully unpredictable. Remember the transparent dangling carrots. Yeah, this would be a great move.
Of course, the Jagged Little Pill singer is only one of roughly one billion musicians A.I. might potentially be hiring, joining the proud ranks alongside Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Enrique Iglesias, Brad Paisley, Kanye and Nicki Minaj. While we’ll obviously wet our pants if Kanye or Nicki snag a spot (that also goes for Enrique, because yum), we could see the show hiring Alanis simply because Mariah Carey isn’t going to flip her wig about working with her. “I live to mentor, so my heart is much more open to the idea of that than even 10 years ago when I, perhaps, wasn’t in a position to be able to offer much advice, solicited or otherwise,” Morissette explains. Eat your heart out, Dave Coulier.
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It looks like this upcoming cycle of American Idol might be the craziest yet! No really, we mean literally insane. Not only did producers make calls to Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, but now it’s known that Kanye West is one of the many celebs in talks to judge the twelfth season. Considering the sheer volume of people in various stages of negotiation with Idol, including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Nick Jonas and Enrique Iglesias, we’re kind of thinking that the suits reached out to Kanye as a real Hail Mary play.
But amazingly/awesomely, sources close to the show tell TMZ that Yeezy showed interest in appearing on the program. Or at least he didn’t laugh so hard that Cristal came out his nose. “He’s on the fence,” the source says, but he’s considering the gig as long as producers “at least match Mariah’s salary.” That ain’t cheap at $18 million, but we have a funny feeling they’ll manage to pony up the cash for Kanye freakin’ West. Worst case they’ll take it out of Ryan Seacrest’s monster paycheck.There’s no official word from Kanye’s reps yet but we’ll keep you informed. For our money, Kanye West could totally be the greatest Idol judge OF ALL TIME.
‘Ye’s friend Nicki Minaj is reportedly very close to signing a similar judging deal, which is causing some serious drama with confirmed judge Mariah Carey. Apparently Mimi was so upset that she hung up on producers who called to tell her they were considering Nicki as a potential candidate! It seems that Mariah was told that she would be the only woman on the panel, and it isn’t helping that she’d have to share the stage with a woman 13-years younger.
Is Nicki Minaj really going to be a judge on American Idol? The news isn’t certain yet, but we’ve been willing it to happen! For that matter, we’ve also been crossing our fingers about Mariah Carey becoming a judge for AI. Unfortunately, us willing something and the actual reality of the situation are two completely different matters. Well, Mariah’s deal seemed done, as a sexeh promotional picture was released of her last month. But now, according to TMZ, it’s all gone topsy-turvy, thanks to the possible inclusion of Nicki on the panel. Sources have told the site that Mariah got angry enough to hang up on AI execs, when told that Ms. Minaj was being schilled as the top pick for judge on the show. Apparently, Mariah thought that she was going to be the only woman calling the shots, so having Nicki around is going to be major competition.
The same sources are also alleging that even though we thought that the panel’s picks were set in stone, that’s not the case. It isn’t certain if Randy Jackson will be coming back at all — whether as a judge or a mentor. Say he isn’t a judge this season — who gets to fill his spot? That’s another issue altogether. There’s even a third issue, according to the sources. There may be four judges this time around, as they want the ratio of men and women judges to be equal, because a panel comprising of more women than dudes isn’t optimal. That’s the rumor, guys. And for that fourth spot, it seems that Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are the top options. So what’s the deal? Is Mariah going to stick around if Nicki gets signed? Is she really hopping mad about Nicki? Is Randy coming back? Are there going to be four judges instead of three? Someone give us some official news, please!
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Apparently American Idol just hired a bunch of new employees from MENSA, because getting Nicki Minaj in one of those judge’s chairs is the smartest reality show casting decision since Honey Boo Boo got that show on TLC…last month. “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” a source squealed to Us Magazine about Minaj’s decision to join Mariah Carey on A.I. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” While the wigs alone will be worth the trip (both Nicki’s and Mariah’s), Minaj has demonstrated a number of qualities that tell us she’s going to be the new Simon, but with less cleavage. Qualities like:
Sorry, Snoop. Mariah Carey, it’s not you. It’s us. Well, actually it’s Diddy, JLo and us if the Universe decides to be merciful. If American Idol is actually attempting to recruit P. Diddy for a judge’s spot like Page Six claims, then we demand as loyal audience members that they wrangle Jennifer Lopez back onto the show. Seeing as how the two used to date around the turn of the century, this would be the perfect reunion scenario. Two famous exes crushing young people’s dreams side by side? Their incredibly complicated relationship played out for the entire world to see? If there is anyway we can also replace Randy Jackson with Ben Affleck, we’ll hand over an Emmy to Idol right now. Right…now.
Their personal history aside for the moment, Diddy also has enough reality show experience for us to immediately sign off on this move. The man created Danity Kane on Making the Band, for pete’s sake! We wouldn’t want to live in a world where we couldn’t listened to “Damaged” ten times in a row on the elliptical. We could live in a world without O-Town, but other than that, this seems to be the best of both worlds as far as we’re concerned.
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