American Idol

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Steven Tyler Confirms That J. Lo Is Indeed “Street”

After working together as the newest judges on American Idol, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have gotten to know each other fairly well. And now that they’re judging buddies, Tyler can confirm the one thing we most wonder about J. Lo: is she really still Jenny from the block? Tyler says…..YES. Phew! And he should know, right?

Tyler tells Us Magazine “She’s ridiculous. You know, she’s exactly what I thought she’d be. She’s street.” We don’t have a clue if this is meant as a compliment or not. We guess it is, since J. Lo  is still trying to convince herself she’s one of us poor people despite her manse on Long Island and island vacations and whatnot. Tyler also said of Lopez, “first and foremost, she’s a lady and she’s not afraid to show that at any given time,” which, again, could be a compliment, or it could also be taken in a very dirty context (remember J. Lo’s crotch flash in Cuba?). But we’ll assume it’s the former.

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Producers Consider Turning American Idol Into The Real World

After getting a whole new set of judges, it looks like the producers of American Idol are considering a full scale reboot of the television staple for the 10th season, turning it into a mutant love-child of Glee and The Real World (with a touch of Road Rules thrown in for good measure). The Hollywood Reporter claims plans are being considered for the Top 12 contestants to live together in a Hollywood mansion, complete with confessional monologues to heighten the drama.

Not only that, but the show runners are also considering making the contestants go on a road trip to Las Vegas and “integrate” into the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show, Love. The show producers have already put Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez on judging panel and made the superstar-hopefuls film their own music videos. What do you think of all this? Are these changes a good thing, or will it stray too far from the show you know and love? We never thought we’d say this, but we’re kind of nostalgic for the days of Simon Cowell’s bitchiness.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Christian Magazine Compares Simon Cowell To Jesus

In news that will no doubt make Simon Cowell’s Christmas, a Christian group is comparing him to Jesus Christ. Yes, that Jesus Christ. Maybe they thought X-Factor was short for Christ-Factor. Re, the official magazine of the Assemblies of God church, claims that Cowell’s no-nonsense tough-love style is very similar to the way Christ would have behaved. We can only imagine how this makes Paula Abdul feel.

“Jesus, the one we think of as being meek and mild, gentle and loving and full of compassion, had the ability to talk tough,” explains the faith based periodical. “Some of his words were upsetting and difficult to swallow – just like Cowell’s – but he spoke truth and doesn’t the truth hurt sometimes? Simon Cowell takes, learns from them and grows in the process, and there are numerous stories in the Bible of people who do the same.” Wow, well thank goodness he’s using his powers for good! Think of all the gifts Simon has given us: Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Susan Boyle, just to name a few. But then again, he did spring William Hung on an unsuspecting world. The Simon works in cruel and mysterious ways.

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Kara DioGuardi Is Writing A Memoir For Some Reason

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America’s fifth-favorite American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi, is writing a memoir. Why? Who knows! We’ve given up trying to understand anything Kara does or says.

Radar Online reports that the songwriter/judge/fan of sparkle makeup in her cleavage has written a memoir called A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, And American Idol which will be released on April 26, 2011. (Pending any copyright infringement issues she may have to deal with from the Helluva Good Cheese people, obviously.) The book is meant to “inspire others to take chances and succeed” while also possibly revealing what life is like when you work with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul and have bikini sing-offs for a living. We look forward to seeing this book in Barnes And Noble bargain bins for years to come.

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More Changes To Come At American Idol! Does Anyone Care?

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We’re really curious to see what all the new changes at American Idol will mean for the show in it’s tenth season. From certain angles, the show seems dead already, but from others, it’s obvious that the producers and judges are desperate to breathe new life into it. But will it work? Producer Nigel Lythgoe hopes so, and he’s made a few changes to keep us interested.

In an effort to keep the audience engaged, Lythgoe has cut out the round of 24 episodes, saying “I didn’t think [the top 24] were very good, I was bored with them by the time they got there,” so instead, we will see the audition process and then immediately proceed to the Top 12. That works for us! In addition, it’s been revealed that Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, will serve as a resident mentor to the contestants. Not sure if this means we’ll lose the pop-star mentors of yore (if so, we shall miss you Harry Connick, Jr. and Shania Twain…but not you, Jamie Foxx), but it seems like a they’re taking bigger steps toward creating a star with staying power and industry savvy, unlike most of the past Idol winners. In addition, the contestant’s minimum age age been lowered to 15, creating a larger pool to pick from.

The show debuts on January 12, at which point we’ll know for sure just how crazy/good/bad the new judges and format changes are.

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Fantasia’s Night Of A Thousand Wardrobe Changes

We’re psyched  to see that Fantasia Barrino is back in action and has taken her “Back To Me” tour on the road after struggling with a whole mess of personal issues earlier this year. The tour kicked off on November 4th and, judging from some of the shots taken over the weekend at a show in Miami, Fantasia is on a mission to entertain her fans in every way possible. The bounty of outfits on display was worth the price of admission. (And boy, these American Idol winners sure know how to work a wardrobe change, don’t they?)

Check out all of Fantasia’s looks in our gallery and decide for yourself which one is the best – we think the one above is our favorite.

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by (@hallekiefer)

Attention American Idol Contestants: Keep Your Filthy Mouths Off J.Lo’s Songs

As if you weren’t taking your life in your hands by trying out in the first place, now J. Lo warns American Idol contestants against auditioning with one of her songs…or else.  “It was cute, super entertaining and flattering, but no,” says Jennifer Lopez of fools who’ve already dared mangle classic gems like “Waiting For Tonight” with their braying donkey voices.  We bet J.Lo must have been sweating in her Louboutins listening to her own songs, afraid that America would realize other people don’t need Auto-tune, eight producers, backing vocals and varsity lip synching skills to make most of her tunes listenable. Which has us thinking  negotiations to hire J.Lo as a judge  took so long because she kept demanding a trap-door that would open over a pit of ‘gators when the opening bars of “Jenny From The Block” started to play.

“They know we’re not out to cut them down or make a joke of them,” J.Lo says of the auditioning masses, “We’re trying to mentor them to the next step.” We’ve all seen the audition shows, Jenny; they are 95% about cutting delusional people down. Cutting people down and occasionally making fat guys in Princess Leia costumes get their backs waxed. It’s actually a blessing in disguise contestants can’t sing Jenny’s tunes.  Humiliating yourself on national TV is one thing, but adding “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” to the mix? Sometimes you have to protect people from themselves.

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Yodel-y, Condescending Songwriting Show In The Works

It’s hard for us to hear any news about Kara DioGuardi without frowning. That’s because news about Kara DioGuardi means she, as a public figure, has not yet become obsolete. She was eaaaasily our least favorite American Idol judge, there was just something so smug about her comments and her be-glittered decolletáge that rubbed us the wrong way. DioGuardi is back though, America! In 2011, she’ll be the judge of a new singer-songwriter show on Bravo called Going Platinum. And if Kara’s star power isn’t enough for you, the show will be hosted by Jewel! (All together now: “Who will hoo-ee-oost your show?”) And the contestants will all live together in a house! And have their lives taped. To find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting musical.

DioGuardi explains that the show is more creative and less performance-based than Idol, and says “I am happy to be a part of a show that helps up and coming songwriters pursue their dreams, while giving the public a look into the creative process.” And here we thought Bravo already found the world’s greatest songwriter in Countess Luann De Lesseps, whose song “Money Can’t Buy You Class” has been stuck in our heads for about a year now.

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Crystal Bowersox Got Married

Two weeks after announcing she was engaged, Crystal Bowersox has gotten married. The American Idol singer wed her beau, Brian Walker, yesterday in Chicago at the venue where they met at an open mic night six years ago. Though they’ve known each other for that long, they only just struck up a romance this summer and quickly took things to the next level.

Bowersox Tweeted yesterday, forgetting her new identity temporarily “Officially mamasox!!!” and a few minutes later corrected herself I meant walkersox!!!!! Hahaha that’s hillarious. :)”

She and Walker were surrounded by about 60 friends at the ceremony including fellow Idol Top 10 performer Didi Benami and Bowersox’s son, Tony. Congratulations to the new family!


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It’s An Idol Diva Battle, J.Lo Vs. Seacrest

We should have seen this coming – Jennifer Lopez, the world’s most notorious diva, what with her crazy tour rider and rumored demands from the American Idol producers, is reportedly clashing with Idol‘s other diva Ryan Seacrest.

A source said the tension between Seacrest and Lopez has arisen over everything from dressing rooms to who is going to receive top billing on the show. The source says “Ryan was the one who first suggested Jennifer, but now he’s starting to regret it, because she’s acting like she’s a much bigger star than he is. Ryan knows the diva behavior is likely to get worse before it gets better. Producers are trying to get them to make peace, but their egos are both pretty big.” Sounds like someone used up the last of the blonde highlights, and someone else stole all the tooth-whitener in a fit of vengeance.

Don’t you wish it was the olden days of two years ago when Ryan, Paula, Simon and Randy were just one big happy family and there was no one else involved? Back when the most drama on-set was Simon calling someone dreadful and wondering if Paula was drunk? We miss that.