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Idol to Reveal Partial List of Top 24 on Tuesday

Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell

The top 24 is coming in pieces this year.

Instead of announcing the complete group of semifinalists on Wednesday's show, American Idol will reveal some of the chosen few in a two-hour episode Tuesday.

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American Idol Contestant Cut Because of Criminal Record

Simon Cowell

American Idol has just begun and already one contestant has been booted for bad behavior.

Kirkland, Wash., native Danielle Hayes received a golden ticket to Hollywood Week after her performance of "I'm the Only One" wowed judges Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi in... read more

Is Howard Stern Replacing Simon Cowell on Idol?

Howard Stern, Simon Cowell

Stars are clamoring to replace Simon Cowell at the American Idol judges table, but is America's favorite "shock jock" really one of them?

Howard Stern, 56, is the Idol producers' top choice to replace Cowell, according to The New York Post. The Sirius radio host's hefty contract expires... read more

Video: Ellen DeGeneres Arriving at American Idol's Judges Table

Ellen DeGeneres

After a month of guest judges, including Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth, Ellen DeGeneres permanently joins the judges table on American Idol

Ellen DeGeneres newest American Idol judge

In September, she announced that she'd be joining the hit Fox show, and said she'd be a great judge "because I've spent my whole life being judged. So I know what it's like."

DeGeneres on Idol: I'll be a good judge because I've always been judged

Still, it looks like all you need to do to get through to the live competition is tell Ellen you love her. Check out her debut in the clip below and offer your thoughts on Ellen being a judge:

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Idol's Danny Gokey: Obama Should Replace Simon

Danny Gokey

Change is good for American Idol, according to Danny Gokey. While many fans are dreading Simon Cowell's impending exit, the Season 8 third-place finisher tells that playing musical judging chairs is necessary for the aging Fox juggernaut. "I think in order for Idol to stay alive, they need to reinvent the wheel," he says. "He is irreplaceable, and when you bring someone new on, you don't want them to copycat exactly what Simon did. But you should let their qualities take over and start fresh." Gokey, who will release his debut album, My Best Days, on March 2, already has some people in mind to take Cowell's seat. Find out who he'd nominate for the judges' table, how he hopes to give back through his organization, Sophia's Heart Foundation, and more. Have you been watching Idol?
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Adam Lambert: Fans "Will Definitely Miss" Simon

Adam Lambert

Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert says American Idol audiences "will definitely miss" judge Simon Cowell, who announced this week that the current season would be his last.

Who should replace Simon Cowell on American Idol?

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General Larry Platt's "Pants on the Ground" Hits Idol's Atlanta Auditions

General Larry Platt

He didn't get a ticket to Hollywood, but General Larry Platt got something better: viral fame.

The 62-year-old veteran from Georgia stole the show on Wednesday's American Idol with his rollicking anti-low-rise jeans anthem, "Pants on the Ground."

Sample lyric: "Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground / with the gold in your mouth, hat turned sideways, pants hit the ground"

Click here to watch Platt's audition

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Stars in Waiting: Celebs Clamoring to Replace Cowell, Idol Creator Says

Simon Cowell

The producers of American Idol won't have to search long and hard to find Simon Cowell's replacement: Stars are already clamoring for the chance to sit in the not-yet-vacated seat, says Idol creator Simon Fuller.

Simon Cowell leaving Idol, launching X-Factor

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Simon Cowell Leaving Idol, Launching X-Factor

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol after its ninth season concludes in May, he announced Monday.

Cowell, one of the three original Idol judges, will launch an American version of the British show The X-Factor, which will air on Fox beginning in the fall of 2011, he announced at the Television Critics Association winter tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Simon Cowell will leave American Idol, his brother says

"Where we have come to and what we've agreed is that X-Factor will launch in America in 2011, with me judging the show and executive producing the show," said Cowell... read more

Ellen DeGeneres: Simon's Mean — And I'll Let Him Know It

Ellen Degeneres, Simon Cowell

Ellen DeGeneres is already passing judgment on someone on American IdolSimon Cowell.

"I think he's mean and I think he says things in an insensitive way and I don't think that's the way ...
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