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Ellen DeGeneres Newest American Idol Judge

Ellen Degeneres

"I am going to be the new judge on American Idol," Ellen DeGeneres announced on her talk show on Wednesday.

It was no joke: has confirmed that DeGeneres is set to take on a full-time, permanent judging spot on Fox's hit reality series. read more

Idol's Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

Danny Gokey

American Idol Season 8 finalist Danny Gokey is going a little bit country.

The singer, who finished third in the reality competition, has signed a record deal with 19 Records/RCA Nashville, according to USA Today.

Avril Lavigne Will Guest-Judge American Idol

Gokey's deal marks the first time in Idol history that ... read more

Avril Lavigne Will Guest-Judge American Idol

Avril Lavigne

Pop-punk rocker Avril Lavigne will sit behind the judges' table during American Idol's Season 9 audition tour.

See photos of Lavigne

Lavigne will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi at the Los Angeles auditions later this week, Fox announced. Lavigne will judge the first day of auditions; the second will be handled by Katy Perry, whose appearance was previously announced but never scheduled.

Check out photos of the Idol judges

Lavigne and Perry join ... read more

Kristin Chenoweth to Guest-Judge American Idol

Kristin Chenoweth

American Idol is going to get Wicked good: Kristin Chenoweth is the latest star to join the rotating panel of celebrity ...
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Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date

Kris Allen

Mark your calendars: Kris Allen's debut disc has a release date.

"Hey guys! The album is set to release Nov 17th," the Season 8 American Idol champ announced via Twitter.

Watch Kris answer readers' questions

Ever the tease, Allen ...
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Paula Abdul's Manager: "No Discussions Whatsoever" Regarding Idol

Paula Abdul

If you're hoping Paula Abdul and American Idol execs will kiss and make up before the new season, her manager has some sad news.

Check out what Fox said about Abdul's exit

David Sonenberg, Abdul's manager, says the ex-judge isn't even talking with her former Idol bosses again ... read more

Joe Jonas Signs On as Idol Guest Judge

Joe Jonas

The American Idol machine is hard at work: the show has just nabbed Joe Jonas as a guest judge.

Get the latest on Idol's new guest judges and Paula Abdul's departure

Jonas has signed on to serve as a guest judge alongside ... read more

Shania Twain to Guest-Judge American Idol

Shania Twain

Country superstar Shania Twain will be a guest judge on American Idol, has confirmed.

Twain will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi when the show begins auditions in Chicago, which begin on... read more

Mary J. Blige Signs On to American Idol

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige will be a guest judge on American Idol this season.

Blige, the Grammy-winning Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul, will... read more

Simon Cowell Near Deal for Three Years of Idol

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is close to finishing a deal that would keep him at American Idol's judges' table through 2011, earning $45 million for each of the next three seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new deal includes the upcoming season — the final year in Cowell's current contract, which he had hinted could be his last — said Robert Sillerman, the CEO of... read more

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