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David A. to Make Acting Debut: Double-Threat in the Making?

David Archuleta by Kevin Parry/

He can sing, but can he act?

Viewers will get to judge for themselves if David Archuleta has the skills with his upcoming acting debut on iCarly, a Nickelodeon show about a high school student ( Miranda Cosgrove) with a video blog. The Season 7 American Idol runner-up filmed an episode titled "iRocked the Vote" on Thursday, the network confirmed to, following a
People report.

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VIDEO: Idol Alum Constantine Really Wants to Act

Former Idol Constantine Maroulias tells Erin Fox that hes working on a new play called Rock of Ages. But more importantly which David did he support -- Cook or Archuleta? read more

Simon to Settle Audition-Round Ties

Simon Cowell by Michael Becker/Fox

It was one of the first questions that came to mind when American Idol added Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge for Season 8, and now there is an answer. A spokesperson for the Fox juggernaut confirms for that during the audition rounds currently taking place here, there and everywhere, should the quartet of judges vote to a 2-2- tie, Simon Cowell will be the one who decides if a wannabe gets to be moving on to the Hollywood round.
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Jennifer Hudson Engaged to "Punk"

Jennifer Hudson by Leon Bennett/

Jennifer Hudson has found her dream guy.

The American Idol reject-turned-Oscar winner has gotten engaged to I Love New York 2's David Otunga, People reports.

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VIDEO: All Four Idol Judges Talk New Dynamic

By now, most of us have heard the news that American Idol is shaking up their new season by adding a fourth judge to the mix. TV Guide Network caught up with Idol newbie Kara DioGuardi (01:35 mark) to find out what it feels like to join the powerhouse panel. They also got the other judges' take on the formula change. And if you're going through Simon-banter withdrawal, this video will definitely give you your fix.
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Paula Abdul: I'm "Thrilled" About Fourth Idol Judge

Paula Abdul by Steve Granitz/

Paula Abdul says she's "thrilled" about the news that producer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi will be joining her on American Idol this season as a fourth judge.
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New Idol Judge Calls Herself a "Straight Shooter"

Kara DioGuardi by Lester Cohen/

Paula is getting reinforcements.

American Idol is adding Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge this season - which means Paula Abdul will no longer be stuck in the peacemaker role between Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.
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Simon Hints at Big Changes for New Season

Simon Cowell courtesy Fox

"I was a little bored," said Simon Cowell of American Idol's Season 7, indicating that come January 2009, he'll be taking a larger role to change the tenor of the show. The news comes just days after Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe announced that he'd be stepping back from his day-to-day work on Idol to concentrate on international versions of his other hit show, So You Think You Can Dance.
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Archuleta "Crushes" Cook in Single Showdown

David Cook and David Archuleta by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images for Fox

If the American Idol finale showdown between David Cook and David Archuleta was the title fight that Archie's ill-fitting boxing garb suggested, then consider this the rematch. And for now, there's a new champion.According to E!, Archuleta's first single, "Crush," debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 singles chart, a knockout blow to Cook's No. 3 bow in June with "The Time of My Life." Archuleta becomes the first Idol runner-up to best the winner in head-to-head single competition since Clay Aiken outsold Ruben Studdard in 2003."Crush" is the highest-debuting song by an Idol contestant that was never performed on the show, and it joins joining Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" as the only other non-debut single from an Idol to chart at No. 2.But it's not all bad news for David Cook. "The Time of My Life" sold 236,000 digital copies in its opening week, compared to Archie's 166,000. Plus, Cook made SoundScan-era history when 11 of his songs made the Hot 100 at one time, second only t... read more

Daughtry Sings for "First Time" Voters

Chris Daughtry by Jamie McCarthy/

Idol's golden boy, or shall we say platinum boy, Chris Daughtry, has been tapped by CNN to provide the theme song for the network's League of First Time Voters initiative. And what better song to really drive their point home and get people voting for their first time than a cover of Foreigner's hit "Feels Like the First Time." "Getting to rerecord a classic song like this was a real honor for us, and we hope it helps inspire people to vote,” says lead singer Chris Daughtry. "We strongly believe that it doesn’t matter who you vote for, as long as you vote."Foreigner's Mick Jones, who wrote the song back in the late '70s, gave the Grammy-nominated band his seal of approval saying their version is "very cool" and "more than captured the essence of the original."The single, set to premiere on Campbell Brown: Election Center Monday, August 18, will also appear on Daughtry's upcoming expanded version of its album, Daughtry Deluxe, September 9. But the good news is we have the m... read more

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