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Behind the Scenes: American Idol Gets Back in Tune for Season 13

Ryan Seacrest, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr.

It's called The Chamber. Several crew members have nicknamed it the Sweatbox. But to American Idol hopefuls, this new photo booth-size capsule is the first stop on their journey to fame and fortune. Host Ryan Seacrest ushers the ...
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American Idol: Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez Join as Judges; Jackson Returns as Mentor

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

At long last, Fox has confirmed the judges panel for American Idol's upcoming 13th season — which, as previously reported, will consist of Keith UrbanJennifer Lopez and newcomer Harry Connick Jr.

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Report: Harry Connick Jr. in Talks to Join American Idol

Harry Connick Jr.

Has American Idol found its third judge?

Harry Connick Jr. is reportedly in talks to join the Fox reality show, according to E! Online. Connick... read more

Report: Dr. Luke Officially Joins American Idol Judging Panel

Dr. Luke

Dr. Luke has officially signed on to be the third judge on American IdolE! Online reports. He'll join returning judge Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the panel.

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Report: Randy Jackson May Replace Jimmy Iovine as American Idol Mentor

Randy Jackson, Jimmy Iovine

Randy Jackson may be back on the next season of American Idol after all. 

According to Deadline, Jackson is in talks to return to the show to replace Jimmy Iovine as a mentor. read more

American Idol: Which Top 3 Performance Moved Nicki Minaj to Tears?

Angie Miller

It's all about the Top 3 on American Idol this week. OK, maybe not just the Top 3. As host Ryan Seacrest observed, "Somebody hasn't had many carbs this week; looking good, Mariah!"

Wednesday's bloated episode featured the finalists singing three songs each that were chosen for them: The first by mentor Jimmy Iovine, the second by the judges panel and the last by the Idol production team. Random. Also, we get to see the finalists' hometown visits, which were all very touching.

So how did they do? Let's break it down:

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American Idol: Who Are the Top Three?

Kree Harrison

No sneaky twists this week — someone was definitely sent home from American Idol Thursday night. Who was it? Keep reading to find out.

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Exclusive: In the Studio With American Idol's Final Four

Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison

It's a gorgeous spring Saturday in Hollywood, but instead of soaking up the sun at the pool of the Sunset Marquis, the final four American Idol contestants are tucked away in the hotel's basement recording space, NightBird Studios. When Angie Miller fails multiple times to hit a particularly high note in the Jessie J song "Who You Are," an assistant brings... read more

American Idol: Who Went Home? What Was the "Twist"?

Candice Glover and Angie Miller

Personally, I was hoping the "twist" on American Idol that Ryan Seacrest had teased repeatedly this week was going to be that the show would just crown Amber Holcomb the winner four weeks early and call it a day. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. So, what was the surprise? Keep reading to find out.

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American Idol: Who Got Into a Shouting Match?

Angie Miller

American Idol owes Candice Glover an apology.

The judges' critique of Candice's second performance Wednesday was hijacked when a shouting match erupted between the panelists and Jimmy Iovine over Amber Holcomb — whom some are calling this season's pre-ordained winner. As Candice stood by awkwardly, waiting to hear the judges' thoughts on her performance, host Ryan Seacrest brought Iovine out from backstage to explain his comments that the judges "missed the point" of Amber's take on "MacArthur Park." read more

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