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American Idol Backstage Report: Jacob Lusk on the Hot Seat

Jacob Lusk

American Idol's gospel-belting Jacob Lusk escaped the hot seat Thursday night. But he's still in a very uncomfortable position: Lusk is caught between judge Randy Jackson, who continually tells him to "put the pedal down," and record mogul Jimmy Iovine, who wants Lusk to tone down his sometimes over-the-top singing style...
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Watercooler: The Idol Judges Need to Toughen Up

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson

Ok, so we've already talked about how much we adore the new American Idol judging panel. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are clearly fans of the show, have oodles of energy and totally crack us up with some of their back and forth. Even Randy Jackson seems a bit looser and happier now that he's free from the rule of Simon and the ridiculousness of Paula.

But mother of all that is Idol, do they know ...
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American Idol Backstage Report: The Simon Factor

Jimmy Iovine

It's taken five weeks, but the studio audience is finally starting to drop the "S" bomb: Simon. He was gone like a puff of black smoke. And in the hoopla surrounding the two new judges — glamour goddess Jennifer Lopez and rock god Steven Tyler — he was almost forgotten.

But that was before Pia Toscano was booted off the show, making it only to ninth place. And the fans, still touchy on the subject, are now trying to place blame. Eavesdrop on their conversations ...
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Report: Idol's Pia Toscano Lands Record Deal

Pia Toscano

Less than two days after her shocking American Idol elimination, Pia Toscano has scored a record deal, Us Weekly reports.

The former Season 10 front-runner has joined Interscope Records, whose chairman is Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine, according to the magazine.

American Idol's Pia: I think Stefano took it worse than I did

"Pia is being signed to a deal with ...
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American Idol's Secret Weapon: Marc Anthony

Naima Adedapo

Record-company executive Jimmy Iovine may be getting the lion's share of the credit for working with American Idol's Season 10 contestants. But the singers revealed after the show Wednesday nigh there is another music-industry heavyweight who's been coaching behind the scenes: Jennifer Lopez's husband, Marc Anthony.

"A lot of the struggle that had been going on in prior performances was that we hadn't adjusted to the 'In Ears,'" says Naima Adedapo, referring to the custom-made earpieces that singers often use to balance out sound levels when they're singing with a live band on a big stage... read more

American Idol: Randy Jackson Toughens Up and the Real Reason Behind J. Lo's Breakdown

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson

Are Randy Jackson's "dawg" days over?

Along with the addition of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, the other biggest change to American Idol's judging table has been the toughening up of the last original judge.

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The New Season of American Idol: Buh-Bye, Dawg-House; Hello, Contestants Younger Than Bieber

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest and Jimmy Iovine

Most living, breathing Americans already know American Idol is undergoing a facelift for its 10th season. Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres are out. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are in. But new judges aren't the only major changes coming. This year will see a campaign against those McSoulful singer-songwriter types, the inclusion of younger contestants, a ban on all "dawgs." (OK, maybe just less of them.)

Before Wednesday's premiere (8/7c on Fox), TVGuide.com breaks down what's new, what's gone and how all these changes will alter the Idol universe... read more

American Idol’s New Judges: "We’re Not Here to Break People Down"

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest and Jimmy Iovine

A year after Simon Cowell announced his departure from  American Idol, the new judges panel stepped onto the same stage in Pasadena, Calif., to talk about how different they are from the caustic British judge.

 "We're not here to break people down, but we're here to guide people through it," Jennifer Lopez said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's winter previews.

Viewers will get to weigh in for themselves on Lopez, fellow new judge Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson when Idol's 10th season premieres on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 8/7c on Fox. Returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe emphasized a focus on not only finding but also mining a "true artist."

Idol auditions: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler bring laughs, critiques and tears

"It's a lot more about searching for that eventual winner rather than... read more

American Idol Names Ray Chew as New Music Director

Ray Chew

Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez won't be the only new additions to this season of American Idol:  Fox's reality juggernaut is bringing Ray Chew in as the show's new music director, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Idol auditions: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler bring laughs, critiques and tears (of course)

Chew, 42, has previously worked as bandleader and musical director for... read more

The Biz: Can the New Judges Save American Idol?

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

Get ready for a kinder, gentler American Idol. That was the first impression from the new panel of judges that Fox finally made official on September 22. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and pop-music diva/actress Jennifer Lopez will join Randy Jackson at the dais when television's top-rated show returns for its 10th season in January.

"I believe in tough love, but ... read more

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