Swedish TV producer Per Blankens will replace Nigel Lythgoe as executive producer of American Idol next season, Idol producer FremantleMedia announced Monday.
Blankens has acted as showrunner on Sweden's version of the reality singing competition for five seasons. "He is extremely passionate about Idol and I'm very excited about his ideas and vision for keeping Idol creatively vibrant," Trish Kinane, an Idol executive producer for Fremantle, said in a statement. "He brings the talent and energy needed to keep American Idol strong."
Phillip Phillips' mother Sheryl Phillips was arrested for a DUI on Wednesday, TMZ reports.
It's the first day of shooting American Idol Season 12's Hollywood Week, and the judges are on their best behavior. Sitting side by side at the dais, five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey and three-time nominee Nicki Minaj listen patiently, compare notes and whisper suggestions to each other as dozens of male contestants step forward to sing. Flanked by Aussie country crooner Keith Urban and Idol mainstay Randy Jackson (the only returning judge), the divas reveal a camaraderie that's a far cry from the antagonism they displayed just a few months earlier.
In October, when auditions rolled through Charlotte, North Carolina, cell-phone-video footage of Carey and Minaj arguing over a contestant's performance was leaked on the Internet. "If you say one more disrespectful thing to me, off with your head!" Minaj threatened. "Why do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me?" countered Carey...
Jessica Sanchez may have come in second to Phillip Phillips on American Idol this past May, but she may just come out on top on another Fox show.
The 16-year-old singer is in negotiations for a multi-episode arc on the new season of Glee, TVLine reports.
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After undergoing several kidney surgeries, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will make his comeback performance on July 4 on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, The Associated Press reports.