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Beyond Harry: 9 More Refreshing Changes Coming to American Idol

Randy Jackson

Can American Idol continue its winning revamp? The reality competition series has already introduced Harry Connick Jr. to the new judging panel, guitar-accompanied auditions, The Chamber, abbreviated Hollywood rounds and even a viewer-decided semifinalist vote. As Idol enters Rush Week -- airing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (8/7c, Fox) -- more changes are on the way to revitalize the teenaged show. read more

Kevin Costner, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder Pay Tribute at Whitney Houston Funeral

Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder

Some 1,500 invited guests descended upon Newark, N.J. to pay their final respects to music legend Whitney Houston on Saturday, with Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys paying tribute to the pop diva. The funeral, called her "homegoing" ceremony on the invitations to the service, took place at New Hope Baptist Church, the same church where Houston first sang as a young girl.

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VIDEO: Watch a Live Stream of Whitney Houston's Funeral

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is going home.

Her funeral, called her "home going" ceremony on the invitations to the service, is taking place Saturday morning at the New Hope Baptist Church in Houston's hometown of Newark, N.J.

Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder to sing at Whitney Houston's funeral; Clive Davis to speak

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Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder to Sing at Whitney Houston's Funeral; Clive Davis to Speak

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's godmother Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will perform at the late pop singer's funeral this Saturday in Newark, N.J., The Associated Press reports.

Houston's longtime mentor, Clive Davis, will speak at the private service, and longtime family friend, gospel singer Marvin Winans, will deliver the... read more

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 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

Idol Vocal Coach Joins Tonight Show Band

Dorian Holley

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has recruited another American Idol player: vocal coach and associate musical director Dorian Holley.

Tonight Show taps Idol's Rickey Minor as band leader

Holley will serve as lead singer of the Tonight Show band starting ...
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Tonight Show Taps American Idol's Rickey Minor as Music Director

Rickey Minor

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has tapped American Idol's Rickey Minor to serve as music director.

Idol's music director will replace Kevin Eubanks, who announced his forthcoming departure on Monday's show. Minor will make his on-air debut on... read more

April 3, 2007: "And Then There Were Nine"

Wow, the good ones get better and the bad ones, well, you get the picture. There were nine contestants going into this week of Idol and as far as I am concerned, there need only be six, possibly five. I will name names at the end. Actually this was a pretty good show. Aside from the aforementioned three or four, the remaining performances were outstanding. I would pay money to see a few of them. Wait, I rescind that. Justin Timberlake (the original one) is performing in L.A. to the tune of $150 a ticket, and that’s before the astronomical fees that that horrific master of tickets adds on to every seat. So by the end of the day, you’d pay over $200 to see JT. I’m not saying he’s not worth it, but I could fly to Hawaii for just a few dollars more, and frankly, Maui sounds blissful by comparison. What I am rambling to say is, if the tickets were a reasonable price, I would go. I would download Melinda, Chris R. and Gina’s performances this week if I could get a... read more

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