Change is good for American Idol, according to Danny Gokey. While many fans are dreading Simon Cowell's impending exit, the Season 8 third-place finisher tells TVGuide.com that playing musical judging chairs is necessary for the aging Fox juggernaut. "I think in order for Idol to stay alive, they need to reinvent the wheel," he says. "He is irreplaceable, and when you bring someone new on, you don't want them to copycat exactly what Simon did. But you should let their qualities take over and start fresh." Gokey, who will release his debut album, My Best Days, on March 2, already has some people in mind to take Cowell's seat. Find out who he'd nominate for the judges' table, how he hopes to give back through his organization, Sophia's Heart Foundation, and more.
TVGuide.com: Have you been watching Idol?
Gokey: A little bit. I've been on the road ...
We Are the World recording session
More than 70 stars came together Monday to lend their voices to a remake of "We Are the World" to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti.
"Everybody left their ego at the door," Quincy Jones said, according to Reuters, referring to a sign he hung over the studio door during the 1985 recording of the original, which he co-produced.
Stars to re-record "We Are the World" for Haiti
The roster of celebrities ...
Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift
Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys are among the heavy hitters participating in Friday's "Hope for Haiti" telethon.
Find out who else will be featured.
Wyclef Jean defended his charity and called for an evacuation of Haiti's capital, The Associated Press reported.
Wyclef Jean's plea for urgent earthquake relief in Haiti: "We must act now"
"Port-au-Prince is a morgue," Jean said during a New York City press conference. With tears running down his face, the Haitian-born music star recounted his recent trip to his homeland, where he collected the corpses of small children and adults from the streets.
"We need to migrate at least 2 million people," Jean said. "I give you my word, if I tell them to go, they will go. But they need somewhere to go to."
MTV plans "Hope for Haiti" telethon
During the conference Monday, Jean also defended his charity, Yele Haiti Foundation, which recently came under fire by The Smoking Gun for its practices.
"Have we made mistakes before? Yes. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? ...
George Clooney, Wyclef Jean
MTV will present "Hope for Haiti," a telethon that will be simulcast on numerous networks Jan. 22 at 8/7c.
Celebrities encouraging donations for Haitian relief efforts
The two-hour, commercial-free special — on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT — will be headlined by ...
Wyclef Jean is pleading for people to "act now" to help victims of the devastating 7.0 Haitian earthquake, which officials feared could leave thousands dead.
"Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced," the Haitian-American music star wrote on his blog. "I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this ...
Jackie Taylor may be gone, but she's definitely not forgotten. On Tuesday's 90210 (8/7c, CW), Silver (Jessica Stroup) will honor her late mother — who died from breast cancer in the Nov. 17 episode — by becoming a Ford Warrior in Pink and participating in a Race for the Cure run for breast cancer research. The story line happened "organically," Stroup tells TVGuide.com, as the show and Ford teamed up to raise awareness and educate the show's young female fans about the disease. "When they came to us and said, 'Would you want to participate in an ad?' I jumped on board," Stroup says. "They incorporated it into the story line and I was all game for it. I loved working with them." Find out what Stroup, 23, hopes fans take away from the episode, what's ahead for Silver's love life and more.