Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. is returning to American Idol full-time. The former mentor is in the process joining Idol's upcoming 13th season as the third judge, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.
Dr. Luke was originally slated to help replace departing judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj, but he dropped out of negotiations last week due to a conflict with his label at Sony Music. Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun was also rumored to be the next possible frontrunner, but he reportedly passed.
Fox's longtime head of alternative programming Mike Darnell, who helped launch American Idol and Joe Millionaire, is leaving his post after 18 years, he announced Friday.
Nicki Minaj, is that you?
The over-the-top rapper got a makeunder for a recent Elle photo shoot and Minaj admitted that parting ways with her Barbie style, even for a few hours, was hard.
Randy Jackson said Tuesday that this season is a "girls' year" on American Idol — but not if the Top 10 guys have anything to say about it. Taking the stage for their performances on Wednesday's show, the male semifinalists showed that they, too, are a force to be reckoned with. While the guys' group lacks standouts like Kree Harrison and Candice Glover from the girls, most of the male singers are delivering solid B-worthy performances and can hold their own.
Theo James, Chi McBride
Midseason scheduling can be so confusing. If I had a dollar for every reader e-mail wondering where the heck Vegas disappeared to — the answer: It's off for two weeks to allow the new Golden Boy to benefit from an NCIS lead-in, but will return next Tuesday — I could afford another vacation. Which is where I was when Golden Boy premiered, so here are a few thoughts on the second episode (10/9c) before the show moves to its regular Friday time period (9/8c) this weekend.
Katie Couric and Jennifer Lopez
Did Katie Couric just spill the beans on the new American Idol judges?
The former Today and CBS Evening News host seems an unlikely candidate to get the news first, but in an interview airing on her...
As reports swirl about just who will be sitting next to Mariah Carey on American Idol, one name you won't see is Katy Perry.
The "California Gurls" singer turned down a $20 million offer to join the show for Season 12, TMZ reports. That's...
Nicki Minaj. Keith Urban
Is the American Idol name game maybe, possibly, almost done? (Please say yes, please say yes).
After weeks of furious speculation about who would sit next to Mariah Carey, which has included everyone from Nick Jonas to Kanye West to Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are nearing deals to join Idol, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Alanis Morissette: "I have been in conversations" for American Idol
Minaj, 29, will reportedly take home...
Is American Idol about to play host to the weirdest '90s mash-up ever?
Rocker Alanis Morissette confirms that she is in talks to sit next to '90s pop princess Mariah Carey at the judges table.
Is Kanye West joining American Idol?
"Yes, I have been in conversations about it, and that's the degree to which I can share the info right now," Morissette told CNN Tuesday."I live to mentor, so my heart is much more open to the idea of that than even 10 years ago when I, perhaps, wasn't in a position to be able to offer much advice, solicited or otherwise. [B]ut I love watching people and...
Kanye West is the latest name being thrown into the mix to join American Idol next season, TMZ.com reports.