American Idol

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VIDEO PHOTOS Jax wears The Dress on American Idol

Tonight was the Top 8 girls performances on American Idol and Jax all but guaranteed her performance would be memerable by wearing “The Dress” that took the internet (and the recesses of my brain) by storm last week! Keep reading to watch an HD clip of her performance and the reactions of the judges as well as Ryan Seacrest afterward. PLUS, lots of photos and some rather funny post-performance tweets!

REPORT Harry Connick Jr. signs on as new American Idol judge

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Singer (and super-hunky sexpot — I’m just sayin’) Harry Connick Jr is reportedly inking a deal to become the newest American Idol judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. The Hollywood Reporter, who has been all over the Idol personnel changes, says Harry joined Keith, J-Lo and former judge (now mentor) Randy Jackson at a celebratory shindig hosted by the show’s producer, Simon Fuller, where they all toasted the forthcoming announcement.

Former American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini says he “skips meals” so his family can eat

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American Idol alum Justin Guarini, who was runner up to Kelly Clarkson in the first season of the hit competition singing show, is going through a rough time. Just last Sunday he appeared on Oprah’s Where Are They Now Show describing how hard it was to experience failure after achieving pretty massive success in the world of pop music. He also took to his website this week to vent about his family not always having enough food to eat, and being terrified of his financial situation. After People magazine and other sites picked up his blog posting, he deleted it and complained on Twitter. “Obviously you completely missed the point of my letter @peoplemag,” he tweeted. “News isn’t news anymore, and I’m nowhere near poverty. #twistedmytruth’.”

Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj both announce they’re leaving American Idol today

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Fox’s former flagship competition series American Idol continues sinking as both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj announced today they are jumping ship and won’t be back next season. Keep reading for both of their announcements as well as the statements from Fox and Idol producers on both Mariah and Nicki’s departures. Now begins what the show seems to be all about now, which is a competition show for judges competing to judge a singing competition show.