American Idol

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.

VIDEO Did Mariah Carey lip sync during the American Idol finale?

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Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American Idol season 12 last night, but today, she’s not who everyone is talking about. Instead, the AI judges are once again in the spotlight as Mariah Carey’s seven-minute medley performance is receiving criticism from viewers accusing her of lip syncing the whole thing. Keep reading for some of the harsh comments and a statement from Mariah’s rep insisting she was indeed singing. (Video included in case you missed it!)

REPORT Nicki Minaj leaving America Idol

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Nicki Minaj signed on to be a judge for American Idol just before their current season began airing, joining fellow R&B diva Mariah Carey. The two personalities didn’t mesh well to say the least, and many fans feel that their non-stop feuding has taken away from the mission of the show — which is to find America’s top singer, not be a reality show about drama between the judges. With the show’s ratings at an all-time low, producers are feeling the pressure to make a change, and it appears that Nicki Minaj won’t be returning next season.