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September 23, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
WITH a ridiculous amount of pomp for so unmomentous an announcement, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will join Randy Jackson as "American Idol" judges next season. All that was missing was a shark for the show to jump over. "This is 'American Idol'!" host Ryan Seacrest said after the new judges joined him on stage at the Forum in Los Angeles, where the final national audition for next season's televised karaoke contest was held yesterday. Tyler said he wanted to join the show because "it's being a part of something much bigger than yourself.
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June 8, 2004
RE ELLEN GRAY'S "American Idol" piece: I am sick of hearing how "great" Fantasia is when only a few short weeks ago, Simon Cowell hit the nail on the head by calling her a "duck on helium. " Oh what a difference a month makes! Originality? Does the name Macy Gray or the words "one-hit wonder" mean anything? I also had to laugh at her comment that all Clay did was change his hair. Have you seen his "Idol" audition and watched him since then? No one has made a more radicial change than Mr. Aiken.
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May 24, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand
Phillip Phillips, the 21-year-old from Leesburg, Ga., was anointed the winner of the 11th season of American Idol on Wednesday night. A fan and judges' favorite, the easy-going singer sailed through the competition, never landing among the weekly bottom three. By way of contrast, Jessica Sanchez, the 16-year-old from Chula Vista, Calif., whom Phillips prevailed over in the finals, was actually eliminated by viewer votes more than a month ago but was brought back by the judges.
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January 16, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Fox 29.   PASADENA, CALIF. - One fewer judge, way less drama. Or so it seemed as the new three-judge panel for this season's "American Idol" met with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings. The same session a year ago turned out to be largely about parsing the relationship - or nonrelationship - between then-judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. This year, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newbie judge Harry Connick Jr. got to talk about all kinds of things.
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May 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania,  Kanye West  now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
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January 28, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
After four - failed - auditions for American Idol , Junhow Wei got the message that he probably wasn't going to be a pop star. But Wei, who is now on the verge of getting his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has found a way to turn his rejection into something positive: a study on how Idol losers deal with bad news. Wei's own reaction the first time he was rejected - anger - was a common one, he said. But, like lots of others, he also decided to try again, a tack he considers more in line with the "meritocratic" ideal that hard work and talent can triumph over lousy odds.
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June 11, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
IS "AMERICAN IDOL" going to become the "Law & Order" of karaoke shows? One of those shows that runs forever and every year or two changes judges? Well, for next season they're changing everything but Ryan Seacrest , and he better watch himself. One day after dismissing its longtime production pair, Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") and Ken Warwick , "Idol" has a new executive producer. Freemantle Media has named Per Blankens , who's been the showrunner for five years on the Swedish edition of "Idol," to head the show.
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January 6, 2016 | Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
I have a confession to make. I used to be an American Idol devotee. Like hard-core, intense, watched every performance and results show, voted. Devoted. But like a lot of people who watched American Idol , I had my moment of disillusionment. I could no longer watch the show that was supposed to democratize the music industry but that instead just ended up churning out the same old, same old. For me, American Idol , which begins its 15th and final season at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox, lost its charm when Crystal Bowersox fell to Lee DeWyze in the ninth season.
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February 2, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
TV shows live by the numbers and die by the numbers. At the moment, American Idol is being gashed with the Nielsen saber. Viewership for the Fox singing contest is down just more than 20 percent from last year at this time, and ratings in the adult demographic (18 to 49 years old) have dropped an alarming 33 percent. The best-case scenario for the network is that this is just a temporary aberration, that fans over time have grown weary of the audition stage, which serves as a long, pointless overture to the season, and that they will return once the real competition begins March 1. "I think American Idol 's slipping numbers reflect fatigue, especially among more engaged, savvy viewers, because the show is incredibly boring this year," Andy Dehnart, editor of the website realityblurred.com, says via e-mail.
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April 4, 2016
Call the Midwife. Season 5 premiere brings the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House to 1961, a year in which we can expect the birth in Poplar of a child with severe deformities to become part of a larger story. 8 p.m. Sunday on WHYY12. American Idol. The singing contest that was once such a ratings juggernaut that other networks referred to it as the "Death Star" ends its 15-season run with a Tuesday-night retrospective, followed by a two-night finale. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday on Fox. The Americans.
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January 28, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
After four - failed - auditions for American Idol , Junhow Wei got the message that he probably wasn't going to be a pop star. But Wei, who is now on the verge of getting his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has found a way to turn his rejection into something positive: a study on how Idol losers deal with bad news. Wei's own reaction the first time he was rejected - anger - was a common one, he said. But, like lots of others, he also decided to try again, a tack he considers more in line with the "meritocratic" ideal that hard work and talent can triumph over lousy odds.
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January 10, 2016
When Elvis Presley died in 1977, legendary rock critic Lester Bangs famously wrote in the Village Voice: "I can guarantee you one thing: We will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis. " Bangs, who died in 1982, was more prophetic than he knew. Because, of course, Elvis is the least of things we can agree on. Depending on your point of view, Presley might be the rock-and-roll king who ignited a sexually liberating youthquake or just another culture-appropriating white guy who took the black man's mojo to the bank.
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January 8, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
"AMERICAN IDOL" began its final season Wednesday night and, over the years, Americans have heard a lot of screeching, listened to a lot of judges' blather, seen a lot of people who could not sing but thought they could, found some occasional talent and voted for a few actual, potential idols. To kick off the last go-around of the popular karaoke contest, Forbes.com released one of its more creative income lists - the top-earning American Idols of 2015. And the winner is . . . Adam Lambert . With $10 million banked in 2015 (well, maybe all of it wasn't banked)
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January 6, 2016 | Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
I have a confession to make. I used to be an American Idol devotee. Like hard-core, intense, watched every performance and results show, voted. Devoted. But like a lot of people who watched American Idol , I had my moment of disillusionment. I could no longer watch the show that was supposed to democratize the music industry but that instead just ended up churning out the same old, same old. For me, American Idol , which begins its 15th and final season at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox, lost its charm when Crystal Bowersox fell to Lee DeWyze in the ninth season.
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January 4, 2016 | Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
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July 30, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Practice 'American Idol' audition Plan to compete for a spot on  American Idol  when the show holds auditions Sunday at the Liacouras Center in Phila.?  Good Day Philadelphia  on Fox 29 (WTXF-TV) may be able to help: You can test your audition song for a panel of local judges on Thursday at the Fox 29 Studio at Fourth and Market Streets beginning at 9 a.m. Three finalists will perform live on Friday's edition of  Good Day Philadelphia , while the winner will get to meet Idol judges  Jennifer Lopez ,  Harry Connick Jr ., and  Keith Urban . Info:  http://bit.ly/1KtUrmN , or look for the "Philly Idol" logo on  www.myfoxphilly.com . Macklemore: I had a relapse Seattle rapper Macklemore says 2014 was a year of very high highs and low lows: He won four Grammys for his LP The Heist but also fell back into drug use. A recovering addict, Macklemore, 32, tells Complex mag he couldn't handle the stresses of success: "The pressure and the fame - everything.
NEWS
May 29, 2015
THE FIRST thing you notice about Justin Guarini is that he looks nothing like he did when he spent several months as a national obsession on the first season of "American Idol. " Gone is the halo of tight, reddish curls that crowned his boyish, clean-shaven face. Today, the 36-year-old Doylestown native sports black hair cut relatively short, a slightly scruffy black beard and a mustache (all of which give him a passing resemblance to 1950s actor Sal Mineo ). And his professional focus, at least for the time being, is no longer mainstream pop music but show tunes from such works as "Wicked" and Stephen Sondheim 's "Company," in which he is starring, tonight through June 21, at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse.
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May 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania,  Kanye West  now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
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January 29, 2015 | Howard Gensler, The Daily News
Contract balks According to the Hollywood Reporter , "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has complained to the California Labor Commission to get out of the contract with 19 Entertainment, the company that signed him from the show. "I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on 'American Idol'," Phillips said. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.
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