March 11, 2016 |
Rita Wilson is grateful Actor and recently minted songwriter Rita Wilson knew exactly what topic she would tackle if she could write her own songs. "It has to do with being grateful," Wilson once told singer-songwriter (and former American Idol judge) Kara DioGuardi , whom she befriended after learning they had both played Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago . "I was in awe of her talent," Wilson, 59, tells USA Today. She says DioGuardi encouraged her to write.
May 10, 2013 |
LET'S FACE FACTS, the judges on "American Idol" do less actual judging than the "judges" at Philadelphia Traffic Court. Their purpose is to cheerlead and create drama and give viewers some name recognition to latch on to while they learn the names of the new batch of karaoke singers. Judging chemistry is hard to duplicate, and "American Idol" has been floundering around since the original trio of Simon Cowell , Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson , mixing in Kara DioGuardi , Ellen DeGeneres , Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler before adding this year's newbies.
July 25, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — Mariah Carey has landed a seat in the latest game of musical chairs at Fox's "American Idol. " And what a seat it is. The opportunity to sit next to Randy Jackson and a Player To Be Named Later and to say kind or cutting things to young men and women who may or may not be able to sing is expected to bring the pop diva at least a bit more than the $12 million the now officially departing Jennifer Lopez was paid in...
January 20, 2011 |
What would Simon Cowell say? This is the question destined to hover over the 10th season of American Idol - the first without the acerbic Brit passing his trademark judgments on the parade of wannabe pop stars. And hover it did during Wednesday night's Cowell-less kickoff on Fox, as first-time judges Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler seemed to split the loopy-nice, nutty-sincere Paula Abdul personality in half, while chief dawg judge Randy Jackson tried gamely to register the horror and the pity the usually baroquely scary audition rounds demand.
January 19, 2011
AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Channel 29. YOU ALREADY know that "American Idol" is going to be different this year: Simon Cowell is gone (along with Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres), taking with him his Magic Mountain/cruise ship performance similes, his "If I'm being honest" assessments and his very tight T-shirts. Randy Jackson is now, if not top dawg, at least longest-running dawg, sharing the judging with Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.
September 15, 2010 |
REMEMBER WHEN Jennifer Lopez was cool? When her Versace dress at the Grammys rocked the fashion world? When she could hold her own on-screen with stars like George Clooney ? When she had a street name? "American Idol" remembers. To the tune of $12 million, the Fox talent show has nabbed Lopez to fill a seat at the judges' table for the 10th season, sources told People.com. Kara DioGuardi was forced out after one limp season, and the mighty Simon Cowell has moved on. Lopez, like the also-departed Ellen DeGeneres , signed on just for a year, so if things don't work out, there's a graceful exit clause.
September 6, 2010 |
The vacancy light burns brighter than ever now at American Idol . After weeks of rumor, hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi made it official Friday: She's stepping down as a judge on the show, making her exit just behind perennially perky Ellen DeGeneres and darkly demonic Simon Cowell . The rumor mills have ground out the names of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and multitalented singer Jennifer Lopez as likely new colleagues for...
August 24, 2010 |
Fantasia Barrino , 26, says the overdose that sent her to the emergency room on Aug. 9 was a suicide attempt, not an accident. "I didn't have any fight in me. I didn't care about anything. I just wanted out," the American Idol winner tells VH1 in an interview set to air Tuesday, the same day her new CD, Back to Me , is due out. "At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with. " In the chat, which has been excerpted by People.com, Fantasia says she was driven to despair after Paula Cook , the wife of her former lover Antwaun Cook , accused her of destroying the Cooks' marriage.
August 20, 2010 |
AEROSMITH front man Steven Tyler has signed on to become an "American Idol" judge, as the Fox show hustles to replace Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres . At least in this job, the big-haired, bigger-mouthed singer could remain safely seated. He's taken a few nasty tumbles during recent Aerosmith gigs, breaking a shoulder last autumn. His latest unintentional stage dive occurred Tuesday in Toronto as the band was performing "Love in an Elevator. " Video shows Tyler hip-bumping guitarist Joe Perry , who bumps back and sends the spindly rocker flying.
August 20, 2010 |
Could it be true? Could the crisis that has been sinking American Idol really be over? Seems we're halfway there: Variety says Steven Tyler has signed to replace Simon Cowell on Fox's talent show in a top-secret, yet-to-be-announced deal. "Steven is doing [ Idol ]," Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told the Newark Star-Ledger late Wednesday. "The ink is dry on that. " Adds Hamilton, "I don't know if American Idol will be rock-and-roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler.