American Idol Archives

August 5, 2009

Paula Abdul announces via twitter she is not returning to Idol

With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #IDOL. I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all.. I'll miss nurturing all the new talent,but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon. What I... [Full Story]

July 21, 2009

Simon Wants Paula!!!

After 8 successful seasons on "American Idol," Paula Abdul's new manager says his client might not be returning to the FOX show. Fellow judge Simon Cowell tells "Extra" he wants her to keep on judging! "Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on 'Idol,'"... [Full Story]

July 14, 2009

Ryan Seacrest Signs $45 Million 'American Idol' Deal

Just days after it was reported that Ryan Seacrest was renegotiating his "American Idol" contract comes news that the host will be back -- and for a lot of dough. On Monday, it was announced that Seacrest, under a three-year contract with CKX, parent of "Idol" production company 19... [Full Story]

December 15, 2008

American Idol May Come Back Revamped

American Idol fans may be in for some changes in the coming season. The Idol fan site posted what it referred to as an internal FOX memo that relayed how the network plans to update the show, according to Access Hollywood. Among the biggest changes: the show will... [Full Story]

November 17, 2008

Freaked by fan death, Paula Abdul plans 'A.I.' exit?

Is Paula Abdul so freaked by the apparent suicide of obsessive fan/"AI" reject Paula Goodspeed near her home that she's thinking of leaving the show? OK reports that Paula Abdul, 45, is hoping to transition out of "American Idol" and into a new TV project. And with the new... [Full Story]

August 25, 2008

"American Idol" adds writer-producer as 4th judge

Top-rated television talent show "American Idol" has added songwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge, joining Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, the Fox network said on Monday. DioGuardi has written and produced songs for many music stars including pop stars Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera... [Full Story]

April 8, 2008

Ryan Seacrest Donates His Paycheck to Idol Gives Back

Ryan Seacrest was in a charitable mood Sunday night: In addition to hosting FOX's Idol Gives Back special, the host also handed over his paycheck for the evening. A source close to Seacrest tells PEOPLE that he wanted to show fans that he was serious about the cause. "When... [Full Story]

April 29, 2007

Former 'Idol' finalist Sierra arrested

Former "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra was arrested early Sunday on felony battery charges for allegedly hitting a man on the head with a heavy glass at a cafe, police said. Sierra, 21, was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly... [Full Story]

April 19, 2007

What we've all settled for as normal has returned... Sanjaya goes...

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April 11, 2007

Till Some Celeb Steps Up.. Heres Sanjaya News

This time tomorrow we'll be discussing how Sanjaya passed again and American Idol is no longer a fair measure of an artist. At the same time I'll start questioning if the Pasta Express has really cut down the time it takes to make pasta. And the judges said... Randy said,... [Full Story]

April 5, 2007

America Voted... So why are you surprised?

The only thing more pitiful than Sanjaya keeping his place among the so so singers and black girls who actual can sing is the amount of outrage people show over his staying power. It's a fucking reality tv show people. It's not exactly a science. Even if I wanted... [Full Story]

March 28, 2007


Thank god Jared got clear shot sof this thing. Each week this Sanjaya kid amazes everyone by not getting kicked off of the AI panel. Beth O, girlfriend of Howard Stern (the radio jockey), said yesterday, on The View, that Howard pleads each week with his listeners to vote... [Full Story]

March 27, 2007

Inmate Idol Rocks Jail House

Jailhouse Rock rose to a whole new level at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Tent City Friday night. The six finalists of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's first ever "Inmate Idle" contest showed off their singing talents before thousands of their fellow inmates. Unlike its televised American Idol counterpart, the sheriff purposely spelled... [Full Story]

March 22, 2007

Haley Scarnato Gets The McPhee Makeover

American Idol contestant Haley Scarnato has gone from Haley who? to the season six version of Katherine McPhee. Last week our friends at TMZ reported that she wore McPhee's old hair extensions She's not in McPhee's league as a signer, but her flesh-baring, possible wardrobe malfunction inspired outfit for... [Full Story]

March 13, 2007

A.I." Contestant Accused of "Masturbating" in Suit

Former "American Idol" finalist Mario Vasquez is facing accusations that he tried to masturbate in front of a male employee in a bathroom on the set of the hit show in February 2005. Shortly thereafter, Vasquez mysteriously dropped out of "Idol," citing personal reasons. According to the lawsuit filed... [Full Story]

March 8, 2007

More Antonella Barba Pictures

With the cutdown to the final 12 nearly upon us this may be the last chance to revel in the phenomenon that is American Idol finalist Antonella Barba. She may not be much of a singer, but she's surely a party girl... See the previous pictures below the jump...... [Full Story]

March 2, 2007

Kellie Pickler Is Blowing Up!

She's getting bigger at both ends. Pickler was the guest performer on the American Idol results show Thursday and she was there to sing her new song and show off significantly bigger body parts - at both ends. While her new bootylicious look may be a result of a... [Full Story]

February 28, 2007

Barba Stays on As American Idol Hussy

American Idol executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, said that Antonella Barba won't be disqualified for pictures of her that hit the internet. And it seems the mediocre singer has gained the support of the shows host and judges. The boys gave statements to USA Today while they were getting their... [Full Story]

February 27, 2007

Friend Says Racy Pix Not 'Idol' Contestant

How can anyone doubt the word of the girls best friend and the crack investigation team of The Star-Ledger of Newark? Amanda Coluccio, who went to hollywood as a contestant with Barba but was later eliminated, says she studied the pictures and said the 'really naughty' ones aren't her. "The... [Full Story]

February 24, 2007

Antonella Barba: American Idol Hussy

Ya gotta love the internet. At the end of this week photo's started to appear of Antonella Barba, the bitchy half of a best friend duo that made it to Hollywood. And they're just porn-a-lishious. The rest are at the jump and I have to stress the NSFW factor. Big... [Full Story]

February 7, 2007

"Idol" Hopeful Nixed from H'wood for Pot Rap?

TMZ with two interesting Idol backround checks. This has got to be disapointing to Akron family who seemed to think they were thisclose to getting their own line of velour track suits. Akron Watson, an "American Idol" contestant from Dallas and one of the feel-good stories of the new... [Full Story]

January 19, 2007

McPhee Lands Coveted Guest Spot

American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee will get to live out a life long dream this weekend when she guest stars on the newest webcast of Lonelygirl15. Oh yea. You read that right. "I followed it from the beginning," McPhee told The Associated Press. "I thought it would be fun... [Full Story]

January 12, 2007

Paula Abdul Flat Out WASTED On Air

Oh. My. God. Showing your snatch is so 2006.. Todays celebs know its all about the pre air Lemoncello... This is almost hard to watch. Almost. Link... [Full Story]

November 14, 2006


Directly after the CMA broadcast, blogs and message boards were abuzz with outrage and shock over the way Faith, normally a down to earth, Southern girl, handled losing to American Idol alumnus Carrie Underwood. Thinking she would somehow help out her friend, Leann posted this message to her official... [Full Story]

August 17, 2006

Justin Timberlake Loves To Hate Idol -- Says Taylor Hicks Can't Sing

Timberlake loves to hate Idol like some people love to hate boy bands. Via AP:Justin Timberlake backtracked from criticism of "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks after telling Fashion Rocks magazine the 29-year-old soul singer "can't carry a tune in a bucket." "I have a strange relationship with that show," Timberlake... [Full Story]

August 8, 2006

Idol Reveals a Season 6 Twist

For the sixth season of American Idol, debuting in January, songwriters as well as singers will get in on the competition. Series creator Simon Fuller tells the Los Angeles Times that songwriters both pro and amateur will be afforded the chance to pen an original tune for the show's... [Full Story]

July 29, 2006

The Idols Meet The President

Photographers scramble to take pictures of U.S. President George W. Bush with the top nine American Idol 2006 finalists in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July 28, 2006. Pictured are (L-R, back row) Jamecia Bennett, recording artist and mother of American Idol finalist Paris Bennett,... [Full Story]

July 20, 2006

Paula Abdul is disgusting

Paula Abduls breasts appear to have maintained the shape of the last teen idol who made himself at home there... Celebrity-Mania... [Full Story]

July 11, 2006

Daughtry Signs Deal

Chris Daughtry, who was voted off the Fox talent contest's fifth edition in an elimination round, has signed with music mogul Clive Davis in conjunction with 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, RCA Records announced Monday. The 26-year-old North Carolina native will form a... [Full Story]

June 22, 2006

Katherine McPhee Battled Bulimia During American Idol

Katherine McPhee's weight was the subject of much water-cooler conversation this season on American Idol. In the new issue of People we find out that it's been a battle for a long time, and was much worse than anyone could have suspected. American Idol's Simon Cowell called runner-up Katharine... [Full Story]

June 14, 2006

McPhee Single Release

Katharine McPhee's single comes out in 2 weeks! Here's the two tracks (studio versions!). Both sound amazing. Somewhere Over The Rainbow My Destiny... [Full Story]

June 9, 2006

Is Taylor Hicks Gay?

Well the National Enquirer wants you to think he's worried about rampant Internet rumors to that effect... American Idol winner Taylor Hicks is caught up in a raging gay sex scandal! The ENQUIRER has learned that the silver-haired 29-year-old bachelor has been the target of nasty homosexual lies on the... [Full Story]

June 6, 2006

McPhee gets a Man

Just Jared gathered a couple of great shots of McPhee and he man. Get it out of your system sweety. Its all oil tycoon from here out. The McBoyfriend is McOld New York, NY :: American Idol season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, 22, has been spotted around SoHo the... [Full Story]

June 2, 2006

Taylor Hicks Scores Big At Wal-Mart

Taylor Hicks belted a couple songs for the Wal-Mart shareholders in Bentonville, Arkansas this morning; and Wal-Mart wisely put the performance online. The short performance paid big dividends for Hicks, as Lee Scott, President and CEO of Wal-Mart, said that after Taylor Hicks' performance, he met with his merchandising... [Full Story]

Tomkat Want AI Star for Wedding

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are rumored to have secretly asked "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee to sing at their upcoming wedding. Actress Holmes reportedly met McPhee at Los Angeles' Church of Scientology, where the singer allegedly attended courses with her boyfriend, and has since become a huge fan... [Full Story]

June 1, 2006

Son hits mom during 'American Idol' discussion

A Plattsburgh man is facing felony charges for allegedly striking his mother in the head with a sharp object hooked to a bicycle chain after she made a comment about "American Idol." Cory K. Favreau, 24, of 200A Margaret St. was discussing the television show "American Idol" with his... [Full Story]

Taylor Hicks Signs Record Deal

From tittletattle: "American Idol" champion Taylor Hicks has signed a contract with 19 Recordings Limited and Arista Records, according to a published report. Simon Fuller, the creator of the British import, owns 19 Recordings Limited, reported on Wednesday. The singer - who polled 36.4 million votes in last... [Full Story]

May 24, 2006

Taylor Hicks Wins "American Idol"

Twenty-nine-year-old Taylor Hicks, from Birmingham, Alabama, was selected as the "American Idol" Wednesday evening at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Hicks's victory appeared sealed when Simon Cowell closed out the Tuesday evening show saying, "You have just won 'American Idol,'" beat out Katharine McPhee for the guaranteed record... [Full Story]

May 23, 2006

The American Idol Final... What Did We Learn?

So the singing is done and the season is drawing to a close. What have we learned? We learned Taylor Hicks is a better entertainer than Katharine McPhee. We also learned that Katharine can sing circles around Taylor with her eyes closed. Now all you Tayor fans, don't have cow...... [Full Story]

American Idol Finale - Taylor Hicks vs. Katharine McPhee

OK America, we're down to the final two - Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee. We've setup this post to allow The Soul Patrol and those with McPhever to duke it out. Trash talking is allowed. Here's what celebrities (and quasi-celebrities) are saying. The Boston Globe runs No to Taylor,... [Full Story]

American Idol Finale - Underdog Katharine McPhee Looks For Upset

Katharine McPhee, consistently written off throughout this season of American Idol, is the underdog going into the season finale, but the sultry, velvet voiced youngster is looking to score an upset victory. For live coverage of the final show from head on over to our American Idol Season Finale... [Full Story]

American Idol Finale - Taylor Hicks Favored To Win

If you're a Taylor Hicks fan this is the spot for you to cheer on the leader of The Soul Patrol in tonight's American Idol. For coverage live coverage of the final show head on over to our American Idol Season Finale liveblog. Note: This comment thread is for... [Full Story]

May 22, 2006

Clay Aiken Performing On American Idol Finale

From Perez via Tittletattle: According to a report from the 'Queen Of All Media,' Perez Hilton, Clay Aiken is set to perform on the American Idol finale this Wednesday night, marking his first high-profile appearance since recent gay allegations made headlines. Perez also reports that Clay is scheduled to... [Full Story]

May 17, 2006

American Idol Shocker! Vote Totals Revealed

Well they didn't exactly reveal the vote totals for the last three contestants, but they did present enough information for us to make some extremely accurate projections. Total Votes: 50.000.000 Taylor Hicks: 16,840,000 (33.68%) Katharine McPhee: 16,630,000 (33.26%) Elliot Yamin: 16,530,000 (33.06%) Elliot's totals were the only ones actually revealed,... [Full Story]

American Idol Finalists Previewed - Hicks and McPhee In, Yamin Out

Based on data from DialIdol and some intuition on our part, here's your American Idol final two: Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee. That's right, it's time for Elliot Yamin to go home. McPhee's stellar version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" will likely be enough to push her past Yamin's... [Full Story]

May 11, 2006

Chris Daughtry Gets Major Break?

BREAKING NEWS FROM TMZ Chris Daughtry will get an offer tonight to front a famous band. It will unfold on the television show 'EXTRA.' Members of the band will appear on the 'EXTRA' set to make the offer. In a stunning turn of events, Daughtry, who was the odds-on favorite... [Full Story]

Chris Daughtry Eliminated From 'American Idol'

Rocker Chris Daughtry was the surprise Idol contestant sent packing tonight, and no one looked more shocked than the other member of the bottom two, Katharine McPhee. Conventional wisdom was that McPhee was going home, even though DialIdol showed her in a dead heat with Daughtry. Daughtry fans can... [Full Story]

May 10, 2006

American Idol Roundup - Save Katherine McPhee!

So the final four edition of American Idol is in the books, jack. It was all Elvis, all the time, but in some cases it was the fat-bloated Elvis, not the young hunky Elvis. Chris Daughtry and Elliot Yamin appeared to have convinced the judges that the deserve to... [Full Story]

May 6, 2006

Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino to Star in Movie

It was announced today that the Season 3 winner of American Idol is starring as herself in the Lifetime Original Movie, 'Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.' Starting production in New Orleans on May 17 and aimed for an August premiere, the pic is being... [Full Story]

May 3, 2006

American Idol's Bottom Two Previewed

Based on data from DialIdol data and a little prognostication, here's our projection for the bottom two on the round of 5 Idol contestants this evening. For the second week in a row we're predicting that Paris Bennett will be the Idol contestant sent packing; though we're not at all... [Full Story]

May 2, 2006

American Idol's Taylor Hicks' Drug Arrest Detailed

On the same day as he sang for a chance to advance to the final four in this year's American Idol, Taylor Hicks' college arrest for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia is detailed in Star Magazine. The Birmingham, Ala., native was a 21- year-old student at Auburn University... [Full Story]

April 28, 2006

Katharine McPhee Vs. Whitney Houston

On Wednesday's results show, in which Kellie Pickler got the boot, the judges; notably Simon Cowell; apologized to Katharine McPhee for their harsh assessment of her rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing." Which got me to wondering; what if McPhee really was comparing herself to Whitney by singing... [Full Story]

April 26, 2006

American Idol's Bottom Three Previewed

Based on data from DialIdol data and a little prognostication, here's our projection for the bottom three on the round of 6 Idol contestants this evening. It was another stinker from Kellie Pickler and the judges didn't like Katharine McPhee's take on Whitney Houston (though everyone seems to have liked... [Full Story]

Katharine McPhee's American Idol Wardrobe Malfunction

The week of 6 finalists on American Idol was full of fireworks, waterworks, and robots... First the Katherine McPhee panty shot, as detailed earlier on the main page at Wizbang. And now (via now we can add video of the performance... And high definition screen caps.. And one from... [Full Story]

April 19, 2006

American Idol's Bottom Three Previewed

Based on data from DialIdol data and a little prognostication, here's our projection for the bottom three on the round of 7 Idol contestants. While DialIdol has Chris Daughtry a little below Kellie Pickler, Kellie's unbelievably bad performance last night will probably land her in the bottom three. Fear not... [Full Story]

April 9, 2006

American Idol does Queen, Freddy Mercury rolls over twice

My wife and I sat around this week debating what Queen songs the various American Idol kids will do next week, and we came up with a list that we think they *should* do. Here's what we'd like to see:... [Full Story]

April 5, 2006

American Idol's Bottom Three Previewed

Based on data from DialIdol, here's a projection for the bottom three on the round of 9 Idol contestants. Interestingly Fox didn't use the camera trickery and soft lighting for Mandisa this week, and America was reminded how morbidly obese she really is. Given the so-so performances up and down... [Full Story]

March 22, 2006

American Idol's Bottom Three Previewed

Courtesy of the revived, the predicted final three for the Wednesday March 22, 2006 round of 11 elimination are: Lisa Tucker, Bucky Covington, Kevin Covais Note: These predictions are based on the number of busy signals tallied for the 11 American Idol contestants phone numbers by users of the... [Full Story]

March 9, 2006

Kellie Pickler's 'Dumb Blond' Act Is Wearing Thin

Maybe it was the cheesy, "Pick Pickler" slogan, maybe it is the eerie similarity to last years winner Carrie Underwood, or maybe it is her reported bitchiness in Hollywood, but something about Kellie Pickler has stuck a sour note among dedicated American Idol watchers. Based on last night's performance,... [Full Story]

February 23, 2006

American Idol Finalist Becky O'Donahue In Steamy Maxim Shoot

Becky O'Donahue might not stack up to the competition in this years American Idol finals, but she's most assuredly more stacked than most of the teen contestants. Turns out she's quite the little reality TV whore, appearing previously on Fear Factor with her twin sister Jesse (seen during the... [Full Story]

February 19, 2006

Kelly Clarkson Bares All...

In the Kelly Clarkson blog. Here's the now deleted first entry...2.17.06 - Crazy Time In London Wow, it's nuts Seriously though, this blog is due to open in the next week or so.OK, so Kelly doesn't have a lot to say yet. She's did make news at the Grammys for... [Full Story]

February 9, 2006

American Idol beats Grammies

Drudge reports that people would rather watch amateurs making fools of themselves for our viewing pleasure than highly-paid celebrities making fools of themselves. Slow news day leads to giganimus banner. See it while you can, because they'll change it as soon as Howard Dean bites the head off a... [Full Story]

January 25, 2006

The Many Faces Of American Idol's Rhonetta Johnson

American Idol's foul mouth hoochie-shaker Rhonetta Johnson is already a star in Charlotte, North Carolina - at least with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's office. Two months before the American Idol auditions rolled into Greensboro, North Carolina in October of 2005, Johnson was arrested in the Charlotte area. She was... [Full Story]


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