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Lauren Alaina Sings For Her Mother, Wins Over the Judges, on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 12:02AM
Lauren Alaina, 'American Idol'It was a night of wall-to-wall music on a special Tuesday installment of 'American Idol' (Tue., 8PM ET on FOX). With but a single hour to pack in three rounds of competition between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, there was hardly time to even get judges' comments in, much less create emotional moments.

For the third round, though, Alaina managed to do just that with a perfectly suited song: 'Like My Mother Does.' In-house mentor Jimmy Iovine chose the song, which we're told will become her single if she wins the season. We have a feeling it might just get released even if she comes in second, though.

Ironically, 'Like My Mother Does' was first released first on Season 7 finalist Kristy Lee Cook's album.

The 'American Idol' Season 10 finale airs Wednesday, 8PM ET on FOX.

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'American Idol': Jimmy Iovine Tells Lauren to Steal Pia's Votes and Bury Miley Cyrus (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 11:59PM
will.i.am & Jimmy Iovine, 'American Idol'Will.i.am was back this week, working alongside Jimmy Iovine in the mentoring sessions with the contestants on 'American Idol' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX). It was a good thing he was there, too, as he tempered some of Iovine's more aggressive suggestions and responses.

Iovine was very demanding this week, telling Casey Abrams, James Durbin and Jacob Lusk to change their songs -- though only one of them actually listened. He didn't suggest Lauren Alaina change her choice, but he told her she needed to out-sing Miley Cyrus on 'The Climb.'

"You're a much, much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus," he told Alaina to her embarrassed horror. "You gotta bury her on this song."

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Casey Abrams Rejects the Pop Star Mold with a Jazz Standard on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2011 11:30PM
Casey Abrams, 'American Idol'It was a night of rejecting authority as several of the contestants on 'American Idol' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) decided to forge their own destinies. Casey Abrams turned down Jimmy Iovine's suggestion that he change up his song choice, sticking with Nat King Cole's jazz standard 'Nature Boy.'

With the upright bass by his side again, he kept it mostly smooth, though he couldn't keep the creepiness out of some of those facial expressions. It was a risky move on what's proven to be as much a popularity contest as a singing competition.

The judges loved it, but this season that doesn't mean much either. It was a song most people won't be familiar with, and a very mellow departure from Abrams' usual fare. But was it too much of a departure?

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Will J.Lo Be the New Simon Cowell? More About the 'American Idol' Judges Shake-Up

by Sharon Knolle, posted Sep 22nd 2010 6:45PM
Now that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have been officially confirmed as 'American Idol' judges for season 10, what other shakeups can we expect?

Try, no more guest judges or mentors. And no more forcing everyone to sing disco.

Here's the top tidbits TV Squad learned at this morning's press conference.

Who's the new Simon Cowell?
"We're not looking to replace Simon," insisted Fox executive Mike Darnell. 'Idol' producer Nigel Lythgoe added, "It isn't about role playing. It's about being yourself. That was Simon's character and [the new judges] are going to stay true to their characters."

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Nigel Lythgoe and Music Producer Jimmy Iovine Sign Deals with 'American Idol'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 5th 2010 6:35AM

Nigel LythgoeSo, 'Idol'-watchers: ready for yet more updates? According to The Los Angeles Times, Nigel Lythgoe has inked a deal to return to the show as executive producer and that music producer Jimmy Iovine has signed on for a "significant" role on the show. It's rumored that Fox will make an announcement later today, so stay tuned.

Although Lythgoe hasn't commented on the deal, it's understood that he'll run the show alongside current executive producer -- and his close friend since childhood -- Ken Warwick, but probably won't return as a judge. Similarly, music industry insider Iovine is also unlikely to be a judge, but instead will be "a mentor of sorts" to the contestants.

Iovine has worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Dr. Dre and Eminem over his lengthy career, and his deal with the show comes after 'American Idol' switched record labels from Sony Music to Universal Music Group. Iovine is chairman of UMG's Interscope Geffen A&M label.

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