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Univision Picks Up Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony's New Talent Competition Series

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 19th 2011 5:00PM
The leading Spanish-language network Univision, recently picked up '¡Q'Viva! The Chosen,' a Latin American reality talent competition from 'American Idol' creator Simon Fuller, Jennifer Lopez, her soon-to-be ex-husband Marc Anthony and show director Jamie King. (How do you say "awkward" in Spanish?)

"Very soon the world's heart will beat to the tune of Latin rhythms and we're looking forward to experiencing history in the making, Lopez said in a statement. "It is with great pride that we embark on this amazing and very personal mission to discover and celebrate the most captivating talent the world has ever seen."

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Simon Cowell Rips 'American Idol' Creator Over 'X Factor' Lawsuit

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 3:30PM
Simon CowellWhy is 'American Idol' creator Simon Fuller suing over 'The X Factor'? Simon Cowell, the man behind 'The X Factor,' is asking the same question.

Fuller filed a lawsuit against Fox and 'X Factor' producer Fremantle
claiming he is owed an executive producer credit and millions of dollars for the new Fox singing competition.

Cowell, who spent nine seasons judging 'American Idol,' told the Hollywood Reporter he's surprised Fuller is suing. Why? "Because you can't give someone an executive producer's title if they didn't executive produce the show."

"It's like me saying I want to be executive producer on 'The Voice' or 'Project Runway,'" Cowell said.

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Jennifer Lopez Close to Renewing Her 'American Idol' Contract

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 25th 2011 6:45AM
Jennifer LopezIt seems as though the game of cat and mouse that Jennifer Lopez has been playing with 'American Idol' execs all summer may soon be at an end.

According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' Lopez is close to signing a deal that will bring her back to the 'American Idol' judging panel for at least one more season.

When Lopez's original one-year contract -- estimated at $12 million -- expired back in May she said she was "on the fence" about committing to the series for another season, and she's been pitching her own TV talent show to networks.

'Idol' execs, in return, then let it be known that they were lining up possible replacements should they be unable to lure her back.

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'American Idol' Creator Sues Over 'The X Factor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 2:00PM
Simon Cowell, Simon FullerFirst a booted judge and now a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The drama with 'The X Factor' has reached new heights -- before the show even premieres. Simon Fuller, creator of 'American Idol,' is suing Fox and Fremantle North America -- producer of both shows -- for a stake in 'The X Factor.'

"Today Simon Fuller filed a legal complaint against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantle in the State of California over their refusal to honor a 2005 contract that granted Mr. Fuller an executive producer credit and fees on the 'X Factor' television program in the US. Mr. Fuller has prudently attempted to settle this matter privately but the other parties have refused to honor the original contract leaving him no other choice but to pursue legal action," Fuller's publicist said in a statement to Deadline.

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Jennifer Lopez Offers Details on New Latin American Music Show (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Jennifer Lopez Considers Her Chances as an 'American Idol' ContestantJennifer Lopez told Meredith Vieira on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) that she, husband Marc Anthony and 'Idol' creator Simon Fuller are teaming up to create a "docu-journey" where they travel through Latin America and search for singers to star in a Latin music live show.

"We're going to go through Latin American to put together a Latin music show," Lopez explained. "It won't be, like, an auditioning-type show. It's not that type of thing."

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The Return of Nigel Lythgoe: All Change at 'American Idol'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 27th 2010 7:30AM

Nigel Lythgoe, May 2010Two years after he quit, Nigel Lythgoe may be set to return to 'American Idol,' and word is that he's ready to clean house.

According to 'The Hollywood Reporter,' "Nasty Nigel" is close to signing a deal with Fox to be named executive producer. It's reportedly part of the network's "master plan to reboot the show" following declining ratings and mega-judge Simon Cowell's recent departure. And the seats at judges' table are, it would seem, ALL up for grabs under a new regime.

Execs have been scrambling to fill Cowell's chair with a high-profile music industry insider, and the many names so far linked with the spot have included Sean Combs, Quincy Jones, Bret Michaels and Harry Connick, Jr.

The previous front runner was thought to be singer Chris Isaak, but it's now rumored that at the top of 'American Idol' chief Simon Fuller's wishlist are Elton John and Justin Timberlake. And that although Fuller's been after Elton John for some time -- so far unsuccessfully -- Lythgoe could be the one to sign him, or even him and Timberlake.

But what happens to the current judges? Lythgoe told a reporter in April that if he was in charge at 'American Idol' he'd replace all of them, and he also criticized the decision to up the number of judges from three to four, saying it was "distracting" for the viewers. He's on record as saying that his choice as judges would be: Elton John (him again), Paula Abdul and Usher.

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Simon Fuller to Launch 'Dream' Show

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 17th 2009 10:53AM
It's a reality show that will actually be real. And it won't be one weekly episode, shot, edited and promoted for prime time. It'll be a round-the-clock scene, the closest that media has come to creating the world of the Jim Carrey film 'The Truman Show.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'American Idol' mogul Simon Fuller will launch 'If I Can Dream,' a series which follows five young people -- two actresses, one actor, a model and a musician -- hoping to make it in Hollywood. The aspiring entertainers will live together in a home in Hollywood Hills, with their experience to be streamed on MySpace, Clear Channel Radio and Hulu.

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FOX orders season five of So You Think You Can Dance

by Kristin Sample, posted Aug 4th 2008 2:23AM
SYTYCD logoLooks like next summer we are getting another season of So You Think You Can Dance. The dance competition will continue to rule the summer with its fifth season next year.

This shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone -- whether you watch the show or not. It's basically the American Idol of the summertime, the off-season Lythgoe/Fuller powerhouse. The ratings are stellar. Both Wednesday and Thursday telecasts rank number one in their respective time periods in all key demographics. Furthermore, the show has been Emmy nominated, earning four nods this year for choreography by Wade Robson, Shane Sparks, and Mandy Moore.

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The Next Great American Band: Auditions (series premiere)

by JJ Hawkins, posted Oct 20th 2007 10:03AM
The Next Great American Band judges.

(S01E01) Being that I'm an avid viewer of American Idol and So You Can Think You Can Dance, I was pretty sure I knew what to expect with 19 Entertainment's latest reality show, The Next Great American Band.

I expected to see our host and judges traveling around the country giving commentary on some brilliant acts, some mediocre acts, and some atrocious ones for comedic effect. We'd then watch the bands go through a series of auditions where the audience would get a better feel for their talents and some early favorites could take shape.

Finally, the judges would whittle the group down to a dozen or so acts and America would begin casting their votes on who they thought The Next Great American Band was. I figured it would take a good two or three episodes for things to really get moving, but it didn't quite happen that way.

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American Idol's band search to debut in October

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 1st 2007 11:23AM
American Idol castEarlier this year, Ryan Seacrest announced the American Idol-spinoff titled The Next Great American Band. The show would showcase the best garage talent this nation has to offer and let us vote for the next All-American Rejects or, better yet, Doughtry Daughtry.

We reported this spring that the show was trying to be stopped by the producers of the very similar America's Hot Musician. Apparently, the plan didn't work as Fox announced that the show, created by Simon Fuller of Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? fame, is set to debut October 19 according to Reality TV World.

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Idol songwriting competition back on track

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 6th 2007 1:02PM
Carrie UnderwoodDo you write the songs that make the whole world sing? Do you write the songs of love and special things? Do you write the songs that make the young girls cry? If so, you could be the next person to have your dreams come true courtesy of American Idol.

Producer Simon Fuller announced the launch of American Idol's much anticipated songwriting competition, that was first on, then probably off, but now definitely back on. The contest gives one lucky songwriter the chance to write the single that will be heard by millions on Idol's grand finale show.

Fuller said, "Having an undiscovered songwriter create the winner's single seemed like a natural next step for our show . . . This show has always been, and will continue to be, all about fulfilling dreams."

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Report: Posh Spice's reality is coming to NBC

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 27th 2007 7:02PM
victoria beckham; david beckhamVictoria Beckham is funny? This London newspaper is confirming rumors that Victoria (perhaps better known to Americans as Posh Spice) has signed a deal to star in her own reality show for NBC. It'll be all about her move from Europe to the United States, as her husband, soccer star David Beckham, starts up with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Her manager, Simon Fuller, tells the press that it's a tongue-in-cheek show because, hey, "She's a funny lady".

Now, I don't know if you look at People magazine's Star Tracks every day like I do, but "fun" would probably be the last word I would use to describe Victoria Beckham. First of all, she never smiles. She also appears extremely uptight and full of herself (more than your typical celebrity). Maybe the ice-cold stares are a mask for a woman with a very dry wit. Her manager says it's a great opportunity for people to discover her personality. I have to admit that I am intrigued because I was pretty positive she was a robot.

Does anybody want to watch this?

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Does Posh Spice want Paula Abdul's Idol job?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 19th 2007 6:35PM
Victoria BeckhamIf we are to believe every rumor we hear in Hollywood, then every guy is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, and every girl wants Paula Abdul's cushy Idol judging job.

Move over Courtney and Belinda. This week it's Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham who is hoping for Paula's dismissal. According to this exclusive, replacing Paula with Posh is the brainchild of Beckham's manager, Simon Fuller, who also serves as Idol's Executive Producer.

But Paula is not going anywhere as long Simon Cowell remains on her side. Victoria's bid for a spot on the high-profile TV juggernaut was apparently blocked by Cowell.

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Idol finalists won't be allowed to blog

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 13th 2007 2:23PM
Season Five Top 12American Idol is a show whose popularity and success hinges on some well-kept secrets and big-ass surprises. Which is why the Top 24 Finalists will have to put their MySpace pages on temporary hiatus. There will be no blogging allowed during this part of the competition.

Part of me is disappointed by this rule. I love the behind-the-scenes first hand accounts that blogging provides. But I also understand why the producers need to be such a bunch of paranoid control freaks. Thirty-three million of us are not going to continue to tune in each week if too much vital information is leaked on the Internet.

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Can Idol producer save Michael Jackson's career?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 10th 2007 3:45PM
Michael Jackson's BadMichael Jackson needs a career comeback in a big way. According to Page Six, Idol creator Simon Fuller may be just the man who can make that happen. Or at least Wacko Jacko hopes so.

Jackson reportedly has met several times with Fuller in Las Vegas to discuss his comeback strategy. Robin Leach called it a "perfect match" with "the world's biggest pop star being looked after by the most successful mogul manager in the world."

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