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'Idol' Judges Tell Oprah How Chris Medina and His Girlfriend Touched Their Hearts (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 2nd 2011 6:25PM
'American Idol' judges on 'Oprah'Last week, 'American Idol' saw one of its most touching moments ever, when a 26-year-old contestant told the story of his fiancée, who suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident before they were to be married. Today, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler were on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (Weekdays, Syndicated) talking about his impact.

None of them knew exactly how badly injured Medina's fiancée was until she was brought into the audition room in a wheelchair. "It just broke our hearts," said Lopez, "and she was a huge Steven Tyler fan. She was so overwhelmed when she saw Steven. This is the great thing about this show. It's about the people, it's about human experience and dreams."

Oprah agreed, saying what motivates people at home to vote is identifying with the different contestants. "They see a little bit of themselves," she said.

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'American Idol' Nashville Auditions: Is Christine McCaffrey Serious? (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jan 27th 2011 10:21PM

17,000 people in Nashville lined up for their shot at auditioning for 'American Idol.' And they quite possibly found the biggest BS'er we can find in America.

...and Randy Jackson is not about to have it.

Randy is hardly the Simon Cowell substitute this season, but something about those who don't take their 'American Idol' audition seriously just ruffles this usually jovial judge the wrong way.

Christine McCaffrey might want to take a stab at stand-up comedy by making her audition a joke, but she's definitely not going to Hollywood.

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

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Randy Jackson Defends Jennifer Lopez' Singing Voice on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 19th 2011 3:33AM
Randy Jackson, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Randy Jackson may not have expected that he'd be asked to judge the singing voices of either of his new fellow judges on 'American Idol,' but that's exactly what happened on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM on ABC).

Jimmy Kimmel asked him to rate Jennifer Lopez as a singer on a scale of 1 to 10. "I think Jennifer would definitely get a 7."

Kimmel was flabbergasted. "If I was in front of Jennifer Lopez and she said, 'You can't sing,' I'd go, 'Neither can you!'"

The two agreed, though, that it's more about the package with most singers these days. "You look at Britney, you look at Kesha, you look at Gaga," Jackson said. "You look at these people and they're not like my girl Mariah Carey with this unbelievable [voice]."

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Kelly Ripa Strikes a Pose in a Bid for 'Charlie's Angels' Remake (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 14th 2011 1:00PM
It looks like Kelly Ripa really wants to branch out. First, she stumped heavily to fill in for Vanna White on 'Wheel of Fortune' for a day. Now, it seems the 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated) co-host is gunning for a role in the rumored TV reboot of 'Charlie's Angels.'

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The 'American Idol' Judges Have No Idea How Long It Takes Jennifer Lopez to Get Ready (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 11th 2011 2:31AM
'American Idol' Judges, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'The new gang at 'American Idol' has been making the press circuit like it's a brand new show. With only Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest remaining from last season, that may be more true than it seems for this tenth season. Jackson and Seacrest joined new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on NBC) to talk about the new season.

Jay Leno apparently ran sort on the tough questions, because after asking the gimme question f what they're looking for in talent this year, he resorted to asking which of them took the longest to get ready for a taping.

After pointing at one another, Jackson set the record straight about Lopez. "Honestly, we don't know about Jennifer ... Somehow she gets ready at home or somewhere."

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Randy Jackson Wants to Be the New Simon on 'Idol,' But J. Lo Can't Remember His Name

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 7th 2010 5:30PM
American IdolThe 'American Idol' judges table will seat two new faces next season, but for better or for worse, long-time fans probably won't notice any difference from the early years. That's because Randy Jackson is trying to fill the departed Simon Cowell's place as the hardened critic, while sources say Jennifer Lopez is exhibiting Paula Abdul-like forgetfulness.

(So, this means Steven Tyler is the new Randy? Wonder what "dawg" will be replaced by?)

'Idol sources told E! that Jackson "has stepped up his game and is being more blunt and bottom line. He's definitely not wishy-washy. He's, like, rebranded himself a little."

Meanwhile, other sources told PopEater's Rob Shuter that Lopez can't remember Jackson's name.

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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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Ellen Does 'Letterman' Top 10 -- Things That Have Been on Ellen DeGeneres's Mind Lately (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 8th 2010 1:55AM
Ellen DeGeneres' Thoughts on 'American Idol,' Her Gay Marriage - and MoreMs. Ellen DeGeneres was on 'Late Show' tonight (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), and during her appearance, she got the coveted position of delivering the nightly "Top Ten" list. The topic of the list was "Things That Have Been on Ellen's Mind Lately." And so, DeGeneres got to share the inner workings of her brain with David Letterman, and with the rest of us.

Without further ado, here is a random sampling of the some of the stuff that Ms. DeGeneres has been thinking about lately. The full list covered such important topics as Oprah Winfrey, 'The View,' and the new iPod, but after the jump, we have some of the other highlights ...

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News Roundup: '30 Rock' Books Jon Hamm for Live Episode, 'Modern Family' Films Gay Kiss and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2010 5:30PM
Jon HammJon Hamm has a flair for live performances and Tina Fey knows this well; in fact, she's booked him for the live '30 Rock' episode in October. Fey revealed the news to Ausiello Files on the Emmy red carpet.

What, you need more proof that Hamm has the live comedy chops? Check out his solid hosting gig on 'Saturday Night Live' last season and the opening performance at the 2010 Emmy Awards.

Also on tap for '30 Rock' season 5 is Emmy winner Paul Giamatti. He'll play a grouchy editor in the second episode.

In other TV news ...

Brad Pitt is lending his voice to a documentary about the New Orleans Saints and their Super Bowl win last year. The film will air on the NFL Network on Sept. 8 at 9PM. [Perez Hilton]

Randy Jackson will officially return to 'American Idol' next season. Nigel Lythgoe confirmed Jackson will have a seat on the panel, but the other judges are still a mystery. Lythgoe told reporters Elton John will probably not be joining the Fox reality series. [Zap2It]

The first 'Modern Family' gay kiss has been filmed. Yes, it's going to happen after months of buzz and unnecessary controversy. "It's a very organic kiss. People are going to be very surprised when they see it." [E! Online]

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Kilborn's 'Power Panel' Suggests Mel Gibson, Christopher Walken as New 'Idol' Judges (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 9:45PM
'American Idol' Replacements on 'The Kilborn File'As you may have heard, two 'American Idol' judges -- Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres -- are leaving the show after this season. And some of the other judges may be replaced as well. People! We're facing a desperate lack of 'Idol' judges! How can we solve this pressing problem?

Well, fortunately, on 'The Kilborn File' (weeknights, 7PM ET on Fox), host Craig Kilborn swooped in to save the day. During his 'Power Panel,' Craig had several guest comedians suggest possible new alternate judges. Among their suggestions? Mel Gibson and Christopher Walken. (Mel was mentioned because the show needs someone "foreign ... and mean.")

Cool! Mel and Walken! Sort of pretty terrifying. That sounds like the worst/best series ever, but we would definitely at least check it out. Also, during the suggestion phase of the show, comic Kevin Pollak did his Christopher Walken impersonation, which was pretty good. ... But for the record, we still think that this is the best Walken impersonation of all time. We're just saying.*

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Randy Jackson Talks 'American Idol': 'Nothing Has Been Decided'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 3rd 2010 10:30AM
Randy JacksonSounds like 'American Idol' fans aren't the only ones who would welcome Jennifer Lopez to the judges' table next season.

E! News caught up with Randy Jackson last night, and while he's toeing the FOX party line of ignorance when it comes to possible judge casting, he did admit that he would happily sit next to J. Lo come January. "If Jennifer Lopez is a judge I would be very happy," he said. "I love her."

However, the Dawg wouldn't comment any further, saying, "The only thing that's for sure is Ryan [Seacrest]. Nothing has been decided."

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No 'American Idol' Deals In Place Yet, Say Fox Execs - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2010 3:13PM
Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly at the FOX executive session at the Summer 2010 TCAsThe highly-anticipated FOX executive session got underway with a bit of non-news, with the network's entertainment chairman, Peter Rice, saying that "No one has signed a deal yet on either side of the camera to join 'American Idol' that wasn't there last year."

This means that there's no deal for Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler to be judges, no deal for Nigel Lythgoe to return as executive producer. Rice and FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly both deflected questions from the gathered critics about the 'Idol' judging panel, including the status of Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. Rice would not get into speculating about the judges because "it's not fair to those being speculated about."

All he would really say is that some of the speculation around who the new names are going to be is close to true, and a lot of it is wildly false. One thing Reilly did say in the reporter's scrum after the panel is that the goal is to announce all the changes at once. Whether they'll be able to do that or not is obviously going to be determined on when they get the deals done.

More on the FOX exec panel after the jump...

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Simon Cowell in a Fight on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 23rd 2010 11:15PM
Simon Cowel in a Fight on 'The Simpsons'On 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox), grouchy bartender Moe Syzslak discovers that he has an unexpected talent for judging contests. Of course, according to the logic of 'The Simpsons', this inevitably leads to Moe guest-judging an episode of 'American Idol.'

[Spoiler alert.]

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MJ's Take on the Top 3: Let's Crown Lee DeWyze Now and Get it Over With

by MJ Santilli, posted May 19th 2010 9:53AM
Should we just give Lee DeWyze the crown now and be done with it? Seriously, who would have imagined, at the beginning of the 'American Idol' live shows, that Lee would be in a position where he could take it all?

In every interview the judges gave before the season started, 'American Idol' season 9 was heralded as a girls' year. And for a while, it seemed as if the most talented female, Crystal Bowersox, would win this season handily. But the last few weeks have seen contender, Lee DeWyze coming up in her rear-view mirror, and he may have overtaken her tonight.

Of course, Lee had a little help from his mentor this week, Simon Cowell, who picked Lee's song for the Judges' Choice round.

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'American Idol' - 'One of Six Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 28th 2010 10:01PM
american idol top 6 elimination
Here's my deal: We need to have a Crystal/Casey finale, and Siobhan needs to go tonight. While the judges loved her, my ears told me that she sounded like a cat being mauled to death last night. I honestly do not understand the praise that is being heaped upon her. I'd be just as happy if Aaron the wedding singer left, but even I can admit that he hasn't had a bad performance in several weeks.

But no matter who actually goes tonight, one thing's for certain: there's going to be about 50 minutes of filler leading up to it. Tonight, we get Rascal Flatts, Shakira, vampires, emo violinists, and a whole lot of other things that only the evil geniuses behind 'Idol' can dream up in an effort to stretch 5 minutes of show into an hour.

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