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Ellen DeGeneres Quits American Idol
 Ellen DeGeneres 
 Quits American Idol 
not 'the right fit'

Ellen DeGeneres Quits American Idol

Comic blames bad fit; show now has 2 judging vacancies

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres is dancing off American Idol after one season, leaving Fox's hit show with two vacancies on its judging panel. If the singing contest intends to revamp itself to stem a ratings slide, it has the opportunity to bring in two new faces for Season 10, which starts in...

Reject Sues Idol for Gay Discrimination

Ian Benardo: Producers set me up to storm the stage

(Newser) - The American Idol reject who charged the stage during the show's 2010 finale says Idol producers encouraged his stunt, and is suing for $300 million for gay discrimination. Ian Benardo, a 2007 contestant, claims producers invited him back for the season finale, then pummeled him with "discriminatory intimidation, ridicule,...

Idol Drops Age Limit to 15
 Idol Drops Age Limit to 15 

Idol Drops Age Limit to 15

Competition reacts to young YouTube stars

(Newser) - Perhaps inspired by Justin Bieber, who hit it big at the sweet young age of 15, American Idol will lower its eligibility age to that magical age for season 10. “A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” an executive...

Shania Twain's Sweet Revenge

 Shania Twain's 
 Sweet Revenge 
how to get back at your ex

Shania Twain's Sweet Revenge

Country singer is divorced—and dating the other woman's ex

(Newser) - Shania Twain’s husband cheated with Twain’s best friend—but the joke’s on him. Twain’s divorce from Robert “Mutt” Lange just became official, two years after the scandal, and Twain is “radiantly happy,” a source tells People . Why? Because the country singer is still...

Idol Tanking Because Ellen's Gay
 Idol Tanking Because 
 Ellen's Gay 

Idol Tanking Because Ellen's Gay

Or it could be because the show kinda sucks now...

(Newser) - American Idol is floundering, and the director of Christian Newswire knows why: Because new judge Ellen DeGeneres is a lesbian. She’s a “left wing social activist” who spouts “lesbian one-liners” left and right, Gary McCullough writes, adding that “network television is on a pro-homosexuality bender" which...

We Chose the Wrong Idol &mdash;Again
 We Chose the 
 Wrong Idol—Again 

We Chose the Wrong Idol—Again

For the second year running, America votes for boring

(Newser) - "Those damn texting tweens did it again," writes Mary T. Kelly. They chose the safe, vanilla Lee DeWyze over unconventional—and more talented—Crystal Bowersox. Kelly, who attended the finale, sat near DeWyze’s family and “didn’t want to be rude,” she writes. “But...

Your New American Idol : Lee DeWyze

 Your New 
: Lee 
bret michaels performs

Your New American Idol: Lee DeWyze

Simon Cowell's last show features Bret Michaels singing

(Newser) - American Idol crowned its new champion tonight: 24-year-old Lee DeWyze, a shy paint clerk from Mount Prospect, Illinois. He beat Crystal Bowersox in the finale, which featured a surprise performance by recovering rocker Bret Michaels. (He joined Idol finalist Casey James on the Poison hit "Every Rose Has Its...

Paula Lands New Reality TV Gig
 Paula Lands New Reality TV Gig 

Paula Lands New Reality TV Gig

She'll judge dancing now, instead of singing

(Newser) - After much speculation about where Paula Abdul would land after American Idol, we have an answer: Got to Dance. In addition to serving as lead judge on the new reality series, which is a sort of So You Think You Can Dance/America's Got Talent mash-up, Abdul is also an executive...

Idol Is TV's Biggest Moneymaker

'Two and a Half Men,' '24' also rake in the bucks

(Newser) - TV shows are judged by ratings, but ratings don't always reflect how much cash a show actually brings in. The biggest moneymakers are longstanding hits with broad appeal, Kantar Media found in a survey of TV's most popular programs. The winner, unsurprisingly, is a show that practically defines mass appeal:...

Scott Brown's Daughter Gets CBS Early Show Gig

Ayla Brown to produce youth-oriented segments

(Newser) - Somebody must have told CBS she was available. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's 21-year-old daughter Ayla has been hired as a CBS Early Show contributor. Producers say the former American Idol semi-finalist, who hasn't yet graduated from Boston College, will be contributing segments aimed at the youth audience. "You can't...

The Most Influential Gay Americans
 The Most 
 Gay Americans 
'PORTIA, i won!'

The Most Influential Gay Americans

Ellen tops 'Out' magazine list for 2nd straight year

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres and Barney Frank have switched places atop Out magazine's annual list of the most influential gay Americans, but the talk show host and American Idol judge probably isn't gloating about her win—she's that nice. To see the top five, check out the slideshow above. To see who...

DWTS Beats Idol Ratings
 DWTS Beats Idol Ratings 
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DWTS Beats Idol Ratings

For the first time, 'Dancing With the Stars' leads

(Newser) - Dancing With the Stars beat American Idol—both nights of it—in the ratings for the first time last week. According to Nielsen, nearly 23 million people tuned in to DWTS on Tuesday, compared to Idol’s 21.8 million Tuesday and 20.5 million Wednesday. One possible reason? “...

On Idol, Ellen DeGeneres Is Stealing the Show

She's friendly, down to earth, and won't play 'second fiddle' to Simon

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres gets a glowing review for her work on American Idol from Alessandra Stanley. "Midway through her first season, Ms. DeGeneres has all but hijacked the show, playing second fiddle to no one, not even the overbearing Mr. Cowell," she writes in the New York Times . All...

Conan-Fox Talks Heat Up
 Conan-Fox Talks Heat Up 

Conan-Fox Talks Heat Up

But O'Brien still keeping his options open

(Newser) - After stalling for two weeks, Conan O’Brien’s talks with Fox have resumed, and certain details make it look as if a deal is imminent. Updates, from the Hollywood Reporter :
  • Conveniently enough, O’Brien’s comedy tour has a performance scheduled every day between May 13 and 20—except

Paula Abdul to Host Star Search

Former Idol judge expected to help revive show

(Newser) - Paula Abdul is expected to return to TV this summer, leading the reboot of the classic TV singing competition Star Search. Abdul is still finalizing her deal with ABC, but it's likely to be a mix of hosting and judging for the show, reports Entertainment Weekly . Taking a role similar...

Simon: Perez Could Replace Me
 Simon: Perez Could Replace Me 
american idol

Simon: Perez Could Replace Me

Cowell writes off Howard Stern, endorses blogger Hilton

(Newser) - If you were hoping to hear Howard Stern’s bleep-filled tirades on American Idol next season, sorry: Simon Cowell says the shock jock is an unlikely pick to replace him as a judge. He also calls Madonna (who knew she was in the running?) a “pipe dream,” saying...

Simon Cowell Engaged

 Simon Cowell 
coming soon: 'little simons'

Simon Cowell Engaged

American Idol judge calls Mezghan Hussainy 'the one'

(Newser) - Ornery American Idol judge Simon Cowell once called marriage an “outdated contract,” but apparently he does have a soft spot: He proposed to girlfriend of six months Mezghan Hussainy on Valentine’s Day, the Sun reports. “Simon's definitely engaged,” says a friend. “I've never seen...

Simon 'Meaner Than I Thought': Ellen
 Simon 'Meaner Than 
 I Thought': Ellen 

Simon 'Meaner Than I Thought': Ellen

New judge DeGeneres doesn't hold back on American Idol

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres flashed the humor many expected of her in tonight’s screen debut as an American Idol judge—and beforehand got off a shot at departing fellow judge Simon Cowell, saying the acerbic Brit is “actually meaner than I thought.” That tidbit comes via a video on...

Fox, Howard Stern Talking Idol
 Fox, Howard Stern Talking Idol 

Fox, Howard Stern Talking Idol

Shock jock open to slot on 'karaoke contest'

(Newser) - Howard Stern is indeed in talks with Fox over a slot on American Idol, the shock jock confirmed today on his Sirius satellite show. “There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that f---ing karaoke contest,” said Stern, 56, whose 5-year, $500 million deal with...

Scott Brown: Give Ayla Another Shot on Idol

Senator-elect appeals to Simon Cowell on daughter's behalf

(Newser) - Scott Brown thought Simon Cowell's 2006 critique of daughter Ayla's performance on American Idol was "kind of harsh," but he'd still like the Fox impresario to give his offspring another chance. "Ayla actually respects Simon greatly about his critiquing," the senator-elect from Massachusetts told Barbara Walters...

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