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J.Lo, Randy, Steven, & Ryan Officially Returning to Idol: What Changes Do You Want to See?

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In what amounts to a very high-profile dotting of the i’s and crossing of the t’s, Fox announced this afternoon that Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Ryan Seacrest will all be back when American Idol‘s eleventh season kicks off Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. …READ MORE


Jennifer Lopez Returning to American Idol, Says Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe

AMERICAN IDOL:  Judge Jennifer Lopez makes her entrance during the AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

Jennifer Lopez is is apparently no longer on the fence about her American Idol future.

After weeks of carefully calculated suspense, Idol‘s executive producer  Nigel Lythgoe revealed on Ryan Seacrest’s radio program that …READ MORE


TVLine Items: Oprah's Boffo Finale Ratings, J.Lo's Idol Future, and Other TV News to Know

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Oprah doesn’t do mediocre — and neither do her ratings. The Queen of Daytime took her final bow on Wednesday, raking in her largest at-home audience in 17 years. READ MORE


TVLine Items: Aerosmith Does Idol, Daily Show Eyes Larry King, and Other TV News to Know

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American Idol is known for trotting out big-name guest performers, but one of this season’s might take the cake: Aerosmith will hit the Idol stage this season, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells xfinityTV.com. But wait, didn’t the band kinda badmouth the show when Steven Tyler joined the judges table…? …READ MORE


Idoloonies: Randy Gets Nasty, New Favorites Emerge, and the Pimping Begins on Idol

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It’s only week two of American Idol‘s tenth season, but the show’s producers are already commissioning full symphonies and setting off fireworks displays to alert us to their personal favorite contestants. That’s okay, though, because Idol without viewer outrage/irritation/consternation would only be half the fun. …READ MORE


American Idol New Orleans Auditions: Who Was Your Favorite?

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Talent, 2; Trainwrecks, 0. That’s how the score is shaping up now that the first two episodes of American Idol‘s tenth season are in the books. …READ MORE


American Idol Season 10 Premiere Recap: These Kids Are All Right!

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If you’ve turned on a television since the end of the Holiday Eating Season, chances are you’ve seen Jennifer Hudson belting the message that “it’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life.” And while the newly svelte American Idol alum’s rendition of “Feeling Good” is part of a nifty ad campaign for Weight Watchers, J.Hud could just as easily be shilling for Idol itself, which returned tonight for its tenth season with new judges, a new positive outlook, and a new obsession with vocalists who were just finishing up second grade when Kelly Clarkson was learning the lyrics to “A Moment Like This.” …READ MORE


American Idol Season 10 Premiere: What Did You Think?

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It’s a beautiful daaaaaay! Those were the lyrics that closed out Lee DeWyze’s season 9 victory march on American Idol, but they’re also mighty applicable at this very moment, given that the nation’s most popular reality competition returned to the airwaves in fine form tonight after a seven-and-a-half month hiatus. …READ MORE


American Idol Returns Wednesday: Six Ways We'd Improve Season 10!

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The premiere of American Idol‘s hotly anticipated/anxiety-inducing tenth season is only a day away, and like a contestant on Bridalplasty, the show will be debuting a radically different face when its veil gets lifted this Wednesday at 8/7c.

It remains to be seen whether or not all the widely reported changes will ultimately reinvigorate or eviscerate Fox’s veteran ratings juggernaut, but regardless, I’ve got a little extra advice that I think will boost the chances that 2011 will be remembered as the year Idol got its groove back. Without further ado… …READ MORE


New American Idol Crew Meets The Press: 'We're Taking It Up a Notch'

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Steven Tyler perhaps sums it up best when assaying the upcoming 10th – and rather different – season of America’s most watched TV program: “Idol is taking it up a notch. No more, no less.”

Among the changes American Idol has undergone since staging its underwhelming ninth season: Following much falderah, Simon Cowell has moved on, to shepherd the U.S. version of The X Factor (premiering this fall on Fox); both Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres also have vacated the dais; Nigel Lythgoe is back as an executive producer; and contestants will face new performance challenges throughout their journey.

Meeting the press for a 40-minute panel discussion at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, here is what the judges and producers had to say about the “new”  Idol. READ MORE