LONG-LASTING:Kellie Pickler and Mandisa became great friends when they competed on season five of American Idol and they’re still achieving career goals together seven years later -- like debuting on this week’s Billboard charts with their new singles. The two finalists remained pals after their season, doing things together like attending a live broadcast of So You Think You Can Dance in the summer of 2006. Now, timing has brought them together one more time.
It looks as if the dust is starting to settle over at Fox. Following the high-profile departure of alternative programming head Mike Darnell on May 24, a highly placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the network has appointed one of its own to step in and oversee American Idol and X Factor.
In a move widely expected by industry insiders, American Idol executiveproducers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick "will be leaving the show,” a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. However, formal exit discussions have not yet begun.
It looks as if the American Idol summer tour, much like judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, is also a casualty of a ho-hum season 12.
Late on Friday, 19 Entertainment, the company that produces Idol in partnership with Fox and FremantleMedia, announced that nine dates of the North American trek have been canceled and one has been rescheduled. They include stops in St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Tulsa, Las Vegas and Oakland, among other secondary markets.