American Idol's die-hard fans -- diminishing but still proud -- will appreciate the effort Fox and the show's new executive producers are putting into highlighting the series' past to amp up its future.
After a two-year break from American Idol, Rickey Minor will return to take on the role of musical director. The accomplished arranger and producer left the Fox show after season nine in 2010 to lead The Tonight Show band. With NBC relinquishing Jay Leno's late-night throne to Jimmy Fallon, the door was open for an Idol return.
Naturally, that means Ray Chew and his Ray Chew Live band will not be back when season 13 launches in January.
American Idol alum Adam Lambert will join Glee stars Jane Lynch, DarrenCriss, AmberRiley, NayaRivera and ChrisColfer at the Trevor Project’s gala annual fundraiser, TrevorLIVE, on Dec. 8 at the Hollywood Palladium.
‘NIGHT’ TIME:Adam Lambert doesn’t have a new album out yet but he does return to the Billboard charts this week, thanks to his cover of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night,” the song he performed on last week’s “Glee,” which featured songs by Lady Gaga as well as Katy Perry in the episode, “A Katy or a Gaga.”
Not even ten minutes into his Glee debut, Glambert nation took to the Twitterverse with high praise for Adam Lambert.
The adjectives to describe the American Idol season 8 favorite were overwhelmingly positive. "Perfection," "sassy" and "fabulous" were just a few of the accolades bestowed upon the star's guest turn as the character, Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert mere moments after his performance of Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night."
In the spirit of Halloween, AmericanIdol season 9 alum TodrickHall has made a brilliant mashup of Disney villains cast in the Broadway play Chicago starring AdamLambert (see photo below), Glee's AmberRiley, ShoshannaBean and PiaToscano, among others.
TONIGHT'S ALRIGHT: Two years and two weeks after scoring his first No. 1 on Top Country Albums, Scotty McCreery returns to pole position with his latest release, See You Tonight. This is his third album to chart, counting his seasonal Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2012.
The new album makes multiple top 10 debuts, bowing at No. 6 on The Billboard 200, No. 3 on Top Internet Albums and No. 10 on Top Digital Albums.
MileyCyrus took more than her share of hits on Twitter and from the media for her controversial performance of “Blurred Lines” with RobinThicke, but the former Disney star has an AmericanIdol in her corner: AdamLambert.
“Listen if it wasn't ur cup of tea -- all good but why is everyone spazzing?” the season eight runner-up tweeted in Cyrus' defense. “Hey -- she's doin something right. We all talkin.”
The behind-the-scenes reboot of American Idol is starting to pick up steam. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Fox show is closing in on its season 13 judges lineup. At the top of producers' wish list: singer, actress and mini-mogul Jennifer Lopez, who was a judge on Idol for two seasons, in 2011 and 2012.
But talks between producers and Lopez's representatives seem to have reached an impasse over -- what else -- money.
Monday's news -- as reported by The Hollywood Reporter -- that American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert was being asked by his label, RCA Records, to consider recording an all covers album elicited an impassioned response from the legions of Glamberts worldwide. And it wasn't a positive one.