The numbers are in on the American Idol season 12 finale, and it’s not a pretty picture. The Fox show saw a dip of more than 40 percent from the 2012 season closer, losing some 7 million viewers to come in at a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. Total viewers equaled 14.3 million -- the first time a finale has not reached the 20-million mark since the show first aired in 2002.
With sagging ratings, the departure of veteran judge Randy Jackson and the future of the show in flux, it needs to be asked: can AmericanIdol be saved?
According to Swedish American record producer RedOne, and season 10 alum Haley Reinhart , it can definitely be done. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at the BMI Awards at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, RedOne said the answer could be found in a familiar face from last season.
The American Idol season 12 finale is shaping up to be an all-star alumni extravaganza, as Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, a finalist from season three, and season eight runner-up Adam Lambert have both been approached to perform, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Neither has committed to the May 16 event yet.
It was a big night for American Idol champions, as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks all nabbed awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.
Clarkson won Best Pop album for her fifth studio full-length record, Stronger. Clarkson bested nominees Maroon 5, Pink, Florence and the Machine and FUN. This is the second win in the Best Pop Album category for Clarkson, who previously took home an award for her second full-length record, Breakaway.
The salacious dealings inside the studios of the fictional reality TV competition ProjectIcon will hit stores next month with the release of EliminationNight, a thinly-veiled, scathing tell-all of the tenth season of a top-ranked talent show -- yes, that would be American Idol.
Does American Idol have a "deep throat" among its ranks?
An explosive new novel, Elimination Night, written anonymously, claims to have “first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of a top TV talent show." Billed as a “satire in the vein of The Devil Wears Prada,” the 281-page work of fiction tells the story of a young woman who's privy to the behind-the-scenes insanity of a hit series.
As the next phase of American Idol auditions draws near -- specifically, the part we see on television where pop star hopefuls perform for a panel of celebrity judges -- some behind-the-scenes drama is brewing among top brass at the Fox show. You could even say it's fizzing over.
With this week's announcement that Mariah Carey is taking a seat at the American Idol judges table, we had to wonder: will future contestants be brave enough to perform the diva's hits in her presence?
After two seasons of judging American Idol, Jennifer Lopez found her advice worked well with one particular vocalist -- herself.
"Whenever it’s things like that, where you’re working with other people, like the audience, or even another artist, like we did with the contestants on the show, you learn, you grow," the 43-year-old singer told MTV News. " And whatever I’d tell them, it was funny, it was like telling myself."