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Mariah Carey Says 'American Idol' Was 'Not What I Signed Up For' (Video)

Mariah Carey Says 'American Idol' Was 'Not What I Signed Up For' (Video)

For those who commented that "the real Mariah was SO not there" on American Idol during season 12, Mariah Carey agrees.

STORY: 'American Idol': Alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry to Return as Mentors

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JAN
13
11 MOS

The New 'American Idol': A Cheeseburger, a Coke and a Smile (And Shut the F--- Up)

The New 'American Idol': A Cheeseburger, a Coke and a Smile (And Shut the F--- Up)

The biggest difference viewers will notice when American Idol season 13 kicks off on Jan. 15? Not the snazzy Roman numeral logo or the postcard-inspired, Greetings from Asbury Park-esque graphics denoting each audition city.

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NOV
14
1 years

Harry Connick Jr. to Mariah Carey: 'American Idol' is Heaven, Not Hell

Harry Connick Jr. to Mariah Carey: 'American Idol' is Heaven, Not Hell

American Idol may have been a highway to hell for departed judge Mariah Carey, but for Harry Connick, Jr., the experience has been simply heavenly.

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NOV
13
1 years

Did Mariah Carey Call Nicki Minaj 'Satan?' (Video)

Did Mariah Carey Call Nicki Minaj 'Satan?' (Video)

Mariah Carey's American Idol journey was more like a Highway to Hell, according to the singer in a recent interview on New York radio station Hot 97.

"Honestly, I thought it was gonna be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment,” she said.

Carey did not directly address her public feud with former judge Nicki Minaj, but she did describe an unhappy work environment.

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JUN
19
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Vs. 'The Voice': Battle of the Finales

'American Idol' Vs. 'The Voice': Battle of the Finales

A version of this story first appeared in the June 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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JUN
4
2 YEARS

'American Idol': Executive Producers Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick Are Out

'American Idol': Executive Producers Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick Are Out

In a move widely expected by industry insiders, American Idol executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick "will be leaving the show,” a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. However, formal exit discussions have not yet begun.

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MAY
31
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Summer Tour: Quarter of Scheduled Dates Canceled

'American Idol' Summer Tour: Quarter of Scheduled Dates Canceled

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.

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MAY
30
2 YEARS

Nicki Minaj Confirms 'American Idol' Departure

Nicki Minaj Confirms 'American Idol' Departure

Rapper Nicki Minaj followed Mariah Carey's lead on Thursday afternoon, announcing via Twitter, "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!"

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MAY
30
2 YEARS

It's Official: Mariah Carey Exits 'American Idol'

It's Official: Mariah Carey Exits 'American Idol'

Mariah Carey is leaving American Idol after a one-season stint on the show.

The singer made it official on Thursday afternoon with a tweet by her longtime PR firm, PMK-BNC, that read, "W/ global success of "#Beautiful" (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol." The message was promptly retweeted by Carey.

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MAY
28
2 YEARS

Keith Urban Sets Date for New Album, Has 'No Official Information' on 'Idol' Return

Keith Urban Sets Date for New Album, Has 'No Official Information' on 'Idol' Return

Following his debut stint as a judge on American Idol, Keith Urban is back to work on his upcoming album, Fuse, and has set its release for Sept. 10, The Associated Press reports.

As for whether the country star will return to Idol, well, that's all up in the air.

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MAY
23
2 YEARS

'American Idol' on the Charts: Candice Glover, Kree Harrison Make Their Billboard Debuts

'American Idol' on the Charts: Candice Glover, Kree Harrison Make Their Billboard Debuts

IDOLS TURN 70: One week after the season 12 finale of American Idol, the top two finalists can pick up Billboard magazine on the newsstands this weekend and see their names in print on multiple charts, something they couldn’t have imagined a year ago today.

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MAY
17
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Finale's Ratings Free Fall: What Went Wrong

'American Idol' Finale's Ratings Free Fall: What Went Wrong

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.

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MAY
17
2 YEARS

'American Idol': Is Nicki Minaj 'Too Risque' for the Show?

'American Idol': Is Nicki Minaj 'Too Risque' for the Show?

While all three of the judges -- Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson -- took to the American Idol stage for the Thursday night finale, Nicki Minaj remained a spectator, despite earlier reports that she would perform as well.

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MAY
16
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Season 12 Finale: Adam Lambert Tops 5 Best Moments

'American Idol' Season 12 Finale: Adam Lambert Tops 5 Best Moments

Adam Lambert returned, Jennifer Lopez worked the wind machine and Randy Jackson was honored with a farewell package featuring dogs, not dawgs. With season 12 officially in the history books, American Idol pulled out all the stops to make the 2013 finale memorable.

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