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Whoopi Goldberg Says ‘American Idol’ Was the “Beginning of the Downfall of Society”

Whoopi Goldberg is sharing her thoughts on American Idol — and she isn’t too keen on its impact on society. While discussing Netflix’s Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me documentary on a recent episode of The View, the co-host brought up the singing competition show and said the early seasons put a spotlight on drama, judgment […]

‘American Idol’ Crowns Season 21 Winner

American Idol has crowned a new winner. Sunday’s season 21 finale saw Iam Tongi named the winner of the ABC singing competition. He beat out Megan Danielle and Colin Stough, who came in second and third place, respectively. Tongi, who is 18, performed his original song “I’ll Be Seeing You” on the live finale. He […]

‘The Conners,’ ‘American Idol’ Among Nine ABC Renewals

A pair of comedies and a passel of unscripted series have secured places on ABC for the 2023-24 TV season. The Disney-owned broadcaster has renewed The Conners for a sixth season and Not Dead Yet for a second; the two comedies join Abbott Elementary on the schedule. The bulk of ABC’s in-season unscripted lineup — America’s Funniest […]

King Charles and Queen Camilla Appear on ‘American Idol’

The coronation of King Charles III on Saturday had all manner of bizarre rituals and moments, but perhaps one of the weirdest was revealed on Sunday night when the newly minted British monarch and his wife Queen Camilla made an appearance on American Idol. In a pre-taped segment, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry had called […]

Ryan Seacrest Says He Was Initially Considered to Be an ‘American Idol’ Judge

Ryan Seacrest revealed he was initially considered to be a judge on American Idol before becoming the longtime host of the singing competition show. During his appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show Friday, The Kardashians executive producer told Clarkson, who won the first season of American Idol in 2002, that then-producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken […]

Bruce Gowers, Director on Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Music Video and ‘American Idol,’ Dies at 82

Bruce Gowers, the Emmy and Grammy winner who directed nine-plus seasons of American Idol and hundreds of music videos, including the seminal “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Queen, has died. He was 82. Gowers died Sunday in Santa Monica of complications from an acute respiratory infection, his family announced. Gowers also directed and co-created the long-running series […]

C.J. Harris, Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant, Dies at 31

C.J. Harris, a prominent contestant on the 13th season of American Idol, died Sunday night in Jasper, Ala. He was 31.  The Walker County Coroner’s Office confirmed the singer was rushed to Walker Baptist Medical Center after suffering from cardiac arrest. At this time, they believe his cause of death was possibly a heart attack.  Harris, born […]

Fremantle Hires ‘X Factor’ Veteran Andrew Llinares as Director of Global Entertainment

Global production giant Fremantle has appointed Andrew Llinares as its director of global entertainment. Llinares — who will be based in London and report to group CEO Jennifer Mullin — takes over from Rob Clark, set to retire at the end of February after 20 years with the company. The role sees the exec assume overall responsibility […]

Willie Spence, ‘American Idol’ Finalist, Dies in Vehicle Crash at 23

A finalist on American Idol has died in a vehicle crash in Tennessee. Willie Spence, 23, died Tuesday after hitting the rear of a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 24 East near Chattanooga, according to news outlets, which cited a Tennessee Highway Patrol report. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and the […]

Ryan Seacrest to Receive Career Achievement Honor From Los Angeles Press Club

Ryan Seacrest will soon have another award for his mantel. The veteran host and Emmy-winning TV mogul has been selected by the Los Angeles Press Club to receive a Luminary Award for Career Achievement during the organization’s 15th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards gala Dec. 4. The trophy was created to honor “distinguished members of […]

Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick List Paso Robles Winery for $22M

From reality TV to winemaking, American Idol creators Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are ready to move on to their next venture. After purchasing a 164-acre Paso Robles farm house in 2005, the producing duo tore down the old structure, thus creating what now stands as Villa San-Juliette (VSJ). Reminiscent of Italian wine country, VSJ […]

‘Bachelor,’ ‘American Idol’ Among ABC Unscripted Renewals

ABC is solidifying its unscripted lineup for 2022-23. The network has renewed five veteran series for next season: America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Idol, The Bachelor, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Shark Tank. They join Bachelor in Paradise and Judge Steve Harvey, which earned renewals in April, on ABC’s reality and game show slate. Supermarket […]