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Fox sets premiere dates for 'Empire,' 'American Idol'

Fox will kick off the new year with the debut of its midseason drama Empire and the return of American Idol.

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Fox: 'American Idol' contestants need to improve

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How can Fox improve American Idol? According to the network’s top executive, it’s the contestants that could use some upgrading.

Fox Networks Group chairman Peter Rice told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday that Idol is “aging gracefully,” and that increased competition from shows like NBC’s The Voice are a factor in the former ratings kingpin’s declining popularity. Yet the executive had one specific note for improving the show itself, which is carrying over last season’s judges panel of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. into next year’s 14th season. READ FULL STORY

'Idol' Exit Interview: Runner-up Jena Irene on her name change, why she won't perform at prom -- VIDEO

Jena Irene may have been a wildcard pick by the judges to get into the top 13 on American Idol, but the 17-year-old rocker from Michigan quickly wowed and won the hearts of America to make it to this week’s finale. Though she didn’t claim the title, it was clear from our chat with Jena that she still has a lot more to do in this business. Well, right after she graduates high school.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you feeling about the result?
JENA IRENE: I think the fact that I just got to perform and compete in the finale was all I could ask for. My goal was just to get to top 5 so to reach that and surpass that and be the runner up of American Idol, that’s just so awesome and I’m so grateful. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' Exit Interview: Winner Caleb Johnson takes our 'Idol' quiz -- VIDEO

North Carolina native Caleb Johnson, 23, became the first classic rocker to win American Idol on Wednesday night after a season battling bronchitis and high expectations from the judges and fans on his third time auditioning for the show. “This is absolutely crazy!” Johnson said during his first press conference as the winner immediately after the show. EW sat down with Caleb for a one-on-one interview Thursday after probably getting very little sleep to see if his surprise win has sunk in a little more, what’s next now that the show is all over, and testing his Idol knowledge. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' 2014: Jena and Caleb relive their rock 'n roll road to the finale -- VIDEOS

It’ll be an absolute powerhouse rock-off between Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson tonight in the first part of American Idol‘s season 13 finale (8 p.m. ET on Fox).

From the beginning of the competition, both finalists have been commended for their big performances and even bigger vocal power and range. Now that they are the last man and woman standing, you can expect the finale to be a “big, over-the-top rock ‘n roll extravaganza,” according to Johnson. But just how did a teenager from Michigan and a guy who auditioned two times already for the show make it to the finale? We talked to Jena and Caleb the day before the big night and took a walk down memory lane. READ FULL STORY

'Idol' Exit Interview: Alex Preston on how he made the music his own -- VIDEO

After three months of competition and 75,000 hopefuls, Alex Preston was voted out of American Idol on Thursday night, ending in third place for the singing competition’s 13th season. Touted as “The Most Popular Thing in New Hampshire,” Preston got a hometown celebration fit for a rock star before his elimination. EW talked to Alex about his time on the show: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' 500th episode: Most covered songs, youngest finalists, and more vital stats -- INFOGRAPHIC

American Idol hits a huge television milestone tonight with its 500th episode. Granted, there were some seasons earlier on when the Fox singing competition might have three episodes a week, but Idol now joins shows like The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, The Real World, and Saturday Night Live in the 500+ episode club for a non-daily show.

With season 13 wrapping up next week, we decided to take a deeper dive into the 500 episodes of American Idol by looking at some other numbers about the show. So which artist do you think has been performed the most? And just exactly how many judges have there been at this point? (Note: All numbers are based on performances from the finals on.) READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Harry Connick Jr. confirms he will return next season

Now that American Idol has been renewed for a 14th season — albeit slightly adjusted — fans want to know what next  year’s judges’ panel is going to look like. Well for now, we can at least tell you it will have a bit of a crooner edge.

Harry Connick Jr. officially confirmed his return to the show during a visit to Live! With Kelly and Michael Wednesday. When asked about his status for next season, Connick replied, “I’ll be back.”

Connick’s return is not a shocking development for most fans, as all judges are anticipated to reprise their roles, but fans can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that his scruff will once again be a part of their weekly television routine.

Fox to reformat, shrink 'American Idol'

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American Idol is getting downsized for next year’s 14th season.

Fox’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters Monday that the iconic singing competition show will be “streamlined” next year and will have a new format.

“We always built our second season around Idol,” Reilly said. “Next year, the format will be different. There will be less hours, around 37 hours. I think it will be a two-night format initially during the audition phase, and will quite likely end up as a two-hour show on one night for most of its run.” Idol has been airing 50-plus hours for “quite some time” says Reilly.

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'Idol' Exit Interview: Jessica Meuse on why 'American Idol' is 'The Hunger Games'

Jessica Meuse won’t get to go home as part of the traditional local celebration that greets the final three contestants on American Idol, but she will go home a winner in the minds of many fans back in Alabama after making it to the final four. EW talked to Jessica about her emotional night and why last week’s twist was unproductive, and the real reason she wore a braid that night. (Watch out, Katniss!) READ FULL STORY

'Idol' Exit Interview: Sam Woolf on the twist that almost saved him (again) -- VIDEO

An unexpected turn of events Thursday night took everyone by surprise on American Idol, when the final five contestants had the option to vote for everyone to stay one more week or have another singer go home as usual. Ultimately, Alex Preston and Jena Irene voted against the twist, and after being saved already by the judges earlier this season, Sam Woolf missed an opportunity to be saved again and was eliminated. EW talked to Woolf after the twist: READ FULL STORY

'Idol' Exit Interview: What was C.J. Harris going to sing next week? -- VIDEO

It was an emotional goodbye for C.J. Harris on Thursday night, as the 23-year-old Alabama native was the latest contestant voted off American Idol. Though he didn’t make the top five, Harris will spend the summer touring across the country with the American Idols Live! Tour, but first he’s just excited to get back home and spend some time with his son. EW was with C.J. after his elimination, and then he stopped by the offices Friday for a video interview. READ FULL STORY

'Idol' Exit Interview: Dexter Roberts is happy to get some sleep -- VIDEO

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With the competition getting down to the wire, every American Idol performance counts. Unfortunately for the three finalists from Alabama who joined together for a trio performance, their “Compass” pointed Dexter Roberts and Jessica Meuse to the bottom — with Dexter not getting America’s vote. EW talked to the “lucky man” after his elimination. Plus, check out our video interview with Dexter to find out what he was planning to sing next week. READ FULL STORY

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