SPOILER ALERT: Read no further if you don’t yet want to know who was eliminated Thursday night on American Idol. READ FULL STORY
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If hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj doesn’t have her dates mixed up, she’ll be performing on American Idol next Thursday. “American Idol performance on 3/29!!!!!!!” the singer tweeted to her followers on Wednesday afternoon. Representatives for the hit show declined to comment on the report.
The last time we saw Minaj, she performed a controversial, and somewhat baffling exorcism-themed version of her song “Roman Holiday” at last month’s Grammy Awards. Minaj is currently promoting her latest record, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in Japan. “I’m in the future,” Minaj tweeted early this morning, “Its 230pm in Japan on Thursday. Headed to sound check for my show.”
Hopefully, Minaj won’t be too jet-lagged when she takes the Idol stage next Thursday.
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Tonight the American Idol Top 10 will be performing the songs of Billy Joel. Who better to mentor the finalists than… P. Diddy?
That’s right — the hip hop artist and music mogul just announced on twitter that he’ll be assisting mentor Jimmy Iovine as the kids tackle the songs of the legendary piano man. “Set your DVR!!” Diddy tweeted, “I’m guest mentoring with Jimmy Iovine on American Idol TONIGHT!!”
Diddy has appeared on Idol before, appearing with his R&B/Hip-Hop collective, Diddy Dirty Money, to perform the single “Coming Home” last spring in front of his ex, Jennifer Lopez. The Idol judge dated Didd, a.k.a. Sean Combs, back in the late ’90s when he was still known as Puff Daddy. (The two split up after an incident at a New York City nightclub in 1999 that resulted in a weapons charge for Diddy.) READ FULL STORY
'American Idol' week in news: Jermaine Jones says on-air DQ 'hurt a lot,' Kellie Pickler performs, and more
Jermaine responds to booting
Jermaine Jones spoke to HLN about his disqualification from American Idol on Wednesday’s show because of past run-ins with the law. The 25-year-old singer said that he had no idea what was going to happen when he was called into a room with producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe, where the two informed him – on camera – that he was being kicked off the show. He described it as a “very humbling experience” and said he was “very disappointed… it hurt a lot.” READ FULL STORY
The 'American Idol' week in news: Jessica Sanchez wows Jennifer Hudson, Ruben Studdard preps new record, and more
Fall behind keeping up with headlines on Twitter? Never fear, EW.com has your round-up of this week’s biggest American Idol news.
J-Hud Loves J-San
After Jessica Sanchez earned a standing ovation for her powerhouse rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” Wednesday night, she got a special Twitter shout out from season 3 alum and Oscar winner, Jennifer Hudson! “Yes Jessica! That’s it!!” Jennifer tweeted. Jessica told Access Hollywood, “Me and my uncle were in the same room when we saw the tweet and we were, like, crying and freaking out.” Hudson recently sang the song at the Grammys as a tribute to the late singer.
“We’re saving Elise.” And with that quiet statement from a sparkly heeled Jennifer Lopez, Jeremy Rosado became the first Top 13 contestant to be eliminated — judges’ choice, remember — from American Idol‘s 10th season. EW was on the scene at CBS Television City in Los Angeles for the live taping, and there is only one way to describe the vibe of Rosado’s exit: totally emotional.
Rosado was on his knees during the pre-elimination commercial break — and there was a sense that he knew what was coming the whole time he was on the stage, likely spurred by those harsh video comments from mentor-in-residence Jimmy Iovine.
(Although, to be fair, Iovine was harsh to nearly all the contestants and — in one particular comment — the entire human race.) Although visibly crestfallen at the news, it was a comfort to see Rosado smile while watching his exit video — he even turned around during it and mouthed the words “thank you” to Lopez. After the taping was over, too, Rosado seemed to be a bit happier, as the judges and fellow contestants swarmed the stage to offer hugs and words of encouragement. “Go ahead, Jeremy, go ahead!” stage manager Debbie told him, as he ran off to give his father a hug before being whisked away to the bowels of the Idoldome.
After about an hour and a half of meetings and briefings at Idol HQ, Rosado — who had bloodshot eyes — made his way down to the press tent, where he talked to reporters about how he was feeling, his love for Jennifer Lopez, whether he’ll go back to work at the doctor’s office, what’s next, and much more. Read a quick Q&A with an emotional Rosado here:
American Idol contestants certainly get enough vocal coaching and critiquing, so why not add an image advisor to the mix? Starting next week, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger will debut as the newest mentor on the Idol team, advising the finalists on how to transform their style on the Idol stage into pop star material.
”I am honored to be joining Ryan, Steven, Jennifer, Randy, and Jimmy for the 11th season of American Idol,” said Hilfiger in a statement. ”My own experiences at the beginning of my career inspired my commitment to mentor young people who are dedicated to pursuing their dreams. Musicians can bring such a unique vision and personality to the stage. I admire risk takers who share my belief in the power of fashion to transform and influence, and I look forward to working with the artists to guide them in defining their performance style and identity.”
Hilfiger will make his Idol debut next Thursday during the week’s results episode.
America was introduced to American Idol‘s season 11 top 13 this week: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Heejun Han, Shannon Magrane, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, Jermaine Jones, and wild cards Erika Van Pelt (Randy’s choice), Jeremy Rosado (Jennifer Lopez), and DeAndre Brackensick (Steven Tyler).
Entertainment Weekly caught up with the finalists at Idol‘s top 13 party in Los Angeles Thursday night and asked them everything from thoughts on their strengths and weaknesses, to makeover hopes and fears, to their feelings about the judges so far this season.
We also caught up with Steven and Randy to get their opinions on the finalists this year — and asked Randy what he thinks about the show’s ratings being down this season.
What sets you apart from the other contestants?
DeAndre Brackensick: Other than my hair? [Laughs] I do have a big, big range. I have a low voice, and I have a very, very high voice. I try to use the high to my advantage, not too much. But hopefully the high can push me through at least to tour.
Skylar Laine: I’m the only country person left in the group, so that sets me apart. READ FULL STORY
Is there a feud brewing between American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and Fox parent company, News Corp?
One day after News Corp COO Chase Carey spoke to investors about Idol, calling its ratings “disappointing” (“The ratings aren’t what we hoped they would be,” he continued) and insisting that the show “can and should provide fresh energy” following the appearance of new competitors The X Factor and The Voice, Lythgoe took to his Twitter to respond. READ FULL STORY
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