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Enrique Iglesias offered 'American Idol' judges spot -- EXCLUSIVE

Fox’s American Idol is getting closer to finalizing a judges panel for its 12th season.

Sources say Latin singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias has now received a firm offer for a spot on the reality hit, which may expand to four judges next year despite shedding its entire previous panel.

EW.com reported last week that rapper Nicki Minaj and Aussie country artist Keith Urban were poised to join pop diva Mariah Carey on the show, and that Iglesias (or, if he passes, Adam Lambert) could fill a fourth spot. Longtime Idol judge Randy Jackson is set to move to a mentor role. Now we’re hearing Iglesias has received an offer for about $4 million per year, on par with Urban’s deal.

Fox and producers have only confirmed Carey at this point and have no comment on any of the other names or the number of judges. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' judges update: Who's in, who's out

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Is Randy Jackson leaving American Idol?

Nope. But he won’t likely be a judge next year either.

The current status of the Fox reality hit’s 12th season panel negotiations puts the 56-year-old record producer in a mentor-like role, sources confirm. Unless Jackson decides to leave the show, or the talks with his potential replacements completely fall apart, he’s expected to shift to a new position on the top-rated series. Jackson has been a well-regarded member of the show’s cast since the series debuted in 2002, but Fox and producers would like to make a judges panel clean-sweep for the 2013 season.

As has been widely reported, rapper Nicki Minaj is indeed near a deal to join the show as a judge. If hired, she’ll join pop singer Mariah Carey, who signed a contract worth about $17 million per year. Carey fills one of the spots vacated by singer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, whose exits were announced earlier this year.

The third spot, sources say, is most likely going to Australian country music star Keith Urban. READ FULL STORY

Source: Nicki Minaj is in deep talks to join 'American Idol'

After a couple of canceled performances and a new Us Weekly report, speculation that Nicki Minaj will help to judge American Idol‘s 12th season is at a fever pitch. And while nothing is final yet, sources have told EW that the Pink Friday rapper is in deep talks to join Fox’s reality juggernaut — though, again, no deal has been made.

Pop diva Mariah Carey signed on to become an Idol judge this summer, shortly after Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and multihyphenate Jennifer Lopez left the show. Singer Nick Jonas revealed a few weeks ago that he is also “being considered” for a seat on the panel. (Sorry, Snoop.)

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Nick Jonas says he's 'being considered' for 'American Idol' judge seat

Could a Jonas brother become a judge on American Idol? According to Nick Jonas, it’s a distinct possibility — and one that he’s very excited about. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter/actor tweeted on Saturday: “The rumors are true… I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol” He continued to promote that hashtag, later tweeting: “Loved seeing all your amazing response to #nickonidol keep it coming!”

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Steven Tyler criticizes 'American Idol': 'Not my cup of tea'

Where was this honesty during Idol‘s last season?

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, former American Idol judge Steven Tyler admitted that life at AI wasn’t always sunshine and Coca-Cola. “It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest,” he told the magazine, explaining that he joined the judging panel primarily because of spats with his Aerosmith bandmates. And once on the show, Tyler found that Fox’s reality juggernaut was “not [his] cup of tea.”

Though the rock star said he enjoyed working with fellow ex-judge Jennifer Lopez and taking home a fat paycheck — reportedly $10 million per season — Tyler wasn’t keen on criticizing the series’ fresh-faced contestants. “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me,” he told Rolling Stone. “That’s not what I’m about.”

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Mariah Carey joins 'American Idol'

Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez and now … Mariah Carey.

Fox just made it official: Carey is the latest successful pop diva to join American Idol. The 42-year-old will join the judges table for season 12.

As reported in this week’s issue of EW, Carey has been the leading contender to join the panel this summer, which has seen a flurry of celebrity names floated in the press as possible candidates. Sources conflict on Carey’s salary, putting the number between $15 and $18 million. Either way, Carey is likely taking home more than Lopez’ first year ($12 million) and second year ($15 million) salary on the show. Lopez, sources say, was holding out for $20 million to return for a third round.

“It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these [singing competition] shows have ever had,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told critics at their press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday. “It’s an artist many contestants have tried to emulate, tried to hit the songs, hit the notes. [The deal] only concluded only hours ago.”

The move comes on the heels of Steven Tyler exiting the hit singing competition, and Fox being unable to convince Lopez to sign on for a third round. Lopez was holding out for a raise beyond her $15 million second-year salary and took to the media to proclaim that she was almost certainly leaving the show. If there was a slight chance of Lopez staying before, it vanished once Fox signed Carey — Fox won’t pay for two high-priced female vocalists.

“I think I can say it’s 100 percent that Jennifer won’t be back on the show,” Reilly said, adding after the panel: “We were waiting for the Mariah deal [to announce Lopez was leaving] … once Jennifer declared she was comfortable moving on, we made the decision.” READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' judges update: Mariah Carey edges closer to deal

American Idol is once again becoming more compelling for its backstage drama
than its onscreen singing competitions. Sexobsessed sexagenarian Steven Tyler is out. Poised pro Jennifer Lopez says she’s gone too. The fate of snoozily affable Randy Jackson, who’s managed to survive years of high-profile shakeups on the Fox hit, is uncertain as well.

One thing is clear: American Idol will be reinvented again before the 12th season
launches in January. Though Tyler’s departure was announced last week, the decision to overhaul the show was effectively made months ago, when the 10th season suffered the biggest ratings drop in the series’ history. Idol was down 23 percent—to 18 million viewers— from the previous year. That’s still a large
enough audience to make Idol TV’s biggest non-sports program, but it’s an alarming
decline for a costly show that’s critical to Fox’s schedule. The drop prompted Chase Carey, COO of Fox parent company NewsCorp, to tell Wall Street last February that the show needs “fresh energy.”

Though the dealmaking is still in flux, the current frontrunner to deliver that new wattage is Mariah Carey — with Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, will.i.am, Kanye West, and Fergie also on Fox’s wish list. Sources say Carey is deep into her talks with Fox and would probably score a paycheck on par with Lopez’s. (Negotiations started around $12 million a season, the same as Lopez’s first year, though will probably conclude closer to Lopez’s second-year rate of $15 million.) Despite reports that Randy Jackson will exit, insiders now expect him to stay, especially Carey comes on board (Jackson manages the pop singer). READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez leaving 'American Idol': 'The time has come'

Just a day after Steven Tyler announced he wouldn’t be returning as a judge on American Idol, on this morning’s On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez called in to announce that she would  not be returning to American Idol either. She hinted at the news on the Today show yesterday, but now it appears to be a done deal.

Lopez said, “It’s been a long process…I’ve really been torn….Something has to give.”

She hemmed and hawed for a while, before finally saying, “The time has come for me to get back to the other things that I do….We had an amazing run.”

She seemed open to returning as a mentor, but said she couldn’t commit to being there every single day all the time.

You can listen to Seacrest and Lopez’s full chat over on Ryan Seacrest’s site.

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Steven Tyler leaving 'American Idol'

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And the next judge to leave American Idol is…

Steven Tyler? Yup, after weeks of rumors that Jennifer Lopez might exit the hit talent show, Fox just announced that the Aerosmith frontman will not return to Idol as a judge for the show’s 12th season.

“After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit,” said Tyler in a statement. “I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.”

Tyler then promoted his upcoming album, and added, “Idol was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it…Now it’s time to bring rock back.” READ FULL STORY

The week in 'American Idol': Phillip Phillips crowned, Haley Reinhart's new album, and more

Newly minted American Idol, Phillip Phillips, dropped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Thursday night to discuss his Idol win, health issues, and why he’s scared of Jennifer Lopez. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: How to fix 'American Idol.' Plus: Sizing up 'Bachelorette' villains and the 'Glee' finale

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Phillip Philips just won American Idol! Of course, we could have pretty much predicted that result when we first laid eyes on him back in January. That’s because Phillips is now the fifth straight white-guy-playing-guitar to win the show (along with David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, and Scotty McCreery). But predictability in terms of winners is just one of the problems plaguing a show which lost around 30 percent of its audience from just a year ago. Are the contestants to blame? The judges? The format? On the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Jessica Shaw and I brainstorm ideas to help the reality competition show get back on track. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' finale lowest rated ever

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Nobody was certain who would win Fox’s American Idol, but you could easily predict the show’s finale would mark its lowest-rated closer yet.

Given that Idol is down about 29 percent this season, there was no way Wednesday night’s climactic reveal would overtake last May’s finale, which represented the show’s previous finale low.

Last night, Fox says 21.5 million viewers tuned in to watch Phillip Phillips take the top prize, with a 6.3 rating in the adult demographic. That’s down 32 percent from last year, though up 43 percent from last week’s results show. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Phillip Phillips talks health issues, and why he's different from past winners -- VIDEO

It’s no secret that, for months now, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has been weathering some significant pain due to issues with his kidneys. He’s scheduled to undergo surgery to remedy the matter, in fact, within the next few weeks. So no one was about to begrudge Phillips the five-minute breather he took backstage after Wednesday night’s finale, during a brief lull in his gauntlet of post-show press. Once he was done, though, I swooped in to steal some more of his time, but the 21-year-old Georgian betrayed zero discomfort as he talked about the moment just after he’d won when he cut short his performance of “Home” to quietly weep into his guitar.

“I didn’t even want to sing, honestly,” he said, smiling. “I started thinking about how long the journey was, how far all of us had come — me and Jessica, Hollie [Cavanagh] and Josh [Ledet] and everybody. It’s insane, man. It’s not as easy as you think.”

Check out the rest of our video interview below, including how Phillips did endure all that pain, what it was like to duet with John Fogerty, his thoughts on his well-reviewed Idol “coronation” song, and what he thinks sets him apart from the four previous male guitarists who’ve taken home the top Idol prize:  READ FULL STORY

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