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Steven Tyler rips new 'Idol' judges; Nicki Minaj calls him racist

A happy American Idol judging family? Dream on.

But according to former American Idol judge Steven Tyler, harmony should be the ideal. Want that peacefulness explained via a sort-of gross birth metaphor? Tyler’s got you covered:

“I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie,’ ” he said in an interview with MTV. “They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by ‘entertainment’ factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight. The f— is that all about?”

The rocker goes on to say, “These kids…they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.” READ FULL STORY

New 'American Idol' season 12 promo -- VIDEO

Despite reports of behind-the-scenes fights, American Idol judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban are all working together for the show’s new promo. “To all the dreamers,” Carey begins. “To everyone who thought they’d never have a chance,” Minaj continues. “It’s almost that time of year America,” Jackson says. “A time to make dreams come true,” Urban adds. Watch the video below!

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Fox announces 'American Idol' start date

The announcement may not have the same impact as it did a few years ago but Fox is still rolling out the early warning sign to drum up anticipation: American Idol will bow over two nights on Jan. 16-17. Also premiering with the talent show will be the new panel of judges — Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban — who will join Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest on the show’s 12th (!) season.

Fox also has a new and returning drama to trot out after the first of the year. The creator of The Vampire Diaries and the Scream franchise will play in the world of serial killers in The Following. (See the trailer below). Premiering Jan. 21, it stars Kevin Bacon as an ex-FBI agent and Purefoy as a creepy (but uncomfortably sexy) mass murderer.

Meanwhile, season two of Touch starring Kiefer Sutherland returns on Friday, Feb. 1. Joining the cast this year are Maria Bello (ER) and Lukas Haas (24). READ FULL STORY

'Sunday Night Football' tops 'American Idol' for most expensive ads

American Idol no longer has the most expensive ads on TV.

Ad Age has just released its list of the most expensive shows, as judged by the cost of a 30-second spot, and football is king. The cost of a 30-second ad during Sunday Night Football is $545,142, up from $512,367 last year.

Idol, which has taken the top spot for the past five years, fell a lot. Last season, a 30-second spot on the Wednesday’s show ran $502,900. Now, it’s $340,825. (Perhaps Nicki and Mariah need to drum up even more publicity.) The results show on Idol is currently $296,002, also down from last season’s price of $468,100.

Ad Age reports that the other big winner is New Girl. The sophomore comedy commands $320,940 for an ad, up from $125,488 last year. That places it on the number four spot, behind Sunday Night Football, Idol and Emmy-winning Modern Family ($330,908).

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'Idol' team breaks silence on Minaj vs. Carey threat

American Idol producers are breaking their silence after the feud between newcomer judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj hit a dramatic new level. The pop singer told ABC News reporter Barbara Walters yesterday that she’s hired extra security because rap artist Minaj had threatened to shoot her.

The production team issued the following carefully worded official statement Friday: “This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had. We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can’t imagine a better group to find the next American Idol. Despite all the accusations and media speculation — much of which is inaccurate — production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge.”

Walters said Carey told her Minaj was overheard declaring, “If I had a gun I would shoot that bitch.” Minaj then fired back on Twitter, saying nobody from the Idol team heard the threat, and issued a series of tweets mocking Carey’s claim: “Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. ppl will believe it cuz she’s a black rapper. Lmao. I’ll then hit up Barbara n milk it. I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we’ve had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn.” READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey vs. Barbara Walters? The 'Idol' feud continues

Just call it Minaj’s Revenge.

Barbara Walters recently interviewed new American Idol judge Mariah Carey, and on The View this morning, relayed what Carey told her. Carey, via Walters, charged that multiple people heard fellow judge Nicki Minaj say, “If I had a gun, I would shoot the b***h,” as part of Minaj’s expletive-filled remarks against Carey that leaked online earlier this week.

Not surprisingly, Minaj sees things differently, and took to her Twitter this afternoon to clear a few things up. We’ve posted some highlights below, but you should really read the whole thing in its entirety.

First, Minaj declared, “The struggle to be a victim is real in these streets. Lmaooooooooooo” and “The struggle to not have the kid on the show is real in these streets. Lmaooooooooo.” READ FULL STORY

Ryan Seacrest on Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey fight: It 'went a little too far'

Wondering what really happened on the set of American Idol in Charlotte yesterday, when Nicki Minaj apparently cursed out fellow new judge Mariah Carey? Ryan Seacrest to the rescue!

As the reality competition’s host revealed during On Air With Ryan Seacrest this morning, there was “a very heated, intense argument towards the end of the day after a contestant did a little bit of a performance in the room.” Though Seacrest was not present when the dispute broke out, he admitted that both Minaj and Carey “went a little far” during their argument: “And, so, yeah, it was heated. It did go too far, to the point where the producers said with just a few more contestants left, ‘Let’s call it a day.’ And, [they] called a ‘wrap’.”

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'Idol' fight: Nicki Minaj curses out Mariah Carey

The American Idol auditions were disrupted Tuesday after two new judges on the show engaged in a contentious fight on the panel.

In a video obtained by TMZ (below), rapper Nicki Minaj curses out pop singer Mariah Carey at a stop in Charlotte, N.C. The audio makes the conversation difficult to understand, but according to one translation, Minaj shouts, “I told them, I’m not f–kin’ putting up with her f–kin’ highness over there.”

The site claims the fight was over a contestant’s performance and that Minaj threatened to “knock out” Carey, but that’s not confirmed. Another site claims Carey started the fight by “making jabs” at Minaj. Arguably, the best part is fellow newcomer judge Keith Urban looking rather trapped sitting between them.

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'American Idol' judges: First glamour shot! -- EXCLUSIVE

Now that we know Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are not (yet) engaged in an epic feud one day after American Idol‘s season 12 judging announcement, feast your eyes on the first official judges portrait — a sea of understated navy topped with a dollop of rainbow sherbet. It is my esteemed privilege to be the first one to ask, What’s your damage, Nicki Minaj’s pants?” Will the living, breathing, rapping cotton candy dispenser insist on corrupting every serene group shot with a “Can you see my no-no?” expression of faux surprise? Stay tuned.

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'American Idol': New judges dismiss feud rumors

Feud? What feud?

Just over 24 hours after the new American Idol judges panel was made official, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have found themselves battling rumors of behind-the-scenes disagreements. But the pair laughed them off during a press conference today in New York City. (Of course, was there really any other response we expected?)

“How can you feud in two days?” Carey joked. “I think a feud takes a little longer [to build].”

Carey and Minaj were joined by Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest as they previewed the new season, which will be the first for three of the judges. Carey, Minaj and Urban beat out a lengthy list of contenders to replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' announces judges: Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj confirmed

It’s official: American Idol is adding new judges from the worlds of country music and hip hop.

Fox announced Sunday that 44-year-old Aussie singer Keith Urban and colorful 29-year-old rapper Nicki Minaj will sit with pop diva Mariah Carey at the season 12 judges table of the reality hit, along with returning judge Randy Jackson. The confirmation settles months of behind-the-scenes reports and speculation about the show’s panel that saw singers such as Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Adam Lambert and Kanye West floated as possible judges.

“Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop,” said Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell in a statement. “And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him. With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [Seacrest], we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”

Earlier this summer, Fox announced the exit of Idol season 10 and 11 judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, along with the hiring of Carey. The network then strongly considered shifting Jackson to a mentor role. After quietly selecting Minaj and Urban for slots, Fox recently made an offer to Latin singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias to fill a fourth spot, but those talks broke down last week. In addition to Carey receiving about $17 million for her role on the show, we’re hearing Urban will pull down about $4 million. According to one report, Minaj will earn around $8 million.

The network hopes the new hires will boost the ratings of the aging series — or at least stabilize its declines. Though Idol remains TV’s top entertainment series, the show suffered a record year-over-year ratings drop last season. Part of the problem is the marketplace has become more crowded with singing competition shows like NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s own X Factor. READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell tweets Randy Jackson 'back on Idol'

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Simon Cowell has good news for American Idol fans who don’t want to see the big dawg hit the road. Cowell tweeted that Randy Jackson will stick around the Fox talent show for another season.

“Just heard Randy is back on Idol,” Cowell tweeted to his 3.6 million followers. “Right decision.”

Late last month, news broke that Jackson was expected to leave the judges’ panel and move into a mentor-like role but now it appears he’ll stay put in his chair.  Deadline says that Fox went ahead and exercised the option it already had on Jackson, who has been on Idol since it debuted in 2002.

Fox, for now, is staying mum though it may make an official announcement about the panel later this week. Only Mariah Carey has been announced as a new judge, replacing one of the vacancies left by Jennifer Lopez and Steve Tyler. The other  rumored candidates for the high-profile gigs are Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

Cowell’s The X Factor, meanwhile, returns to the network on Wednesday.

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

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