American IdolLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
American Idol's season finale to feature Nick Jonas, Patti Labelle and Kermit the Frog
Darius Rucker, Gary Clark, Jr., Bebe Rexha and Yolanda Adams will also be part of Sunday's finale.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Did Ryan Seacrest know American Idol was live when he told Katy Perry "your mom's pretty"?
Seacrest may or may not have been joking on Sunday's show, but the moment rubbed some the wrong way following his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Meet reality TV kingpin Mike Darnell, who oversees everything from The Bachelor to Ellen to TMZ to Basketball Wives
The Warner Bros. TV executive, who's in charge of alternative programming, oversees more than 30 shows. “He’s the best executive in reality television I’ve ever worked with,” says Peter Roth, the head of Warner Bros. TV and Darnell's boss. Darnell was responsible for putting American Idol and Gordon Ramsay's many shows on air when he worked at Fox. “The viewer is desensitized,” he says of trying to create a reality TV hit nowadays. “It’s much, much, much harder to get people’s attention with a crazy idea than it used to be. It’s been done. Now it’s less about jolting the viewer and controversy. Now it’s about being clever and finding stuff that you know will be broad-based. You have to smell the tide of where things are and where it’s going.”
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
ABC's version of American Idol treats eliminated contestants as an afterthought
The elimination process was one of the most compelling aspects of the Fox version of Idol. "Once a staple of the Idol experience, it has essentially been reduced to an afterthought," says Andy Swift. "For all the time and energy ABC devotes to endearing its contestants to the viewers, it’s kind of shocking how those same contestants are quickly, unceremoniously booted from the stage when it’s revealed that they aren’t moving forward. This is a far cry from days of Idol past, when the eliminated contestants were not only forced to watch a video montage of their journey but also had to sing live for America one last time. It was painful, it was devastating, it was… thrilling. Especially when tears were shed." ALSO: Clay Aiken blasts Idol for "therapy session" response to a contestant forgetting lyrics.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Reality TV shows should take notice of the shorter seasons on Dancing with the Stars and American Idol
Idol is airing just 19 episodes this season, less than half of the Season 3 high of 45. Dancing with the Stars, which used to run 21 episodes a season a decade ago, will have just four with the all-athletes edition. Both shows are proving that reality TV shows don't have to be bloated and stretched out. ALSO: Katy Perry wears six-foot angel wings to the Met Ball.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Carrie Underwood returning to American Idol as a guest mentor
The Season 4 winner will serve as a mentor for the Top 5.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
ABC renews American Idol revival for Season 2 -- Season 17 overall
Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest will all be back next season. Despite its hefty cost, American Idol has delivered on its promised ratings to advertisers while boosting ABC's Sunday lineup.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
American's Idol's Prince tribute songs revealed
“When Doves Cry," "Manic Monday" and “Nothing Compares 2 U” will be part of Sunday's Top 7 tribute to the late iconic singer.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
American Idol gets ratings boost from its first live coast-to-coast broadcast
The ABC reality show last night had its best demo numbers since its premiere in March.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Katy Perry dressed as Snow White for American Idol's Disney night
The singer looked like a dead ringer for the iconic Disney princess.
Posted Sunday 4/29/18 at 1:21AM EDT
Katy Perry flies to Vatican City to meet the Pope in between Idol shows
The singer spent her days between American Idol meeting Pope Francis, accompanied by boyfriend Orlando Bloom.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
American Idol drag performer Ada Vox on not being voted into the Top 10: "Maybe America isn’t ready"
“I’m considered a very controversial figure on this show, and it’s just a testament of, maybe America isn’t ready," said Vox, who required judges' intervention to make the Top 10. "But honestly maybe my performance wasn’t good enough. All I have to do, I don’t have to worry about what they think about me as a person. All I have to worry about is picking up my performance game, to make sure that I, no matter what, no matter what the outcome, end on a high note.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
American Idol nearly tied The Voice in key demo
Last night's episode of the ABC reality singing competition drew a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.6 million viewers overall. The Voice, meanwhile, fell to a 1.5 rating in the demo and 8.3 million total viewers.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
American Idol reboot shows the resilience of talent, even with superstar judges
The new batch of Idol contestants have managed to be quirky and interesting as they've grown into better performers. "In later seasons of Idol, and subsequently on The Voice, these contestant arcs were replaced by judge dramatics," says Jon Caramonica. "The Voice especially showed that pop stars, if they took the judging chair, would not just be the arbiters of a competition but also stars of their own weekly sitcom. The new Idol acknowledges this shift without crumbling under it. (Katy) Perry is a talented physical comedian and a ham willing to wail over her purported contestant crushes, though as a judge, she’s especially tough on the young female performers. Mr. Bryan is especially tough on the English language; as a judge, he’s Randy Jackson reincarnate. (Lionel) Richie is the shepherd of this uncertain flock. He is the most firm with criticism, and also the most generous with praise."
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 1:18PM EDT
American Idol will air live across the U.S. to allow for real-time nationwide voting
For three weeks starting on Sunday, viewers from every time zone will be allowed to vote at the same time. “We set out on a journey to find the best talent this nation has to offer,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “As we head into the next phase of the American Idol competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America’s next superstar.” Idol becomes the first reality show to allow for live coast-to-coast voting. The move follows NBC's move last year to broadcast live Saturday Night Live episodes nationwide. ALSO: Idol recovers from last week's series low.