American IdolLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
ABC's Channing Dungey on Roseanne Barr's firing over racist tweet: "In some ways, this was a last straw"
More than two months after canceling Roseanne and essentially firing Barr, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she wouldn't have done anything differently. She also says her decision "wasn't that difficult." Dungey also noted that she had been asked about Barr's Twitter account a year ago. "It's not a secret that she has had a tendency in the past to be sort of outspoken and go off-book," said Dungey. "We've had multiple conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other stuff eclipse the show. So, in some ways, this was a last straw. But it was also such an egregious tweet that it felt like no matter what, there would have been some action that we would have taken." She adds: "I think the swift, decisive action really spoke volumes and I think we're proud of what we did."
- "The Conners’ have started to take a cue from Marvel and Shondaland in terms of holding everything close," says Dungey on the spinoff's secrecy
- Dungey has seen three outlines for The Conners: "What I can tell you us that thematically we will be focusing on a lot of the same themes that we were in the first nine episodes"
- Dungey on Black-ish creator Kenya Barris' exit: He was "frustrated" by the limitations of broadcast TV
- Dungey talks life without Shonda Rhimes, says ABC might add another Marvel show
- Dungey on American Idol Season 2: "We’re hoping this year to do even more of the live shows"
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT
Former American Idol champ Taylor Hicks: I had a source on the show who told me who would be eliminated each week
Hicks, who was crowned Idol winner in 2006, said the only time his "in" on the show didn't come through was for the finale.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Mariah Carey tells Jimmy Kimmel working on American Idol was a "bleak experience"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kimmel asked if it was true she discouraged Lionel Richie from joining the ABC reality revival. "If I didn’t, I should have," said Carey, who was a judge on Fox's version in 2013, adding: "I’ll tell you the best part was some of the memes we got."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
America's Got Talent returns to dominant ratings
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
About 12.1 million watched last night's Season 13 premiere. ALSO: Simon Cowell says he's "genuinely not interested" in American Idol.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
American Idol champ Maddie Poppe feared producers would break up her relationship with Caleb Lee Hutchinson
“We started dating around the top 24 week, and we’d noticed that there were some other couples who had gotten split up along the way,” she says. That's when she began to suspect that producers frowned upon show romances. “I mean, it’s just my conspiracy theory, but we really didn’t want anybody to know (we were an item), because we didn’t want the producers to find out and split us up!”
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel reunites "all-stars" from past American Idol seasons
Season 3's William Hung and Season 6's Sanjaya Malakar (and his "Crying Girl" Ashley Perl, all grown up) were among the participants on Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s "We Are the World"-style "All-Star Reunion" performance of the song "Where Are They Now?" Also present were "Chicken Little" Kevin Covais, Scott MacIntyre, Antonella Barba, Chewbacca Girl and "Pants on the Ground" singer "General" Larry Platt. Longtime Idol judge Randy Jackson also made an appearance, as did previous Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, who were kept separately. Earlier in the evening, Kimmel dropped by American Idol and brought a time capsule on stage to surprise the studio audience with Sanjaya, who had shaved off all his hair. ALSO: Maddie Poppe beats boyfriend Caleb Lee Hutchinson to win American Idol.
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"?
Source: New York Daily News
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
Source: The New York Times
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
Source: reality blurred
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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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.