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Randy Jackson quitting American Idol; Nigel Lythgoe, other judges may be fired, too

Randy Jackson, the last remaining original judge, is leaving American Idol after 12 seasons. His confirmation of his exit came after a report that said all four judges would be fired next season along with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. Both stories come at the end of a massively disappointing season that’s spawned wild rumors and …

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American Idol’s “shocking” results, disguised amid gibberish, just like the episode

American Idol resolved what it’s doing with the extra week it has since the judges’ save wasn’t used: no one was eliminated this week, though Ryan Seacrest didn’t reveal that until the end of the episode. As a result, the results show seemed like even more of a waste of time than usual. There’s nothing …

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Secret plan to dump Mariah Carey from American Idol called “ridiculous” by Fox

American Idol is experiencing its lowest-ratings since season one, despite a pre-season feud, and Fox and the show’s producers came up with an innovative plan, according to a report: Fire Mariah Carey and replace her with Jennifer Lopez, who judged last year and then quit, but that didn’t happen because Mariah threatened to sue. The …

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Glee Project’s Matheus auditions for Idol, which may have its first-ever openly gay contestant

American Idol‘s abbreviated auditions are ending, and the end-of-the-day sad story on Wednesday’s episode belonged to Matheus Fernandes, who competed on season one of Oxygen’s The Glee Project, though the show didn’t acknowledge it, and not everyone noticed. Perhaps more surprising is that the show featured what may be its first openly gay auditioner. Papa …

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Are American Idol’s judges powerless, taking orders from producers?

Are Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson just doing the bidding of American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe? A theory and analysis of audition footage suggests that American Idol‘s judges no longer make their own decisions, instead looking to producers to tell them whether or not to send a contestant to Hollywood …

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Despite Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah, American Idol has barely changed: stunning

American Idol 12‘s debut last night proved one thing: it will remain fundamentally the same show regardless of its judges or producers, whether there are changes to the structure or not. Even a somewhat judge-centered episode focusing on Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey and their something-out-of-nothing spats, the show was like always: generally pointless bickering, …

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