Jennifer Lopez: American Idol Judges Will Be “Tougher” in Season 11

American Idol is vigilant about cherry-picking the best crooners in the nation, and judge Jennifer Lopez says the powers-that-be will be especially hard on the contestants this year. "We're a little tougher on everybody," J.Lo tells People of the coming season, which premieres on January 22, 2012. "Because of last season and the standard that we set, it's easy to go, 'Is he as good as even our top 24 from last year?’” Given that Season 10 churned out such shiny success stories as...

Scotty McCreery could be most popular 'American Idol' ever, says Nigel Lythgoe

The youngest-ever finalists -- Lauren Alaina, 16, and Scotty McCreery, 17, -- take the stage for the two-night finale, beginning Tuesday, May 24. In a half-hour interview the only time executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is quiet -- and looks genuinely perplexed -- is as he considers which teenager will be crowned Season 10's "American Idol." "If Scotty wins, I believe he could be the biggest 'American Idol' selling artist of all time," Lythgoe tells Zap2it."Whoever it is, the fact is, it's America's vote."But when you have had a season with a diverse array of artists, where will the Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk and Paul McDonald fans shift their alliance?"I don't know who James' votes will go to," Lyhtgoe says of James Durbin, who left two weeks ago. "I don't know who a rocker votes for in who's left. I truly don't know. You've got two country [singers] there."Lythgoe does remain impressed by Haley Reinhart, who...

'American Idol's' Nigel Lythgoe predicts the winner will be 'the one with the most votes'

"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe did a conference call with the press Tuesday (May 24) to promote the upcoming premiere of Season 8 of "So You Think You Can Dance" (read the full interview here).But of course, someone had to ask him about the upcoming "Idol" finale. Nigel says the winner will be "the one with the most votes."That cheeky Nigel.He does think that "Idol" has gotten back on track, comparing it to the way "SYTYCD" has kept its format consistent."American Idol" got to much into "focusing on judges instead of the contestants," says Lythgoe. "I thought, 'These are mistakes being made in front of my very eyes.' Would I have done that if I were there? ... I do think the public or your viewers or your fans need to know where they are. More importantly, keep the show up to date, keep it relevant and keep it entertaining. If you continue to...

'American Idol' Finale: Carrie Underwood and George Strait Picked the Songs, Bono and the Edge to Perform

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will take to the stage tonight for the all-country 'American Idol' finale. And it's been announced that a previous 'Idol' winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer will both have a hand in it. Plus, veteran Irish rockers Bono and the Edge will take time out of their North American tour to perform on the results show Wednesday night with cast members from the Broadway musical, 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.' According to 'USA Today,' Lauren and Scotty will each perform one song chosen for them by their personal musical hero. Specific details haven't been released yet, but we do know that Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood chose one for Lauren, and that the legendary George Strait picked out Scotty's.

'American Idol': Will Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina duet in the future?

"We're friends. This isn't a competition, we're just singing out hearts out."This is what Scotty McCreery said about competing against Lauren Alaina for the title of Season 10's "American Idol" on Tuesday, May 24. All together now: Aw!Lauren, 16, and Scotty, 17, answered reporters' questions during a press conference held at the Nokia Theatre, the same venue they'll be singing for their hearts out in less than 24 hours. Both country crooners seemed relaxed and totally ready for the finale.When asked what it says about country music that the final two are both young country artists, Scotty says, "Country music is hip. Country music fans are loyal. They've gotten us here so we owe all of this to them."I think it'd be good."  Scotty and Lauren have performed several duets together on the show and are looking forward to singing together even after their "Idol" journey comes to an end. "We've talked about it a lot," Scotty...

Confirmed! U2 to Perform on American Idol Season Finale

Major drama has surrounded the rumored performers on the American Idol Season 10 finale. Judge Steven Tylers band Aerosmith was said to be on the list, but they appear to have bowed out after band members couldnt put their differences aside. And last week, the rumors were flying about a last-minute substitution by members of legendary rock band U2. Well, a U2 appearance AND performance have now both been confirmed!Longtime U2 manager Paul McGuiness told a reporter backstage at the Billboard Music...

'American Idol': What Will The Final Two Sing in the Finale?

We've got the answers! Or at least some educated guesses. We will find out on Tuesday! Tuesday, not Wednesday. Don't miss the performance episode, only to tune in for the endless results show on Wednesday! The contestants will sing a song they felt they sang best during the season, then a producers' pick, and then a song to record. I'm not sure if it will be a cover they're going to record, or a new song (a la "A Moment Like This"), but The Entertainment Lifestyle is saying each contestant has an original song written for them. I don't know how I feel about that yet.

'American Idol:' Scotty vs. Lauren Finale Showdown Preview (Spoilers)

It's safe to say we all know a few things are guaranteed to go down at this season's all-country finale. No matter who wins, J.Lo will cry, Lauren will cry, Lauren's mom will cry (and change hairdos at least twice in the two-hour show), James Durbin will set something on fire and Casey Abrams and/or Haley Reinhart will get their growl on. As for the rest of the show, we've got some info on what the producers and the 'Idols' have in store for the season 10 send-off, including a performance from one of the biggest rock bands of all time and some hints on what we'll be hearing from two of this season's Top 3 on Wednesday night.