Inside the Plan to Revamp American Idol

  Can American Idol be saved? After losing a quarter of its audience last season, the Fox competition series is hitting the reset button for its 13th cycle, premiering in January. First up: a judging panel featuring Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. "Last season, we knew what could happen when the chemistry was bad," says new executive producer Per Blankens, who previously helmed the Swedish version of Idol . "So we decided to get three people who really could enjoy each other's company." The panel is getting along so well that they're even taking their lunch breaks together, something producers admit never happened last year. "Nobody's above the other," adds exec producer Trish Kinane. "There's none of that rivalry going on."

'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover's Debut Album Delayed

The Season 12 champ will unveil "Music Speaks" in February.    

Emmys: ‘The Voice’ Wins Award That Has Eluded ‘American Idol’ 9 Times

“The Voice” just notched another win over its Fox rival, “American Idol.” After bumping “Idol” from the category last year, “The Voice” won the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program at the Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday after only its second nomination in the category.   Read More...

'American Idol' Alum Elise Testone Debuts New Song on iTunes

The singer's post-"Idol" debut is the No. 18 song on iTunes singer-songwriter chart.   Read More...

‘American Idol’ Brings Back ‘Nominate an Idol’ Auditions

Have a friend or family member that should be on “American Idol,” but is too humble to showcase their talent on national television? Nominate them yourself. Fox announced on Thursday that the hit reality competition is once again expanding audition opportunities by bringing back “ Nominate an Idol ,” which allows viewers to nominate performers for a shot at the talent competition’s big title. The “Nominate an Idol” initiative — which first debuted on Season 12 — will be accepting admissions until Sept. 20.   Read More...

Randy Jackson on Next Season's 'American Idol': 'Greatest Show of Its Kind Ever'

Speaking to THR and a group of reporters in New York, the newly-appointed mentor shared his thoughts on judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.  

Scotty McCreery on New 'American Idol' Panel: 'It's Definitely Going to Be a Good Season' (Video)

The season 10 victor is set to release his sophomore album, "See You Tonight," on Oct. 15.  

Jennifer Lopez Confirms Return To 'American Idol'

Jennifer Lopez confirmed recent stories that she'll be returning to her judge's chair on the upcoming season of American Idol. The singer told show host and Los Angeles area radio show host Ryan S...

'American Idol' Season 13 judges first pic: Is this the new dream team?

FOX made it official Tuesday (Sept. 3), announcing the judges for the upcoming 13th season of "American Idol." Check out the first picture of the new "dream team" -- Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.What do you think of the panel, "Idol" fans? We actually kind of wish this had been the panel after the original dream team of Paula, Simon and Randy was no more (and we're including the introduction of Kara DioGuardi to that team). J-Lo has proven to be a sweet, Paula-like judge without the word salad that Paula would spew out a lot of times. Keith Urban, turns out, is the judge we wanted that we never knew we wanted. He's critical without being mean and encouraging without being too nice. And Harry Connick Jr. has been an outstanding mentor several times on the show. We've wanted him on the panel for years. As much as we like DioGuardi...

'American Idol' Releases Official Picture of the 'Dream Team'

Members of the new judges panel are all smiles for their first day in Boston.