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Which Idol Judges Will Be Back Next Season?

Simon Cowell has confirmed that all four Idol judges will return next season. "I think certainly next year everyone's going to be back," he told Ellen Degeneres during a pre-taped Tuesday appearance on her show ("Yeah, absolutely," he added.) In recent weeks, the judges' plans for future seasons have been uncertain, with Season 8 addition Kara DioGuardi being the latest question mark. The arrival of the fourth judge, who has a one-year contract, has been controversial throughout the season, in part because of how much time an extra judge adds to critiques. (Former Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe told that he's "not a fourth judge fan," for example, and nearly 60 percent of voters in a poll agreed that four judges is too many.) Cowell acknowledged the debate surrounding the additional judge. "There's less time for us to talk," he said. "One week ... 10 minutes before the show started, [producers] said, 'Oh, by the way you can't talk for half the show.' It's rather like saying in a singing competition to the singer, 'Half of you can't sing.' It was just crazy." The show's veterans have also been discussing their Idol futures. Paula Abdul -- whose contract ends after this season -- pondered her plans during an April appearance on Nightline. Cowell has been vocal about his next steps too. He recently told the New York Times that he still intends to leave American Idol when his contract ends after next season. Are you glad that all four judges will be back? Source Here

Paula Abdul to Perform New Single on Idol Results Show

Paula Abdul is going to be a different kind of vocal on Wednesday's American Idol results show. The singer-dancer-judge will perform her new single, "I'm Just (Here for the Music)," live on the Idol stage, Abdul confirmed on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show Tuesday. The single also made its world premiere on Seacrest's show. (Listen to the song here.) Abdul said she was hesitant to take up the show's producers when they made the last-minute offer. "I wasn't sure if I was going to do it. Timing was of the essence," she said. "I put everything together on Saturday and rehearsed on Sunday. It was really good, and I am feeling good about it... There's a lot to see in less than three minutes." No Doubt and Daughtry are also scheduled to perform on Wednesday's show. This will mark Abdul's first live performance on Idol. During Season 7, Abdul debuted a music video for "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" - which featured Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Seacrest - on the show. Are you looking forward to Paula's performance? What do you think of the new song? Source Here

Should Idol Keep Kara? Former Show Boss Nigel Lythgoe "Not a Fourth Judge Fan"

Former American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe says that while Kara DioGuardi is "very good" in her capacity alongside Simon, Randy and Paula, as a matter of principle he is "not a fourth judge fan." "What we've seen is that four judges tend to take away time from the program, which was always going to be the problem," he explained during a visit to Lythgoe's comments about Idol's addition of a judge come on the heels of DioGuardi revealing to ET that she only was signed to a one-season deal, yet hopes to stay on. On Fox's summertime reality smash, So You Think You Can Dance (premiering Season 5 on May 21), executive producer Lythgoe also serves as a judge alongside Mary Murphy and a rotating choreographer. But rarely has that competition ever trotted in a fourth panelist. Does Lythgoe think that the addition of DioGuardi, the Judges' Save and the expansion to a Top 36 are all changes worth keeping? "They've tried a lot of different things," he notes. "I think they'll probably ... keep some of them and lose others." Source Here

Idol's Matt Was "Definitely Surprised" to See Adam Nearly Eliminated

If you did not expect to see season-long front runner Adam Lambert in American Idol 's bottom two this week, know that the singer who ultimately got sent home shares in your astonishment. "I was definitely surprised that Adam was there with me," Matt Giraud said in a Thursday press conference call. "He didn't really like his performance [of "Feeling Good"], but I thought he was great." Prior to landing in the bottom two, Adam was asked by host Ryan Seacrest to ally himself with either of two pairs of fellow singers - essentially declaring whether he thought he was safe this week as well as share his opinion on who wasn't. "It was a cruel twist," said Matt, who (paired with Kris Allen) failed to court Adam's favor. "We kind of played with him backstage [afterward] ... but it felt kind of uncomfortable." And what would Matt have done had he been put in that sticky sitch? Alluding to how a similar "choice" played out this time a year ago, he said, "I would have pulled an Archuleta, and just sat down!" Even though he eventually was ordered to Rat Pack his bags, Giraud put the best spin on his performance of "My Funny Valentine," which earned raves by no less than Mr. Cowell. "Going out with Simon calling you 'brilliant' and comparing you to Nat King Cole ... is certainly better than, 'That is the worst you've ever done. Have a good day!'" Source Here

Idol Takes On Rock Week with Slash, Daughtry and No Doubt

Put up your devil horns - American Idol 's Top 4 are about to rock. Legendary Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash will guide the crooners through all things rock 'n' roll as the week's celebrity mentor. Slash, who's sold 100 million albums and earned seven Grammy nods for his various projects, is currently working on a solo album and with his current band, Velvet Revolver. Once the Top 4 have put their spin on some rock classics, No Doubt and Daughtry will grace the stage to keep the fist-pumping energy going on results night. No Doubt is gearing up for a summer tour and putting the finishing touches on an album planned for 2010. Season 5 Idol contestant Chris Daughtry and his band will perform "No Surprise," the first single from their upcoming sophomore album. Are you excited for rock week? Which performance are you looking forward to most? For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET. Source Here

Ratings: A Nearly Three-Month High Is in Order

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET President Barack Obama's 100-day touch-base drew 19 million total viewers across ABC, CBS and NBC. That's down 39 percent from his previous prime-time address, though one must remember that Fox was not carrying the POTUS this go-round. Fox instead went with Lie to Me , which matched last week's 7.88 mil. Similarly, Top Model held steady at 4 mil. * 9 pm American Idol 's reveal of the Top 4 played to 21.85 million viewers, down 6 percent week-to-week. Criminal Minds claimed second with 13.27 mil, dipping 280K. Lost found 8.81 mil celebrating its 100th episode, down 200 thou from its last fresh episode. * 10 pm CSI: NY topped the hour with 12.47 mil, on par with its last new episode. Law & Order followed with 7.7 mil, its largest audience since Feb. 4. ABC's The Unusuals was flat with 5.08 mil. Source Here

Matt Giraud Eliminated From 'American Idol', Adam Lambert in Bottom 3

It was a surprising line up of the bottom three this week in " American Idol ". Many have predicted that either Matt Giraud or Allison Iraheta will be the least voted but they only got one right. Matt was in the bottom three along with Kris Allen and surprisingly, fan and judges favorite, Adam Lambert. Ryan Seacrest announced that there were 47 million votes cast on the Rat Pack night. Then later he started dividing the top 5 into two groups. Matt was grouped with Kris and Adam on right side of the stage while Allison and Danny Gokey stood on the left side. The host then announced that Matt's group belonged to the bottom three. Kris was first to be declared safe, leaving Adam and Matt for the climax toward the end of the show. Seacrest finally said that Matt, who was saved by judges two weeks prior, is not in the top 4. The result night on Wednesday, April 29 invited several guest performers including Jamie Foxx that became the mentor of the week. Others were Natalie Cole and former "Idol" champion Taylor Hicks. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - Featured

* American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) There was Vegas swing and sway last night when the Top 5 interpreted standards popularized by the Rat Pack, the 1960s clique of cool crooners that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. All this happened sans Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds, who lacked disco fever the week before and fell victim to a double gonging. Now the lasting quintet - Kris Allen, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert - anxiously await viewers' verdicts on last night's performances, with one of them ultimately heading home. And alert the Soul Patrol: Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks returns to Idol to perform "Seven Mile Breakdown." * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) Now that we know about Miles - he talks to dead people, his dad is Dr. Pierre Chang, etc. - we can move on to the other surviving member of the Widmore island expedition (other than pilot Frank Lapidus): Daniel Faraday, who was just alighting from the sub in 1977 as the last episode ended. It appears that the time-defying physicist has arrived just in time for Dharma's hostilities with the hostiles to heat up. In fact, don't be surprised if his presence has something to do with triggering them. * Legacy of War (10 pm/ET PBS) Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, who covered the aftermath of World War II in Europe some 60 years ago, revisits such locales as London, where he reported on its postwar rebuilding initiative; the Nuremberg courtroom where he witnessed the trials of war criminals; and Berlin, which quickly became a Cold War symbol. Along the way, he details the long-term implications of that era, from fueling the baby boom to leading to the emergent U.S. role as a superpower. * CSI: NY (10 pm/ET CBS) Edward Asner guest stars as Abraham Klein, a clockmaker who survived Auschwitz, in an emotion-charged episode that includes brutal images of the Holocaust. The mystery begins when a jewelry appraiser is murdered during a lucrative auction. The routine case suddenly gets complicated when it's discovered that the victim was both knifed and shot in the same place on his body, and that the bullet that killed him is German-made and dates back to the 1940s. * Criminal Minds (9 pm/ET CBS) Fans of the canceled drama Moonlight will be happy to see actor Alex O'Loughlin return to the network, if only for one night. O'Loughlin plays a serial killer who sends a video documenting one of his crimes to the BAU team, but it's not to taunt them - or even part of his twisted MO. The agents learn that the man is sending them a message to help him stop his murderous spree. Source Here

Analyzing Idol: Is Adam the Show's Most Unique Performer Ever?

Throughout American Idol 's final weeks, as each sing-off signs off, will be checking in with TV Guide Network hosts/Idol alums Justin Guarini and Kimberly Caldwell for their particularly qualified takes on who soared, who stumbled, and which judge's review most rang true. This week, Guarini shares his thoughts on who Rat-Packed a punch as they tackled jazz standards. To Read Click here .

Ratings: 9021-Oh, No! Renewed Show Hits All-Time Low - Featured

Tuesday's tallies: * 8 pm/ET American Idol Rat-Packed in an audience of 22.54 million total viewers, dipping 700K week-to-week. Part 1 of NCIS ' spin-off set-up scored second with 16.32 mil, a drop of 7 percent. The Biggest Loser averaged 9.43 mil over its two-hour run, its largest audience since Feb. 3. Lagging far behind ABC's According to Jim , Reaper plunged 26 percent, to 1.82 mil. * 9 pm The Mentalist topped the hour with 16.9 million viewers, up 155 thou from its last fresh outing. Dancing with the Stars ' results show followed with14.27 mil. At 10.6 mil, Fringe was up a hair from last week. 90210 , meanwhile, sank 19 percent to hit an all-time low of 1.8 mil. That's right, 90210 got a Season 2 pick-up in February, yet Privileged is on the bubble. Join me in some head-scratching. * 10 pm Without a Trace was No. 1 with an audience of 12.35 million (down 800K), but SVU (10.5 mil, surging 16 percent) dominated in the demos. In fact, Stabler and Benson copped their best 18-49 numbers since Jan. 6, and their second-best such demos of the season. ABC's Cupid targeted 6.16 mil, down 440K and suffering significant tune-out over the hour. Source Here