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'American Idol': Brad Paisley being wooed as a judge?

In the wake of FOX's announcement that "American Idol" has signed Mariah Carey as a new judge for Season 12, the rumors are still swirling about the other judges spots. Deadline is reporting that the singing competition is seriously considering country star Brad Paisley for the panel. This does not mean Paisley has even been contacted yet, but it's fun to think about him as a judge. He's a terrific musician -- talented singer and very, very good guitar player. Plus, "Idol" has arguably had the most success with its country music alums, so a country music judge does make sense. Rumor has it that Randy Jackson, who was instrumental in signing Mariah Carey to the panel, will probably be returning. So what do you think of a panel that consists of Jackson, Carey and Paisley, "Idol" fans?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/american-idol-brad-paisley-being-wooed-as-a-judge.html

Simon Cowell on 'American Idol' judge Mariah Carey: 'She's going to find it difficult to say no'

Mariah Carey was announced as the brand new "American Idol" judge Monday (July 23). During the "X Factor" panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, Simon Cowell was asked about the newest addition to "Idol.""I'm happy for her, actually. I like Mariah," says Cowell. "I think she's going to find it difficult to say no. You've gotta say no to people. She's sweet.""But I think she'll be great," he continues. "I got wind of this last week, so I kind of knew it was going to happen. But I'm happy for her."... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/simon-cowell-on-american-idol-judge-mariah-carey-shes-going-to-find-it-difficult-to-say-no.html

'American Idol' Adds Small Town and Online Auditions for Season 12

Let the American Idol overhaul begin! Following a huge drop in ratings, the loss of Jennifer Lopez and Steve Tyler from the judges' panel and getting snubbed by the Emmys in favor of The Voice , American Idol is changing things up a bit for season 12. The show will offer new ways to audition, including a small town bus tour, online submissions and "Nominate an Idol." //www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/american-idol-adds-small-town-46664.aspx

'American Idol': I'm hoping Jennifer Lopez is not leaving, says Nigel Lythgoe

There have been big changes recently for "American Idol" Season 12, including the departure of judge Steven Tyler and the (most likely) departure of judge Jennifer Lopez, which executive producer Nigel Lythgoe addresses at the Television Critics Association press tour FOX session Monday morning (July 23)."What I said to Ryan [Seacrest] was I was really upset to hear of Steven leaving us and the possibility of Jennifer leaving us," says Lythgoe. "She did say 99% ... I'm hoping that 1% means she's not leaving."In regards to his own status as "Idol" EP, Lythgoe says, "I can't make any comments about my future with 'Idol' at the moment. We're in negotiations." What do you think, "Idol" fans? Do you think there's a chance J.Lo sticks around?UPDATE: Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment at FOX, says he thinks Nigel's comments were more fueled by a personal wish taht J.Lo not leave. Reilly says, "I think I can say... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/american-idol-im-hoping-jennifer-lopez-is-not-leaving-says-nigel-lythgoe.html

'American Idol': Mariah Carey announced as newest judge

"American Idol" has announced one new judge for Season 12 -- recording artist Mariah Carey. Fox Broadcasting Company President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly made the big announcement at the Television Critics Association press panel on Monday (July 23)."We do in fact have one judge whose deal closed very, very recently. I think it's the biggest recording artist that any of these shows have ever had," says Reilly. "It's an artist that many contestants have tried to emulate, have tried to have sung the songs, have tried to have hit the notes and because it really was concluded only hours ago, our new judge cannot be with us."Reilly then called Mariah Carey on the phone, who said hello to all the TCA members. "I am so excited to be joining 'Idol,' I wanted to be there today and I wish I could've been there myself to tell you. But I think you know this all kind... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/american-idol-mariah-carey-announced-as-newest-judge.html

Phillip Phillips Spills First Album Details: November or December Release Date!

Ready for the first album from American Idol Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips? Well, it will be here before you know it! Spilling precious details about the much-anticipated album to Yahoo! Music, Phillip said that the plan is to have it ready by November or December by working furiously through the summer. "I wanna have a little writing at least on each song. So that’s definitely what I’m going to be pushing for," Phillip explained. "We’ve recorded a few... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/4C0ikWyeISI/phillip-phillips-spills-first-album-details-november-or-december-release-date

Jessica Sanchez on Phillip Phillips’ American Idol Summer Tour Return: “We’re Going to Take Care of Him”

There’s no need to worry about whether Phillip Phillips will be taken care of when he returns to the stage for the American Idol Season 11 Summer Tour, following his kidney surgery earlier this month. Runner-up Jessica Sanchez says he’ll have a whole family at his side — in the form of his former co-contestants! "We’re all a big family. Brothers and sisters," Jessica told Rumor Fix in a tour rehearsal interview. "We take care of each... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/De-ZFvSaIxQ/jessica-sanchez-on-phillip-phillips-american-idol-summer-tour-return-were-going-to-take-care-of-him

Phiilip Phillips to Make Post-Surgery Comeback Performance July 4

After undergoing several kidney surgeries, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will make his comeback performance on July 4 on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, The Associated Press reports. //www.tvguide.com/News/Phiilip-Phillips-Comeback-Performance-July-4-1048951.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Leaves Hospital

UPDATED: The singer-songwriter had surgery Wednesday to remove kidney stones. //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/UnsJrCpbwe0/american-idol-winner-phillip-phillips-336285

Phillip Phillips Makes Idol History with 278,000 Downloads of 'Home'

American Idol may have had its lowest rated finale ever, but that didn't stop Idol winner Phillip Philips from debuting at No. 2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart — and making Idol history. //www.tvguide.com/News/Phillip-Phillips-Idol-History-Downloads-Home-1048357.aspx?rss=breakingnews