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'American Idol' disqualified singer Jermaine Jones reunites with stars

Jermaine Jones  has reunited with his former  American Idol  co-stars. The singer was  disqualified from this year's competition after it emerged that he had lied about his criminal background . Jones purchased tickets to the  American Idol  live tour on Tuesday (August 21) at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. His friend and third placed-singer Josh Ledet gave him backstage passes. Read More... //www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/s91/american-idol/news/a401965/american-idol-disqualified-singer-jermaine-jones-reunites-with-stars.html  

Nigel Lythoe Returns to American Idol

Nigel Lythgoe is returning as executive producer for American Idol' s next season, E! News reports. The long negotiations with the So You Think You Can Dance judge have left production of the series "way behind normal schedule." Now that Lythgoe's officially back, his first order of business is to "lock in judges." //www.tvguide.com/News/Nigel-Lythoe-Returns-American-Idol-1052492.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Watch Jessica Sanchez's 3 Best Performances from American Idols Live! (VIDEO)

Jessica Sanchez might’ve come in second place on Season 11 of American Idol, but she’s been a total winner on the stage throughout this summer’s American Idols Live! Tour. Here are our three favorite performances by the pint-sized diva from the tour so far! //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/NTX52-8bCvg/watch-jessica-sanchezs-3-best-performances-from-american-idols-live-video

Phillip Phillips Surprised With Platinum Record for “Home” on the Today Show (VIDEO)

Phillip Phillips appears to be putting in a lot of face-time lately. The American Idol Season 11 champ has been making the publicity rounds for the past few weeks in between tour stops for American Idols Live! and readying his debut album. But his latest interview on The Today Show this morning came with its own surprise: Phillip received his first platinum record for selling a million copies of his coronation single, "Home." "Man, I haven’t even seen it, this is... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/lFTEFWCVWwQ/phillip-phillips-surprised-with-platinum-record-for-home-on-the-today-show-video

Keith Urban Reportedly Confirmed as American Idol Season 12 Judge

Last we heard, American Idol producers were closing in on a deal to bring in country singer Keith Urban to the Season 12 judging table alongside Mariah Carey, but now a new report indicates the deal is done! The Country Vibe News claims to have exclusive information on the matter, reporting that show execs definitely wanted to have a country singer on the judging panel of four for Season 12, and it came down to Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Reportedly, Brad Paisley was looking to nab a... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Yb_VUmrfc1Y/keith-urban-reportedly-confirmed-as-american-idol-season-12-judge

Katy Perry rejects 'American Idol's' offer of $20 million - report

Apparently "American Idol's" first choice for the young, hip judge was not Nicki Minaj. TMZ is reporting that pop sensation Katy Perry was recruited hardcore to join the judges panel, to the tune of $20 million.That kind of money beats already-signed judge Mariah Carey's deal by $2 million. But Perry has turned "Idol" down. According to sources, Katy just doesn't feel she can clear her schedule enough and that it isn't the right career choice for her, not even for $20 million.The word on the street right now is that Minaj and Keith Urban are the frontrunners to join Mariah Carey. There is no word on Randy Jackson's status, though we are keeping our fingers crossed the panel remains only three judges. Four was too much.What do you think, "Idol" fans? Would Katy Perry have been better than Nicki Minaj?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/katy-perry-rejects-american-idols-offer-of-20-million---report.html

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban at Final Phase of Sealing 'American Idol' Deals

The 'Starships' raptress and the 'Stupid Boy' singer are said to be inches away from signing up to be judges on the FOX reality show. //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00053332.html

Phillip Phillips Says Girlfriend Hannah Blackwell is a “Sweetheart,” Gives Surgery Update to Access Hollywood (VIDEO)

Phillip Phillips is still struggling with the chronic kidney stone problem he endured during American Idol, but he’s got plenty of support from girlfriend Hannah Blackwell! Appearing on Access Hollywood yesterday, Phillip was asked whether the surgery he went through before hitting the American Idols Live! cross-country tour has made him completely better yet. "It should," he responded. "I have to get a couple of check-ups soon to make sure everything’s doing... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/-duLraqfy-o/phillip-phillips-says-girlfriend-hannah-blackwell-is-a-sweetheart-gives-surgery-update-to-access-hollywood-video

Alanis Morissette: “I Have Been in Conversations” for American Idol

Is American Idol about to play host to the weirdest '90s mash-up ever? Rocker Alanis Morissette confirms that she is in talks to sit next to '90s pop princess Mariah Carey at the judges table. "Yes, I have been in conversations about it, and that's the degree to which I can share the info right now," Morissette told CNN Tuesday."I live to mentor, so my heart is much more open to the idea of that than even 10 years ago when I, perhaps, wasn't in a position to be able to offer much advice, solicited or otherwise. [B]ut I love watching people and... //www.tvguide.com/News/American-Idol-Alanis-Morissette-1052309.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Phillip Phillips Wants Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj to Be Tough American Idol Judges (VIDEO)

Phillip Phillips was often praised for his performances while on American Idol, but he hopes Mariah Carey and potential new Season 12 judge Nicki Minaj will be harder on the contestants than the panel from Season 11. Speaking to MTV, he said, "I would say I hope they're a little more critical … because there were some times when I performed, especially on 'Time of the Season,' man, my ears went out, but that's live television, I can't just stop the song, so I just pushed... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/tGHm3ur5vZ0/phillip-phillips-wants-mariah-carey-and-nicki-minaj-to-be-tough-american-idol-judges-video