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Phillip Phillips Performs New Original Song “Take Me Away” (VIDEO)

As much as we love "Home" and his cover of Chris Isaak’s "Wicked Games," we’ve been dying to hear some original material from American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Today, our prayers have finally been answered! During an appearance on Philadelphia radio station Mix 106.1, Phillip performed a new self-penned track titled "Take Me Away." For any fans worried that he’d have a hard time writing radio-friendly hits, fear not. This P2 original... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/VmVLmSl897w/phillip-phillips-performs-new-original-song-take-me-away-video

Kanye West in talks to be 'American Idol' judge - report

Rapper Kanye West is the latest big-name celebrity said to be negotiating with producers to become a new judge for "American Idol," TMZ reports.Sources tell the site that "Idol" reached out to West about filling one of the seats next to Mariah Carey at the judges' table, and he expressed interest but isn't sure if the gig is a good fit."He's on the fence," the source says.As for how much he'd make if he did sign on the dotted line, sources say the show would "at least match Mariah's salary" of $18 million a year. Reports also say Nicki Minaj is either close to signing a deal or has already signed one to become a judge, and that the judges' table may be home to a party of four for Season 12.TMZ reports that Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Enrique Iglesias are also currently frontrunners. And if you ask former "Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert, he's... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/kanye-west-in-talks-to-be-american-idol-judge---report.html

'American Idol': Adam Lambert still in talks, Mariah Carey reportedly mad about Nicki Minaj

The rumors are a-swirling for the "American Idol" Season 12 judges panel, which so far only consists of Mariah Carey. Maybe we should just leave it at that -- Mimi and Seacrest can get us through, don't you think?We kid. But TMZ is reporting that Carey is not pleased with the latest rumor that a deal to sign Nicki Minaj as a second judge is almost done. Sources tell the site that Carey was led to believe she'd be the only woman on the panel and is mad about the younger woman horning in. There are also sources that say some of the FOX/Fremantle head honchos think the panel can't not have two men, so then they are wondering if they should have two men and two women. Yes, 'cause that worked out so well in Seasons 8 and 9.Meanwhile, Adam Lambert tells the Herald Sun of his "Idol" talks, "I am still waiting on... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/american-idol-adam-lambert-still-in-talks-mariah-carey-reportedly-mad-about-nicki-minaj.html

Nicki Minaj Joins Mariah Carey As New 'American Idol' Judge

Nicki Minaj has captured the open judging spot on American Idol and will be evaluation contestants next to Mariah Carey, according to US Weekly. Two sources have told the magazine that the star is ... //www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2012/08/20/nicki_minaj_joins_mariah_carey_as_new_?ref_src=news_rss

'American Idol': Nicki Minaj nailing down judging deal - report

According to two sources that have confirmed it to US Weekly, Nicki Minaj has signed on to be the newest judge for "American Idol." One source says, "I'm not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it. A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening."A second source adds the R&B star is "100% confirmed to judge 'American Idol'."It has already been announced that pop diva Mariah Carey will be joining the "Idol" judges table when the show returns for its 12th season. She was brought on in the wake of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez departing the show after two years. Randy Jackson, the only judge left from the original slate, has not officially signed on or announced he is leaving yet. There have been rumors he is moving to a "mentoring" role.If Mariah and Nicki are two of the judges and Randy does... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/american-idol-nicki-minaj-nailing-down-judging-deal---report.html

Phillip Phillips and Other American Idol Season 11 Alums Reveal Why They Auditioned for the Show (VIDEO)

With auditions underway for Season 12 of American Idol, the Top 10 contestants from Season 11 are sharing why exactly each of them tried out for the show. In this new video, the alums talk about what gave them the extra push they needed to audition for the show. Phillip Phillips: "My family and my friends made me audition, and I’m glad they did …" Erika Van Pelt: "It was a mix between my family and certainly my friends." Elise Testone: "I was ready... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/03Fw04ACHzc/phillip-phillips-and-other-american-idol-season-11-alums-reveal-why-they-auditioned-for-the-show-video

Is American Idol Phillip Phillips Butting Heads With His Record Label?

American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips is prepping his debut album (which is due this winter), but a new report indicates that he might not be getting his way with record label 19 Entertainment. Phillip’s been engaging in some interesting Twitter behavior lately. His tweets about artistic integrity may have something to do with an advertisement soliciting songs that are "fresh," "uplifting," and "radio-friendly" of the David Cook... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/fyYv_PGSDps/is-american-idol-phillip-phillips-butting-heads-with-his-record-label

Pink rejected 'X Factor', 'Idol', 'The Voice': 'People would hate me'

  Pink  has revealed that she turned down offers to judge  The X Factor ,  American Idol  and  The Voice . The 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)' singer declined the roles because she felt viewers would "hate" her for giving contestants the truth. Read More... //www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/s103/the-x-factor/news/a398162/pink-rejected-x-factor-idol-the-voice-people-would-hate-me.html  

Randy Jackson Unsure of What American Idol Future Holds

American Idol judge (who may or may not be sticking around for Season 12) Randy Jackson is as clueless about what’s to come from the show as the rest of us. Fox promised some "creative reinvigoration" for the program’s new season as a result of the show’s recent ratings dip and has signed Randy’s client Mariah Carey for next season’s judging panel but beyond that, he’s got no idea. As reported by Radar Online, Randy appeared on Chicago’s... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/aUumg4ilork/randy-jackson-unsure-of-what-american-idol-future-holds

'American Idol': Alanis Morissette in talks to be a judge?

"American Idol" is currently on a hunt for one or two more people to round out the Season 12 judges panel. Mariah Carey has been officially announced as a judge and current panelist Randy Jackson has not yet been officially announced as returning. Names that have been rumored to be in talks with the show include country star Brad Paisley, R&B star Sean "Diddy" Combs and pop sensation Nick Jonas. But now you can add Alanis Morissette to the list of rumored judges."I'm in talks with somebody right now, I can't name any names, but I'm pretty excited about doing it more formally, yep ... I still have to investigate further and that's all I can say," Morissette tells Mix 941, a local CBS station (audio below).What do you think, "Idol" fans? Would this Canadian songstress make a good addition? Download: kmxb_alanis_interview.mp3 //... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/american-idol-alanis-morissette-in-talks-to-be-a-judge.html