Nigel Lythgoe — The King Returns to ‘American Idol’

TMZ has learned Nigel Lythgoe will return to “American Idol” next season as the executive producer … marking one of the biggest TV “I told you so!” moments in decades.

Read more at TMZ

Ellen’s Departure Doesn’t Surprise ‘American Idol’ Experts

Ellen DeGeneres was the first to admit that her first, and as it turns out, last, season on “American Idol” was not smooth sailing. In the statement announcing her departure from the show, the daytime talk queen and veteran comedienne copped to feeling uncomfortable criticizing young singers. “It was a difficult decision to make,” DeGeneres said, “but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings.”

MTV News reached out to its panel of “Idol” experts for reaction on Friday (July 30), and each member said they were not shocked that DeGeneres pulled the ripcord on her three-year contract.

Read more at MTV

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J.Lo Hinted She Would Take ‘Idol’ Job If Offered

What a day for “American Idol” news! Ellen DeGeneres is leaving, Kara DioGuardi has reportedly been axed, and now Jennifer Lopez’s deal as an “American Idol” judge replacement is reportedly imminent.

“Extra” got a clue that Lopez was interested when Reporter AJ Calloway hypothesized to Lopez, “What if ‘Idol’ offered you $45 million to come onboard as a judge, what would you do?” To which the superstar replied, “Well, that’s hard to say no to,” she laughed, adding, “I’m not greedy, I’m not greedy, I’m not greedy!”

Read more at Extra Tv

SomethingPitchy Backstage With the Idols: Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox (VIDEO)

We weren’t exactly the biggest Lee DeWyze fans during this past season of ‘American Idol,’ but we’ll admit that after we interviewed him last week, we’re ready to call him our new BFF.

As you’ll see after the jump, the interview turned out to be, as Lee might put it, amazing. (Though, as he told us, he’s ready to pick a new favorite word.)

Then, stick around for SP’s favorite girl Crystal Bowersox, who told Gaby about her son’s cute mispronunciations, her budding romance with TV host Jimmy Kimmel (not!) and her thoughts on the new Janis Joplin biopic. (How was she not cast, Hollywood?!)

Something Pitchy

‘American Idol’: Jennifer Lopez can be a great judge — if she avoids Ellen DeGeneres’ mistakes

That said, I’m genuinely optimistic about the widely reported rumor (still not officially confirmed by Fox brass) that Jennifer Lopez has snagged a permanent seat in this high-stakes game of musical judges. If I’m going to carry the “renovation” theme into this paragraph — and you know that I am, of course — then J.Lo is like that slab of luxurious marble that you can only hope will be a perfect fit for your countertop. Nope, I’m not being facetious. Lest we forget, the “Jenny from the Block” singer was a warm and funny presence when she mentored the season 6 Idol contestants on Latin Night. Remember how she called Blake Lewis into the room to do a little beatboxing and help hopeless Haley Scarnato capture the rhythm of “Turn the Beat Around”? Or the way she pushed Melinda Doolittle to try to connect with her inner sex kitten on “Sway”? So what if J.Lo’s not the world’s greatest warbler? What she brought to her mentorship was a genuine interest in the contestants and a genuine ease in front of the cameras.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

Miranda’s Just Like You – Only Prettier!

Hot on the heels of her four-week No. 1 single “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert is ready to release follow-up single “Only Prettier,” from her ACM Album of the Year, Revolution.

For the song’s video, Miranda asked a few of her “prettier” girlfriends, including Kellie Pickler, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Laura Bell Bundy, to join her. Lambert and friends portray two rival cliques attending a 1950′s high school sock hop. It’s planned to officially dance its way onto video outlets everywhere on August 5th.

Read more at AngryCountry.com

‘Idol’ contestant Paige Miles on the show’s changes

Paige Miles understands how difficult it was for Ellen DeGeneres to dole out criticism to “American Idol” contestants.

“I know it was hard for her to be hard on us because she knows what it’s like to be on the other side, to be booed and to be cheered on to an encore,” said Miles, who finished 11th last season on “Idol.”

Read more at CNN.com

Celebrities React To Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘American Idol’ Exit

Other celebrities have also joined the conversation, voicing reactions and well wishes. “Idol” season six third-place finisher Melinda Doolittle was shocked by the news. “I feel like I was tweeting this exact thing around this time last year,” she tweeted. “DUDE! Ellen?!?! DUDE!!!!!”

Last season’s champ, Lee DeWyze, also took to Twitter to offer a few words on how DeGeneres’ departure may affect the show. “The show will be fine,” he tweeted in reply to a fan.

Read more at MTV

Associated Press interview with Clay Aiken – He talks about his tour with Ruben Studdard

Sign seen at Adam Lambert’s concert tonight in San Diego

Is Adam the subject of an E True Hollywood Story? And isn’t it a bit soon?

UPDATE: Reporter from CBS8 confirms the E! crew: “We’ve been informed that E! is shooting an all exclusive piece following #adamlambert throughout tonight’s show in San Diego. @cbs8 at 11pm…We snagged Tommy and Monte. Told that Adam wasn’t available due to E! having exclusive rights tonight for filming.”

 
  • tinawina

    I totally am going to watch that Something Pitchy stuff later tonight. I am starving for Crystal news. Yay!

  • tripp_ncwy

    MTV Jim Cantiello news;

    jambajim
    I’m on vacation next week. BUT!!!! I just handed over a finished @AllisonIraheta 4-part chat AND @KrisAllen outtakes. Catch ‘em Monday! YAY!

  • delacarpa

    Kris Allen getting some press about his “The Truth” desert video.

    http://www.hotxpress.com/

  • tripp_ncwy

    kevo1978

    Star sighting: Kris Allen is like 10 feet away from me. Is he on my flight?

  • Ratna12

    Yay, so many Kris news. I can’t wait for Monday.
    And wonder what kind of outtakes they will be.

  • Mtlfan

    kevo1978

    Star sighting: Kris Allen is like 10 feet away from me. Is he on my flight?

    the guy was at Memphis’s airport! Yesterday Kris was in Cali and tomorrow he performs in Louisiana. Seems doubtful he was there

  • KTINTN

    Taylor on Access Hollywood from this evening. Talk of his tour & George Clooney comparison.

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/video_1241877?dst=ah

  • Inconnu

    What a day for “American Idol” news! Ellen DeGeneres is leaving, Kara DioGuardi has reportedly been axed, and now Jennifer Lopez’s deal as an “American Idol” judge replacement is reportedly imminent.

    really? Apparently Kara’s been axed? Oh…. that would be so nice.
    (Sorry to the Kara fans out there)

  • girlygirl

    Mtlfan

    Actually Kris probably was in the Memphis airport — whenever he goes back home or to that area of the country it seems like he either flies through Memphis or Dallas, as there don’t seem to be direct flights from L.A. to say, Little Rock.

  • koshka

    really? Apparently Kara’s been axed? Oh…. that would be so nice.
    (Sorry to the Kara fans out there)

    Literally or figuratively? LOL

  • x57x
  • Mtlfan

    thanks girlygirl, that makes sense. Maybe a stop over

  • girlygirl

    “walking in L.A….nobody walks in L.A.”

    http://krisallenfrance.com/photos/displayimage.php?album=88&pos=4

  • vanjess38

    Ratna12,

    Which outtakes are you referring to? I’m lost.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • smeggingnuts

    wow they are filming an E! True Hollywood story on Adam…well at least according to this picture post on haha twitter….haha love rumors

    http://twitpic.com/2a6gfc

  • girlygirl

    If J-Lo wants this job she better not get too greedy

  • wjmtv

    Ratna12:

    Yay, so many Kris news. I can’t wait for Monday.
    And wonder what kind of outtakes they will be.

    Funny ones. Guaranteed. :)

  • crisanne

    smeggingnuts:
    07/30/2010 at 9:36 pm

    wow they are filming an E! True Hollywood story on Adam…well at least according to this picture post on haha twitter….haha love rumors

    http://twitpic.com/2a6gfc

    Thanks for the link
    That’s beyond Amazing!!!!so so happy for Adam <3
    a huge compliment for Adam to featured on that programmed, You know you’ve made it when…
    ARHHHH still beyond awesome

  • steph6449

    Danny at Frontier Days in Cheyenne

    http://twitpic.com/2a6x7t
    http://twitpic.com/2a6ukv

    Earlier before he went on stage. Nice that he got to actually do something while in the area. So often seems like these folks go to great areas but are too tied down with interviews, soundcheck, etc. to actually get out and see the sights.

    dannygokey: Playing a show n Cheyenne 2night at Frontier Days & I just went horseback riding! Have I mentioned how much I love horses? I really want 1!!

  • smeggingnuts

    OK so apparently they are filming for the E! true hollywood story at Adam’s concert tonight. Just saw a bunch of tweets from people going into the venue that show that sign.

    We have a few MJ’ers in that show maybe we will get to see them on TV :)

  • bridgette12

    I was hoping something like this would happen, but I didn’t think it would happen for at least a couple of years. Adam has a great story, from understudy in a musical to American Idol contestant, and then on to being the first openly gay artist to be signed to a major record company in the States.

  • cary

    OK so apparently they are filming for the E! true hollywood story at Adam’s concert tonight.

    One of the recent Adam articles said his agent said he was getting offers for movie roles and tv specials, so I guess this is the tv special!

  • smeggingnuts

    bridgette12:
    07/30/2010 at 10:53 pm
    I was hoping something like this would happen, but I didn’t think it would happen for at least a couple of years.

    I know me too I was thinking 5yrs at the least not 1year later lol….can’t wait :mrgreen:

    but it does make sense to get some footage tonight since it is his home town. And his Dad is in the audience tonight….gotta get the sappy sentimental stuff in there about coming back home a success after a decade of struggle and what not heheh

    of course are they going to have anything we don’t already know?? haha

  • competitivebynature

    Adam getting a true hollywood story is ridiculous. There are actors and other singers far more successful that have not gotten one. Once again Adam gets more attention than deserved.

  • starhart

    Adam getting a true hollywood story is ridiculous. There are actors and other singers far more successful that have not gotten one. Once again Adam gets more attention than deserved.

    Well, these stories are not only based on “how many records did you sell”. It is not a popularity contest. It is a mark of the amazing level of interest Adam brings to the public. HE is interesting–and E Hollywood has the right to decide whom they wish to tape based on their criteria.

    YOU may not think Adam “deserves” it, but obviously, someone does–and I am thrilled, as I am one of the public who will watch whatever I can.

  • tinawina

    That True Hollywood Story thing sounds pretty cool. I kinda want to see that. Cool beans!

  • cakeygirl

    i love these E! hollywood specials! adam definately has a story: growing up in theater, to wicked and hollywood, to american idol, amas, yadaa yada, first openly gay pop artist on label in us, the sex, drugs, selling 1 million albums worldwide, there is quite a story and i love it!!!!!

  • sr4mjc

    There’s a lot of interesting stuff in Adam’s pre-Idol career. I wonder what they can dig up. Hair in Germany? Cruise around the world? Debbie Loves Dallas in Tahoe? Not to mention the Zodiac and Ten Commandments. He packed in a lot in 10 years before idol. I’ll tune in to see how they package it all up.

  • smeggingnuts

    What I am hoping for is anecdotes from co-workers and stuff I always find that stuff really interesting.

  • cary

    Monte’s wife tweeted yesterday that they were looking at some old videos of Citizen Vein (Adam and Monte’s band.) I wonder if they were digging up that kind of thing to share with E.

  • starhart

    What I am hoping for is anecdotes from co-workers and stuff I always find that stuff really interesting

    Smeggs, me too! I love the really mundane details that make an idol a human…can you imagine Neil?? OMG, THAT interview will be tricky!

  • smeggingnuts

    cary:
    07/31/2010 at 12:10 am
    Monte’s wife tweeted yesterday that they were looking at some old videos of Citizen Vein (Adam and Monte’s band. I wonder if they were digging up that kind of thing to share with E.

    ohhhhh really…..this makes me soooooo happy

  • cakeygirl

    Proof of E! taping: McKeeCBS8 We’ve been informed that E! is shooting an all exclusive piece following #adamlambert throughout tonight’s show in San Diego. @cbs8 at 11pm

  • mgm

    Wow! E! True Hollywood? That is so exciting. Adam is experiencing the rise to superstardom, guess I shouldn’t be surprised. His talent and charisma just can’t be ignored. Me thinks he’s going to be around for decades, as well as the intense interest in him. Good for you, Adam. You so deserve it.

  • smeggingnuts

    McKeeCBS8 @phoebecolbert @JuliAn1413 We snagged Tommy and Monte. Told that Adam wasn’t available due to E! having exclusive rights tonight for filming

    CBS 8 in san diego is doing a new piece on Adam at 11pm tonight they couldn’t interview Adam because of E!

  • smeggingnuts

    Smeggs, me too! I love the really mundane details that make an idol a human…can you imagine Neil?? OMG, THAT interview will be tricky!

    haha between Neil and his dad should be funny

  • girlygirl

    All we know for sure is that they are filming at his show tonight. That doesn’t mean anything more than they might be doing a short news piece about his tour.

    Sorry, but until I see something official, I’m not counting on him getting a big special like that. Now, if this DOES turn out to be true then that’s fantastic. But considering how many rumors Adam has ended up having to shoot down, color me skeptical about this one, as well.

    ETA: I just saw the twitpic. Hmm. Well, that does make it seem more plausible. Still not totally convinced though.

  • AllenTX

    competitivebynature:
    07/30/2010 at 11:38 pm
    Adam getting a true hollywood story is ridiculous. There are actors and other singers far more successful that have not gotten one. Once again Adam gets more attention than deserved.

    It’s just an entertainment show, not an award.

  • cary

    Girlygirl,
    Did you see the photo posted above of the sign on the door at the venue that states that is what the taping is for? Everyone at the venue tonight has seen it.

  • nabs

    haha love that interview of Lee with SomethingPitcy =]

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Clay Aiken had a True Hollywood Story in 2008. The show has been on for years so they have had a wide variety of celebrities on there.

    Here’s a TV Guide link that lists the shows.

    http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=194540&more=ucepisodelist&episodeid=9299468

  • girlygirl

    It does seem too early in Adam’s career to do a special on him, but whatever — I guess E! feels he’s got enough name recognition among the channel’s target audience to support doing this.

  • smeggingnuts

    hahaha hell if America’s Next Top Model and Kendra can have a E! True episode why not Adam LOL

  • Esqt

    I gave up long-time ago watching those SomethingPitchy videos. They are hard to listen with ppl talking all at once in the background. The AI S9ers seemed to have a good time on tour. I wish them luck.

  • adamisglam

    According to this guy’s tweets from CBS8 in San Diego, couldn’t interview Adam because of E’s exclusive rights to filming.

    http://twitter.com/McKeeCBS8

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    hahaha hell if America’s Next Top Model and Kendra can have a E! True episode why not Adam LOL

    So True! If you peruse the TV Guide list for THS, the episodes are quite eclectic. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Mickey Mouse Club are on the list. And the celebs that are featured are very diverse. You have Usher, Tiger Woods and Dog the Bounty Hunter. I think E tries to cast a large net when it comes selecting subjects for their show.

    Oh, and our very own Paula Abdul and the American Idol TV Show both got their own THS episodes. :)

  • smeggingnuts

    haha undercooked I like your avatar :)

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    competitivebynature:
    07/30/2010 at 11:38 pm
    Adam getting a true hollywood story is ridiculous. There are actors and other singers far more successful that have not gotten one. Once again Adam gets more attention than deserved.

    Maybe you can draft a petition to send to E! to stop this travesty. I mean really, is there some all knowing power that determines when someone “DESERVES” something? Obviously E! feels that Adam is a worthy subject, just like Rolling Stone, EW, ET, Details, etc etc etc have. I for one can’t wait to get some details on his European theater experiences, some more Zodiac show footage (you know its out there) and his story of trying to get a record deal only to be repeatedly turned down. I’d also like some info on the HiFi stuff. The fact that they were filming at his home town concert and some of his former teachers were there (awww), that’s just icing on the cake for me.

  • Grammie Kari

    I think there is enough there for Adam to have a True Hollywood Story. He is unique and talented. Plus, it will be advertising for the show.

  • koshka

    I think there is enough there for Adam to have a True Hollywood Story. He is unique and talented. Plus, it will be advertising for the show.

    and besides they profile all sorts of people… not just “OMG” what a star. They’ve done specials on every type of person in the public eye from playboy ‘models’ to presidents.

    Also.. I’m still not sure about how I feel about jLo if guess it will depend on the make up of the entire panel. For me with Randy still there, I think they will need, very desperately, someone who is articulate.

  • jpfan

    well. I think X Factor is going to completely destroy AI when it premieres. I can’t see two talent shows surviving on Fox. Simon made $ from Idol winners. What do JLo and Tyler care about? Getting their faces on TV. I just don’t think this is going to work.

    HC Jr. would have been a better addition.

    The BTM pic looks for real. What can I say. Adam is up there in Kat’s league when it comes to gigs. Do they have the same agent? ;)
    Adam is a fun topic for them. Flamboyant, openly gay Idol contestant. I could seem them being interested. He’s a little “old news” but there’s enough there for a fun episode.

  • topaz

    I think there is enough there for Adam to have a True Hollywood Story. He is unique and talented. Plus, it will be advertising for the show.

    Adam had a very colorful life before Idol I can’t wait to see how they package his story. I saw pink’s True Hollywood Story and they did a great job it was good.

    There’s a lot of interesting stuff in Adam’s pre-Idol career. I wonder what they can dig up. Hair in Germany? Cruise around the world? Debbie Loves Dallas in Tahoe? Not to mention the Zodiac and Ten Commandments.

    Interesting little tidbit. The producer and choreographer of Debbie Loves Dallas in Tahoe is Cris Judd, ex-dancer and ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez.

    http://adamlamberttv.blogspot.com/2009/10/new-old-picture-adam-is-blonde.html

  • jpfan

    BTM likes to do the overcoming obstacles thing. Usually it’s struggle, hit big, tragedy (or drugs), come back bigger. Or for some it’s just struggle, hit big. I’m sure Adam’s epi will be the struggle for unique gay guy to make it. Then Idol and super…fame. Sounds right.

  • FREIDAG

    Adam is a fun topic for them. Flamboyant, openly gay Idol contestant. I could seem them being interested. He’s a little “old news” but there’s enough there for a fun episode.

    They did one on Justin Bieber recently too. So they must like choosing subjects that are a little “old news”. LOL.

  • jpfan

    Justin Bieber is still pretty hot. But he could be old news by the time his episode is aired. Teen idols have pretty short shelf lives. ;)
    I just meant Adam was more in the news in the spring.

  • topaz

    LOL, Do you think the Canadians think Adam is “old news.”

    Born To Be Adam Lambert
    August 19 @ 9:30pm ET

    Ever wonder how your favourite artist became the platinum selling musician they are today? Were they singing into a microphone while still in diapers or did they realize their natural talent later in life? Find out the real story behind today’s top artists like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga from the people that knew them before they were famous. Candid interviews, details on career changing events, amazing performance footage and more make up MuchMusic’s Born to Be!

    http://www.muchmusic.com/tv/borntobe/

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    The E! thing and Much Music thing are great!! Between ET, vh1, articles on his tour and radio interviews, this summer has been awesome for this Adam fan!!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    smeggingnuts:
    07/31/2010 at 2:10 am
    haha undercooked I like your avatar

    Thanks! I’m a really Matrix fan (at least the first two movies!) and Trinity is a bad a#%