Ryan Seacrest Says American Idol 13 Judges Panel Will Be Confirmed Soon

During an interview on the Ryan Seacrest radio show today, actor, Neil Patrick Harris turned the tables on the American Idol host and with some questions of his own.

“I want to know what’s happening with the American Idol judges,” demanded Neil, who guest judged on Idol in Season 9. “Because you have to get Adam Lambert…is the perfect idea…I can’t wait to watch. I hope it happens.”

At this point, Ryan hinted that he knew something he couldn’t spill.

“I’ve been involved in the conversations that have been going on,” teased Ryan. “But we have not yet confirmed who will be on the panel.”

It will be confirmed soon,” he said.

It sounds like the panel is in place doesn’t it? But, then we’re hearing that the producers are in the midst surveying fans about possible contenders, Will.i.am, Pharrell, Kimberly Perry and Grace Potter. And just last week there was talk about Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, and Dr. Luke being considered for spots and that there was a good possibility Keith Urban would be returning as judge.

And if the judges panel was in place, wouldn’t the press be reporting leaks from their “sources”? Hm.  Thursday is FOX day at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. Perhaps producers will make a big announcement then? We’ll see.

Check out the full interview from RyanSeacrest.com below. The Idol stuff begins at the the 4:25 mark. But the entire interview is worth listening too. Neil is as entertaining as ever, promoting the last season of his series, How I Met Your Mother and his upcoming starring role in the  musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Listen to the interview below:

  • I LOVE Britney

    I know Idol is not all about the judges, but really the only thing I care about AI now is to see who’s on the panel this year.

  • Mateja Praznik

    What’s his definition of “soon”?

    Tomorrow, in the next week, in a month, the day before they start filming auditions in front of the judges?

  • Landon Cox

    Grace Potter? I love her music, but I’ve never heard her speak. She seems too indie for Idol

  • SteelWauhterz

    Fox is filling the air with trial balloons, I can no longer see the blue skies they promise. Soon is such a relative term….However, the more Ryan speaks, the more convinced I become that “we” is less royal, and more we-the show’s producers.

  • taptap

    Trial balloons and deflection. I think the trial balloons went up earlier, and the recent survey is all deflection.

  • TheREAL Amanda

    It’s all about the judges, if not, then why do we care so much? All I know is people are going to be shocked, disappointed, and amazed by the selections.

  • chillj

    Well, I’m pretty positive JLo is a judge. I saw her in an interview where she talked about how tight her schedule was, particularly if she decided to do Idol. I don’t think she would have said that unless Idol had decided to do her….and she said that after Ryan Seacrest said something about the judges being confirmed.

    Pretty much the kiss of death.

  • H.A.

    I love NPH berting. Personally I don’t think Idol is smart enough to hire Adam Lambert who is a walking promo machine. I also think it’s quite possible he got the GLEE gig because he was passed up for the Idol gig but having his name out there is still a good thing. Adam spilled the beans on Katy Perry’s album yesterday and the media is all over it. He’s everywhere right now.

    I’m taking this with a huge grain of salt but I saw two tweets from insiders that work for OMG! Insider.

    Brad Bessey said he was going to do a little digging and tweeted this.

    Brad Bessey ?@BradBessey 12 Jul
    .@konaflower Well..I’m picturing an overall @FOXTV deal fir @adamlambert that includes @GLEEonFOX & @AmericanIdol (my guess, not confirmed)

    Jonathan ?@Johnmarc 27 Jul
    @adamlambert @katyperry rumor has it these to are the new @AmericanIdol judges ! Plus two more

  • Mel432

    In my opinion, it is way too late to be handing out surveys. And why haven’t we heard more people or stories that they are doing these surveys. At this stage, they should be finalizing the contracts for the new judges. Since Keith has never said he is not coming back, I am assuming he is. There has not been one story or even one rumor that Keith is not coming back. With that said, I doubt they would have two country judges. So, they have their country judge (Keith). They need one black judge in whatever genre or capacity (could be J-Hud, Pharrell, or Will.i.am.). They need a pop judge, and I’m not sure about the fourth. Does Keith know Pharrell? Ryan did say they have good chemistry, so they already knew each other and had discussions with the producers about their fellow judges, or have met with each other recently.

  • emme1000

    I hope it is Adam…I would tune in if he was on every week!

  • TheREAL Amanda

    MJSBigBlog has created a hope for country fans with two country judges? hehe!

    The 30-year-old songstress has proven her ability to light up the stage and is always sweet and respectful during interviews. Plus, with Keith Urban’s hopeful return, country music could play a big part in the show.

    On the most recent season of ‘The Voice,’ country music took over and the show’s ratings were sky high. ‘Idol’ could very well be taking notes — and eying Perry as their next judge.

    Article:
    http://tasteofcountry.com/kimberly-perry-next-american-idol-judge/

  • shell29

    I would guess the announcement of the new judges would happen fairly soon…wouldn’t be surprised if it happens as early as this week. I don’t think anyone they choose could really excite me. I don’t want to see any alums on the panel but I could see them going with Adam (I still think he’d be a better mentor than judge).

  • GlambertWLA

    If I am not mistaken, I saw a tweet from American Idol that they will announce the judges in Sept. My co-workers who watch Idol but bearly follow Idols’ careers post Idol, when I told them about Adam as a judge on Idol and what do they think about it. They all said it is the greatest idea ever and he will be fabulous.

  • Larc

    Adam knows Pharrell. They have worked together. Katy Perry and Adam are big buddies. If I’m recalling correctly, Katy said earlier she wouldn’t be interested in being an Idol judge. But I think she could be talked into it if Adam was also on the panel.

  • Ari

    Why do I fear I will be very disappointed with the announcement

  • Larc

    I don’t think JLo would be trying to get on The Voice if she had already been lined up with Idol. My guess is she turned to them once Idol was no longer an option.

  • Ari

    Adam is probably the only one Id like to see and was hoping his signing with Glee might have been part of an overall Fox deal. Keith is a nice guy and knows his music and most of the time, really seemed to be trying to help the contestants but he doesnt really scream excitement or a reason to watch

  • Not fit to print

    ITA. Why would The Voice bother leaking something so insulting about her out of the blue?

  • Not fit to print

    I would like to see both. A 4-judge panel that covers all markets: J-Lo, Pharrel, Keith and Adam. Between them, they cover all angles and the guys have all worked together.

  • Not fit to print

    We will all be disappointed. We always are. There is no one who can meet our collective high standards. :-)

  • chillj

    I hope you are right, but I have no confidence. I went into cardiac arrest when I heard what she had to say; she was talking about Idol as her option. Please say it ain’t so.

  • chillj

    So true, so true. I think Adam would be tons of fun. The show needs someone like Adam.

  • YankeeFan08

    Interesting that NPH name checked Adam. Didn’t Adam just see him at Fergie’s baby shower? I wonder if Adam said something to him. Hmm ……

  • girlygirl

    At this point, I’m a little tired of all the speculation. Wake me up when they actually announce the panel :)

  • kikileo

    Adam on the panel would make me disappointed.

  • kikileo

    I probably wouldn’t watch if Adam was a judge. Even among alumni, there are so many better(and more relevant) options out there.

    Remember, they probably edited him in his favor in Season 9 as a mentor.

  • samuelgrant

    My absolute dream panel: Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Bonnie McKee. One fun, extremely well known artist who has already been TESTED AS AN IDOL JUDGE in season 9 and passed with flying colors + the only part of season 12 that worked + an up-and-coming singer/extremely experienced songwriter who is good friends with Katy already.

  • voco_qara

    My preference would be Kelly or Carrie but if they can’t get those two then I’m ok with Adam. He was versatile and risk taker on the show and that’s exactly what we need from the contestants next season.

  • kikileo

    I don’t think Idol is smart enough to hire Adam Lambert

    I’m afraid they aren’t smart enough to NOT hire him!

  • weareallinnocent

    I won’t watch unless Adam is a judge. :-) There, we cancel each other out. lol

  • kikileo

    Well, what made you watch all the other seasons where he wasn’t a judge? If people have been watching the show 12 seasons without him as a judge and 11 without him on the show, I don’t see why him not being a judge would be a deal breaker.

  • Sharon S.

    Okay, to give one person’s perspective, I haven’t watched “all the other seasons.” I started watching in Season 7 and watched each season through Season 10. Got turned off by the country finale and by the judging panel, and kept up loosely with Seasons 11 and 12 through this blog. If Adam is a judge, I will watch again. If he’s not, I’ll probably go through Season 13 much like I did Seasons 11 and 12. Or lose interest entirely. It remains to be seen.

  • weareallinnocent

    That’s just it, I haven’t. I didn’t watch a season before 7 with David Cook, and I haven’t watched another full season since 8 with Adam Lambert. I watched the very end of Crystal’s season, and a couple of weeks when Hailey was on whatever season that was. I’ve not watched any since. But, I’d come back for Adam (or Cook.)

    The opposite question is, if you’re a fan of the show, presumably the contestants matter most or simply the show. Why stop watching just because you don’t like a single judge? Have you liked all the other judges along the way? And, if so, how? LOL

  • Jaejae1

    I would love Dr.Luke on the panel. He is a hit maker. He has seen and worked with so many successful artists. His input would be great.

  • esther macha

    My story…I had never watched Idol until the year Adam was on. I had family members that had watched it from the first season. Adam’s year several of them kept calling me to please watch to see this guy named Adam. I kept refusing and one night near the end of his season one of my sisters came over and made me watch. I was instantly hooked on him. I have watched ever since and would be trilled if he was a judge just so I could look at him everyweek on my TV. Not letting myself think it will happen so I won,t be disappointed. But my fingers are crossed.

  • Shaunna

    so… Sept 17th hot anticipated DJ release from Avicilii includes track from Adam Lambert & Nile Rogers. Sept 19th was to be Glee premiere (now postponed due to tragedy) with new cast member Adam Lambert. Sept 20th high-level radio network live show audio broadcast stream (followed by professional stream, broadcast TV Sept 30th) Queen featuring Adam Lambert and special guests. new producers of AI fresh off producing Vh1 Divas. now Neil Patrick Harris (former guest judge) endorses Adam Lambert.

    sounds like a smooth synchronized roll-out for Adam Lambert’s inclusion as AI judge. mebbe.

  • weareallinnocent

    Oooo, I like the way you think. Keep going! :-)

  • Listening

    What is going on here September isn’t soon w/in a week or two is
    soon. I wish these reality shows wouldn’t drag these things out.

    It doesn’t build suspense it’s just annoying.

  • Shaunna

    connect-the-dots ;)

  • weareallinnocent

    lol yes, indeed!

  • H.A.

    My Ideal panel would be Adam, Pharrell, Katy Perry. Grace Potter or Kimberly Perry sounds interesting.

    Idol needs continuity and having a former Idol who has been through the process and knows how it works behind the scenes would be a good thing for the contestants.

    Pharrell is the hottest producer right now and although he is low key the guy is an intellect.

    Katy Perry is fun, bubbly and so not a diva. She is one of the hottest female pop stars today. She would bring the fun on the panel.

    Keith was given a bad deal last year with the infighting but for me if he couldn’t hold his own amongst them he needs to go. He also bored me.

    Carrie and Kelly may be the most successful Idols but neither of them make good TV.

    JLO is an opportunist who makes everything about her. I don’t want to watch a whole season of JLO pushing her products on Idol.

    A rocker chick judge or female country judge as the last judge would work well.

  • Not fit to print

    Are you sure that wasn’t the fake American Idol twitter account that was up for a few hours the other day? It announced that the judges would be presented in September before Idol got it taken down.

    Maybe it will be like last year: they will announce one judge shortly (as they did with Mariah) and the others will be rolled roll out closer to the start of the Fall TV season.

  • Not fit to print

    Glad you’re okay, lol!

  • Shaunna

    not to mention Adam Lambert and wil.i.am. had excellent chemistry on the Norton show in the UK last year. ;)

  • Miss Blue

    Replace JLo with Katy Perry and I’m good with this. More than good – that would be an excellent panel.

  • koshka

    Wow that just about sums it up for me, but I watched all seasons through S9. Season 9 killed my interest.

  • Kariann Hart

    Regardless who is chosen to judge, I’ll be faithfully watching the show. It would be nice to have both Keith and Adam – and Katy Perry would be a good choice. Most of all, let’s have some fantastic contestants!

  • Sassycatz

    I would like there to be no Idol alumnus on the panel at all. However, if they are bound and determined to do it, I’d prefer someone on the panel who 1) won the title and 2) has shown long term success in the industry. If the people who fit into that category aren’t personable enough or available, then forget it and move on to proven, successful industry people from whom getting advise will mean something.

  • chillj

    thanks. I am eating well, getting exercise and a lot of rest. thanks.

  • MissMyEm

    What is Adam’s character’s name?

  • MissMyEm

    Once again Seacrest gives out nothing.

  • Montavilla

    We don’t. We don’t know anything, other than Ryan Murphy’s tweet. We may get a clue if Adam starts filming before the hiatus (which happens after the third episode).

  • Axxxel

    True, Adam is relevant because he knows how to play the game and put on a show in American Idol.. and as an alumni, he can sympathize more with the contestants but also give some tough love… During an interview with several Idol contestants from Adam’s season, Adam was considered the “camp counsellor” among the Idol finalists…

  • Axxxel

    True, because we have no new contestants to talk about yet…

  • Montavilla

    As if I needed a new reason to love NPH, his eager question about the judges — and suggestion that Idol put Adam on the panel endears him to me tenfold.

  • Axxxel

    Or we can just think like people of The Voice who do not care about what happens after the show because they just want to put on an entertaining show… And some of the Idol alums know how to put on a show during their Idol run… (Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, David Cook…)…

  • girlygirl

    Why does what NPH said matter?. He has no pull with 19 or FOX. His tv show airs on CBS, so why would FOX care what he thinks? It’s nice that he has endorsed Adam, but in the end, his opinion doesn’t really mean anything more than anyone else’s.

  • Liteasy

    But he doesn’t know how to win.

  • taptap

    Queen, Glee, PPL, BB#1 album, fans all over the world, Avicii, Nile, the media reporting on his every move, other artists, celebs, and producers raving about him…

    I don’t know, it sure seems to me that Adam knows how to win.

  • AdenEsh

    You’re right! I checked out AI tweets and didn’t see anything about judges announcement.

  • alterego

    They passed on Lambert last year – from TPTB who knew with him. Since then he’s exited 19 and has been dropped from his label. There are new bosses in charge – who have never worked with him THR reported that Jennifer Hudson had a pending contract. I predict there will be a lot of disappointed fans when the new judges panel are revealed.

  • taptap

    If he’s not named a judge, I guess his fans will have to be satisfied with his role on Glee and the iHeart performance with Queen. I’m more excited about those two things compared to Idol tbh.

    Que sera sera.

  • Mel432

    Being a winner does not determine if the judging will be superior to a non-winner. I also think we give way too much credit to the judges for what they can do for the contestants. The judges are basically giving their opinion on their week-to-week performances, and hopefully offering constructive advice on just that. Even lay people (us) can see and hear what changes/improvements the contestants might need: Sing on pitch, make the song sound more current, connect with the songs, try to loosen up, etc. After the show is over, the contestants will possibly have management, agents, labels, attorneys, voice teachers, other contacts, etc. to give more specific assistance in their careers.

  • Karen C

    I think the difference is that both Adam and David Cook brought in a lot of fans that hadn’t necessarily watched the show before or since. They were fans of theirs but not necessarily the show, so if they are on they might draw some of those fans back.

    Though to me that shows how much more important the contestants are than the judges, because the same judges for 8 seasons didn’t draw in some people to watch, until they saw contestants they really liked and watched for.

  • Not fit to print

    Will do! LOL. Either/Or.

  • JLE

    The new executive producers worked with him when he hosted VH1 Divas. He is on their website. From everything I heard they loved him.
    Not that it really matters but they do know him.

    And here is the link:

    http://www.thedenofthieves.com/web/work.php

  • Jablea

    So the fact that 2 of the new producers just happened to produce MTV Divas this year is irrelevant? I think the producers just might have worked with the show’s host.

  • Pippygirl

    Are you basing this on anecdotal evidence? I thought the ratings were the highest in Season 5 (I think I saw that somewhere)?

  • Jablea

    ahhh, but if everybody Ryan interviews asks the same question and suggests the same judge? Bodies in motion are hard to stop and Adam is definitely in motion right now. I did note that Ryan said twice that Adam was an amazing artist.

  • Montavilla

    Which means that maybe Daughtry brought in some new fans, too, since he was the break-out star for that season.

  • YankeeFan08

    Glee and iHeart are great, but I’m just as excited about the co-write on Avicii’s upcoming album. If the track is released as a single and smashes, Adam as a co-writer would make a LOT of money. It’s amazing how much media attention it’s already garnered.

    Idol would be great too, but if it doesn’t work out, it’s not like he has nothing else going on. Exciting times ahead for sure.

  • milwlovesadam

    Whether or not Adam is a judge, he is still is in a win-win scenario. His name is in the press every single day. He is referred to as a pop star, as a celebrity, and as a fashion icon. The moniker ” Former Idol Runner Up” is hardly ever used anymore.

    He has several wonderful projects happening, and who knows what else is under way. He just glows with happiness, and is invited to a baby shower- a baby shower- and gets more press than the mom to be!!

    Win-win.

  • Pippygirl

    I’m sure he did but to say a contestant brought in NEW fans, I would think the ratings would be going in an upward trajectory overall or at least not going downward.

  • marmom07

    Remember, they probably edited him in his favor in Season 9 as a mentor.

    I guess you are trying to imply he did a terrible job and that they had to cut all his “scenes” but if that’s the case then how did he get any screen time at all? Adam gave them the raw material to work with (his mentoring and honest comments) and then they edited him exactly like they edit everyone on the show….. what ever way provides the best “story/entertainment”.I guess he did something that they were willing to air since he actually got a decent amount of air time.

  • Montavilla

    Well, the question would then be whether the new fans stay or not.

  • milwlovesadam

    By “very soon” does Ryan actually mean mid- September?? LOL

    I’m hoping very soon, so the pre-Idol “who will be the judges” crapfest gets over and done. I say, end the daily barrage of BS and just announce it. Last year’s war did not garner anything but pre-season groans and turned off fans. UGH.

  • shell29

    In my opinion, it’s just wishful thinking. That’s not to say that there’s no possibility of Adam being chosen-it might very well happen THIS time. But fans were just as hopeful around this time last year when some of the same “rumors” and “signs” were floating around about Adam becoming a judge…right up until Mariah, Randy, Keith and Nicki were announced.
    As for NPH, I don’t read too much into other than he’s an admirer of Adam who’d like to see him become an Idol judge. I don’t think he has any inside info but who knows…

  • Mel432

    They are predicting Avicii will win best album of the year in the UK or somewhere overseas. I think he is just starting to hit in the US. The Adam co-write is getting so much press, I can see Avicii releasing that as his second single. I don’t know how he (Avicii) did it. He is really getting huge overseas.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Are you basing this on anecdotal evidence? I thought the ratings were the highest in Season 5 (I think I saw that somewhere)?

    Ratings did indeed peak in S5. So through S5, one could credit contestants with bringing in new fans at a higher rate than people got bored and left.

    After that, normal new-fan attraction didn’t keep up with attrition. It really is totally normal that “buzzed-about” contestants would bring newbies to the show in any season where there was buzz. So while I’m sure Cook and Lambert picked up some interested people — who may or may not have stuck around — that was even more true of the cast of earlier seasons where ratings were increasing.

    (Or it’s untrue of all seasons, since ratings ordinarily sag in the voting rounds, suggesting viewers are leaving faster than buzzed-about contestants are attracting newbies. That view has a lot of evidence on its side.)

    The logic behind proposing J-Hud as a judge is likely that, as well as her assorted awards, she dates from when the show was on the rise and to some extent she represents the demographic that the show has seen fade beside an older, more-rock-focused demographic.

  • Pippygirl

    You made my point much better than I did. Thanks!
    I say this as someone who became an avid viewer because of David Cook.

  • taptap

    I so agree. I was going to add the Avicii collab, but it seems that not many here are familiar with the extent of TB’s influence. If Lay Me Down is his next single, Adam’s co-write and vocals will be a huge coup.

  • taptap

    Turned off fans in the Idol bubble. The average, casual fan probably doesn’t know a bit about it. They’re the lucky ones ;>

  • cableknitgal

    The Lambert in question couldn’t be Miranda Lambert, could it? I would love it if the kept Keith but frankly I don’t even care any more. At least confirm 1 judge by now. You are making people nervous with auditions looming…

  • taptap

    Just my opinion, but given the demographic makeup of the Idol viewers, I’d be shocked if there wasn’t one country-genre judge. My guess is it’s Keith, because Miranda L. has too close a tie to Idol’s competition (the voice) through her hubby. My guess for the panel is:

    Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert (and JHud if they go with 4 judges).

  • Montavilla

    I agree. Random coincidence: NPH was in the audience during the Season 8 semi-final when Adam sang “Satisfaction.”

    I remember because Normund Gentle performed “And I Am Telling You.” He gave NPH a shout-out during the song.

  • taptap

    And from your mouth to god’s ear…

    AVICIINEWS?? ?@AVICIIEGYPT 12h
    @Avicii Feat. @AdamLambert – Lay Me Down is getting really big before it even get a good quality preview! #TRUE #BigHit #17thSeptember

  • Sharon S.

    Idol will not go with an all-white panel. No way. If it’s three judges, and Keith and Miley – or any other white female performer – are two of them, I’d swap JHud for Adam. That would be especially true if Panelist #2 were male, no matter what his race. Idol won’t go for three male panelists, either.

  • taptap

    Idol is FOX. I’m pretty sure they think ‘gay’ and ‘black’ are interchangeable.

    And I didn’t suggest an all-male panel. I’m quite sure if they go with 3 judges, it will be 2 guys and 1 girl. I still think there’s a fairly good chance for 4 judges, though, and JHud is a good bet for the 4th slot.

  • Sharon S.

    I’m pretty sure others won’t see it that way, especially with a multi-million dollar racial discrimination suit out there – no matter how ludicrous. Even without that, I’d be shocked to see an all-white panel.

    JHud almost had a signed contract before the shakeup in TPTB at Idol and Fox. That doesn’t mean she’s a shoe-in for the panel, but I’m sure it means they’re taking a good long look at her. Personally, I think Adam would bring far more buzz to the show than JHud, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to write her off.

  • lovetheusa1776

    http://www.mediafire.com/listen/3d2j9n13810xx0s/LAY_ME_DOWN_BEST.mp3

    This partial mp3 is best I’ve heard so far.

    “Lay me down in darkness
    tell me what you see”

  • Kariann Hart

    I really liked Adam’s interaction with Siobhan Magnus. He certainly seemed to appreciate her talent.

  • taptap

    Oh, I’m not writing her off at all. I think there’s a better than 50/50 chance that she becomes a judge this season. I just thought that one event where Ryan was with Keith and Miley – the outdoor event where Miley let slip about her excitement for Adam – was pretty telling.

    Watching the interaction between the three of them made me think Miley might be on the panel (I already thought Keith would be back at that point).

  • Sharon S.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Miley is on the panel. But if she is, and if Keith returns (as I believe he will), I don’t think Adam has a shot unless the panel is expanded to four. I repeat…Idol will not have an all-white panel.

  • http://MJO judes

    I don’t watch Idol for the judges [I record & mostly fast forward the comments anyway] so I’ll only take a passing interest whent he panel is actually named. The contestants are what I always have been & always will be interested in & what keeps me watching from afar.

  • taptap

    After last season, I think it’s impossible they’d have a female-dominated panel. No matter who they are, I’m sure they’ll be evenly split on gender for 4 judges, or male-dominated for 3.

    Re your assertion they wouldn’t consider an all-white panel, we’ll have to agree to disagree. Clearly the die-hard Idol fanbase doesn’t think much of women in general, as evidenced by the plethora of wgwg’s, and even less of black ones, going by Nicki’s reception.

  • everything

    If I were a contestant, I want an alum who has won Idol and who has backed others who were successful. Adam Lambert has a record of backing contestants who either constantly landed in the bottom, were early boots, or a Saved contestant. The 3 most successful Idols of the last 3 seasons were Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, none of whom Adam Lambert liked. They were also very popular with viewers in their seasons. A good judge needs to understand commercial appeal and who is current and relevant. Otherwise, it will be another Top 2 from Season 12.

  • taptap

    If I were a contestant, I’d want a judge who was successful outside the Idol bubble, because in the end, that’s all that really matters.

  • H.A.

    You keep saying that but the judges all have their own opinions and favorites. It’s why we get the pimping and bussing meme every year. The bottom line is the voters are the one that votes for the winner and in most years they didn’t always get it right as most of the winners have fell off the radar after 2 albums.

  • everything

    Adam Lambert was dropped after his 2nd album.

  • H.A.

    But he’s not off the radar and hasn’t been relegated to the Idol trash bin.

  • everything

    How do you know unless you follow every winner? Lee Dewyze has a record deal. Taylor Hicks is in Vegas. Kris Allen just had a baby.

  • H.A.

    Most artists go through several labels in their careers. The important thing is what does the label do for the artist. Is Lee single burning up the charts. I don’t think so.

  • everything

    Adam Lambert isn’t burning up the chart either. Lee wasn’t relegated to the Idol trash bin. He has a record deal.

  • kikileo

    I understand Keith Urban being a guess, but why Miley and Adam? Their names haven’t really been floated around lately. Lately its been Will.i.am, JLo, Kimberly Perry, Grace Potter, Pharrell, and Dr. Luke. I think the alum panel idea is pretty much dead, especially with the new producers.

  • H.A.

    Lee’s headliner just bailed on him to tour with One Republic. Mmmm. I think he has is own issues.

  • kikileo

    I think Kimberly and Grace are classy enough to get along. Female panels have gotten along in the past-Paula/Kara, Ellen/Kara, Britney/Demi, Nicole/Paula, etc.

  • kikileo

    I think being a winner is important. For one, not having a winner on the panel will tell viewers and contestants “Oh, winning isn’t so important anyway since we have a non-winner on the panel!” Plus the winners must have done something right if they won the show.

  • kikileo

    Well based on pre-live shows editing, people thought Steven Tyler, Ellen Degeneres, and Britney Spears were going to be amazing judges. Remember how snarky and honest Ellen was during Hollywood? And how critical and “honest” both Steven and Britney were before the live shows? The magic of editing.

  • H.A.

    They come on the show saying that now anyway. At this point most audition to get the exposure. There can only be one winner and Idol has shown that even if you don’t win you can have a career. Is Kree any less talented than Candice because she didn’t win? I also think most viewers could care less. They just want to be entertained.

  • SHO NUFF

    I nominate Alicia Keys for judge of American Idol 13.
    Genres R&B, pop, soul
    Occupations Actress, musician, pianist, record producer, singer-songwriter
    Instruments Piano, vocals, keyboards
    Years active 1996–present

  • kikileo

    he knows how to play the game and put on a show in American Idol

    That’s not the performing style of everybody though. Sometimes the best contestants are the ones who kept things subtle as opposed to “rocking out” every week and hitting the glory notes.

  • taptap

    Katy Perry went through several labels before she found one that worked for her, and now she’s starting her own. I think Adam is doing great without RCA, as his projects with Glee, Queen, and Avicii clearly show. When Lee has anything like any one of these things, he’ll be doing great.

  • Montavilla

    Only if the goal of the contestant is to eventually join the judging panel.

    Obviously, every contestant will form their own opinions, but they did fine when the judges were someone who played bass in Journey for a hot minute, a faded popstar, and some mean British guy with zero fashion sense.

    An alumni, whether winner or not, shows that the Idol machine respects its own — that it values tradition and continuity. A non-winning alumni shows that Idol has a deep bench. Even those who don’t win are talented, smart, and dedicated to their craft.

  • H.A.

    I second that!!!

  • taptap

    A couple of weeks ago Ryan and Keith and Miley were together for an event (the iHeart announcement). Miley spilled the news about Adam’s involvement. The three of them talking seemed very much like they were together on the Idol project. That’s where my guess came from. It’s just a guess, and I could be wrong, of course – we’ll see soon enough.

  • Montavilla

    The Miley rumor started, AFAICS, when Miley Cyrus, Keith Urban, and Ryan Seacrest appeared together on GMA to announce the Iheartradio concert line-up.

    Adam’s name was floated today. By Neil Patrick Harris. :)

  • supersonic

    And we all know why Neil Patrick Harris wants Lambert to be on Idol.

  • kikileo

    Neil Patrick Harris is just another person. There are other people who have name checked several different celebrities, but that doesn’t mean they are still in the running(or ever were).

  • Montavilla

    Adam also did subtle on the show. :)

  • taptap

    Why is that?

  • kikileo

    Weren’t they just together because of IHeartRadio?

  • taptap

    tbh I don’t care if Adam’s a judge on Idol. I do, however, love that so many in the entertainment biz – like NPH – think so highly of him. That’s a sure indicator that he’s out of the Idol bubble, and that’s a pretty important and rare accomplishment for an Idol alum. Most winners haven’t accomplished that, so kudos to Adam.

  • H.A.

    Lee has a record deal with a small label that has limited resources. He’ll never get the promo that most winners had with their first or even second album but it’s a good thing that he found a label that’s willing to take a chance on him. Their expectations wouldn’t be high. Taylor is headlining to 200 people a night. Nice steady gig but again most Idols are working in the business. Cook was one of Top 10 Idols earning last year but Adam made more. He’s been a top Idol earner since he’s been off the show.

  • taptap

    Despite that, neither Kimberly or Grace are going to be judges, though.

  • kikileo

    I wouldn’t say Adam is out of the idol bubble, 99% of people who know about him only know about him as being the guy on American Idol. Idol alums hang out with celebrities more than one might think.

  • taptap

    Yes, that’s what I said. And I expanded on that with this:

    ‘The three of them talking seemed very much like they were together on the Idol project. That’s where my guess came from.’

  • kikileo

    How do you know? Their names were in the running last night.

  • taptap

    Where did you get the 99% figure? Because I’m pretty sure Queen, Glee, and Avicii are all outside the Idol bubble, and Adam is collaborating with all of them.

  • taptap

    They aren’t going to be judges.

  • taptap

    Believe me, all the Idol contestants will consider themselves extremely lucky if they by chance have half the success that Adam does.

  • elena

    In Europe many know Adam as the guy who did a great job fronting Queen. personally I have never watched Idol but Adam is one of my favorite singers

  • kikileo

    You say it like its a fact lol.

  • taptap

    Why would you assume that ‘knowing the game’ and ‘putting on a show’ is restricted to rocking out? Every Idol contestant hopes to do these two things to stay in the running, even though few succeed.

  • supersonic

    How do you know? Are you Kimberly or Grace?

  • taptap

    No indeed.

  • supersonic

    It gives me another reason to hate him.

  • supersonic

    Think about it.

  • taylor

    “Kris Allen just had a baby”
    lol
    What does that have to do with his career as a recording artist?
    What does that prove? That Kris is like every other guy that’s reached puberty in the world?

  • taylor

    Did you ask all those people to come up with this percentage or are you just guessing?

  • taylor

    Because he is interesting, well-spoken and talented?

  • JLE

    Because he is very talented, smart and a genuinely nice guy? Yes, I have met him.

  • hellomusicgirl

    Personally, I’d rather not see any AI alums as judges next season but purely for the selfish reason that I’m already having nightmares of the nonstop fanwarring lol. I would much prefer that they bring alums in as mentors — I think it could really be helpful to the contestants. The judges have never historically spent much time providing useful feedback to the contestants beyond the 30 second soundbites they’re allowed on air.

    Having said that, though, if they were to bring alum(s) as judges I do think that Adam would be interesting. He evokes a response in people (whether good or bad) and that’s already an improvement over some of the dead boring judges they’ve had in the past.

  • Karen C

    I’m sure Daughtry and others brought in season 5 brought in fans also, but we weren’t talking about someone from that season. I think pretty much every year, some fans just watch for a certain contestant.

  • HarvardGrad

    I absolutely agree with you. They can play the guessing game all they want. Just let me know when the judges are OFFICIALLY reviewed.

  • Karen C

    I’ve thought for years she would be terrific as a judge.

  • Q_3

    They were also Idol alums who came from 2 of the last 3 very unsuccessful Idol TV Seasons. At the end of the day it is a TV program and the $1 billion Idol makes is because of TV ads and product placements.

    Setting that aside, you are wrong about Adam’s picks.

    In 2010 after he had mentored Idol and worked with all the contestants he said: “There’s some amazing voices this year. I think Crystal [Bowersox], Casey [James], Lee [Dewyze] and Michael [Lynche], for me, those four really stand out as authentic, pure, amazing vocals.” Looks like he picked the top 2 finishers.

    In 2011 (AI10) he picked Haley Reinhart who finished #3.

    In 2012 (A11) Adam’s favorites were Jessica Sanchez (#2) and Joshua Ledet (#3).

    I do not recall seeing any specific favorite for AI12 — although Adam said nice things about Angie after she was eliminated at #3.

  • Q_3

    MJS — Fox is schedule for the TV Critics on Thursday August 1, not Friday. Here is the working schedule for the TCA’s Summer 2013 Press Tour: http://tvcritics.org/press-tour-schedule-overview/

  • kikileo

    They were also Idol alums who came from 2 of the last 3 very unsuccessful Idol TV Seasons.

    Actually, Seasons 1 and 12 were the least successful as far as ratings.

  • Q_3

    That appearance had nothing to do with Idol — just involved Ryan, Miley and Keith because of iHeartRadio Music Festival.

    Both Adam and Miley were on the list of potential judges in 2012. And 5 days ago Shirley Halperin THR wrote that “according to sources” Adam was under consideration. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/idol-judge-update-jennifer-lopez-588570

  • Q_3

    I was not thinking of ratings but of the program and its trajectory.

    AI1 was a summer replacement that because a surprise monster hit. It set the stage for everything that followed.

    I think the 3 unsuccessful season are AI10 (two teen country singers 1, 2 orphaned a lot of viewers), AI 11 (lost the most viewers of any season) and AI12 (the lowest ratings ever).

    One could argue that AI9 was unsuccessful but it really was not so bad compared to AI12.

  • kikileo

    I think the 3 unsuccessful season are AI10 (two teen country singers 1, 2 orphaned a lot of viewers)

    I don’t really see how Season 10 was unsuccessful. The ratings were up from Season 9, had almost 30 million viewers for the finale(more than Seasons 8 and 9), had a successful tour, and a successful winner and semi-successful runner up. Most successful top 2 since Season 7. Almost all the top 10 got signed. The first season of someone to sell a platinum album since Season 7. The tour did well. The season was pretty popular with fans and the general public.

  • YankeeFan08

    I’ll be very surprised if there are not four judges. The Voice has four, X Factor has four, even AGT has four.

  • usedtobelucy

    I vote for Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito and Antonin Scalia.

  • Not fit to print

    At least Adam had a track record of picking contestants. He’s the only former Idol who consistently watches the show and has an opinion on individual contestants. He’s also taken flack for saying who he likes, which suggests a certain indepence of mind, which we all say we want.

    IMHO, most contestants want a judge who favours their genre of music and their kind of vocals.

  • Incipit

    Ouch! Tough panel there…they wouldn’t like much of anything, I think.

  • Not fit to print

    I vote for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonis Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and a yet-to-be-named female judge who will finally bring gender parity to the panel.

    If Scalia is a judge, I will not watch the show.

  • Matty Minkus

    Who cares about fan wars in the idol bubble? I think AI should pick who they want, people who post on idol blogs are a minority compared to total viewers.

  • Matty Minkus

    Kris Allen having a baby or Lee DeWyze marrying a model have what do do with their careers?

  • Matty Minkus

    The only place I’ve seen Kimberly Perry, Grace Potter, Pharrell were here in someone’s post about a survey that no one has seen. Cool, but no media has picked it up as far as I know. Adam was still mentioned in the THR article.

  • Matty Minkus

    Why not just say what you mean rather than want people to guess it? Be brave lol.

  • Matty Minkus

    Another question is, if you’ve been watching Idol faithfully for 12 seasons, why would one judge be a deal breaker to make you NOT watch the show?

  • Not fit to print

    Don’t you think that the preceding year affects the next years ratings?

    You get the crowd at the beginning of the season but you have to keep it. The finale audiences reflect overall pleasure or displeasure about the season as a whole.

    From that point of view Idol will start off AI13 with a major deficit unless they can lure people in with the prospect of an exciting panel.

  • Matty Minkus

    Lol, Adam had subtle performances on Idol and if youve ever seen his concerts, he knows how to do soft performances. Hell, Tracks of My Tears and Mad World were two of his performances that garnered the most praise from media, judges.

  • YankeeFan08

    This is true.

  • Not fit to print

    Why not? The Voice has three male panelists in both of it’s seasons and it’s not hurting them. Or do you mean in a 3-judge panel?

  • Not fit to print

    Agreed. They will NEVER have an all-white panel. But only one woman this year imho. Three guys and a gal is working well for The Voice and last year was a disaster.

  • usedtobelucy

    Ha! You know, maybe some of the nine would relish the change. …. I think Thomas might be best — because he wouldn’t say anything!

  • ANNIEBA

    Adam would make a fantastic judge, IMO but I don’t get the feeling Idol will pick him. The great thing is that Adam seems to have more exciting things going on since he left his label than when he was with them, lol. I think Pharrell would be very good and I liked the suggestion of Alicia Keys, but that’s about as far as I got, haha.

  • Sharon S.

    Yes, I mean in a 3 judge panel.

  • Not fit to print

    I would love to see Alito, Scalia and Roberts in drag a la 1960’s Supremes. Breyer on the drums.

  • usedtobelucy

    Maybe at the next Gridiron dinner. heh

  • Matty Minkus

    Well, Clarence Thomas already has loads of experience with coke cans, so a major sponsor should be happy.

  • Matty Minkus

    Idol wouldn’t be expanding the panel, they had 4 judges last year.

  • Not fit to print

    Agree. The most consistent rumour of the summer is that J-Hud is in. They will not have 2 contestant-judges (if they have any).
    Shirley generally has good sources but, if so, she was much firmer about will.i.am and J-Lo than the other names.

    In my bones I feel will.i.am is a done deal. The J-Lo rumour seems contradict her management’s earlier comments but she could have been playing hard to get. Also, WHY would The Voice release such random negativity about her unless they thought it might get their name into a big story or feed the “Idol is failing” narrative in a big way.

    If they have J-Lo and J-Hud, then they will have 4 judges. Dreading the Va-J-J’s jokes, though. After last year, female Idol judges need some dignity and that is not a good start.

    JMO.

  • Matty Minkus

    “Who’ve never worked with him”? You should probably check the new producers website for the facts.

    ” Unscripted/event producing team Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager, who go by Den Of Thieves, are joining Idol as executive producers, joining Pers Blackens….”

    http://www.thedenofthieves.com/web/work.php

  • jpfan2

    . I’d be surprised if the names come out in August (kind of a dead time for news). This franchise is dying and needs to be righted fast. Picking Idol judges isn’t the big story it would have been back in the day so they need to get maximum buzz when the news comes out. So doing it after Labor Day kind of makes more sense. Of course, I’d like the judges announced yesterday ;0

  • usedtobelucy

    Love it.

  • hellomusicgirl

    I care about them. That’s why I prefaced the first paragraph with the word “personally” and then said it was for selfish reasons. Because I like to keep up with pretty much all things AI here at MJs and it becomes kind of a huge pain in the ass when there’s major fanwarring going on. So then my fun distraction becomes not as fun. So yes, as I mentioned, it was a completely personal opinion. Then I offered what I thought might actually be good for the show itself. I doubt that Fox will be basing their final decision on my post though lol.

  • chillj

    Oooooooo.

  • justmefornow

    Wow, an actual factual post, lol.
    How refreshing.

  • Not fit to print

    Yoiks. You win this round!

  • everything

    From Season 10, he backed Pia Toscano, Jacob Lusk, Haley Reinhart. From Season 11, it was Josh Ledet and Jessica Sanchez. The best sellers from Season 10 were Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin. The best sellers from Season 11 were Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon.

  • Matty Minkus

    Eh, the idol blogs will get tons of hits which they like. At least there will be some passion about Idol lol.

  • Matty Minkus

    Oh yeah, I’m. Not predicting he’ll be a judge, but I love that he’s been considered, the press has had primarily favorable responses to the idea and it just ups his visibility a bit.

    I don’t really think that many Adam fans think he’s going to get it tbh and other projects he has going will temper any disappointment of those who do. If he does get it, I think fans will be surprised, they’ll flail and others will gnash their teeth,

  • hellomusicgirl

    That’s what I said in the last paragraph of my first post lol. I’m not opposed to Adam being a judge. I can just see the writing on the wall of how it will go down here at MJs each week if he is and I was practicing a little pre-cringing ;)

  • Montavilla

    If I recall correctly, Ellen was seen as smart and honest during Hollywood week. Steven wasn’t viewed so much as “critical” as he was fun, unfiltered, and WTF. The appraisal of Britney was, “Wow, she can actually form sentences and her faces are hilarious.”

  • Matty Minkus

    I’m waiting to see what the second albums for the trio from Season 10 do. Lauren can’t get radio play and her single didnt make top 40 country, Scotty’s single hasn’t broken top 40 country yet, dropped a spot on the mediabase charts today and it’s been out since April and James has been out of the public eye for a little while now and if he’s going for the HAC market like he said, those who loved his really rock side might not be happy.

    But you are right, their first albums did do better than Haley’s.

  • twinkies-are-back

    If the new contestants looked at the trajectory of some of the past winners, they would not waste their time auditioning.

  • taptap

    Yeah, I think there will be four as well.

    As much as people in the bubble say ‘it’s all about the contestants,’ the fact is that outside the bubble the celebrities are bigger draws at the beginning of the season (and for many casual fans throughout) while the contestants begin to be the draw for some as the season wears on. The celebrity judges are crucial to ratings.

  • everything

    Regardless of how Lauren, Scotty or James do with their sophomore efforts, they all still have done better overall than Pia, Jacob, Haley.

  • twinkies-are-back

    I suppose folks like different things in life. I watch just about everything NPH is in. I am happy he is a fan of AL.

  • justmefornow

    LMB the lead single from era #1 was released for HAC as well, but he still was marketed and performed at Harder Rock venues throughout era #1.
    Now if the whole next album is HAC leaning, that’s a whole other thing. And yeah, you’re right, myself and the other harder rock fans definitely won’t be happy.

    We shall see how it goes, and also, single success aside, how Scotty and Lauren’s albums go as well.
    But at least all three are still signed to their original labels and are releasing 2nd albums, so yeah more successful than those others mentioned.

  • everything

    Neither does Adam Lambert attending Fergie’s baby shower.

  • Montavilla

    And he’d probably be an excellent judge if he were honest, concise, and articulate. I have no reason not to think him honest, but I don’t remember him being that good at articulating his message during those off-the-cuff moments in his season. He always seemed shy and introverted.

  • twinkies-are-back

    LOL, I was thinking what you just wrote…

  • Montavilla

    I think it actually does, given how much of a publicity event that shower seemed to be. However, it looks like Adam didn’t get as much coverage out of it as RuPaul Charles.

  • everything

    And Lee’s marriage was covered in People magazine.

  • Madilo

    I love her !

  • girlygirl

    Those things have way more to do with their careers than Adam getting press for attending someone else’s birthday party or baby shower, just saying…

  • girlygirl

    I doubt that had anything to do with Lee, though. She would have bailed on whoever her opening act was.

  • Montavilla

    As was Adam joining the cast of Glee. Which is good for both of them, really.

  • taptap

    Getting press has an impact on career. Having a baby, or getting married, or going to a baby shower without the press coverage doesn’t. Normal people do these things every day, and the press or lack of it is what makes the event significant to the public at large (those events are usually significant to us individually (okay, not the going to a baby shower) but not to the public.

    Two general rules of thumb:

    1. The more press the better for increasing visibility and therefore celebrity status.
    2. The more people that see that press, the better for visibility/celebrity status (mainstream vs blogger coverage).

  • girlygirl

    Kris’ and Adam’s album sales are basically equivalent to Scotty’s and Lauren’s (and Danny easily outsold Haley) and their singles sales way outstrip S10.

    I don’t think S10 was unsuccessful, but neither was S8. Danny and Allison just got new deals and I think it’s likely that both Adam and Kris will get new deals sooner or later as well.

  • girlygirl

    I agree that anything that gets the artist press (especially positive press) is a good thing, but getting married or having a baby is something that is personal to that artist and something that people will remember years from now. Going to someone else’s baby shower or party might get you nice press on that day, but the artist being at that shower or party isn’t going to be remembered by a lot of people even a few days from now, and it’s not something that is likely to be talked about in interviews the artist does down the road. And it definitely isn’t going to impact the artist’s life or career the way getting married or having a baby does. :)

  • ANNIEBA

    Having a baby and marrying a model have more to do with their musical careers than going to Fergies baby shower where there were industry people and press? It’s not like it was his cousins baby shower, lol. It was Fergie, a hugely successful pop star at an event with tons of networking potential. Pretty much all the good things Adam has going on right now are due to his ability to make and keep meaningful relationships that sometimes have seemed like no big deal but have eventually turned out to have huge impacts on his career. I give you Queen and Nile Rodgers for example. Sorry, but everybody has babies and gets married, even Simon Cowell apparently, lol.

  • Connie

    Name dropping, about who does what with whom is just silly. As long as someone is making a living, why should it matter how or with who? That is like stating name brands are better than off name brands when they are made by the same company.

  • Gretta

    Just read this thread and since everyone is speculating, I’ll add mine! It won’t be Katy Perry. She will be busy with a tour and promoting her new CD. I think the only sure bet is Keith who will carry the Country crowd. As for the others: maybe Adam, maybe JHud, but the dark horse will be Fergie! She will be home with her baby and needs something to do that is nearby. It will keep her relevant. She is a big name, but not as big as some. Isn’t that what JLo and Shakira did? They used Idol/Voice as their part-time gigs while being close to home and their kids. Just speculating!

  • ANNIEBA

    Of course these things affect a persons life, but you stated that they affected their careers more than Adam going to Fergies baby shower. Unless Kris and baby are going to be on the cover of People it isn’t going to do anything for his career although it is a very happy event for him.

  • taptap

    Yes, that’s exactly what I said; that getting married and having a baby is important to us individually, but going to a baby shower is not (unless you get press coverage from it :)

  • taptap

    Fergie would be great!

  • Erlie

    Isn’t Lambert is already signed to Glee? I think he better stay in Glee then. He’ll be happy there.

  • taptap

    There is some speculation that a FOX cross-promotion deal was done, where Idol and Glee shore up their receding ratings by bridging the viewership through a common element – Adam. Since they’re back-to-back shows, those who came to Idol to see him, would no doubt stay on for Glee as well.

    It’s just fun speculation, just like this whole thread. ¯_(?)_/¯

  • Montavilla

    This lengthy thread of speculation is mostly about him as a judge in addition to whatever the Glee gig is. (And face it, that could be as little as a few lines playing himself as a Nationals judge — similar to Lindsay Lohan’s role on the show a couple years ago).

  • Montavilla

    Or what taptap said. :)

  • Montavilla

    That would be fun, wouldn’t it? Katy Perry would do it in a heartbeat. But wouldn’t it be hilarious if every guest on Ryan’s show for the next X number of weeks interrupted him to ask, “Hey, when are you putting Adam back on the show?”

    Then we’d get a glimpse of the true extent of Adam’s Evil Empire.

  • Q_3

    I do not think Keith is a sure thing. He seems to be popular on this site but he does not have the strong country connections that Blake Shelton gives to The Voice. I would not be surprised if the pick a different country judge. And I put the odds at 99.9999999% no that Katy Perry is a judge. (Now watch them pick her!)

  • Nadine_Bitch

    You will HATE him because he likes Adam to be a judge?

    O_O

  • girlygirl

    It might be fun to speculate, but the likelihood is that Adam isn’t enough of a draw to significantly impact either show’s ratings. When he was on Idol as a performer and guest mentor, the ratings were basically the same as they were every other week that season. When he was a guest star on PLL, did the ratings jump (I don’t remember seeing any reports about whether they did or didn’t)? So to expect Adam to do much to help either show ratings wise is probably unrealistic — and not fair to Adam. He shouldn’t have to deal with that type of pressure/expectations.

    But honestly, at this point in the shows’ runs, I doubt there is anything or anyone that would give a significant boost to the ratings of either Idol or Glee. That’s why (IMO, anyway) the judges’ panel — whoever it turns out to be — should be based more on who would make excellent judges and the chemistry of the panel, more than on the so-called “name value”

  • taptap

    Shows age, and in this fast-paced digital world viewers have plenty of alternative and new options. That, along with their shortened attention spans, ensure that aging shows will inevitably display falling ratings. I think both shows would be happy if a) ratings went up, b) ratings held their ground, or c) ratings fell at a slower rate than the last few seasons.

    Any of these things would be good from a network and producer standpoint, although I think options b and c are the ones that are most possible, even if they’re improbable.

  • gem2477

    either one. LOL. At least by September, so within 6 weeks, I bet.

  • JLE

    Adam Lambert’s “Pretty Little Liars” Halloween Show Goes #1

    http://onepopz.com/adam-lamberts-pretty-little-liars-halloween-show-goes-1/

  • ANNIEBA

    Thank you! I don’t remember seeing this, it’s great! I do remember how Cuckoo and TP jumped in iTunes though.

  • Axxxel

    Networking, networking, networking…

  • koshka

    One can split hairs what makes a bigger impact.. having a baby, getting married or attending a party. Its virtually zero impact on the career UNLESS there is frequency of press coverage and the event is part of that coverage. One off PR is nothing… besides for most of them they aren’t selling anything right now.

  • Axxxel

    Maybe because the audience was surprised that “loud and wailing Adam” was able to keep it soft and gentle and still modern while demonstrating great vocals..

  • Axxxel

    Remember his duet with Angela Miller in the most recent Idol finale ? He only wailed during 2 sentences and was subdued during the rest of the song.

  • garden gnome

    OMG, I just had an PTSD attack after reading this thread….I survived the Daughtry/Taylor wars of Season 5. I survived but will never be quite the calm person I was before that year. I left AI forums and never went back. Matter of fact, I left all forums until Adam showed up. I love Adam dearly but I don’t want another year like that….whimpers….

  • Axxxel

    Adam just brings out the best in people.. ( I think fellow contestant and 2nd runnerup Danny Gokey said that in one of the behind the scenes video’s ”
    American Idol 8 Contestants Talk About Adam Lambert”).

    After the contestant have given their best on stage. it is up to the audience to decide whether they like what they see and hear….

  • Axxxel

    One of the reasons, just vocally , why Adam did not win, is because he had his highlights with subtle performances like the “Track of my tears” and ” Mad world”, early in the competition.

    He was just so- so in the top 3 and in top 5 he ended in bottom 3 because maybe some people thought his long note at the end was too much of a show off… And he was so pimped during the show by some of the judges .. which could have put off some potential voters..

    At the same time, the eventual winner of Idol was the humble, good looking underdog, who got a lot of criticism by the judges… He did not have a clear sobstory…and he was the dark horse who caught people by surprise by having great moments in the top 3…and was a bit better in the top 2 in his first and third song

  • Liteasy

    How do you know he’s the only forer Idol who consistently watches the show? How do you know none of the others do? He hasn’t chosen any of the ones to win that did.

  • Liteasy

    Name one winner who isn’t doing well? They’re ALL living their lives in the music world, something they weren’t able to do before appearing on Idol. Just because one doesn’t sell as many records as Kelly and Carrie, doesn’t mean they’re not doing well. A number of them have many other things under their belt: acting, commercials, authors, private functions, writing music, owning their label, etc.

  • Liteasy

    Adam is known more for his gay rights and attending functions to be on the media gossip news than actually performing and selling albums.

  • Axxxel

    Adam also admitted in his first post idol interview with Michael Slezak that “wailing it out” is not always effective in the Idol competition..You can see it at the 2.40 minutes… …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyVbO8rYJ44&list=PL822E96E7A29330D9

  • wordnerdarchie

    LOL!

  • Axxxel

    Idol is also a popularity contest… and I think Adam’s demeanor of a friendly person with his big smile… he only kind of argued with the judge (Simon) very early in the competition… in the semi-finals… I think it helped him becoming the first runner up despite his eye-liner and the pictures floating around in internet about him and his ex kissing. I know Adam has great vocals but i think his attitude has also helped him becoming 2nd place finalist.

  • Axxxel

    I only remember that Kelly and P2 admitted that they were not watching Idol…

  • Axxxel

    So he is a media personality… and therefore entertaining… Isn’t that what it is all about ? Entertainment ?

  • Axxxel

    And is Idol winner Kris Allen more known for his car accident and his lovely baby than his new album ?

  • Axxxel

    As one Glee guest star to another…

  • Emmuzka

    Pharrell, Katy and Adam would be my dream team! Young(ish), professional, interesting, good talkers, and they’d probably have a great chemisty with each other.

  • kikileo

    Well the whole top 4 had been dropped, and Scotty and Lauren had more combined sales than Adam and Kris.

  • Ashlynn69

    Perfect choice! Better than J.Lo or J.Hudson. She would be a fresh face. I would love to see Alicia as a judge.

  • taptap

    So are the ‘low-publicity’ artists avoiding press, or are the press avoiding them?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    So are the ‘low-publicity’ artists avoiding press, or are the press avoiding them?

    Some of both, depending. Plenty of musicians live relatively low-key lives where they just don’t hang out at the events that attract tabloid press, and they don’t court the press. It helps to live outside Los Angeles or New York; and it helps to be in a market niche where tabloid-type coverage won’t move product anyway. Some who might otherwise be paparazzi-bait because they’re glamorous, like Carrie Underwood, seem to keep the press on a leash by throwing them biscuits regularly, so they have a lot of coverage, but it’s fairly controlled.

    Your basic AAA-type artist talks about touring and doing hipster stuff, not about hitting the hot parties. It’s a cultural genre difference. AAA artists are supposed to be earnest. Certain segments of the “pop” world are supposed to be glitzy.

    On the other hand, there are always people in any performing arts field who would like more press… or who are aching for a specialized, targeted placement and can’t get it because they aren’t famous enough.

  • supersonic

    I think Glee will have a little ratings boost because people are curious about how they will handle the death of Cory Monteith. After that, it’ll probably fall off back to how it is now.

  • Not fit to print

    Carrie has said her viewing is casual as well.

  • Kariann Hart

    Alicia was my first nomination!

  • Kariann Hart

    Not true. Melinda Doolittle watched and commented on the entire series on an internet blog. Very funny and a good judge. ,She was another one of my choices/

  • Incipit

    Melinda Dolittle.

    Of course – for the last two years – Mindy Do has been co-hosting with Michael Slezak on TV Line, Idology.

    There have been other alumni with blogs about the show, but she is the consistent one. The video always got posted here, every week – very entertaining and hard to miss.

    But I thought she was a little kindhearted for this job – we’ve already had enough people who didn’t like to be direct, even last season, IMO.

  • Montavilla

    She’s kindhearted, but she’ll speak truth. For example, she was supportive of Lazaro — but made it pretty clear that ninety percent of it was for his backstory. Until he was revealed to be in “America’s Top Three.” Then she gave America a tough talk on the theme “Why Are We Still Voting for Lazaro?”

    I think that anyone who has been through the process — especially those who haven’t won and have had to face the post-show world without a title or record deal — know the value of honest feedback. In the final Idology this year, she confessed missing Simon, not because he was wise, but because he was honest — and that was the most helpful thing to her.

    I bet that all alumni know this on some level, which is one reason I think an alumni spot on the panel would be good. They know the process, they know what the contestants are going through, and they should know what the contestants need to hear at any given time.

    Beyond that, it’s a matter of 1) whether they’re willing to brave audience reaction to speak truth, and 2) whether they can articulate it clearly in 30 seconds.