Headlines: American Idol Prepares for Final Season

Universal Orlando Resort announces 2016 Mardi Gras lineup – Legendary Motown star Diana Ross, rockers Fall Out Boy and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert are some of the acts coming to Universal Orlando Resort’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration. Adam Lambert is on March 13 – wesh.com

‘SNL’ RINGS IN 2016 WITH BACK-TO-BACK SHOWSAdam Driver as host, Chris Stapleton the musical guest are set for the Jan. 16 telecast. UFC fighter, Ronda Rousey, will host and Selena Gomez performs on January 23. – Read more at NBCumv

‘American Idol’ gears up for final run – “All of us (realize) this is the last time we’ll do each one of these episodes,” Seacrest says. “This year, I want to make sure I am present and enjoying every single aspect of what makes this show great.” “I think we have a couple of stars, (but) they have to prove over time that they’re a star with their performances, their consistency, how they handle pressure,” Lopez says. “The girls really stand out. If we could have, we probably would have had 20 girls in the top 24.” – Read more at USA Today

‘American Idol’ prepares for final season after 15 game-changing years – “It not only was a huge success for Fox but impacted everyone else,” said Bill Carroll, media analyst with Katz Television Group. “It once again underscored the fact that broadcast television is communal and an event.” The live “Idol” episodes increased that appetite and launched the networks’ embrace of a variety of other live broadcasts that included NBC’s musicals “The Sound of Music” and “The Wiz.” Urban said he’s focused less on the show’s farewell than what he calls the “job at hand.” “I more often forget it’s the last season until somebody mentions it,” the country music star said during a production break at the Dolby Theatre. “It’s just finding the right person and making sure we don’t miss somebody.” – Read more at The Associated Press

Harry Connick Jr. says the final season of American Idol might be the best yet – And how about the toughest elimination you witnessed? In hindsight, you know, you look back and some of the people who have ended their stint on the show before the finale — people LIKE Adam Lambert come to mind, Jennifer Hudson, even Jax from last year. I thought Jax may end up in the top two. But it’s just the way it is. People vote and sometimes it’s surprising. – Read more at EW.com

Ryan Seacrest reveals the ‘biggest star’ from ‘American Idol’

‘American Idol’s’ Brian Dunkleman has let it go – “I was very upset about it for a long, long time,” Dunkleman, 44, who calls himself a “television history footnote” on his Twitter bio, recently said. “You got to make up your mind that either you are going to be that angry guy for the rest of your life, or you gotta move on. It’s taken me a long time to get there.” “It’s a celebration of show that had a huge cultural impact, and I was a part of that,” Dunkleman said. “I’m proud of the fact that I got the job in the first place. It’s an accomplishment that can never be taken away from me, regardless of my outcome.” – Read more at CNN

Remember when ‘American Idol’ was great? Yeah, me too. – For me, American Idol, which begins its 15th and final season at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox, lost its charm when Crystal Bowersox fell to Lee DeWyze in the ninth season. Bowersox sounded like Janis Joplin reincarnated and looked more like a subway busker than a pop star. Lee DeWyze looked like a guy who thought a soul patch was a beneficial fashion choice. – Read more at Philly.com

Ben Higgins Blogs THAT Shocking Bachelor Premiere Moment: ‘I Was Floored, Honestly‘ – Things like this don’t happen to me. I mean I’m not “The Bachelor.” I know that’s what people call me now, but I am just a software salesman from a tiny town in Indiana. Even when I tried out for The Bachelorette, I never thought it would go anywhere, and now here I am. – Read more at People

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