Idol Headlines for 01/19/12

Adam Lambert appears on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

Jennifer Hudson would gain weight for movie role – Even though Jennifer Hudson has dropped more than 80 pounds, the singer and actress said she would have no problem gaining weight for Hollywood if the proper movie role comes her way. “When I do films, it has to be led by something through me — like my passion for it,” Hudson said before a book signing in suburban Atlanta on Wednesday. “I just don’t want to hop into anything. So if I commit myself to something, then it’ll be worth it no matter what character it is.” – Read more at CBS

After an amazing 2011, what’s next for James Durbin? – At a promotional event at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Tuesday, Durbin said that his plans for the new year have not quite taken shape yet, but he’s got some big surprises in store. “We’re trying to hop on a tour right now,” said Durbin, who turned 23 on Jan. 6. “That’s why I was just in Tampa. I was talking to a band, trying to generate a relationship with them, maybe to pair up with them. It went really well.” – Read more at the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Super Bowl XLVI Kicking Off with Fantasia, Wayne Brady and Gospel Celebration – The Super Bowl Gospel Event features CeCe Winans, Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Wess Morgan, Hezekiah Walker, and Fantasia Barrino, with host Wayne Brady.The event takes place on Friday Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. (Via Eurweb)

I’ll Pay Ryan Seacrest’s Salary! – Ryan Seacrest should fear not if producers cut his “American Idol” salary for next season, because we’ve learned Nigel Lythgoe has vowed to make up the difference … out of his own pocket. There have been a few reports that producers may try to cut Ryan’s paycheck — estimated at $15 million for this season. Nigel is telling people Ryan is “extremely important” to the show and doesn’t know how it could work as well without him. – Read more at TMZ

‘American Idol’: Where Are Chris Richardson, Haley Reinhart Now? – After Wednesday night’s “American Idol” season 11 premiere, you’ve gotten a glimpse at the talent pool and spotted some potential superstars-in-the-making. But what about the last 10 seasons of singers? We already looked back at standouts from “Idol” seasons one through five, and now we’re walking down memory lane to see what the alumni from seasons six through 10 have going on: Read more at MTV

Has ‘American Idol’ done more harm than good? – As Season 11 of “American Idol” launches tonight, it’s clear “AI” has forever changed the landscape of how we discover new artists. The biggest question is has it done more harm than good?
When “American Idol” bowed in 2002, it was touted by its detractors (and even some of its proponents) as nothing more than a glorified karaoke contest, a complaint that still is valid today, even though performers can now original songs. – Read more at HitFix

ABC Leads Nominees for GLAAD Media Awards – NBC’s first-year singing competition The Voice, which featured four openly gay contestants, also picked up a nomination in the reality program field, where it will compete with Oxygen’s Glee reality spinoff The Glee Project, Sundance’s Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, ABC’s Dancing and Real L Word. Happy Endings and Modern Family, which took home the award with Fox’s Glee last year, will again compete with the Fox musical in the comedy category where fellow nominees Logo’s Exes and Ohs and Showtime’s The Big C join them. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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