Idol Headlines for 07/31/10

Nigel Lythgoe: Ellen DeGeneres Is Welcome Back On ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Ellen DeGeneres may have left “American Idol, ” but if she wants, there is always a place for her at another FOX reality show – “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“That’s where Ellen started. She loved ‘So You Think You Can Dance, ’” SYTYCD Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe told’s Laura Saltman on Thursday, recalling Ellen’s first judging experience.

Nigel said that if Ellen wanted to spend some time on his panel, commenting on the on stage moves of the contestants, he would gladly have her.

Read more at Access Hollywood

Is Jennifer Lopez The Right Replacement For Ellen DeGeneres On ‘American Idol’?

Despite some head-scratching upon word that the former fly girl and singer/actress was in final negotiations to join the judge’s panel, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jessica Shaw said the choice makes some sense. “On the plus side, she was one of the best guest mentors, ” Shaw said of Lopez’s stint as a supportive, helpful guide to the season-six cast on Latin night. “And that’s not an easy job because many have not done it so well. I was a bit surprised that she was as good a mentor as she was, but she knew every contestant’s name and is a huge fan of the show.”

Read More at MTV

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“X-Factor” 2009 Winner Joe McElderry Comes Out

Joe McElderry is only 19-years-old, a former model, and the slightly shy, endearing winner of Simon Cowell’s hugely successful UK program in 2009. He’s had one hit single so far, a cover of X-Factor Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”

And he’s been dogged about questions of his sexuality ever since the competition.

Now, in a post on his official site, he’s let fans know that he’s been doing interviews with the press, and tell them that yes, he’s gay, and he’s proud. He just wanted his fans to hear it from him first.

Read more at AfterElton

J.Lo Outsmarts Jessica Simpson for ‘Idol’ Job

Poor Jessica Simpson. After months and months of talks and meetings with the producers of ‘American Idol, ‘ Jennifer Lopez and her brilliant manager swooped in and stole the one job that could have put Jessica back on top.

“You won’t find many folks that like Jessica’s movies or music, but who doesn’t love watching Jessica on TV, ” an industry insider tells me. “She would be the perfect person to replace the void that Paula left. Jess is funny, caring and a total ditz. Just what the show needs to make America start caring again.”

So how did Lopez end up with the job that everyone, including Jessica, thought was hers?

Read more at AOL Popeater

‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Crystal Bowersox Calls Ellen DeGeneres ‘Amazing’

“American Idol” contender Crystal Bowersox responds to the news that funnywoman Ellen DeGeneres has left her gig as an “Idol” judge after one season. Bowersox, who scored the runner-up slot on the show’s ninth season, took feedback from the talk show host during her brief stint on the Fox hit and wished the comedienne well in the wake of DeGeneres’ recent departure.

“Ellen is an amazing and kind human being, and I respect her and her decision to leave ‘American Idol’, ” Bowersox said in a statement to MTV News. “She brought a smile to the show and so much more, and I am very happy to have been a part of her time there. I wish nothing but the best for her, and also to ‘American Idol’.”

Read more at MTV

The Only Way to Save ‘American Idol’? Start Over

One original judge from ‘American Idol, ‘ Randy Jackson, remains. With the return of producer Nigel Lythgoe, this isn’t really a huge surprise — considering he’s said all along that the only way to save ‘Idol, ‘ post Simon Cowell, is to start over with three new judges. And, for the most part, he’s right. It is the only way to possibly save ‘Idol’ — even though it probably won’t save ‘Idol.’

Here’s the problem ‘Idol’ faces: You can’t just plug in someone like Steven Tyler (as the latest rumors suggest) and think that Cowell can be replaced. ‘American Idol’ is not the brand anymore — Simon Cowell is the brand. Cowell is the star of the show and, with him leaving, it’s the same situation as if the lead in a scripted show left after nine years. Imagine continuing ‘Seinfeld’ without Jerry Seinfeld; ‘Cheers’ without Ted Danson; ‘The Sopranos’ without James Gandolfini. Only, for ‘Idol’ the situation is worse (hold that thought).

Read more at AOL Popeater

American Idols Live Tour – MTV’s Top 10 at 10

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