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“American Idol” to Air Only One Night a Week Next Year

By Andrea Dresdale

Courtesy FOXIt’s no secret that American Idol isn’t the ratings juggernaut it once was, which is why next season, FOX is reportedly cutting back the number of hours it devotes to the show.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, FOX Broadcasting chairman Kevin Reilly announced that next season, American Idol will only air for 37 hours total, compared to the 50-plus hours it has aired in the past. The plan, Reilly said, is to have the show airs two nights per week during the audition phase, and then air just one night per week, two hours per night, for the rest of the season.

That means that performances and eliminations will likely take place during the same night. This isn’t a new concept: ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, which recently cut back to one night per week as well, does both on the same night.

Despite lower ratings, Reilly didn’t say that American Idol will be ending any time soon. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he said, “the show will be on the air for many years to come,” and he’s now focused on making it a “potent” and …read more

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“American Idol” Contestants Were Forced to Switch Songs at Last Minute

By Andrea Dresdale

MichaelBecker/FOXIf some of the American Idol contestants sounded less than stellar on some of their numbers on Wednesday night, you can chalk it up to a lack of rehearsal: it turns out all the contestants were forced to switch to switch one of their songs on Monday, and only had a day to learn a new one.

Speaking to reporters Friday on a conference call, eliminated contestant Jessica Meuse said that she, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston were all supposed to perform one of their original songs on Wednesday night, in addition to their two cover songs. But at the last minute, Jessica said, they were all told that there had been a change, and they had to do three cover songs instead.

“We were sort of all just like, ‘Oh crap, we have to learn another song now,” Jess told reporters. The one she ended up choosing at the last minute was Pink‘s “So What,” which the judges did not enjoy. However, Jess says she liked the performance, because she related to the lyrics.

“I loved being up there…I had fire!” she said. “So I had …read more

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Report: All Three “American Idol” Judges Will Be Back Next Year

By ABC News Radio

Michael Becker/FOXThe current judges’ lineup for American Idol will remain intact for season 14, according to one report.

People magazine cites an unnamed source who says Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will be back in 2015.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest dropped a hint to that effect on Wednesday night’s show, noting that the upcoming auditions tour for next season will include stops in the current judges’ respective hometowns. However, Fox has yet to confirm that J-Lo, Keith and Harry have signed on for another go-around.

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“American Idol” Recap: Jessica Is Eliminated

By ABC News Radio

Michael Becker/FOXJessica Meuse was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday night, leaving three contestants to compete in next week’s semifinals: Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene and Alex Preston.

Following the announcement by host Ryan Seacrest, Jessica performed her original song, “Blue Eyed Lie.” It was a tune the 23-year-old Alabama resident previously introduced to the viewers during her audition and again during a performance show in early April.

Caleb, Jena and Alex will return to the American Idol stage next Wednesday night. We’ll also see footage from their upcoming hometown visits.

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“American Idol” Recap: The Top Four Perform Songs About Love

By ABC News Radio

FOXLove was in the air Wednesday night on American Idol, as the top four performed a “breakup” song, a “dedication” tune, and a “makeup” track.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to offer their expertise to the contestants.

Here’s what happened during the two-hour show:

Caleb Johnson opened the “breakup” round by belting out a Bon Jovi classic, “You Give Love A Bad Name.” At one point, he walked over to Keith, put his arm around the judge, and sang directly to him. It was kind of odd, since Keith is happily married to Nicole Kidman. In any event, Keith loved the performance, especially its conclusion, telling Caleb, “You took it to your own place.” Harry complimented Caleb on his signature “lick,” but advised him to come up with other ad-libs that will come in handy when he goes on the Idol tour.

Jessica Meuse tackled “Since U Been Gone,” by original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Jennifer said she didn’t think it was the best song choice, but she did “feel” Jessica more in this performance than in previous weeks. Harry added that Jessica needs to do something to heighten …read more

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Clay Aiken’s Primary Race for Congress Too Close to Call

By ABC News Radio

ClayAiken.comClay Aiken was a runner-up on American Idol, but the singer-turned-politician is hoping to be declared the winner in a North Carolina Democratic congressional primary that election officials say is still too close to call.

As of Wednesday morning, reports Aiken was leading his Democratic rival for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district by fewer than 400 votes with more than 99 percent of the ballots counted.

Aiken and his rival, former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, both have about 40 percent of the vote. Another candidate was a distant third.

Last week, Aiken got an endorsement Ruben Studdard, the singer who beat him on the 2003 edition of American Idol. Studdard tweeted he was “proud of my friend” and “we need more people like him in Congress.”

The Democratic primary winner will face incumbent Republican Representative Renee Ellmers in November.

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“American Idol” Recap: Sam Woolf Goes Home

By ABC News Radio

Michael Becker/FOXSam Woolf ran out of chances on American Idol Thursday night.

The 18-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, who was saved by the judges on a results show early last month, was eliminated.

The announcement followed what host Ryan Seacrest described as a “game changer” for the show. He presented the five contestants with two options: the person with the fewest number of votes could go home that night — the usual format — or they could all remain safe until next week, when two of them would be dismissed.

Each contestant was given a secret ballot with which to cast his or her vote. In order to avoid an elimination this week, all of the contestants had to vote “yes.” However, two of them — we don’t know who — voted “no.” Moments later, Sam was ousted from the competition.

Sam ended his journey on American Idol by performing the Imagine Dragons song “It’s Time.”

Also during the half-hour results show, judge Keith Urban performed his new single, “Good Thing.”

American Idol returns next Wednesday night on Fox.

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“American Idol” Recap: The Idols Take Your Requests

By ABC News Radio

Michael Becker/FOXWednesday night’s installment of American Idol was #IdolRequest night, a new contest which saw America choosing which songs the contestants would sing. The result: Some fresh, current hit songs, some never before heard on the Idol stage. The contestants were helped along by some guest-mentoring by Jason Mraz, who mostly focused on teaching them how to improve on the one thing many of them are still struggling with: performing onstage properly.

In addition, there were two guest appearances by a few of the male Idols’ alleged celebrity crushes: Ariana Grande, Sam Woolf’s crush, who has a new single to promote, and Zooey Deschanel, Alex Preston‘s crush, who conveniently happens to star on a show on Fox, the same network as Idol. Unfortunately, Jena Irene and Jessica Meuse‘s crushes – Harry Styles and Jensen Ackles, respectively — were nowhere to be seen, and neither was Caleb’s crush, Rose McGowan. Pop star Austin Mahone randomly dropped by, though, and of course, judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez were on hand to comment on the proceedings.

Here’s how it went down:

Alex Preston:
The show began with Alex performing “Sweater Weather,” by …read more

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“American Idol” Recap: C.J. Harris Goes Home

By ABC News Radio

Michael Becker/FOXC.J. Harris was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday night.

The 23-year-old from Jasper, Alabama, received the fewest number of votes this week. He had fallen into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse.

After the results were announced, C.J. reprised his rendition of Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Can’t You See” from the “movies”-themed performance show last month. With tears in his eyes, he then hugged his mother on the stage.

When Ryan Seacrest asked him for his fondest memory from his time on the show, C.J. said, “I just met some amazing people.”

C.J. received a lukewarm response from the judges Wednesday night following his performances of The Guess Who‘s “American Woman” and Zac Brown Band‘s “Whatever It Is.”

The competition resumes next Wednesday night on Fox with the top five.

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“American Idol” Recap: Top Six Perform Rock and Country Songs

By ABC News Radio

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol was a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll on Wednesday night. Each contestant in the top six performed two songs: one from the rock genre, and one from the country genre.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique each performance.

Here’s what happened during the two-hour show:

Jena Irene was the first contestant to entertain the viewers and the studio audience. She took on the Heart classic “Barracuda.” Keith said it was a great way to start the show, and that Jena set the bar high for the rest of the contestants. J-Lo said that with a little extra push Jena can make it to the finals.

Sam Woolf performed the Imagine Dragons tune “It’s Time.” Jennifer said she had “goosies” while listening to Sam. Harry said Sam’s a sweet, humble and kind guy, and he’s adding layers to that.

C.J. Harris channeled his inner Lenny Kravitz on Lenny’s version of The Guess Who song “American Woman.” Keith urged him to bring out the proper emotions when singing tunes like that one. Jennifer said it was shaky at first, but C.J. started to connect …read more

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