*Deadline.com is reporting that producer Jimmy Iovine will end his duty as in-house mentor on “American Idol,” and will be replaced by former judge Randy Jackson. Iovine, co-founder of Interscope Records and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, joined “Idol” in Season 10, the first without original judge Simon Cowell. With his music executive/producer experience […]

  *A source tells US Weekly that Kanye West has turned down an invitation to be a judge on the next season of Fox’s “American Idol.” According to the report, the rapper feels the gig will ruin his reputation. “He didn’t want to go that mainstream,” the source tells US. “He didn’t want to lose […]

  *After months of speculation, Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend let the cat out of the bag. Asked whether she is returning to “American Idol” for its 13th season, Casper Smart replied: “Yes.” The problem? Fox has yet to make any announcement about Lopez’s return. Oops. Sources are also confirming to Us Weekly that the 44-year-old entertainer will […]

  *Ten African-American contestants who appeared on “American Idol” during its first nine seasons have filed a lawsuit against the show claiming that the producers concocted a cruel and inhumane plot to embarrass them by revealing their past arrest records on the air. During introductory videos, the suit claims, the contestants were made out to […]

Ruben Studdard has joined the cast of “The Biggest Loser.” The “American Idol” Season 2 winner will compete on the NBC weight-loss series this fall. The Huffington Post has confirmed that Studdard will participate in the 15th season of “The Biggest Loser” set to launch on Tuesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. […]

The “American Idol” makeover continues, with The Wrap reporting that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have been fired as part of the creative changes designed to win back viewers for Season 13. Fox declined to comment on the report. Lythgoe (who also serves as a judge and executive producer on Fox’s “So […]

Mariah Carey is officially leaving “American Idol,” the singer’s publicists announced via Twitter on Thursday. The news follows Randy Jackson’s recent departure from Fox’s reality juggernaut, with fellow judges Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban yet to announce their plans regarding next season. (Minaj is also reportedly set to exit, but has yet to confirm.) Despite […]

*“American Idol” is considering former contestants to fill out the vacant spots on the judging panel next season, according to a new report by Vulture. Although both Fox and the companies that produce the show have yet to comment, sources tell Vulture that Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have both been approached, and that Adam […]

*Fox has confirmed that former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin singer Paulina Rubio will be the new “X Factor” judges for season three, joining executive producer-judge Simon Cowell and his fellow lone surviving panelist from last season, pop singer Demi Lovato. “It’s taken more than a decade but I’m delighted to finally be […]

After a season full of feuds, drama and outrageous outfits, Nicki Minaj is stepping down as an “American Idol” judge. “It’s safe to say she isn’t coming back to ‘Idol,'” an insider reportedly told Us Weekly, adding that she would be shifting her focus back to her music career. “She’s OK with it. She had […]

After 12 years, Randy Jackson is leaving “American Idol,” the longtime judge told E! News. After more than a decade of “pitchy” comments and “yo, dawg’s,” Jackson is leaving quite an “Idol” legacy behind. “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol’ I […]

*The Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey feud flared up again this week. A day after getting into an argument with Carey on “American Idol,” Minaj tweeted a series of insults at her fellow judge, referencing a recent report that said “Idol” producers considered replacing Carey with Jennifer Lopez. On Wednesday’s “Idol,” Minaj disagreed with Carey’s critique of […]