Why Mariah Carey Will Make Me Watch ‘American Idol’ For The First Time

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While I have long been an avid consumer of our popular culture, there is one tent pole that I have avoided. At first, it was a pointed protest against what I thought was a silly televised karaoke contest. Later, after it proved to be a star-maker, I stayed away out of spite; what entertainment value… Read more »

‘The Voice’ Closes In On ‘American Idol’


We’re a little biased here, but here goes: “American Idol” is dead and “The Voice” killed it! We’re kidding! But NBC’s reality singing competition is putting up quite a fight against “Idol,” matching FOX’s long-running hit in the key 18-49 demographic and coming within spitting distance of the once untouchable juggernaut in overall ratings. Monday’s… Read more »

What Are You Looking Forward To Most On Tomorrow’s ‘American Idol’ Premiere?

“American Idol” returns to FOX tomorrow night to begin the audition phase of TV’s most popular singing competition. The judging team that helped the show win its first season-over-season ratings gain in five years returns intact alongside host Ryan Seacrest to help decide which wannabe singers have what it takes to be national superstars. Are… Read more »

That Happened This Year? Jennifer Lopez Joins the Judges Table On ‘American Idol,’ Reinvigorating Her Career

Welcome to “That Happened THIS Year,” MTV News’ look back at the huge entertainment stories that were absolutely everywhere for a hot minute in 2011 but feel like they happened forever ago or faded so quickly from our collective memories that when we were brainstorming the year that was, we literally couldn’t believe they happened…

‘American Idol’ Season 11 Promo Debuts, Brings The Nice

They’re not even on at the same time of year, but the arms race between “American Idol” and Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” continued on Sunday night when Fox (which airs both shows) unwrapped the first commercial for season 11 of “Idol.” The show doesn’t return to air until January 22, but three months out producers… Read more »

Does ‘American Idol’ ‘Mask’ The Sexuality Of Its Contestants? (Poll)

So you thought there wouldn’t be any mudslinging between “American Idol” and “The Voice” and the two singing competitions would co-exist in a weird sort of harmony? Well, you were mistaken. “The Voice” judge Adam Levine has hit out at “Idol” in an interview with Out magazine, implying Fox’s hit singing competition keeps its gay… Read more »

Why Was JLo ‘American Idol’ Announcement So Low-Key?

The last time “American Idol” had news about Jennifer Lopez, they announced it with glitter and much fanfare on the “Idol” Hollywood stage. When the singer/actress joined the cast of the show last year there was much pomp and circumstance. But on Wednesday when “Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed that JLo would be back… Read more »

‘American Idol’ Champ Scotty McCreery Makes A Plea To The College Board

show||video|659101 You learn a lot by being on “American Idol.” You get shown the music biz ropes by the finest in the business, are offered the opportunity to perform for the biggest audience on television every week and oh, yeah, if you’re season 10 champ Scotty McCreery you also get a fat recording contract and… Read more »

Kris Allen Talks New Music, Shares ‘American Idol’ Secrets

By James Dinh, with additional reporting by Jim Cantiello show||video|657369 TLC, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga were just some of the star-studded names that graced the “American Idol” stage on Wednesday night, but there were also a slew of former season contestants in the house too, including season-eight winner Kris Allen. Always a friend to MTV… Read more »