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When American Idol returns for its swan song in January 2016, a few familiar faces might pop by. Ryan Seacrest reveals that past and present judges will be together again to bid adieu to the long-running singing competition.

“I’ve spoken to all of them recently and we as a team have talked to them about coming back to do something for the final season,” Seacrest told Access Hollywood on Thursday.”They are going to do it, it’s just a matter of figuring what to do with them.”

While I was fully expecting the original threesome, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson would return for the farewell season, I’m actually a bit surprised all the former judges are open to a reunion.

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj had a fiery feud during their time on the show. To boot, both ladies along with Ellen DeGeneres have commented that they’ve regretted sitting on the panel. Nonetheless, it would be great for everyone to reunite on stage.

Excited to see all the judges return to their former stomping grounds? Does anyone even remember Kara DioGuardi? I kid. Weigh in below.


‘Discover an Idol one last time,’ encourages American Idol. The once-dominate singing competition heads off to the television graveyard after Season 15. A recent promo takes a nostalgic look back at the show’s glory days, specifically at the OG Idol, Miss Kelly Clarkson herself.

Check out the video below and try not getting a bit misty watching it as Kelly belts out “A Moment Like This.” You might need a tissue or two.

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Since falling just short of winning American Idol Season 5, Katharine McPhee has mostly focussed on her acting career, snagging roles on Smash and Scorpion. With her CBS drama on Summer hiatus, the 31-year-old is returning to her music roots to take another stab at launching a recording career.

Despite the ultra heinous and tragic artwork (see above), “Lick My Lips,” isn’t half bad. It’s not as good as her underrated “Over It,” but a decent effort for a comeback. Isabella Summers aka Isa Machine from Florence + The Machine wrote the 90s-tinged pop ditty.

For the accompanying visual, McPhee perfectly channels the fun and perky vibe of the song. She goes retro donning a slinky red ensemble while canoodling with some cute blond greaser stud. Check out clip below.

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In 2016, the once-behemoth singing reality show will sing its final note. FOX announced Season 15 of American Idol will be its last. It truly is the end of an era.

“You know, it was not an easy decision,” said FOX chairman and CEO Gary Newman. ”American Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run, and we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end. But we wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated.”

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Back in 2013, I questioned if Tori Kelly was the one American Idol let slip through their fingers. The California native auditioned for the ninth season of the FOX singing competition, making it to Hollywood but failing to make the Top 24. Simon Cowell called her “almost annoying” during her audition. Fast forward years later and it’s the 22-year-old who’s now having the last laugh.

After Idol, Tori became a huge YouTube personality. Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, scooped her up and guided her to a record deal with Capitol Records.

The infectious lead single, “Nobody Love,” off her debut album is building buzz and destined to be her breakout hit. That shouldn’t be a surprise given that it’s produced by Max Martin. The Swedish hitmaker has crafted hits for Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and P!nk to name a few.

Commit Tori Kelly to memory because mark my words, she’ll be pop’s next big sensation. Check out her “Nobody Love” music video below.

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American Idol XIII Promo: The Stats Don’t Lie

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Up until now I’ve refrained from posting any of FOX’s American Idol promos. With their latest though, I couldn’t resist. As I’ve said before, until The Voice can produce a bonafide superstar like Idol has, the veteran competition will still be on top. The statistics don’t lie as evident in their latest promo.

408 #1 hits, 19 platinum albums, 11 Grammys, and an Academy Award. It’s safe to say that no one has a track record like American Idol! Hell, they even have a Dancing With The Stars mirrorball trophy thanks to Kellie Pickler. The only thing missing from their mantle is an Emmy. That’s the one category that The Voice has bragging rights. The NBC show recently dethroned The Amazing Race for Best Reality Competition.

American Idol returns to FOX on January 15. Though they’ll never return to their glory days, I predict Season 13 will be a comeback of sorts. Harry Connick, Jr. is the best thing that’s happened to the show in ages. The chemistry on the new judging panel is undeniable and infectious. Check out the new promo below, along with the previously released ones. I highly recommend, “Who Will Be Next?,” “Inside Look At Season XIII,” “Fun With The Judges,” along with “The Stats Don’t Lie.”

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Candice Glover Unleashes Monstrous New Ballad

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The twelfth season of American Idol was the lowest-rated in the show’s history and the subsequent tour canceled several dates. Originally, Candice Glover’s debut album was slated to hit stores on July 16th, but then pushed back to October 18th. It was again delayed and now scheduled for February 18. Much better if you ask me, since American Idol will be back on the air for its 13th season and can promote it heavily.

Even with the odds stacked up against her, I predict Glover will outsell Lee DeWyze and not become the lowest-selling American Idol winner ever. After all, female Idol winners typically do better than their male counterparts. If Candice’s album is anything like the lead cut, she’ll definitely continue that trend. She may not beat Phillip Phillips’ numbers, but I foresee a respectable run.

Cried” is a million times better than her coronation song “I Am Beautiful” which barely cracked Billboard’s Hot 100. The new single is soulful and a monstrous of a ballad. It probably won’t break into the mainstream charts, but could do very well on adult contemporary and urban radio. Candice is too good of a talent to let slip through just because Season 12 was marred with awful ratings and judging drama. Give the heartfelt track a listen below. I can see Candice absolutely slaying this during a live performance. Her “Lovesong” cover on the show still gives me chills.

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With “The Art of Letting Go” debuting just the other day, naturally Mariah Carey is on the promotion train pimping out her new single. I’m sure the last thing she wants to talk about is her badly-reviewed one season stint as American Idol judge. However, that’s not the case for Angie Martinez who interviewed Carey for Hot 97. I think it’s time for people to heed Mariah’s track and let it go.

When asked about the FOX singing competition, Carey tries to avoid it at first but then dishes some tea and throws a bit of shade. She reveals she hated going to work, how she felt duped by producers and calling someone Satan. Clearly, she’s talking about Keith Urban 😉 Check out the interview snippet below.

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