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It’s one of the biggest head-to-head battles people have been looking forward to this season. Would Simon Cowell’s newly-revamped X Factor lineup beat out The Voice and their red swivel chairs? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. While NBC’s talent show won in total viewers (10.6 million versus 8.5), the FOX reality show beat its rival in the coveted 18-34 demographic and won the night in the adults 18-49. Still, Simon was rightfully worried that The Voice’s third night would steal some viewers away.

The second season premiere of X Factor garnered 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year. Here’s the silver lining, the show grew by 6 percent in the key demos and grew in its second hour. Given that it was up against NBC’s one-two punch of The Voice and finals of America’s Got Talent, it did well. I only expect those numbers to go up tonight when the show faces no competition. Plus I think the universal love and praise, fans and critics have bestowed on last night’s premiere will bring in more viewers. Remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint. I firmly believe X Factor will win come December.

In other singing-related news. Katie Couric revealed (spoiled) some very interesting American Idol news. Curious? Keep reading to find out.

check out Katie Couric’s reveal after the jump

On Kelly Clarkson’s current tour she performs covers based on fan requests. They ran the gamut from Madonna to Whitney Houston to Coldplay and everything in between. I’ve even listed a few of my favorite covers she’s performed on tour. At her concert in Independence, Missouri on September 4, 2012, she was inundated with so many requests for a particular song, she couldn’t say no. Have any guesses on which one?

Believe it or not, it was “A Moment Like This,” Clarkson’s Idol coronation song. The 30-year-old singer rarely ever sings the song anymore, but obliged since it was a special occasion. Fans knew it was exactly ten years ago on that day she became the very first American Idol. Can you believe ten years have passed since Kelly won the first season? My, oh how time flies. “It’s crazy that it’s still on!” said Kelly, “It’s so weird.”

Until Phillip Phillips‘”Home” this year, Kelly’s “A Moment Like This”, was my favorite coronation song with “Inside Your Heaven” by Carrie Underwood a close second. Given the success of “Home“, it’s now by far the best first single ever by an American Idol winner.

To honor the 10th anniversary of Clarkson’s win, I decided to embed three versions of “A Moment Like This” below. First, you have the one she sang in Missouri the other night. Then I added her Final 2 rendition, along with the performance after she was announced the winner. Poor girl, could barely get through it without crying. She’s definitely come a long way since 2002. Check out the videos below.

check out Kelly’s performances after the jump

Even though it’s been almost three months since he won “American Idol” Season 11, Phillip Phillips just released the music video for his coronation song “Home“. Not sure why it didn’t debut sooner, given the single sold an impressive 278,000 copies during its first week. Whatever the reason, it’s finally here.

I’m sure the fact the single is enjoying a second life thanks to NBC’s Olympics gymnastics coverage played a major role in its release. Since the peacock network used it to highlight the Fab Five gold-winning American team, the single has moved more copies and vaulted to No. 1 on iTunes chart. With everyone being re-introduced to the song, it only makes sense his label finally put out a visual.

The music video is pretty straight forward and without frills, but very appropriate to the track. It shows the American Idol winner strumming his guitar while traveling through the country. Definitely check it out below. Keep an eye out for his girlfriend Hannah who makes an appearance in the video.

watch the video below

With Mariah Carey officially taking over Jennifer Lopez’s seat on the judging panel, chatter has now shifted to who’ll be joining her. Since a record one-season pay day was given to the “Heartbreaker” singer, there isn’t much left over for the other two judges. Instantly, you can scratch off those big A-list names off that list, plus any women as well. I’m sure MiMi wants to be the only vajayjay on the show.

Early speculation had producers eying former “American Idol” alums as possible judges. Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert was one name being considered. Based on the latest rumors, it would seem Lambert joining is no longer happening. Instead, two names from different sides of the musical spectrum are in the mix. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

Mariah Carey Officially Joins American Idol

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Color me truly shocked for multiple reasons. Firstly, I thought “American Idol” and Mariah Carey were going to draw this thing out as long as the Britney Spears “X Factor” negotiations. Secondly, I thought Idol couldn’t afford Carey as stated by her husband Nick Cannon recently. Lastly, and most importantly, I’m at a loss for words that the show hired a female judge that can actually SING. When a contestant is off-tune or pitchy, the constructive feedback will have much more validity now. Love Paula Abdul and Jennifer Lopez, but vocalists they are not. As mentioned numerous times, AI is a singing competition and Mariah can SAAAAAANNNNGG. Hallelujah.

“Mariah Carey is the real deal. Not only is she one of the best-selling artists and performers on the planet and one of the world’s most gifted vocalists, she also is a successful songwriter, record producer and actress,” Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, said in a statement. “She has a deep knowledge of music and a career insight that will make her a really amazing asset to our judges’ table and to our contestants. It’s the dream of almost everyone who auditions for ‘Idol’ to sing like Mariah and we couldn’t be happier to have her be part of the show.”

Prior to Carey officially joining Idol, her name has been thrown around as a possible option for several seasons. She was even a potential judge for “The X Factor” as well. I wonder, what finally prompted the 42-year-old singer to agree to commit to a reality show? Perhaps, it’s to promote her upcoming studio album and new single, “Triumphant“. Or maybe it’s the substantial paycheck which is reportedly in the $12-17 million dollar range. Whatever the reason, I’m really looking forward to Mimi joining the show.

check out Mariah’s statement after the jump

After two seasons of inappropriately hitting on young teenage girls, Steven Tyler is calling it quits on “American Idol“. The Aerosmith front man made it official yesterday, citing his desire to return touring with the band as the reason why. That way he can inappropriately hit on girls half his age on the road instead of in front of America. While Tyler’s antics were a breath of fresh air during Season 10, by Season 11 his hilarious sound bites transformed into rainbow beautiful unicorn nonsensical Paula Abdulisms.

I wonder if his departure has anything to do with the producers’ desire to keep Jennifer Lopez on the show. With Tyler gone, that frees up more money to spend on J. Lo. She is one pricey bitch after all. Reports also say that Randy Jackson is on his way out. Given that he’s been on the show since the first season, I would assume he brings in a hefty paycheck. Again more cash to spend on La Lopez. Word has it producers want a major overhaul to freshen up the show for Season 12.

UPDATE: Jennifer Lopez announced today on the Ryan Seacrest Show that she’s not returning to the show. She hinted that she may return in a guest mentoring capacity but nothing has been confirmed. This leaves Randy Jackson’s status as the only one that has not been revealed.

read his statement after the jump

Kelly Clarkson’s hit, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)“, certainly lives up to its name. Not only is it the original Idol winner’s longest-running chart topper of her career, but it just became the best-selling “American Idol” single of all time. Congrats. The empowering track surpasses previous champion “Before He Cheats” sung by Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood.

As of last week’s Neilsen SoundScan numbers, “Stronger” has sold 3,510,000 singles, just narrowly beating “Before He Cheat’s” 3,509,000 units. Just in case you were wondering, Jordin Sparks earns the bronze in the Idol Olympics. Her duet with Chris Brown on “No Air” is in third place with 3,437,000 singles sold to date.

find out which record Carrie still holds over Kelly after the jump

It’s starting to look like 2010 over at FOX. Remember when Simon Cowell left “American Idol” and producers scrambled to find replacements? Contrary to popular belief, the reality competition didn’t implode after the acerbic judge’s departure.

With Jennifer Lopez potentially leaving, Nigel Lythgoe and company are working on a plan B should negotiations with Lopez fail. Just like 2010 and with the “X Factor judging drama earlier this year, multiple names are being tossed around. Names from Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Fergie and will.i.am are reportedly in the mix. Katy Perry was also a potential replacement, but the singer addressed the rumors to the Hollywood Reporter.

“People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it’s not right for me yet.” Perry adds, and “it’s a real commitment to be on one of those shows. … I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas.”

Personally, I’m a little bummed about Katy. I thought she was excellent during her guest judging stint on AI a few seasons ago. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. With her out of the running, the producers are also looking within the Idol family as a potential solution. Find out below which former contestant is on their short list.

find out who after the jump

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