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Randy Jackson Returns To American Idol (UGH)

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Randy Jackson is the cockroach of reality television. He just won’t go away. Just when I thought he was gone from American Idol for good, the Top Dawg returns. Why??? Dude even had a going away montage during last season’s finale.

Jackson, however, won’t be claiming his seat back on the judging panel. He’s set to replace Jimmy Iovine as the show’s in-house mentor. DOUBLE UGH. Not only is Randy coming back, but Jimmy is leaving. The latter has been my favorite part for the past couple of years. He’s the only one not afraid to say exactly how it is.

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So much for those rumors about an American Idol alum judging panel. BOOOOO. I was really hoping that would come to fruition. It’s exactly what the show needed (IMHO) to usher in a new era without Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick as producers. Instead, they’re going with the familiar.

During FOX’s turn at TCA Press Tour, Kevin Reilly, the chairman of entertainment for FOX, discussed the upcoming season of American Idol. He confirmed Keith Urban signing on for another stint on the judging panel. He also addressed rumors that Jennifer Lopez is THIS close to returning to the show. “Most of what you’re reporting or you read is true. … [Jennifer Lopez] has been a close part of the show all along. There have been discussions there. There is no deal with her or with anybody else.”

Since Simon Cowell’s departure, the veteran reality show became all about the celebrity judges. Reilly is hoping to change that.

“We want some judges in that are good at the job, that people like, that refocus the attention on the contestants. … It really became too much about the judges. The show’s always been about the contestants. … Let’s really focus on some great stories with the kids,” says Reilly.

Personally, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. Do you? Excited that Urban is back for Season 13 and potentially J. Lo? Sound off below.

Adam Lambert Joins Glee

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Looks like another American Idol runner-up is walking the hallowed halls of McKinley High. Let’s just hope for Adam Lambert he actually has lines instead of Jessica Sanchez who popped up last season only to whip out a couple of performances.

Ryan Murphy broke the news in his usual fashion, via Twitter. The Glee co-creator wrote “I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall.” If the rumors of an all alumni judging panel for American Idol Season 13 come true, I can already picture FOX’s marketing campaign for an Adam Lambert night. Lots of glitter and over-the-top fabulousness.

Lambert isn’t the only newbie joining the fifth season of Glee. TVLine is reporting that the show is adding three new characters. After cutting several original cast members and promoting Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Alex Newell (Unique) to series regulars, I didn’t think they were going to introduce this much new blood. Find out what producers are casting for below.

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I was debating whether or not to make you guess which American Idol champ was joining Season 15 of the NBC weight loss reality show, but let’s be honest, Ruben Studdard is the obvious choice. Even when Kelly Clarkson was at her heaviest she wasn’t The Biggest Loser material. The Velvet Teddy Bear on the other hand is. Hope Ruben knows what he’s getting himself into. Jillian Michaels is hardcore.

This isn’t the first time the Season 2 winner has attempted to lose weight. Back in 2008, he slimmed down considerably when he married Surata Zuri McCants but gained it back when they divorced in 2012. He explained stress eating because of the divorce and a $100,000 tax bill from the IRS were to blame. Studdard also lost a bit of weight when he turned to vegetarianism, going from 455 lbs to the 380 lbs range.

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American Idol Names New Executive Producer

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With Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick officially out on American Idol, FOX has found and revealed their replacement. On the heels of David Hill’s appointment to oversee American Idol and The X-Factor for the network, Pers Blankens steps in as the new executive producer for Idol’s thirteenth season.

“Per is a creative and experienced executive who has been the show runner on the blockbuster Swedish Idol for more than 5 seasons,” said Trish Kinane, “Idol” executive producer for FremantleMedia North America. “He is extremely passionate about Idol and I’m very excited about his ideas and vision for keeping Idol creatively vibrant. He brings the talent and energy needed to keep ‘American Idol’ strong.”

learn more about Pers after the jump

The American Idol Mass Exodus Continues

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With most of the blame for American Idol‘s declining viewership put on the judging panel, it’s about time people behind the scenes also be held accountable. Let’s be honest, the producers could’ve nipped the Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey feud before becoming the huge elephant in the room. They could’ve sent them to one of those team building weekend camps ;) They definitely dropped the ball.

According to a report by the Hollywood Reporter, both Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are expected to be fired from their executive producing duties. Both veteran producers have been with the FOX reality show since its inception in 2002 with Lythgoe taking a break during Seasons 8 & 9.

Also leaving behind the scenes is FOX chief of alternative programming Mike Darnell. At this point, the only original things remaining on the show are Ryan Seacrest and the American Idol logo. If Seacrest leaves, put a fork in it, it’s dunzo.

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It’s the age-old story. Wide-eyed talented individual heads to the big city to pursue a career in the spotlight, but turns to porn when things go bust. Big Brother has Steven Daigle and James Zinkland. Survivor castaways Brian Heidik (Thailand), Ozzy Lusth (Cook Islands) and Judd “Fabio” Birza all did soft-core flicks with the latter doing a homoerotic one. Now, American Idol has an aspiring porn star in their alumni.

Hardcore Idol fans might remember Nathaniel Marshall. He competed on the eighth season where Kris Allen took the title. Too bad it wasn’t Allen who decided to dabble in erotica ;) Marshall made it all the way to the Top 36 where he competed in the third round. Just in case you’re wondering, Scott MacIntyre, Jorge Núñez and Lil Rounds advanced.

Fast forward a few years later and now he’s making his porn debut on Sunday, June 2nd. Gone is his flat-ironed hair, but it’s his recognizable tattoos that give him away. He now goes by Jadyn Daniels and here’s the most shocking part… he tops in the video. Never would’ve guessed. After seeing what he’s packing down there, his sexual position makes sense. Check out his Idol run below, along with a link to NSFW images of his new career.

check out his videos after the jump

It’s purely speculative at this moment, but how friggin’ awesome would it be if this actually came to fruition. According to, American Idol execs are contemplating replacing at least one, if not all the judges, with former contestants. The site claims that both Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have been approached while Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert are also rumored to be in the running.

In my dream world, a Clarkson-Hudson-Lambert trifecta would be EVERYTHING. Not only do they all have successful post-Idol careers but each would bring something different to the table. Kelly would be the nurturing down-to-earth motherly one, while Jennifer would be Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj combined- divalicious and sassy. Need I say what Adam would bring- glamor and pure gayness. In addition, each had a different journey on the show. We have a winner, runner-up and someone who was eliminated way before their time.

FOX needs to make this happen. This could be the direction needed to save the show. Clearly high-priced talent hasn’t done the trick. The show’s massive ratings decline this season resulted in FOX losing the 2012-2013 TV season in the coveted 18-49 demo to CBS for the first time in eight years.

new American Idol rule change for Season 13 after the jump

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