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American Idol Names New Executive Producer

In: Donovan, TV Shows

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.”

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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.

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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

Your American Idol Season 12 Winner Is…

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After months of enduring auditions, Hollywood Week, Vegas round and Lazaro Arbos, we finally are about to crown a winner. After doing this 11 times prior, you’re fully aware that we have to sit through two more hours before we actually know the results. With that being said, the results show was pretty entertaining. There were a couple of sensational duets along with a couple cute video packages. Check out all the performances and more importantly find out who the winner of American Idol Season 12 is below.

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Angie Miller Reveals You Set Me Free Artwork

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

The second Angie Miller performed her original song during Hollywood Week, she became an instant frontrunner. Even though she never matched the magnetism and magic of that performance throughout her American Idol run, I still maintain she deserved a spot in the Final 2 over Kree Harrison. Miller has more potential of becoming a crossover artist, matching the likes of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, more than Harrison or Glover for that matter.

Miller was supposed to perform “You Set Me Free” on the finale tonight, but was nixed. Instead, she’ll be performing a duet with Adam Lambert. Even though the 19-year-old won’t get to perform it live tonight, she’s releasing the single immediately after the finale on iTunes, ergo the newly-released artwork. It’ll be interesting to see if she outsells either of the Final 2’s coronation songs. If you missed Angie’s breakout Hollywood performance, check it out below.

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American Idol 12: The Final 2 Perform

In: Donovan, TV Shows

And then there were two. After weeks of competition, we’re finally at the Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak, to crown the Season 12 winner. Kree Harrison and Candice Glover face off for one final time. One of them will be the first female American Idol winner since Season 6’s Jordin Sparks. In fact, it’s the first all-female finale since Season 3 when Fantasia beat Diana DeGarmo. Barrino got a reality show and DeGarmo got Ace Young 😉 Who’s the real winner?

Each lady sang three songs apiece– Simon Fuller’s pick, their potential coronation song and their favorite performance. Even though Kree won the coin toss, she elected to go first. Silly girl. It’s all about the last spot. Minus the unnecessary Carly Rae Jepsen performance (couldn’t they wait til the results show), it was a solid night. Check out all the performances below and be sure to weigh in on who should win.

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Leah LaBelle Debuts ‘Lolita’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

Hardcore fans of American Idol will remember Leah LaBelle from Season 3. Back then she auditioned as Leah Vladowski but opted for a more stage-friendly LaBelle for the rest of the competition. Then 16-years-old, she made the Top 12 due to being Paula Abdul’s wildcard pick. Her luck ran out the following week when she was the first voted out. Almost a decade later, the 26-year-old is about to release her debut album.

Lolita” is the second track from her upcoming Epic Records debut. It’s a follow-up to her well-received lead cut, “Sexify.” Produced by Pharrell, it’s a fun seductive R&B track. The Diane Martel-directed music video is a little budget and borderline creepy with the very young looking boys parading around shirtless, but I’m loving the track. I guess the imagery falls in line with Vladimir Nabokov’s novel. The single definitely deserves a little mainstream love. Check it out below.

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