Jennifer Lopez Closes Door On ‘American Idol’


116The American Idol judges are falling like dominoes, as Jennifer Lopez announced on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM morning radio show that she is leaving the gig after just two seasons.  With Steven Tyler’s decision to exit Idol , that leaves program mainstay Randy Jackson, and apparently he’s on the fence about returning.

Jackson’s decision is highly important, as he and Seacrest will serve as the only on-camera talent left from American Idol’s first season.  Although Mariah Carey is reportedly one of the rumored frontrunners to replace Lopez, Idol’s success is not only rooted in the contestants’ singing ability, but also the natural chemistry among the judges.  Rumors of Adam Lambert as a possible judge has drawn its share of love from the singer’s devoted fans, and he’s the type of guy who won’t mince his words when it comes to criticizing the starry eyed hopefuls.  For all their telegenic charisma, Tyler and Lopez were more cheerleaders than judges during their Idol run.  As for my personal pick, I’d love to see Cheryl Cole prove the X Factor bigwigs wrong as an Idol judge.  Let’s hope the new judges add a little bark (and bite) to the proceedings.

Which celebrities/performers top your list as prospective American Idol judges?  Tell us what you think!!

To hear Lopez announce her decision to leave American Idol, click the following link: http://ryanseacrest.com/2012/07/13/jennifer-lopez-reluctantly-confirms-shes-leaving-idol-audio/

Jennifer Lopez talks about why she loves to root for the American Idol contestants:

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Top Dawg Randy Jackson Talks ‘American Idol’ Legacy

american-idol-logoAiring on Fox-TV, AMERICAN IDOL continues the brutal elimination of hopeful contestants on the latest season of what has become the country’s favorite talent competition. Featuring judges RANDY JACKSON, STEVEN TYLER and JENNIFER LOPEZ along with host RYAN SEACREST, the series seemed to be struggling through its first few “audition” episodes but, now that the Top Ten is being whittled away, it appears to be stronger than ever. The first of this generation’s televised talent contests, AMERICAN IDOL has spawned countless imitators, but has always managed to stay ahead of the pack. During our recent phone interview with JACKSON, he talked about how he hopes people will look back at the show after its gone. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

AMERICAN IDOL airs Wednesday and Thursday on Fox-TV.

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ SAYS GOODBYE TO JOKESTER HEEJUN HAN

heejun5 Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially since Heejun Han and his one-liners are gone from American Idol (until at least the finale), as he was this week’s eliminated singer.

Han endeared himself to viewers with his dry wit (the “mostly water” comment to Ryan Seacrest is my personal favorite), his rivalry with “cowboy” Richie Law, and his close knit friendship with Phillip Phillps, who’s one of the remaining Top 8 Idols.

Drawing the ire of Jimmy Iovine and even Steven Tyler also was amusing, but after his highly bashed rendition of Billy Joel’s “My Life” last week, the writing was on the wall.  Even Wednesday night’s heartfelt performance of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You,” which Elliott Yamin absolutely killed during his season, couldn’t reverse the inevitable.  If only Han switched out “My Life” and performed a Joel song more suitable to his voice (“Lullabye – Goodnight My Angel” would have been perfect), maybe Hollie Cavanagh or Skylar Laine (they joined Han as this week’s bottom three) would have packed their bags.

Still a novice singer, Han may not have the most talented voice of the bunch (that honor goes to Jessica Sanchez), but his sense of humor and overall unpredictability will serve him well in the entertainment industry.  Plus, he’s part of the American Idol summer tour, so it’s definitely not the end of his Idol world.  Heck, I’d love some a Heejun Han/Phillip Phillips reality show about two guys making it post-American Idol.  Maybe even throw in the “cowboy” for good measure.

On Wednesday, April 4th, the top eight finalists will perform songs from the 1980s.

Click on the media bar and listen to Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler talk about Heejun’s elimination:

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STEVEN TYLER’S KEY TO MUSIC LONGEVITY: “YOU CAN’T MAKE IT WITHOUT PASSION”

tyler7 With American Idol now down to its top 10 after last night’s elimination of Shannon Magrane and the disqualification of Jermaine Jones, the remaining singers must carefully choose each song for performance night, according to Idol judge Steven Tyler.

“The ones that are here now are the ones that can sing anyway,” says Tyler during an interview after last night’s Idol episode.  “It’s the choice of song.  They’ve got to sing something (in which) America goes ‘I love that song and I love them.’  That’s part of the magic. There’s not many people who have a voice from heaven. That are just naturals.  There’s not many. So the ones that are up there sing great –  but they have to have a great song that people can relate to and remember.”

Tyler was also asked about the keys to his music longevity.  Mentioning his band Aerosmith, the rocker said it’s all about passion (click on the media bar to hear Tyler):

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JEREMY ROSADO ON ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ EXIT: “THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR ME”

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Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Rosado, a wild card finalist who made it to the top 13 (thanks in large part to Jennifer Lopez’s support), was sent home tonight on American Idol.  This week’s elimination came with a twist, as the guy and girl singer who received the lowest votes faced the judges’ firing line.  Elise Testone, who delivered an uninspired performance of “I’m Your Baby Tonight” on Wednesday, received a stay of execution from the judges.  Rosado, easily this season’s most amiable contestant, remained classy to the end.

“I’ve always dreamed of being on American Idol,” says Rosado.  “A lot of people say that, but not a lot of people can say their dream came true.  Mine did.  I know that elimination night (for me) was hard.  This is my dream.  I got to live the American Idol life. This is just the beginning for me.  I”m excited.”

Rosado talks about saying his goodbyes to the American Idol judges:

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Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler believe they made the right decision with Rosado’s exit:

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Jennifer Lopez on how the contestants fared on Wednesday evening’s performance night (the ladies performed Whitney Houston songs, with the guys picking from the Stevie Wonder catalog):

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