According to The Wrap all four American Idol Judges will no longer be apart of the biggest talent audition show on right now besides The Voice. Read the statement below.
None of the four judges on the singing competition will be asked to return next season, an individual with knowledge of Fox’s plans told The Wrap. Longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe is expected to get the boot. And despite reports to the contrary, Fox isn’t even considering bringing former judge Jennifer Lopez back as a lifesaver for next season.
“All four are gone,” the insider told TheWrap. “They feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back.”
Driven by this belief and the need to attract younger viewers, Fox is set to make major on-air changes to “Idol,” the most notable of which will be an entirely new judging panel. New judges pop icon Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban won’t be back. Even original judge Randy Jackson won’t survive the blood bath this time around.
All four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won’t be picking them up, according to the knowledgeable individual, who said: “No more big checks for divas.”
Fox’s meltdown has everything to do with the talent competition’s declining viewership. Its ratings are already down 22 percent this season and it hit a series low for ratings last Thursday, when it attracted only 11 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic. The ratings slide is especially problematic during May Sweeps, where ratings numbers are used to dictate advertising rates.
The network has resolved to stop paying the huge salaries it has been shoveling out for its big name talent, i.e. Carey’s reported $18 million package, Minaj’s $12 million salary and former judge Jennifer Lopez’s $15 million.
The show’s format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be a thing of the past. But the show’s trademark audition episodes will continue.
Considering American Idol’s core audience is Middle America, do you believe they weren’t able to relate to the over the top Nicki Minaj and divaextrodinare Mariah Carey? Did Keith and Randy do well as judges this season? Were the Mariah and Randy vs. Nicki and Keith moments too much for AI’s true fans? What do you think?
Singer Lauryn Hill’s failure to pay federal income taxes for three years has earned her a three-month prison sentence. The Grammy Award winner pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.
Despite getting her funds in order at the last minute and paying off her tax debt Lauryn Hill was still sentened to three months in federal prison for tax evasion!
Although Lauryn Hill’s lawyer told the media that she’d paid off nearly $970,000 in state and federal tax liabilities, a Newark, NJ judge sentenced her to three months in a federal prison today.
During the hearing, Lauryn defended her mounting tax debt, explaining that she dropped out of the music business but had always intended to fix her situation.
“I was put into a system I didn’t know the nature of. … I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me.” She added, “I sold 50 million units … now I’m up here paying a tax debt. If that’s not likened to slavery, I don’t know what is.”
Despite her plea, the judge in the case was unmoved by the statement and sentenced Lauryn to 3 months behind bars, 3 months of house arrest AND 9 months of supervised release!
The on again off again infamous duo known as Chrianna, have seemed to call it quits again. Due to Rihanna being on tour and Chris working on his comeback album, neither of them have the time to put into investing in or repairing their relationship.
Lately there has been a very hot topic in American sports involving athletes and their sexuality and the masculine stigma that athletes carry which have kept most gay male athletes in the closet. Today in sports, Boston Celtics center Jason Collins announced he was gay. While few Olympians, equestrians, figure skaters, and football player Esera Tuaolo, and former basketball player John Amaechi have all revealed they are gay, Collins is the first active player in the NBA to come out as an openly gay man. With the likes of alleged “closeted” gay athletes such as Kerry Rhodes pictured below, will more gay men and women find comfort in knowing other athletes are coming out the closet?
Above, Rhodes is pictured with former gay assistant where rumors started to swirl that the two were in a relationship. According to Rhodes’ assistant, those rumors are true. Rhodes has however denied the claims stating he has been with a woman for 10 years and they are getting married in June. “I am not gay. The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team.”
Jason Collins Via Sports Illustrated Reported the below:
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.
I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.
Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.
Big Sean has been going hard for his second album entitled Hall of Fame, which is due out some time this year. His new single “Switch Up” featuring Common is already getting major airplay and has fans early awaiting more new material. Big Sean is working with some of the best Detroit has to offer, like Eminem (who has been in hiding since forever), Royce Da 5’9″ and Kon Artis of D12. If you follow Sean of instagram then you already have a taste of what to expect. On working with Eminem, who Sean said invited him into the studio, he wrote: Today was historical. The finally famous rapper always goes hard for Detroit so we can only imagine what other surprises he may have in store for us. For more info on what Big Sean is up to check out http://uknowbigsean.com/ for pictures, videos, and music.
Women in R&B are here to make their come back to the music industry with a vengeance in the year of 2013.
The Queen, no other than Beyonce is set to debut her 5th album after the Mrs. Carter World Tour. After her first single “Bow Down” received mixed reviews she is following behind with a new single originally done by Amy Winehouse titled “Back to Black” ft. Andre 3000 which seems to be a hit for some and a miss for many…
Ciara was a hit for many with her first two albums Goodies and The Evolution around the time she dated Bow Wow and 50 cent. Also coming out with her 5th album Ciara has much to prove with her last album resulting in a flop. With her last single “Sorry” off her anticipated album doing mediocre she has seem to create a buzz for herself off her newest single “Body Party” written by rapper/boyfriend Future and sampled with the 90′s group Ghost Town DJ’s hit “My Boo”…
The star of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, K. Michelle, who is most known for ratchet behavior rather than her talent is finally releasing her official debut album this year. After dropping several singles and having a bit of success she is ready to take on the industry once again while exposing her dirty laundry with her past relationships. Her newest single is titled “I Just Wanna F#ck”….in true K. Michelle behavior
The Cover Girl and eclectic Janelle Monae most known for her popular single “Tight Rope” is ready to release her third album with the single “QUEEN” featuring Erykah Badu…
Will you be supporting any of the new music above?