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Wednesday
Jan192011

'American Idol' Returns for 10th Season

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol season 10 gets underway Wednesday night, and America's most popular show has initiated sweeping changes for its milestone 10th season, with producers hoping viewers tune in to see what all the fuss is about.

Even the Wednesday night debut is a change -- American Idol has been shifted to Wednesday/Thursday from its traditional Tuesday/Wednesday berth.  Wednesday night also marks America's first chance to get a complete look at perhaps the biggest change: the new judging panel -- Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler are joining holdover Randy Jackson behind the big desk.

Another big change is that the minimum age requirement for contestants was lowered to 15, something host Ryan Seacrest says was a good move.  He told ABC News Radio, "The sweep across the country brought out...quite a few talented, very, very confident 15 and 16-year-olds," adding, "A couple in my head right now have...a good shot at being a finalist."

Testing the contestants to see how they perform under pressure is also a new twist.  Right after Hollywood Week, for example, about 60 of the the kids were taken to Las Vegas and told they had 24 hours to learn a Beatles song and perform it on the stage of the Cirque du Soleil's Beatles show LOVE.

After that post-Hollywood Las Vegas round, only 40 semi-finalists were selected to move on.  From that, the field will be narrowed down to 20, and then America will vote in a "sudden death round" to select the finalists.

The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16th and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23rd.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24th, and the 10 finalists, as well as the judges' wild-card picks, will be announced March 3rd.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan192011

Jennifer Lopez Debuts New Single

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "On the Floor," the latest track from newly-minted American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, hit the web Tuesday, debuting just one day before the TV show is set to premiere.

The track, produced by Lady Gaga producer RedOne, is a dance track that features a rap from Pitbull and a sample of the 1989 song "Lambada" by Kaoma.  It will appear on Lopez's forthcoming album Love?, which is due out this summer.  The album was originally supposed to come out last year, but when Lopez and her record company parted ways, it languished until she signed a new deal with Island Def Jam last March.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan122011

Fox Announces 'American Idol' Changes; Judges Meet the Media

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Viewers will notice a few changes to American Idol once it debuts its 10th season next week.

At a Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday in Pasadena, California, Fox announced that only 20 semifinalists -- 10 guys and 10 girls -- will be selected following a special Las Vegas round, during which the hopefuls will perform Beatles songs on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired LOVE show.  The brand-new Vegas round will follow the Hollywood round.

In addition to holdover Randy Jackson, the show has a new judges' panel that includes Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, all of whom addressed reporters at the TCA panel.  Lopez said she and fellow newcomer Steven Tyler will bring a fresh perspective to the show.

She said, “We’re artists, we’ve been up there, we’ve auditioned, we’ve been through the rank  [Steven has] toured for, what, 40 years....There’s nothing like having that type of discussion with another artist to help you grow.”

Jackson says viewers will see a different side of him this season because of all the changes, describing himself as "more of an assertive dawg."

American Idol premieres Jan. 19 with auditions in New York/New Jersey.  The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16 and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24, and the 10 finalists -- as well as the judges' wild-card picks -- will be announced March 3.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec092010

Barbara Walters Talks to Oprah, 'Fascinating People' in TV Specials

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters says, "I will never do it again."  She's talking about producing and starring in not one but two back-to-back Thursday night specials on ABC.

In the first one, called Oprah: The Next Chapter, Walters gets Oprah Winfrey to open up, discussing everything from her rumors about her sexuality, to why she never had kids, to her relationships with both Gayle King and longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham.

Winfrey tells Walters that despite all the rumors, she's "not lesbian, not even kinda lesbian" and says the reason why the constant questions bother her is "because it means that somebody must think I'm lying."  She adds, "Why would you want to hide that?  That's not the way I run my life."  Winfrey also says the reason she never had kids is because if she did, the pressures of her job would have led to her neglecting them.  She says, "I have no regrets about that."

In the second special, The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010, Walters sits down to chat with Sarah Palin, Betty White, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore, and also mentions Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton, LeBron James and Sandra Bullock.  Walters talks to Betty White about sex and how she has no plans to retire, discusses Justin Bieber's love life and haircut, finds out what kind of American Idol judge J-Lo will be, and learns about Jersey Shore slang like "grenade" and "smush."

As for Palin, she's back for a record third appearance on this annual special and, when asked if she could beat Barack Obama if she ran for president, says, "I believe so."  She reveals what book and which magazines she reads, and dismisses as "silly" reports that she cost the Republican party a Senate majority in the recent elections by backing unqualified candidates.

As for the most fascinating person of 2010, that's still a secret.  Walters, per tradition, won't reveal who it is, except to say, "When you see who this person is, you'll say, 'Yeah. [They] should be." 

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov182010

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Team with Kohl's

Photo Courtesy -- Kohl's(MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.) – Kohl’s Department Stores has announced they will launch a lifestyle clothing brand featuring Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony.

In a joint announcement with Music Entertainment Sports Holdings (MESH), Kohl’s said Thursday the move will be the first time a celebrity couple has designed collections for the same retailer at the same time.

"We are pleased to announce lifestyle brands with one of the most successful and talented couples in the entertainment business and have every confidence Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will resonate with our customers," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
 
The lines of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories will be available in Kohl's stores nationwide and Kohls.com beginning in the fall of 2011.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct012010

Jennifer Lopez Feuding with Ryan Seacrest on American Idol Set? 

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesJennifer Lopez isn't making much of an impression on Ryan Seacrest at her new job, according to In Touch. The magazine claims she's fought with Seacrest behind the scenes of American Idol over dressing rooms and "which star gets top billing."  A source says, "Ryan was the one who first suggested Jennifer, but now he's starting to regret it, because she’s acting like she’s a much bigger star than he is."  The source also claims that Idol producers "are trying to get them to make peace, but their egos are both pretty big." Lopez and Steven Tyler were officially named the new American Idol judges last week.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep222010

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler Named New American Idol Judges, Record Exec Jimmy Iovine To Mentor Contestants

Image Courtesy: ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- After weeks of speculation, Fox officially revealed Wednesday who will serve as judges on the upcoming tenth season of American Idol.  As had been rumored, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez will join original Idol judge Randy Jackson on the panel.  At a press conference, Lopez said, “For nine years I’ve enjoyed watching artists compete to get a meaningful chance to achieve their dreams.  I know from my own experience how hard it is to succeed, and I’m looking forward to discovering and nurturing that spirit in the many American Idol contestants I look forward to meeting this year."  Tyler hinted at his judging style by saying, "I want to give everybody a little love before I decide who goes home heartbroken. If you don’t like what I say, don’t get mad, get better.  I’m ready to bring some rock to this ‘roller’ coaster and show these kids if they have the dream, the talent and the drive, they will be the next American Idol.”  Additionally, viewers can expect to be taken behind the scenes throughout the season because Interscope Geffen A&M Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine, a former music producer, will serve as mentor to the contestants.  The new season of American Idol will premiere in January.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio. 

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