An American Idol lawsuit brought by former contestants on the show accusing producers of racial discrimination will move forward. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that 10 black American Idol hopefuls who were disqualified from the show for reasons other than their singing will be allowed to sue FOX and the show’s production company, 19 Entertainment.
The plaintiffs in the American Idol lawsuit claim that the show has demonstrated a pattern of racial discrimination over the show’s history. They are accusing producers of using the arrest records of black male contestants against them to get them kicked off the show. According to the suit, 31 percent of black American idol semi-finalists were disqualified for reasons “unrelated to their singing talent.” Moreover, the lawsuit claims that no white or non-black contestant has ever been disqualified from American Idol on the series.
Nicki Minaj leaves American Idol set after blow out audition fight with judges, video below. It was reported back in October that there was major drama on the Idol set, yet nobody knew what caused it until tonight when she show aired. Tonight we got a feast of the big mouth who is Minaj.
The conflict began as Mariah Carey,Randy Jackson and Keith Urban questioned contestant Summer Cunningham’s interest in country music. Minaj accused the trio of “picking her apart,” while the other judges insisted they just wanted to know more in order to help. “You’re right. I can’t help her,” replied Minaj sarcastically before storming off the set, saying, ”Maybe I should just get off the f**king panel… I’m over it.”
Former “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and estranged wife Zuri McCants are in trouble with the IRS again after failing to pay nearly $200,000 in taxes. This is the second time Rubben Studdard has been slapped by the IRS for failure to pay his taxes.
In 2008, Ruben Studdard landed in hot water for not paying $200,000 in taxes owed to the IRS. A property lien was filed against him and his wife to recover the revenue. Now the IRS has filed another lien against the former couple for over $180,000 for back taxes owed from 2009.
Sources are telling E! News and other media outlets that Jennifer Lopez will be returning to American Idol next season. Lopez herself, however, is still refusing to confirm whether she will be joining Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson for another seasonÂ as anÂ American Idol judge.
According to Marc Malkin of E! News, Jennifer Lopez has signed on to join Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler for the next season of American Idol but she is waiting for the ‘right moment’ to make the announcement.
Just a month ago, Jennifer Lopez told the BBC she was still debating her return to American Idol. “I don’t know. I haven’t been forced to make a decision and I’m glad about that because honestly I’m very on the fence about it,” Lopez said. “I had an amazing time doing it and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening…”
Appearing on the Today Show this week, Jennifer Lopez was still avoiding the question of whether fans would be seeing her on the next season of American Idol. “I love working on American Idol, love doing it,” Lopez told host Ann Curry. “I have no announcement to make as of this moment, but I promise, you guys will be the first [to know].”
Twilight star Nikki Reed and American Idol finalist Paul McDonald are engaged! After dating for onlyÂ a few shortÂ months, the glowing couple have reportedly decided to get married. Nikki Reed was spotted on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards sporting a flashy diamond ring and when questioned about her future with Paul McDonald, proclaimed happily that he was “the one.”
Nikki Reed was wearing what appeared to be a sparkling engagement ring on the red carpet at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. When asked by E! News if she and American Idol‘s Paul McDonald were ready to tie the knot, Reed gushed, saying: “He’s the one. He’s the one.”
Paul McDonald admitted he and Twilight star Nikki Reed were an item after he was eliminated from American Idol in April.Â Reed met McDonald when the American Idol contestants attended the premier of her film, The Little Red Riding Hood, back in March. Reed reportedly said McDonald has been working on a bunch of songs inspired by her and plans on releasing a “Nikki Reed EP,” according to E! Online, which first broke the engagement story.
“I love him,” Nikki Reed told People last month. “I’ve never met anyone like him. I’ve never met anyone who has such a good solid heart and comes from such a good solid family and is just a genuine person.”
Tonight on American Idol, it will finally come down to the last two contestants — Scotty McCreery versus Lauren Alaina. While it looks like the odds seem skewed in McCreery’s favor according to most of the predicitions out there, we all know that on American Idol you just never know who the hell will end up on top.
After the shocking eliminations of several top favorites this season against all reason, we’re left wondering why we should even try to predict the newest American Idol winner. This is a show where Taylor Hicks — bless him — should never have won and Adam Lambert lost out to that rather bland boy whose name we can never remember.
Still, it should be interesting to watch the final showdown between American Idol’s unlikely top two this season. I’d find it kind of fun if the little blond girl who nearly crawled into Steven Tyler’s lap during her first audition actually managed to stomp all over smirky country boy.
Then again, we haven’t seen a woman win American Idolsince 2007. And we’ve had some girls during those past years with pipes way bigger & better than Alaina’s.
I’ll be watching tonight but honestly it doesn’t really matter to me who wins this time around. James Durbin is the guy we’ll be buying records from at the end of the day. But that’s just me. What’s your opinion on who you think will take home the top prize in the American Idol resultsÂ — and who really should have?
Now that James Durbin has been rudely booted off of American Idol, we areÂ finding it a bit difficult to figureÂ out who exactly is going to end up in the finals. We have a hard time believing country boy Scotty McCreery has even made it this far, much less that America would vote him to the top. Then again, Lauren Alania and Haley Reinhart aren’t exactly who we imagined would be facing off in the final two either.
As much as it seems mind-boggling that Scotty McCreery and his deep throat might take the top Idol prize, we are reminded that a huge portion of the U.S. actuallyÂ likescountry music. Plus, we guess he is kind of cute in his own way. After all, McCreery has never been in the bottom, but both Alania and Reinhart have. The girls are good, we give them that, but neither one of them really screams ‘star power’ to us. At this point, it just kind of feels like a ‘whatever’ in regard to who wins.
If it was a perfect world, we’d be trying to figure out whether James Durbin had the mojo to beat out Pia Toscano‘s hot body (and golden voice) in the finals. Alas, it is very hard to make any kind of predictions in a land where Taylor Hicks and Kris Allen are winners while Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert are losers…
In the end, if we HAVE to make a prediction, we’ll at least call it for Scotty McCreery to make it through to the final two. Just because he’s a guy. As for the girls, well, they are both blond. Does it really matter?