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American Idol is more than just pop
American Idol is more than just pop

There is a common misconception that the reality television singing competition American Idol is exclusively about finding the next big pop star. However, it appears that there is a whole variety of music genres that compete for a recording contract. American Idol judge Randy Jackson has admitted that there is a strong R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop presence in this season of the hit Fox show.

Jackson explained, “One again I think we’re so blessed with really amazing talent and what I’m really impressed by, like last year, is there is such a variety. People who would never have auditioned for the show ever showed up and we have different types of musical styles. I think people have the misconception that this is just a pop show but we’ve got R&B, jazz, even some kids with some hip-hop flavour, and of course, we always have country. I just love the variety.”
 
Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone, Pia Toscano and Casey Abrams, as well as the American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, all landed records after the last season of the show. American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest recently claimed that he believes that this season is set to be one of the best ever. American Idol season 11 continues tonight on Fox at 8/7c.
American Idol Season 11 set to be one of the best yet
American Idol Season 11 set to be one of the best yet

American Idol season 11 kicks off tonight and with the auditions having already been filmed, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest claims that this could be one of the best ever seasons of American Idol. Ryan claims that he felt something from those auditions that he believes will be able to carry on through into the live shows.

Seacrest explained, “I’ve done this for a few years now but I’m especially excited about this season of American Idol. Obviously the judges who came on board last year did such a great job, and this year there was a special energy, electricity and magic to what we saw on the road that I think will carry on through the live shows.”
 
He also spoke of the judges, adding, “They work so well as a team yet they are obviously incredible individuals. I think because they are so different individually they come together to create the perfect team.” Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson all return to the judging panel for the season 11 premiere of American Idol, which airs tonight on Fox at 8/7c and continues tomorrow at the same time.
Steven Tyler talks American Idol Season 11 
Steven Tyler talks American Idol Season 11 

Both Jennifer Lopez and her fellow American Idol judge Randy Jackson have both discussed how the current auditions for American Idol Season 11 have been going. Now the third member of the judging panel, Steven Tyler has taken the time to discuss how he came to be on the judging panel and how he finds it rejecting young wannabes on the show.

Tyler explained, “I came from a really down time in my career and jumped into this. It allowed me to keep busy with something that’s really relevant. To be on TV where people could see the other side of me, where I can be personable and show that I’ve got a weak, sensitive side, it’s just so perfect.”
 
He added, “It wasn’t so easy to listen to some 16-year-old sing a song that was just awful. It would have been better TV if I had just said, “Hey, listen, get out of here. Who taught you how to sing?” But I was at a loss for words, which I’m usually never.” Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson can all be seen back on the judging panel, when American Idol Season 11 premieres on Fox on January 18 at 8/7c.
Randy Jackson talks American Idol Season 11 
Randy Jackson talks American Idol Season 11 

American Idol Season 11 is just two weeks away from returning to our TV screens and the judges, who are all the same as last year, have been talking about the auditions that they have seen so far. Jennifer Lopez has already given her take on this year’s proceedings and now Randy Jackson has discussed how he feels the auditions are going.

Jackson explained, “The talent feels different this year. It’s a different kind of crop to me. I think it was even more intense for us. I have no issue with saying it was awful or it sucked or was terrible. All the ridicule I got as a kid growing up is what really helped me to whatever greatness I’ve achieved in this life. We don’t want to kill anybody’s spirit. We’re not gods. Maybe just lords.”
 
He added, “I don’t think there’s any facet of recorded music or the music industry that we don’t know almost everything about. We’ve been doing it, and have been really successful at it.” Randy Jackson will join his fellow judges on the panel, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, when American Idol Season 11 premieres on Fox on Wednesday, January 18 at 8/7c.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart to get married?
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart to get married?

It has been reported that singer, actress and all round entertainer, Jennifer Lopez is looking to marry her boyfriend Casper Smart sooner rather than later. It is believed that once Jennifer’s divorce from Marc Anthony is finalised, she wants to get married to Casper Smart straight away. However, not everybody is happy about the idea, especially her mother and sister.

A friend explained, “Jennifer never does anything half-way, especially relationships. This thing with Casper is no different. She told him that as soon as the divorce goes through, she wants to run away with him and get married.” The insider added, “Guadalupe thinks Jennifer has lost her mind. She’s outraged that Jennifer is giving Casper an allowance and showering him with gifts.”
 
The source continued, “Both Guadalupe and J.Lo’s younger sister, Lynda, are begging her to take a step back, if only for the sake Max and Emme.” Jennifer Lopez is set to return to her chair as one of the judges, along with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, of American Idol which is set to return to Fox for it’s eleventh season on Wednesday, January 18 at 8/7c.
Mariah Carey to be managed by Randy Jackson?
Mariah Carey to be managed by Randy Jackson?

It has been reported that new mother and singer, Mariah Carey is set to team up with American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who is looking to manage the All I Want For Christmas is You singer. As of yet, neither Mariah Carey or Randy Jackson or any of their representatives have confirmed the claims.

However, Randy Jackson has been seen going to and from meetings at the offices of Mariah Carey’s record label, as he negotiates managing her career. It is not the most surprising news ever, as Mariah and Randy have been friends for over 20 years and have worked together on a number of occasions in the past.
 
Randy Jackson was the vice president at the record label Columbia Records, which Mariah Carey was signed to from 1988 until 2001. Mariah Carey has also used Randy Jackson for his bass playing skills, in the studio and on tour. It will be interesting to see how much of an affect Randy Jackson will have on Mariah Carey’s career, considering the amount of time he has to spend on American Idol.
Jennifer Lopez to get plastic surgery?
Jennifer Lopez to get plastic surgery?

American Idol judge and singer, Jennifer Lopez has revealed how she would not be adverse to getting plastic surgery in the future, if she felt she needed it. Jennifer admitted that she is currently happy with the way she looks and hopes to be forever, but you never know what the future holds.

Lopez explained, “Honestly, I’m not going to make a judgement on it because I don’t have to yet. I mean, I’d like to think I’ll feel great about myself and age gracefully, but then I think, ‘Well, what if I do want a little bit of something?’ I’m open to being open.”
 
Jennifer Lopez recently revealed how she once sacked her manager for telling her that she needed to lose weight, despite her not feeling fat. Jennifer Lopez will be returning to her judges role, along with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, on American Idol for season 11 next year.
Jennifer Lopez explains on stage breakdown
Jennifer Lopez explains on stage breakdown

Singer Jennifer Lopez broke down in tears on stage recently and while many claimed it was due to her broken marriage to Marc Anthony, Jennifer has given her own reasons. Lopez claims that she was simply acting out her thoughts from the song for the audience.

She explained, “You know what it was? I was standing there and I realised that I did bear a little bit of my thoughts in this song and I acted it out kind of for the audience. And the way they received it was very touching. I think that they felt what I felt, which was that I’m just a girl like everyone else.”
 
Jennifer Lopez recently revealed how she loves her American Idol co judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler and that they are both like brothers to her. Watch the video of Jennifer Lopez breakdown in tears, below and let us know your thoughts on it.

Jennifer Lopez loves Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler
Jennifer Lopez loves Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez has revealed how she loves her fellow judges, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler. The singer even claimed that the two men have become like brothers to her and that the three of them are now more like a family than just colleagues.

Lopez explained, “They’re like my brothers and they drive me crazy like brothers, too. But we love each other, which is why we’ve become like a family.” Jennifer also admitted that the judges have become much on the American Idol contestants for next season.
 
Lopez added, “Because of last season and the standard that we set, it’s easy to go, ‘Is he as good as even our top 24 from last year?’ We’re a little tougher on everybody.” American Idol season 11 is set to premiere on FOX next year with all three judges returning.
Jennifer Lopez Reveals ‘American Idol’ Judges ‘First Fight’
Jennifer Lopez Reveals ‘American Idol’ Judges ‘First Fight’
Jennifer Lopez has spoken of his colleagues first fight between American Idol judges - Randy Jackson and Steve Tyler - since all three met at the panel in the program. Lopez said she got into a disagreement with his partner Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson judges on a contestant, that Lopez thought was “incredible”, but Tyler and Jackson has not considered good enough. 
 
Even after performing a second song Tyler and Jackson were not convinced and quickly stopped her from going further in the competition, a decision Lopez was not happy about. Lopez thought “she was being “Punk’d” and then Recalls ‘How can we let this girl go?’ I was upset. When I believe in something… I knew this girl deserves the chance.”
    
“I recognized in that scene,” Seacrest said, “was that you had to boil the blood of one of the first times. I really felt your blood was boiling.” However, Lopez said that in general the second season is “going really great.” 
 
Janet Jackson rejects Michael Jackson tribute concert
Janet Jackson rejects Michael Jackson tribute concert
Janet Jackson has become the latest member of the Jackson family to boycott the Michael Jackson tribute concert, which is held later this year. Janet follows in the footsteps of Randy Jackson and Jermaine Jackson, who revealed back in July, that they would not be attending.
 
Janet has claimed the same reason as her brothers for not going to the gig, as it clashes with the criminal investigation of Michael’s doctor, Conrad Murray. Janet explained, “Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me.”
 
The Michael Jackson tribute concert is set to take place on October 8 and, while the siblings of the late star have rejected the concert, his Katherine and sister LaToya have backed it. The concert is set to be headlined by Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Smokey Robinson.
Jennifer Lopez talks American Idol return
Jennifer Lopez talks American Idol return
Singer Jennifer Lopez has revealed the reasons behind why she decided to change her mind and return for another season of American Idol. Jennifer had previously said that she was unsure whether she would be returning to the show, but has since confirmed that she will be back on the judging panel.
 
Lopez explained, “Towards the end of the season I wasn’t sure and I said that in public. I got a little bit tired towards the end with everything going on - the music and everything going on in my life at that time - but I really did have a good time and I really do love it. I love working with the contestants and singers and artists, and working with Steven, Randy and Ryan [Seacrest].”
 
Jennifer added. “[This] has been one of the best things I’ve ever been involved with so I said, ‘OK, I’m going to do it again’.” Jennifer Lopez will be rejoining the same, season ten, judging panel of Randy Jackson and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler. American Idol is set to return next year.