- American Idol is reported to be offering potential judges a huge package deal that would pay big in the future. Idol‘s Salary cap is rumored to be $40 Million with about $35 Million already accounted for. The deal ABC is offering includes Disney “perks”. These perks include licensing agreements and potential production deals.
- Kelly Clarkson spoke with USA Today about why she chose The Voice over American Idol. Clarkson said “We’re used to The Voice schedule, we already have to work around it because of our family,” said Clarkson, whose manager and husband Brandon Blackstock also manages Blake Shelton, another Voice coach. “We have four children — that can be very taxing with a schedule. It was just a no-brainer for me with The Voice because of that alone.”
- Luke Bryan has been offered a spot on the judge’s table.
American Idol is a few weeks away from starting their next season. Rumors are going around that Charlie Puth, Nikki Sixx and Lionel Richie are all in the running to be judges on the 16th season along with Katy Perry.
Former America’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff has thrown his name into the mix.
“That was my manager calling because I kind of like do whatever is thrown up and one of them is, would you [be] a judge on ‘American Idol’?” he told TooFab. “I said sure, throw me the ball.”
When asked if he’d ever met Perry, he added, “Met her? I’ve gone to a concert and hung out with her mom and dad for a long time. Glen Ballard, who wrote a bunch of her songs, wrote a song for me back in the day [‘The Best Is yet to Come’]. It’s a good time right now.”
Katy Perry had this to say when she heard about The Hoff potentially joining the cast:
“What?! I had not heard that, actually. I’m sure it’s all out there. I know there are some people that are in play, and David’s not necessarily been one of them. [The judges] have to be people that you respect in the music industry as far as people that you go, ‘Oh, yeah, they have something to contribute as far as constructive criticism.”
American Idol is in desperate need for young, big name judges for its upcoming 16th season. Currently, the franchise has enlisted the services of Katy Perry to serve as judge, but no other names have been confirmed.
While Perry is (or was) a big name, she is not the person who can bring the show relevance. Her new album has been a flop and seems to be experiencing a miniature meltdown as of late.
Idol is rumored to be talking to Lionel Richie and Nikki Sixx. Both of whom are big names, but really don’t compete with the names Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Idol needs someone with more…..relevancy.
Enter Charlie Puth. Puth is also rumored to also be in talks with ABC to be a judge on the new Idol. Puth is dominating the charts and is a younger talent, compared to Richie and Sixx. Aside from a large fanbase, Puth would also bring a fresh perspective to the show. For those who don’t know, Puth became famous on Youtube and eventually got his big break through the Fast & Furious franchise with his hit song “See You Again.”
Do you think Charlie Puth would be a good judge on American Idol?
THIS… IS YOUR HOST OF ‘AMERICAN IDOL’
RYAN SEACREST RETURNS TO THE ICONIC SERIES
A household name from his decades on radio and television as an award-winning host and producer, Ryan Seacrest is confirmed to host the beloved music competition series “American Idol” for its first season on ABC. He announced today on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Seacrest had a long run with “Idol,” having served as host for the franchise since its inception in 2002.
Since first stepping onto the iconic “Idol” stage, Seacrest has become a fixture in pop culture and media, most recently signing on as co-host and an executive producer of Disney|ABC’s top-rated, nationally syndicated “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” which he will continue to host from New York. Seacrest also hosts and executive produces ABC’s annual live show, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”
Seacrest will also continue hosting and executive producing “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” his market-topping No. 1 nationally syndicated L.A. morning drive-time radio show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show from his iHeart studio at New York’s ABC7, home of “Live.”
Now, with “American Idol” at its new home, Seacrest will help reinvigorate the series that pioneered a new genre of television, staying true to the heart of the show by sharing inspiring stories and turning dreams into reality.
“It’s genuinely hard to put into words what ‘American Idol’ means to me,” said Seacrest. “I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal. I believe ABC is the perfect home for ‘Idol,’ and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially ‘Idol’’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”
“We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of ‘American Idol’ with Ryan at the helm,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “So much of ‘American Idol’’s overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan, whose larger-than-life personality and laudable dedication to creating quality entertainment has made him a true master of his craft. His talent is limitless, and I can’t think of a more appropriate person to honor the ‘Idol’ legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all.”
Trish Kinane, president of Entertainment Programming, FremantleMedia North America, executive producer and showrunner of American Idol, said, “American Idol is back and already on the road searching to find the next generation of superstars. Idol has always been about the contestants and the music, and we couldn’t be more excited to start this next chapter – first with the incredibly talented new judge, Katy Perry, and now our own series icon, Ryan Seacrest. We’re delighted that he’s joining us and ABC as we set out to uncover the amazing talent America has to offer.”
“‘Idol’ wouldn’t be ‘Idol’ without Ryan,” said Core Media Group CEO Peter Hurwitz. “He is a natural who has been there from the start, shines on live television and has dominated in every one of his professional endeavors. The show’s millions of devoted fans will be delighted to welcome him back to center stage on ABC.”
The nationwide search for the next superstar kicks off on Thursday, August 17, as the Idol Bus tour jumps into gear across America, offering hopefuls the chance to audition for a shot at superstardom. Please visit www.americanidol.com for more details on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.
“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
American Idol is looking under new rocks to find someone new to sit on the judging table for the rebooted season of the show. While nothing has been confirmed, it looks like Idol is trying to sign Nikki Sixx to the show.
Sixx is currently a host on LA Based radio station, Alt 92.3. Sixx is also a member of legendary (and retired) rock band, Motley Crue.
Sixx also announced that he is taking some time off from touring and making new music:
“For those of you asking, I’ve been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years. I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my ass or something or somebody really inspirational comes along.”
He added: “Since I’ve been home, I’ve just been writing music non-stop, recording with other artists, taking vocal, bass and guitar lessons and focusing on photography. Money has never been and isn’t a driving force for me. Let the chips fall where they fall. So I guess I’m unofficially retired or maybe just expired at this time.”
In other words, Sixx has plenty of time for American Idol.
If Sixx joins the cast, he will sit alongside Katy Perry and potentially Lionel Richie. Richie is rumored to make $3-5 million for a season while Sixx is rumored to be offered about $2 million.
Do you want to see Nikki Sixx on the American Idol judging panel?
Ryan Seacrest speaks on Idol future: Seacrest was interviewed by Variety and talked about if he wanted to host the show. Seacrest said he’s trying to figure out how he can do it, and would probably fly coast-to-coast every week. Seacrest told Variety that hosting Idol is “Doable”.
The rumor mill on Judges: TMZ is reporting that the Idol producers are looking at Lionel Richie to judge alongside Katy Perry. Richie hasn’t officially been offered a job on the show, but producers think he is the best candidate for the show. Keith Urban has also commented on returning to the show. In and interview with the Bobby Jones show, Urban said that Idol has a lot of moving pieces and believes that a deal can be worked out. In an attempt to compete with The Voice on NBC, Idol producers are rumored to be negotiating with Luke Bryan (one of Blake Shelton’s good friends and close rivals) to have Bryan join the show as well.
Phillip Phillips settles Idol Lawsuit: Phillip Phillips sued 19 Entertainment for forcing Phillips to perform at events that didn’t benefit the singer. No details were released about the settlement.
- Ricky Minor is rumored to be on board to lead the band on Idol.
- Season 8 contestant Casey James expecting a second child.
Let’s be real here: Katy Perry’s latest music has flopped.
I don’t remember the last time Katy Perry was in the top charts of the music world. It was probably around the time Left Shark stole all her thunder at the Super Bowl halftime show. I read somewhere that Katy Perry’s new song “Bon Appetite” is on a downward spiral on the radio charts.
Perry’s previous single “Chained to the Rhythm” dropped 13 spots on Billboards hot 100 from 74 to 87. “Bon Appetite” is currently 76 on Billboard.
This is terrible considering Perry usually kills on the charts. Not only that, but her older music would get the over play treatment on radio; “Dark Horse” was number 1 on the charts for 4 weeks.
So with all that being said, Katy Perry has everything to gain by being on American Idol next fall. It’s a steady income that she might be losing with this new record. I don’t think that this record will do Perry and favors moving forward. But, I do think that being on Idol would be the perfect excuse for her not to go out on tour with terrible attendance. Idol doesn’t need Katy Perry, but Perry sure does need Idol.
Shows like Idol and The Voice have re-energized careers or have helped skyrocket them. Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Gwen Stefani all come to mind when it comes to re-energized careers and Blake Shelton’s career skyrocketed into mainstream super-stardom.
At the end of the day, if Perry is a good judge, she will help the show be entertaining. I truly think that she has a lot more to win than Idol does.
Commentary: At this point, it seems like Seacrest is lobbying for the job. I think that if Seacrest wants to do Idol, and ABC wants Seacrest to do Idol, Live with Kelly and Ryan can work out a guest hosting schedule for the days Ryan needs to be on the road for Idol (or have Kelly come to LA and do Live from LA with Kelly & Ryan). What I think it will come down to is if the ABC audience will get tired of Ryan Seacrest being on two of ABC’s biggest shows. If the show was on a different network or on cable, it would be easier to break up the Seacrest overload.
Simon Cowell spoke with the Today show and told them that American Idol is happening without him.