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American Idol 2018: Everything you need to know


  • Popular singing competition American Idol will return to ABC next month
  • The show originally ran from 2002 to 2016 and consistently drew high ratings
  • A new slate of celebrity judges has been lined up for the new 2018 rendition

Steve Longo

Popular prime-time singing competition American Idol is slated to undergo a revival this year for its 16th season.

The show, which originally ran from 2002 to 2016, famously featured judges Simon Cowell, Paula Adbul and Randy Jackson. During its run, a number of winners and other top finishers went on to score major radio hits.

Here’s everything you need to know about when the new season premieres, who the judges are, who the host is, who the show’s previous winners are, its schedule and what happened to American Idol alumni Leah LaBelle.

After a successful run from 2002 to 2016, American Idol is set to return to our screens this year

When does American Idol 2018 start?

American Idol 2018 will premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 8:00 PM ET.

Who are the 2018 American Idol judges?

The American Idol judges for the 2018 season will be Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Ritchie.

The new judge panel will differ significantly from previous seasons of American Idol, which predominantly featured Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson and a rotating cast of celebrity judges, which included Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Steven Tyler.

Who is the host of American Idol?

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will be returning in 2018 as host for the new season.

Seacrest previously hosted American Idol during its original run from 2002 to 2016.

When and where are the American Idol auditions?

The auditions for the 2018 season of American Idol were held in New York from October 3 – 4, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana on October 14, 2017, Nashville, Tennessee from October 19 – 20, 2017, Savannah, Georgia from October 28 – 29, 2017 and Los Angeles from November 16 – 17, 2017.

Audition dates and locations for a potential 2019 season of American Idol have yet to be announced.

American Idol winners list

Over the years, a number of American Idol winners have gone on to make it big. Here’s a quick look at the past winners from previous iterations of American Idol during its original run:

Season 1 – Kelly Clarkson

Season 2 – Ruben Studdard

Season 3 – Fantasia Barrino

Season 4 – Carrie Underwood

Season 5 – Taylor Hicks

Season 6 – Jordin Sparks

Season 7 – David Cook

Season 8 – Kris Allen

Season 9 – Lee DeWyze

Season 10 – Scotty McCreery

Season 11 – Phillip Phillips

Season 12 – Candice Glover

Season 13 – Caleb Johnson

Season 14 – Nick Fradiani

Season 15 – Trent Harmon

When is American Idol on TV?

The 2018 season of American Idol can be seen on ABC on Sundays and Mondays at 8:00PM ET starting March 11.

That puts the show’s revival season in direct competition with The Voice, which is aired at the same time on NBC on Monday nights.

What happened to Leah Labelle?

Leah LaBelle was on the third season of American Idol’s twelfth place finalist.

In 2011, she signed a joint recording deal with Epic Records, So So Def Recordings and Pharrell Williams’s label I Am Other. She released singles Sexify in 2012 and Lolita in 2013.

Saldy, LaBelle passed away on January 31, 2018 at age 31 in a car accident. Her husband, former NBA player Rasual Butler, was also killed in the crash.

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American Idol: Everything You Need to Know


  • Popular singing competition American Idol will return to ABC next month
  • The show originally ran from 2002 to 2016 and consistently drew high ratings
  • A new slate of celebrity judges has been lined up for the new 2018 rendition

Steve Longo

Popular prime-time singing competition American Idol is slated to undergo a revival this year for its 16th season.

The show, which originally ran from 2002 to 2016, famously featured judges Simon Cowell, Paula Adbul and Randy Jackson. During its run, a number of winners and other top finishers went on to score major radio hits.

Here’s everything you need to know about when the new season premieres, who the judges are, who the host is, who the show’s previous winners are, its schedule and what happened to American Idol alumni Leah LaBelle.

After a successful run from 2002 to 2016, American Idol is set to return to our screens this year

When does American Idol 2018 premiere?

American Idol 2018 will premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 8:00 PM ET.

Who are the American Idol 2018 judges?

The new hosts for the 2018 season of American Idol will be Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Ritchie.

The new judge panel will differ significantly from previous seasons of American Idol, which predominantly featured Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson and a rotating cast of celebrity judges, which included Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Steven Tyler.

Who is the host of American Idol?

Ryan Seacrest will be returning as host for the new season of American Idol.

Seacrest previously hosted American Idol during its original run from 2002 to 2016.

When and where are the American Idol auditions?

The auditions for the 2018 season of American Idol were held in New York from October 3 – 4, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana on October 14, 2017, Nashville, Tennessee from October 19 – 20, 2017, Savannah, Georgia from October 28 – 29, 2017 and Los Angeles from November 16 – 17, 2017.

Audition dates and locations for a potential 2019 season of American Idol have yet to be announced.

American Idol winners list

Over the years, a number of American Idol winners have gone on to make it big. Here’s a quick look at the past winners from previous iterations of American Idol during its original run:

Season 1 – Kelly Clarkson

Season 2 – Ruben Studdard

Season 3 – Fantasia Barrino

Season 4 – Carrie Underwood

Season 5 – Taylor Hicks

Season 6 – Jordin Sparks

Season 7 – David Cook

Season 8 – Kris Allen

Season 9 – Lee DeWyze

Season 10 – Scotty McCreery

Season 11 – Phillip Phillips

Season 12 – Candice Glover

Season 13 – Caleb Johnson

Season 14 – Nick Fradiani

Season 15 – Trent Harmon

American Idol TV Schedule

The 2018 season of American Idol can be seen on ABC on Sundays and Mondays at 8:00PM ET starting March 11.

That puts the show’s revival season in direct competition with The Voice, which is aired at the same time on NBC on Monday nights.

What happened Leah Labelle?

Leah LaBelle was the third season of American Idol’s twelfth place finalist.

In 2011, she signed a joint recording deal with Epic Records, So So Def Recordings and Pharrell Williams’s label I Am Other. She released singles Sexify in 2012 and Lolita in 2013.

Saldy, LaBelle passed away on January 31, 2018 at age 31 in a car accident. Her husband, former NBA player Rasual Butler, was also killed in the crash.

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Careys mystiska bild – med 22 år yngre stjärnan


Mariah Carey förvånade många med sitt nya utseende när hon dök upp på Golden Globe-galan.Väl där tog hon en intim bild med 22 år yngre stjärnan Nick Jonas – nu hoppas fansen på en ny romans mellan artisterna.”Det här är bortom allt”, skriver en person till bilden.Mariah Carey, 47, gjorde en storartad entré på Golden Globe-galans röda matta under söndagsnatten, och genast började spekulationerna kring om hon gjort nya plastikoperationer.Men det blev inte den stora snackisen kring artisten på galan – i stället hoppas nu Mariah Careys fans på en ny het romans med den 22 år yngre artisten Nick Jonas.Nu hoppas många att Nick Jonas, som tidigare har dejtat äldre kvinnor som Kate Hudson, 38, och nyligen parades ihop med 55-åriga Demi Moore, ska få Mariah Carey på fall.”Jag blev förtvivlad över att jag inte såg er två träffas på showen, men nu… äntligen! Tack för det här vackra fotot” skriver en person till bilden på Mariah Careys Instagramkonto.LÄS MER: Därför dumpar Kate Hudson Nick Jonas”Det här är bortom allt” tycker en annan.https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdrh3idHy-x/Bilden, som gillades över en halv miljon gånger på ett dygn, har nu fått fler att hoppas på att kärleken ska spira mellan Nick Jonas och Mariah Carey.LÄS MER: Demi Moores romans med 30 år yngre stjärnanHollywood Life skriver också om bilden, och menar att ett förhållande mellan de två populära artisterna skulle vara bra för bådas karriärer – samtidigt som Nick Jonas är mer känd än de män som Carey har dejtat tidigare, skriver sajten.Men frågan är om Nick Jonas är ute på singelmarknaden. Radar Online skrev tidigare om hur Jonas Brothers-artisten dejtar Demi Moore, efter att Moores dotter, 29åriga Rumer Willis, hade parat ihop sin 55-åriga mamma med den unga artisten.Följ Expressen Nöje på Facebook – där kan du kommentera och diskutera våra artiklar.

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Lisa, 22, blottade brösten för kungen!


Hon har aldrig varit särskilt intresserad av mode och inte haft haft scenkläder och image som fokus. Istället har musiken varit det centrala i hennes artisteri. LÄS MER: Kungens okända familjebråk med Daniel I programmet ”Stil” i P1 berättar Lisa Nilsson om hur hon relaterar till den jämngamla superstjärnan Mariah Careys, 47, obrydda inställning till kläder. – Hon kan hänga ut de där stora brösten i nån jättemärklig urringning, där jag känner att jag inte för mitt liv skulle komma på tanken att klä mig så, inte ens privat för nån som jag vill liksom ska få nån slags kåtslag, säger hon och fortsätter: – Men samtidigt är det något med det som är så jäkla befriande, för hon ser väldigt ofta glad ut i de där svinbystiga urringningarna

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Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy Talk New Year’s Eve, BTS & ‘American Idol’


For the 13th consecutive year, Ryan Seacrest will be ringing in the New Year from Times Square live on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Seacrest will be joined by Jenny McCarthy, who is back for her eighth year as co-host.

This year’s broadcast features a star-studded lineup of musical guests from all over the country, including Camila Cabello, BTS, Kelly Clarkson and, after some apparent technical problems last year, Mariah Carey is back to reclaim to stage.

Billboard spoke to Seacrest and McCarthy about what fans can expect from the New Year’s Eve performance, a preview into the next season of American Idol, and how they stay warm in the frigid December temps.

So, obviously a big performer this year is BTS. What do you think they’re going to bring to this night?

Jenny McCarthy: He just introduced me to them. I represent the people, the audience that goes, “Who are they?” And learning about them… [Ryan] was telling me on his radio show, the phone lines blew up and they are such a huge sensation.

Ryan Seacrest: Massive, I mean they’re really big with young people and teens, and I was talking to them a couple weeks ago, their goal is to sell out arenas in America this year. And I think they are on their way to do that.

Who are you most excited to see perform on New Year’s Eve?

McCarthy: Kelly Clarkson in Hollywood, for sure. I’ve gotten a chance to know Kelly — and not only is she, to me, one of the best singers out there, like a real singer, but she’s so down to earth and cool and real. And of course Britney Spears in Vegas, come on! And then Mariah Carey is really going to be the talk of the night, I think.

What do you guys think about Mariah coming back this year?

Seacrest: We’re excited that she’s coming back. It’s actually the perfect thing to do this year, because you don’t want last year to be the memory, because it wasn’t what everybody wanted to have happen. So the fact that she will come back, and we’ve seen her do this a 100 times, she’ll be amazing, I think the big factor this year is that it’s gonna be so much colder than years past.

McCarthy: Right!

Seacrest: It’s not going to be easy for anyone to do anything outside.

McCarthy: Let alone Mariah!

Seacrest: Or us. I mean, we will struggle with the cold.

McCarthy: We will struggle, but I do think that the whole concept of giving someone a second chance like Mariah, who got, you know, really beat up in the press, for Dick Clark productions to say “come on back” you know, give it a second try… I think it’s wonderful.

It’s obviously going to be freezing, which might cause some behind the scenes qualms. Do you have any stories from past years of you guys behind the scenes?

Seacrest: I’m leaning to Jenny just in terms of the cold, to tell me what to wear. She’s lived in Chicago for a long time. I’ve lived in New York just for eight months.

McCarthy: It’s just about layering, and those heat pads that you tape on yourself. That’s it.

Seacrest: I’ve never done the taping of the heat pads, but I think this year I need to do that.

McCarthy: It’s just the heat pads, you put them on your back and they make the world of difference.

Seacrest: Our advice to people –  well, sure, come out and see it. But if you’re not in New York, or near New York City, then you it’s just fine. You can be warm on your couch, having bean dip, watching.

McCarthy: Yeah, watch us. We’re okay with you watching it form home.

American Idol is coming back. How are you prepping for it, Ryan?

Seacrest: Well, we started the auditions — we’ve done the auditions, actually. And we’ve invited a bunch of the men and women back to Hollywood for the Hollywood rounds. So the auditions are done, we’ve seen the talent, it’s great. There’s some “rough diamonds” out there, and we’re feeling good about that. We star in March and… I miss it. I’m glad it’s coming back.

MCarthy: Do you still keep the substance of the people who are terrible?

Seacrest: The tone shifted a little bit. I think there was more of that, in a different way, back when we started. But when you just said “keep” I was just thinking… one of the things I got the keep form the old show… they sent me the desk. So in my house I have the Idol original judges desk.

McCarthy: No you don’t.

Seacrest: Yeah! It’s so cool, I’m gonna make it a bar.

McCarthy: I’m so jealous. That’s genius.

Do you just sit there and eat?

Seacrest: I sit there and I host and judge. That’s how I rehearse. I read a book, say my prayers, and then I host the show. I’m gonna make it like a cocktail bar.

They got a new desk for the show?

Seacrest: There’s a new desk, yes.

How is the dynamic between these judges?

Seacrest: It’s so good. You know, they all are superstars, legends — Lionel Richie, you know, this guy was the Commodores, he’s worked with Sinatra, all the iconic legendary artists. And then [Katy Perry], is… she’s got more hits than anyone. And [Luke Bryan] is such a cool, laid-back guy. They’re all coming form a different point of view, but a great point of view so it works well together.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. American Idol premieres in March on ABC.

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‘American Idol’ notes: Kelly Clarkson on ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ Jordin Sparks, Adam …


Posted by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Kelly Clarkson, who is headlining the Star 94.1 Christmas concert December 12 at the Coca-Cola Roxy, joined CBS’s James Corden for his latest Carpool Karaoke on Wednesday night.

They performed bits of some of her biggest hits including “Since U Been Gone,” “Love So Soft,” “Because of You,” “Stronger” and her current single “A Whole Lotta Woman.” Plus, he set up an awkward date between Clarkson and her hubby/manager Brandon Blackstock with champagne, roses, a violinist and chocolate-covered strawberries.

“I feel like we’re making a porn,” Blackstock joked.

“That is not the romantic thing to say!” an exasperated Corden reprimanded Blackstock. And just watch Blackstock’s attempt at “romantic” talk. It doesn’t go well:

The next video YouTube showed is this compilation of Adele, Lady Gaga, Elton John Chris Martin, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani and Demi Lovato singing “All I Want For Christmas” from last year. Oh, and Mariah Carey, too. How did I miss this?

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 10: Judge, Singer Jordin Sparks speaks during the 2018 Miss America Competition Press Conference at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

Jordin Sparks, pregnant and newly married, is selling her Hollywood Hills home. Price tag: a mere $1.85 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 57-year-old home is 2,500 square feet, which isn’t bad but hardly palatial. But you can see the Hollywood sign. Check it out here.

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Season 10’s Casey Abrams performs “We Three Kings” with Alexander Jean. You might see “Dancing With the Stars” dancer Mark Ballas, too, who is part of Alexander Jean with wife BC Jean.  Yes, Casey with that beard looks quite royal, eh?

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Katharine McPhee, promoting her new standards album “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” performed “I”ve Grown Accustomed To His Face” on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” Monday.

This was a reunion with McPhee and Seacrest.

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Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze’s latest song is called “Breakdown,” an atmospheric Coldplay-ish tune. He has an album set to come out early next year:

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 20: Brian May of Queen (L) and Adam Lambert perform onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Brian May in his book “Queen in 3-D” describes how the band signed Adam Lambert as lead singer here.

Roger and I have seen literally thousands of singers in our lifetimes including some great ones auditioning for our We Will Rock Youshow (which, did I mention, ran for 12 solid years in The Dominion Theatre on the Tottenham Court Road in London?) but we’ve never seen or heard anything like Adam. I always think that Freddie, with a wicked smile, would say something like “I hate you, Madam Lambert,” because even Freddie would have been gobsmacked at his range and his ability to reinterpret these songs which the four of us originally created together.

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Clay Aiken’s Tweet of the week:


Bildspecial: Kändisarna som dejtar yngre män


<a href="http://www.posh24.se/mariah_carey" class="person">Mariah Carey</a>, 47, och <a href="http://www.posh24.se/bryan_tanaka" class="person">Bryan Tanaka</a>, 34.<br/>Efter att kort ha gjort slut i april kunde de inte hålla sig borta från varandra och blev ihop igen i maj. Bryan är dansare och lade upp ovan bild i början av juli där paret syns i en vinkällare. <br/>Mariah är mamma till de 6-åriga tvillingarna Monroe och Moroccan som hon har tillsammans med <a href="http://www.posh24.se/nick_cannon" class="person">Nick Cannon</a>.

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Svenska tv-profilen dejtar Kardashian-stjärnans ”flickvän”


Kardashian-stjärnan Scott Disicks nya flickvän, modellen Ella Ross, har ätit middag med en ”mystisk man”.Det visar sig att mannen på bilderna, som spridits världen över, är svenske tv-profilen Andreas Ishak.– Jag kommer förmodligen att träffa henne igen, säger Andreas Ishak till Hänt.Andreas Ishak och Ella Ross lämnar restaurangen Catch i Hollywood.Foto: Photographer Group/Splash NewsScott Disick, 34, känd från ”Keeping up with the Kardashian” och tidigare pojkvän till Kourtney Kardashian, 38, har ryktats vara tillsammans med den kända modellen Ella Ross, 21. De har setts dejta ett flertal gånger under den senaste månaden. Men enligt uppgifter till Daily Mail har supermodellen börjat träffa en ny man, som fram till nu varit en ”mystisk dejt”. Men nu är den mystiske mannens identitet avslöjad, skriver Hänt.Det har visat sig vara Andreas Ishak, 24, från Linköping som dinerat med Ella Ross på ett av Los Angeles inneställen, vilket Hänt var först att rapportera om. Andreas Ishak, äger tatueringsstudion Studio S Tattoo och blev ett känt namn i och med sin medverkan i programmet ”Ex on the beach Sverige” 2016. Han är dessutom bästa vän med Samir Badran, 27.Nobbade ”pojkvännens” födelsedagsfest– Jag är inte så insatt i ”Kardashians” och följer inte deras program, så jag visste inte vem hon var. Jag visste inte att hon var en av deras ex eller tjej eller något, bara att hon var trevlig. Min kompis jobbar med varenda kändis här i Los Angeles, så han bjöd ut Ella och hennes kompis och så hade vi en middag ihop. Mariah Carey satt vid bordet bredvid oss, säger Andreas Ishak till Hänt.Scott Disick firade sin 34-årsdag samma kväll som Ella Ross och Andreas Ishak fångades på bild av paparazzifotografer strax efter middagen på en av Los Angeles trendigaste restauranger. ”Blev sjukt chockad”– När vi gick ut från Catch, som är en av de mest kända restaurangerna i Hollywood, så stod det massa paparazzi utanför och fotade oss. Jag blev sjukt chockad, de blixtrade sönder mina ögon och jagade oss. Det var så plötsligt. Vi var tvungna att hoppa in i taxin fort och de åkte efter, säger han till Hänt.Andreas Ishak berättar för tidningen att han kommer träffa Ella Ross igen.– Ja. Jag kommer förmodligen att träffa henne och festa igen och så snart igen, ja, säger Andreas.24 maj 2017 17:54

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