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Kanye West

I Want to be the Last 'American Idol'

10/11/2015 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1011-kanye-american-idol-INSTAGRAM-01Kanye West was so pumped and confident after performing for Prez Obama, he mustered up the courage to audition to become the very last American Idol.

Yeezy must have figured since he was in SFO anyway, why not go down the road where JLo, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban, who were holding auditions for their show.

Kanye performed as Kim Kardashian memorialized it all on camera.

The judges made it look like it was all one big surprise, and it might have been ... but then again, it wouldn't hurt ratings to watch Kim's hubby on "A.I."

Goin' out with a bang. 


Ex 'Idol' Corey Clark

I Got Railroaded By My Wife's Stepdad

... He's the Cop Behind My Arrest

10/7/2015 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark's arrest was the result of a conspiracy -- set in place by his estranged wife and her detective stepfather ... at least that's what Clark is claiming now.

Clark got busted September 23 in Yuma, AZ, and was eventually charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. But Tuesday in L.A. he told us the whole thing was a revenge plot.

Clark says he'd filed a report against Monica Clark just prior to his arrest, claiming she was violating their child custody agreement. Clark thinks it's no coincidence he was arrested right after that, especially because his wife's stepfather is a Yuma PD detective.

We've reached out to Yuma PD for a response ... so far, no word back.


Simon Cowell

I Still Got Eyes for My Girlfriend!!!

10/4/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1004-simon-cowell-lauren-silverman-PCN-01Simon Cowell is still transfixed by his girlfriend ... or at least her boobs.

Simon and Lauren Silverman were at a fancy event in London, at the Dorchester hotel no less, when they posed for this pic.

More power to you Simon ... and Lauren.


Infamous 'American Idol' Star

Corey Clark

Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence

9/24/2015 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0924-corey-clark-mug-shot-01update_graphic_red_bar5:50 PM PT -- Police reviewed the case and changed the charge to misdemeanor domestic violence.He's still facing a felony for aggravated harassment. update_grey_gray_barCorey Clark --  the season 2  "American Idol" contestant who was famously rumored to have had an affair with Paula Abdul -- was arrested Wednesday night for felony domestic violence.

Clark was cuffed  by Yuma, Arizona cops and is currently behind bars at the Yuma County Detention Center.

In addition to the felony domestic violence charge, Clark was also booked for aggravated harassment and failure to comply. We don't know the nature of the relationship between Clark and the alleged victim.

Clark is due in court Thursday afternoon. 


Clark sued Fox after he was dropped from the show for not disclosing a prior arrest. He had been arrested after a scuffle with his sister. He pleaded no contest.

Phillip Phillips

Stolen by Mayer's Ex-Manager

... 'Idol' Managers Claim

9/21/2015 2:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0921_phillip-phillips_tmzJohn Mayer's ex-manager plotted to jack "American Idol" champ Phillip Phillips out from under his contract with the show -- according to a new lawsuit, but the bigger news is Phil is a freakin' millionaire!

In the suit ... 19 Entertainment, the management company for all 'Idol' singers, claims Michael McDonald (not the singer or the actor) gave Phillips the opening act gig on a John Mayer tour back in 2013, and spent that time cozying up to him.

McDonald has a management company called Mick Management -- and in the docs, 19 Ent. says McDonald lured Phillips to sign ... partially out of desperation because founding client Mayer was bailing. 

Cut to December 2014 ... when Phillips informed 'Idol' he wanted out of his contract, presumably to jump ship to Mick Management. 

19 Ent. isn't giving up its cash cow without a fight, because while some people think Phillips has been a commercial failure -- 19 Ent. points out he reportedly netted about $5 million in 2013 and even more in 2014.

And that's for a guy who's only had one major hit and one moderate hit! 

Bottom line, Phil's 'Idol' overlords want at least $4 million from McDonald for poaching their guy.


Ex 'American Idol' Exec

It Was Time to Go

5/11/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's better to leave a little early than a little late ... so says former "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe ... who agrees it was time to put the legendary show to bed. 

We got Nigel in New York City ... just hours after the news broke that FOX was pulling the plug on 'AI' after one more season. 

Lythgoe -- who was EP during the show's heyday -- was a little surprised, but says bowing out now ... will actually enhance the show's legacy. Watch, his theory makes sense.

As they say in rock and roll: Better to burn out, than fade away.

Speaking of which ... Season one co-host Brian Dunkelman couldn't resist reacting to Idol's demise.


'American Idol'

5/11/2015 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news


"American Idol" -- once the king of all reality shows and the godfather of shows like "The Voice" and "The X Factor" -- will be sent off to pasture in 2016. It was 15 seasons old. 

"Idol" began in 2002 and at its height averaged 30 million viewers a season. The show introduced Simon Cowell to the United States and made Ryan Seacrest a household name. 

Among the singers who owe their careers to the show: Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Taylor Hicks. "Idol" even briefly brought Paula Abdul back into the limelight. 

Fact is ... on multiple levels it's one of the most successful shows in the history of television. 

The final season of the show will begin next January. 


Katharine McPhee


By Estranged Hubby

5/5/2015 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0505-katherine-mcphee-splash-02Katharine McPhee's estranged husband gave her a hand Tuesday ... a very gentle hand.

It's a stark contrast to her split with Nick Cokas, which allegedly came after Katharine was photographed sucking face with her "Smash" director Michael Morris. Katharine claimed in the documents she was already separated from Nick, but he says they were still together.

But things change ... or do they? A source close to Katharine insists Katharine and Nick had a friendly business breakfast in West Hollywood. He's still involved in her music stuff.

The source also says Katharine has a boyfriend. 

Ryan Seacrest

Dating a Single Mom!

3/10/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Seacrest DatingRyan Seacrest clearly has a type -- hot and blonde -- but his new girl is different in one big way ... she has a bambino.

The "American Idol" host was spotted out this weekend in NYC with a new blonde -- Renée Hall

Hall (who is ... shocker!!! ... a model) met Seacrest, fresh off his breakup with model Shayna Taylor, at his 40th birthday party in Napa a few weeks ago.

0310-shayna-renee-instagram-4We're told they met through the Marciano brothers (GUESS founders) and quickly hit it off.

Seacrest took Hall to NYC over the weekend, where they went to the Museum of Modern Art.

As for Hall's 8-year-old son, she's proud and loud, posting pics all over her Instagram page.

Ryan would be a cool stepdad, right?


'American Idol' Josh Gracin

Nothing to Lose in Divorce ...

But Half His Music

2/27/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


It's a good thing "American Idol" Season 2 finalist Josh Gracin is a country singer -- he just got a ton of inspiration by losing half his music rights in his divorce ... which was just finalized.

According to divorce docs ... the exes divvied up their assets, and Ann Gracin is walking with a 50% stake in 24 songs Josh recorded during their 17-year marriage.

Josh will also shell out $1590/month in alimony, and $1436/month for child support. They have four kids -- and will share custody, but there's a complication. Each has a restraining order against the other, requiring them to stay at least 25 feet away.  

Interestingly, Ann was ordered to return Josh's Glock. As we reported ... Josh was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold after posting an apparent suicide threat on Facebook last August. Ann filed divorce papers the next month.

Josh's next album should be interesting.


Phillip Phillips

I Want to be Gone, Gone, Gone

From My 'Idol' Contract

1/26/2015 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Phillip Phillips
says "American Idol" producers are ruining his career ... and he wants out of his contract with them before he goes in the dumper.

Phillips claims 19 Entertainment has held him down since he won the competition in 2012. Phillips claims 19 controls every aspect of his career and has made decisions that only benefit them and actually hurt him.

Phillips mentions one concert -- where he was forced to perform a free show for a JetBlue ad, and 19 flat out told him he had to do it because it benefited the "American Idol" live concert tour.

He also says they have kept him in the dark to the point he wasn't even consulted about the title to one of his albums and only found out when he heard about it in the media.

Phillips goes on and on, claiming it's typical "in the life of a rising star" for the record company to give him a better deal, yet 19 never asked Interscope to cut him a break. As you know, Jimmy Iovine who ran Interscope until recently was also a mentor on "Idol."

Phillip says the 19 contract is so one-sided it's illegal, and he's asking for the Labor Commission to let him out.  

The story broke in the Hollywood Reporter.

update_graphic_red_barThe rep for 19 Entertainment tells TMZ, "We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip. We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships." Translation ... they're gonna fight him.



Jennifer Lopez --

My Choice in Men Just Sucks!

1/8/2015 8:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez just massacred Marc Anthony, Ben Affleck, Diddy and worst of all ... Casper Smart!

JLo had a little truth slip on "American Idol" Wednesday night ... letting fellow judges Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban in on a secret -- she's awesome, but the problem lies with the men she chooses. 

We forgot poor Chris Judd. She thinks he sucks too.


The 9

'American Idol's

Who Time Forgot

1/7/2015 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Not all "American Idol" winners are created equal. They can't all be Kelly Clarkson.

Jog your memory with the 9 "AI" champs whose careers hit a bum note.

9. Scott McCreery -- Season 10


Rings a faint bell.

8. Ruben Studdard -- Season 2


Oh yeah -- that guy.

7. Kris Allen -- Season 8


He sings that one song, right?

6. David Cook -- Season 7


A lot of dudes won this thing, huh?

5. Taylor Hicks -- Season 5


Uh ... whose dad is this?

4. Lee DeWyze -- Season 9


Nope, no memory.

3. Candice Glover -- Season 12


Who's that now?

2. Caleb Johnson -- Season 13


Come again?

1. Brian Dunkleman -- Season 1 Co-Host


Ah, the ultimate "Idol" flop.

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