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Ryan Seacrest

Finally! The One Job He CAN'T Do

5/22/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Seacrest finally got a chance to show off his singing chops on "American Idol," but sadly the world discovered ... he doesn't have any. 

Even sadder -- the fact poor Richard Marx was 'Right There Waiting' ... for Ryan to stop butchering his song. 


Katharine McPhee

Files for Divorce

From Husband She Cheated On

5/22/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news
Katharine McPhee Divorce
Katharine McPhee
has finally pulled the plug on her marriage from the man she publicly cheated on.

Katherine's rep released a statement confirming the divorce, saying, "After six years of marriage, and having been separated for the past year, [Katharine] has filed for a dissolution of marriage from Nick Cokas."

The rep added, "The two have an amicable relationship and will remain friends."

"Amicable" is surprising ... considering 30-year-old McPhee humiliated 49-year-old Cokas last year by publicly making out with "Smash" director Michael Morris ... who also happens to be married.

As we reported, McPhee and Cokas tried reconciling earlier this Spring, but it just wasn't in the cards. We're told McPhee ultimately decided she just didn't want to be married anymore.


Ryan Seacrest

You Are NOT

the Next 'American Idol'

5/22/2014 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Seacrest SingingRyan Seacrest finally showed off his singing chops for the world to see ... and the world wishes he hadn't done that.

Seacrest, always on top of the latest musical trends, belted out the classic 1989 Richard Marx song "Right Here Waiting" ... and "American Idol" even unearthed Marx to sing it with him!

Say what you will about Ryan's singing -- and it was awful -- he didn't hide behind any audio gimmicks ... he straight up sang his heart out.

As the old saying goes -- those who can't ... host.

Nikki Reed

Files for Divorce

from Paul McDonald

5/21/2014 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nikki Reed Divorce Paul McDonald"Twilight" star Nikki Reed has filed for divorce from former "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald ... TMZ has learned.

In the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, Reed cites irreconcilable differences. She's also asking the court to deny McDonald spousal support. It was the first marriage for both. The couple had no kids together.

Reed and McDonald announced they were splitting back in March ... and revealed they'd already been living apart for 6 months. 

Interestingly, even though several reports had the couple getting married in October 2011 -- in the docs their marriage date is July 14, 2011. 

Despite the split, Nikki and Paul have continued working on an album together. Not weird at all.


Jennifer Lopez

The Woman Behind the Behind ...

Please Step Forward [VIDEO]

5/14/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and her mother were cruising through Manhattan when it happened -- our camera guy got the magical shot that proves Jenny from the block ... is also a chip off the ole one.

And Mama Lopez has all the proof (and junk) we need (in her trunk).


Jennifer Lopez

Butt Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

5/13/2014 5:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez ButtJennifer Lopez and her mother were big hits walking the streets of Manhattan yesterday, and if you didn't know they were related ... a quick pan down of our camera revealed the family resemblance.

J. Lo and her mother, Guadalupe were shopping on Madison Ave. where they encountered a bunch of fans ... including one woman who joked she was happier to meet mom than J. Lo.

Jenny does talk to us about where she used to get her hair did -- but, honestly, it was hard to focus due to the view of mother and daughter butt ... and their shared DNA.

Oh, mama!

Scotty McCreery

Home Invasion Victim

5/5/2014 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:26 P.M. PDT
--  Scotty is now talking about the robbery. He just Tweeted, "Yes, it was definitely a very scary night. Luckily, my friends and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case." Scotty also thanked police for their quick response and said, "I will share more when the time is right, but as of now we do not want to do or say anything that could hinder the investigation."
Country singing former "American Idol" star Scotty McCreery was a victim of a home invasion robbery Monday morning.

The Season 10 "Idol" winner was visiting friends at an apartment around 2AM near the North Carolina State University campus -- where McCreery is a student -- when the incident occurred.

According to law enforcement, 3 gunmen barged into the unit -- while McCreery and his friends were inside -- and made off with cash, wallets, and other property, including valuable electronics.

We also obtained the 911 call which includes a bunch of other details -- the caller says the intruders were black, dressed in black sweat pants and gray hoodies. The caller says he was in another room when they barged in, but he could hear them say, "Everyone on the floor. Give us everything you've got."

No one was injured.

Scotty McCreery

Super Secret

911 Call

5/5/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The 911 call made after Scotty McCreery and a few friends were robbed at gun point was not made by the teacher from Charlie Brown ... it just sounds like it.

TMZ has obtained the 911 call made early Monday morning after three gunmen broke into an apartment near North Carolina State University and made off with cash, wallets, and other property, including valuable electronics.

It's hard to say whether the "American Idol" champ is the one who placed the 911 call ... because North Carolina state law calls for the voices to be distorted on the tape.

So even though you've just been robbed, at least your identity is safe in North Carolina.

Syesha Mercado

'Book of Mormon' Star

Sued for Sinning Against Manager

3/23/2014 12:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
03-21-14-Syesha-Mercado-tmzFormer "American Idol" star Syesha Mercado dropped her manager like a bad habit as soon she landed a big gig doing "The Book of Mormon" ... allegedly stiffing him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Mercado -- who finished third on Season 7 -- is being sued by former manager Fred Crawford, who picked her up as a client not too long after her stint on "Idol."

Crawford claims Mercado agreed to fork over 20% of whatever she made in the entertainment industry.  Crawford says he helped her land the "Book of Mormon" deal ... for which she earned $40,000 a month.

But Crawford claims right after the ink dried Mercado cut off all communication and never paid him a cent. He's suing for his "Mormon" cut  -- roughly $300,000. 

Crawford has a big problem ... the deal, he says, was never committed to writing.

Calls to Mercado's rep were not returned, but we're guessing she tells a very different story.

Jason Aldean

I'm Banging The Girl

Who Broke Up My Marriage

3/17/2014 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Aldean is dating the "American Idol" alum who broke up his marriage -- and we're told they've been hooking up ever since he filed for divorce.

Brittany Kerr -- the A.I. floozie -- was photographed backstage in the wings of Aldean's concert Friday night ... and now we're told it's official ... they're a couple.

It's pretty stunning ... in September, 2012, the two of them were photographed making out at a bar on the Sunset Strip -- it was so obvious they could be seen from the street.

Aldean said at the time it was a one time deal -- a drunken mistake -- and he took a taxi home alone.

Aldean filed for divorce last May.

So now the question ... did they ever really stop seeing each other?  No one is saying, but we do know Kerr was in the crowd at his show on January 10th in Austin.

She didn't make it far on "Idol" but she's clearing home base with Aldean.


'American Idol'

Show Will Lose Money This Year

2/24/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0223_seacrest_lopez_compositeIt's an enormous sea change ... one of the most successful shows in the history of TV -- a show that has made BILLIONS of dollars in profits -- will actually LOSE money this year  ... multiple sources connected with the show tell TMZ.

The reasons for "American Idol" going into the red for the first time all have to do with the bottom line.  The show pays a fortune to the stars -- we're told Jennifer Lopez gets north of $15 Mil and Ryan Seacrest gets around that amount as well.  They spent between $5 and $7 million on a new set this year.  They are also still paying the 2 executive producers they fired after last season.

In addition we're told the show will spend at least $5 million on viewer phone calls.

And ... the ratings are down 26% from last season -- and that translates into advertising dollars.  Some of the ad losses can be deferred until next season ... but they are losses nonetheless.

For years "Idol" scored hundreds of millions of dollars in raw profits in a single season.

That said ... we're told the show almost certainly will NOT be cancelled after this season.  Sources say it will be back next year, in no small part because FOX cancelled "X Factor" and there would be way too many holes in its primetime schedule if both shows went away. 

Now perspective ... "American Idol" is one of the most successful shows ever on television.  Almost no shows make it to season 13 and the ratings for the show's run have been unbelievable.

FOX had no comment.

Clay Aiken

I Can Get Dirty Too

On the Campaign Trail

2/6/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Clay Aiken ain't smiling and singing anymore ... instead the former 'Idol' runner-up is coming out swinging in a run for Congress.

Clay Aiken ... tough guy? Politics defnitely change people.


Failed 'Idol' Contestant

Arrested for Public Masturbation

... In Slushy Truck

1/17/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you thought this guy was weird on Wednesday night's "American Idol" premiere, just wait til you get a load of his rap sheet -- and we literally mean load --  the guy was convicted in 2010 after allegedly jerking it in a frozen lemonade truck ... while parked in front of a group of kids.

Sam Atherton had just finished serving frozen lemonade to a group of churchgoers and their kids when he was popped for "open and gross lewdness."

An eyewitness told police he saw Atherton "bobbing his head up and down ... with an intense look on his face" while vigorously moving his arm and shoulder. The witness claims when he approached Atherton to confront him, the guy's pants were around his ankles.

Atherton's excuse was classic ... he said he was just scratching his foot because of a severe fungus.

Atherton was convicted on two counts of lewdness and sentenced to two years probation.

Just when you thought nothing could be worse than his audition.

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