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Expect A Tougher Jennifer Lopez On Idol Next Season

Is Jennifer Lopez taking a page out of Simon C0well's book?  She tells People that she and the rest of the judges are going to be tougher on everybody during the upcoming season of  'American Idol.'

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‘American Idol’ Champ Lee DeWyze Dropped by His Record Label

If 10 seasons of ‘American Idol’ have taught us anything, it’s that viewers who vote for the winner cannot necessarily be counted on to buy that person’s albums later on. In other words, for every Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, there’s at least one Taylor Hicks.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest victim of such fickle behavior is season nine winner Lee DeWyze, who’s been dropped by his label, RCA. DeWyze’s debut, ‘Live It Up,’ has sold only 168,000 copies since its release almost a year ago, a few months after he won the Fox competition.

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‘American Idol’ Alum James Durbin Inks Deal with Wind-up Records

Finishing fourth on ‘American Idol’ isn’t necessarily detrimental to a music career, especially for singers whose registers are best suited for rock.

Things have turned out just fine for Chris Daughtry, season five’s fourth-place finalist. And so far, the likelihood for sustained success is looking good for the season 10 equivalent, James Durbin, who recently signed a contract with Wind-up Records.

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‘American Idol’ Confirms Judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson Will Return Next Season

During an appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Wednesday, ‘American Idol’ producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson would be back for season 11 of the show.

“I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol’ are back for the next season,” he told Seacrest, who happens to be the aforementioned “brilliant host” of ‘Idol.’

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Jennifer Lopez Will Be Back On The Next Season Of ‘American Idol’

If you liked Jennifer Lopez behind the judge's table last season on 'Idol,' you'll be happy to hear she will be a part of the upcoming season of 'Idol.'  Exactly how much she's getting isn't public yet, but she was asking for a hefty raise to return.

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Scotty McCreery Doesn’t Want to Act, Plans to Stick With Music [VIDEO]

Country darling Scotty McCreery may have logged a lot of time in LA during his run on ‘American Idol,’ but he still hasn’t been bitten by the acting bug.

The reigning ‘Idol’ champ told WSOC radio he didn’t know if he’d “pull a Tim McGraw,” referring to his one-time duet partner and star of movies like ‘The Blind Side’ and ‘Country Strong.’

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‘American Idol’ Winner Lee DeWyze Engaged to Actress from His ‘Sweet Serendipity’ Video

Lee DeWyze has something to celebrate — he’s now engaged! The ‘American Idol’ winner has popped the question to his girlfriend of eight months, Jonna Walsh.

DeWyze, 25, and Walsh were visiting Disney World when he asked for her hand in marriage.

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‘American Idol’ Star Haley Reinhart Scores Record Deal

Haley Reinhart, who finished in third-place on season 10 of ‘American Idol,’ has reportedly landed a record deal, EW.com is reporting.

According to the report, the 20-year-old Chicago native has officially been signed to 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records, and is currently at work on her debut album.

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‘American Idol’ Stars Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Remain Coy on Dating Rumors [VIDEO]

They’re tourmates and ‘American Idol’ alums — but are Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina also something more? It’s a question they’ve been asked repeatedly lately, and one they’ve done a great job of refusing to answer.

McCreery and Alaina continued their obfuscation during a recent appearance at the Google campus, dodging yet another volley from the ‘are they or aren’t they?’ camp when the subject came up as part of a series of questions about their feelings on Google’s new social network, Google+.

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Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler Returning to ‘American Idol’

Randy Jackson is still in it to win it: EW.com has confirmed that the original ‘American Idol’ judge will return for an 11th season on Fox’s top-rated series.

Also returning for season 11 is Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler — not exactly the most surprising revelation, considering he initially signed on for more than one season, according to EW.com.

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Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina Debut on Billboard Hot 100

For Scotty McCreery, it was close, but not close enough.

The 'American Idol' season 10 winner's debut single, 'I Love You This Big,' failed to crack the top 10 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, instead coming in at number 11.

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Lauren Alaina: I Was Rejected Twice by ‘America’s Got Talent’ [VIDEO]

Though she didn't win 'American Idol' season, 16-year-old runner-up Lauren Alaina is apparently used to rejection.

The Rossville, GA, native revealed Thursday on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' that she had previously tried out twice for 'America's Got Talent,' and was shown the door both times.

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