Michael Johns
‘American Idol’ Season 7 Finalist Dead

Michael Johns Passes Away At Age 35 **FILE PHOTOS**This is tragic news. Remember Michael Johns from the seventh season of ‘American Idol‘? He died on Friday from a blood clot in his ankle, according to TMZ. Michael was only 35 years old. RELATED: All three ‘American Idol’ judges are returning next season.

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JENNIFER LOPEZ, KEITH URBAN & HARRY CONNICK JR.
‘American Idol’ “Dream Team” To Return Next Season

Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party‘American Idol’ may not have the ratings it once did, but Fox isn’t ready to retire the show just yet. And next season, for the first time in a few seasons, there will be NO new faces at the judges’ table. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are all returning next year.

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KRIS ALLEN & DAVID COOK
‘American Idols’ Reunite To Give Back

David Cook and Kris Allen donate their shoes for Soles4Souls at the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly sponsored charity concert‘American Idol’ alums Kris Allen and David Cook reunited to give back and kick off a new partnership between Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Soles4Souls at ‘A Sole-Ful Evening with Kris Allen & David Cook.’ Kris and David took to the stage to play fan favorites such as Kris’ ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ and Cook’s ‘Light On’ while guests sipped Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Kris even treated the audience to a sneak peek of his upcoming album and previewed two new tracks, ‘Paul Simon’ and ‘Everybody Needs to Dance,’ that will be released later this year. Sounds like a fun charity event!

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JENNIFER LOPEZ
Chic In Hot Pink For ‘American Idol’

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Now THIS is an adult way to wear pink. Jennifer Lopez rocked a hot pink top with matching pants for last night’s ‘American Idol’ show. Paparazzi caught up with Jennifer as well as her fellow judges, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., as they arrived for last night’s show.

Jennifer’s look strikes a great balance between being youthful (with the high ponytail, colorful t-shirt and top) while also being sophisticated (note those SICK heels). Harry and Keith don’t even try to compete: they just stuck with the neutral dark colors that are so many guys’ “uniforms”- LOL. Why bother to outshine JLo? Not Gonna Happen- LOL.

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‘American Idol’: Are You Over It?

Fox's "American Idol XIII" Finalists Party

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TMZ reports that hit reality TV show juggernaut ‘American Idol‘ is actually going to LOSE money this season. Apparently, Jennifer Lopez is earning “north of $15 million” a year, as is host Ryan Seacrest. The new ‘American Idol’ sets are said to have cost between $5 – 7 million. To add insult to injury, viewership is down by 26% this year.

I wonder if that will change now that the 2014 Olympics are over? A lot of people stop watching their regular shows during this time. ‘American Idol’ might see a bump. Despite this loss, sources tell TMZ Fox is not going to cancel the show. Since they just canceled ‘X Factor,’ canceling ‘American Idol’ as well would leave them with too many “holes” in their schedule. Something tells me Jennifer may be on her way out, however, if she doesn’t accept a pay cut next season. Ryan is a permanent fixture on the show! Well, this is just a reminder that nothing lasts forever. ‘American Idol’ has been a powerhouse for 13 years. Nothing can diminish that.

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KEITH URBAN & HARRY CONNICK JR
‘American Idol’ Judges Coming & Going At LAX

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I doubt ‘American Idol’ judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. actually saw each other at LAX yesterday, although both were there. Keith caught a flight out of LAX. Harry was arriving at LAX. Although ‘American Idol’ has started it’s new season, they haven’t started the live shows yet, so the judges are still out and about.

Have you been watching the new season of ‘American Idol’? What do you think? I haven’t had a chance to tune in yet. I better do it soon: once the Olympics get going, I’ll be glued to the games- LOL. I liked Keith as a judge and Harry as a mentor, and Jennifer Lopez did a great job as a judge, too. I bet the three of them make for a good judging panel.

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JENNIFER LOPEZ
Conflicted About Maintaining Her Curves

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Can you believe the headline above? Jennifer Lopez opened up to Glamour UK about her exercise habits as she gets older. The returning ‘American Idol‘ judge may be 44, but she’s still flaunting her famous curves! Jennifer admitted that she doesn’t feel quite the same drive to exercise to maintain those curves as she used to, however.

I’ve got an athletic body, I’ve worked out my whole life and I’ve been incredibly disciplined when I needed to be. Now I’m just a little bit more relaxed in that area. I feel like this is who I am. But it’s also hard to shed that old skin.

“Mentally, I’m always thinking about it. I’m OK looking this way, but at the same time that very ambitious, determined girl inside me is like, ‘Come on, let’s be in the best shape ever and really show everybody.’ Then the other side of me thinks: ‘Let’s just relax on the beach chair.’ “

I think we can ALL understand that urge- LOL. One thing working in Jennifer’s favor, however, is that she’s watching how she eats.

I’m not one to overindulge. It doesn’t make me feel good. Some people find it comforting to sit down and eat a whole pint of Häagen-Dazs, but honestly that would make me throw up. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much.”

That’s probably a good thing: no one needs a whole pint on ice cream in one sitting! These pictures of Jennifer were taken at the premiere of ‘American Idol’ just two weeks ago, on January 14. As you can see, she’s still looking amazing!

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