July 22nd, 2011
10:40 AM ET
It's been years since she's been on the show, but the fan base Carrie Underwood started to build on "American Idol" is still paying off.
Underwood landed the No. 1 spot on the Forbes list of "The Top-Earning American Idols" by raking in $20 million this past year. The singer won season 4 of the top-rated Fox singing competition and has since segued into a career as a platinum-selling country artist.
The No 2. and 3 spot features a tie between two contestants who didn't even win "Idol" – rocker Chris Daughtry and glamboy Adam Lambert. The pair both pulled in $6 million. FULL POST
July 12th, 2011
11:16 AM ET
As promised, Pia Toscano's single "This Time" has arrived.
It's the former "Idol" contestant's first single from an upcoming album that's expected to drop later this year, now that she's signed with "Idol" mentor Jimmy Iovine's Interscope.
The track, which Toscano performed last week on the "American Idol Live" tour, premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show yesterday, and it's all about a woman who's decided that this time will be the last time for a no-good lover.
July 6th, 2011
09:43 AM ET
Pia Toscano didn’t come close to taking the title on “American Idol” – to the outrage of viewers, she didn't make it into the Top 8 – but the singer didn’t need it.
According to a statement, Interscope Records has signed the songstress, and an album is expected to arrive later this year. Her first single, "This Time" - penned by singer-songwriter Ester Dean, who's written Rihanna's "Rude Boy" and "What's My Name" - will be released on July 12.
Right after her shocking ouster from "Idol," rumors spread that Toscano indeed was signing on with Interscope head and "Idol" mentor Jimmy Iovine's label, but she told "Showbiz Tonight's" A.J. Hammer that it wasn't yet a done deal.
"Jimmy Iovine was an amazing mentor during my time on Idol and I'm looking forward to working with him and everyone at Interscope Records and 19 Recordings," Toscano said. "This is a dream come true."
July 2nd, 2011
11:07 AM ET
Oh, baby! The big-screen adaptation of the popular parenting guide "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is shaping up to be quite the star-studded spectacular.
Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and supermodel Brooklyn Decker have all been cast in the film, which stars Cameron Diaz as a fitness instructor.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Lopez will play Holly, a woman who has trouble conceiving and decides to adopt a child from abroad; Decker stars as a NASCAR driver's wife whose worry-free pregnancy with twins inspires envy in her fellow moms-to-be.
June 15th, 2011
11:39 AM ET
Jennifer Lopez had the chance to show her softer side as a judge on “American Idol's” 10th season – which also saw a ratings boost – but Lopez tells BBC Radio 1's Scott Mills that she’s still unsure if she'll return.
“I haven’t been forced to make a decision and I’m glad about that because honestly I’m very on the fence about it,” she says. Last fall, Lopez signed on to fill a vacant seat at "Idol's" judges' table for just one year, a deal that was reportedly for $12 million.
The mom of twins explains that she’s just got a hectic schedule - on top of the album she just released, she's also signed on to voice a character in "Ice Age 4" and is working on a reality series with husband Marc Anthony called "Q'Viva! The Chosen."
May 27th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
There may have been plenty of PDA at the "American Idol" finale Wednesday night, but winner and runner up Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina insist that they are just besties.
"We're just really good friends. We really care about each other," 16-year-old Alaina told Us Weekly. "Everyone wants us to like each other, but we just don't."
The teens sent the rumor mill into overdrive when Alaina laid a big kiss on 17-year-old McCreery after he beat her out for the title. She then kissed his face repeatedly as the show's credits rolled.
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