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May 18, 2011 | By Ann Powers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Say it with me: Haley Reinhart. The name of "American Idol's" reigning big surprise doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it? "Idol" never simply crowns a voice; it defines a brand. The details define and reinforce a contestant's appeal, from back story to song choice to sartorial style to naturalness onstage. Reinhart, now one of the show's three survivors, has taken quite a while to get herself together as a marketable star. Her slow, uneven evolution contrasts strikingly with that of her two remaining rivals.
July 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Next week, thousands of wannabe superstars will descend on New Orleans to audition for Fox's "American Idol" in pursuit of their dream of being the next Carrie Underwood or Adam Lambert. But who will ultimately judge their fate is now a mystery. Like a baseball owner angry that his team made the playoffs but didn't win the World Series, Fox is overhauling the popular musical talent show after a season that saw its viewership fall by 23% and NBC's"Sunday Night Football" franchise surpass it as the most popular program on television.
September 11, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
It may look like "American Idol" and sound like 'American Idol" — it even has some of the same people as "American Idol" — but that doesn't necessarily mean it is "American Idol. " In this case, it's "The X Factor. " With its giant four-hour premiere running across two nights on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, the new Fox series is broadcasting its lofty ambitions: "The X Factor" wants to be the next blockbuster singing competition series. That's hardly an unfeasible achievement. The series, which was a huge hit in the U.K., comes courtesy of Simon Cowell, best known as "American Idol's" surly judge.
Only a few moments after a live broadcast of Fox's "American Idol" had gone off the air and the cameras had gone dark on the Hollywood sound stage where the series is taped, the already giddy level of the contestants vying for fame and fortune went into overdrive as they made a beeline for Simon. "How do you think we really sounded?" asked one "Idol" hopeful of the smiling British show-business mogul. "Does Madonna watch the show?" inquired another.
August 6, 2009 | Joe Flint and Maria Elena Fernandez
Now that Paula Abdul has voted herself off of Fox's "American Idol" after eight years as a judge on the hit talent show, the question is whether there will be a recount or if she will seek office somewhere else. With auditions for the ninth season of "American Idol" starting Friday in Denver, the odds of Abdul getting one of the show's judges' patented saves from the network seem long but not impossible.
August 7, 2006 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
THE Mogul Who Swallowed Pop Culture is perched in his office high above bustling Sunset Boulevard, scheming. His groundbreaking project is the behemoth that has come to rule not only television, but also much of the entertainment landscape. But if you thought Simon Fuller, the British creator of "American Idol," would be sitting back by now celebrating his success, think again. "I'm hungry," he says, and he's not talking about his next meal.
April 29, 2003 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Shrieks of excitement interrupted the bustle in the offices of 19 Entertainment last week when the usually low-profile company won an apparently historic Hollywood trifecta -- the top-rated television show, the bestselling album and the chart-topping single, simultaneously. It's the kind of accomplishment that would elicit self-congratulatory news releases if it had been achieved by an industry giant such as Sony, Disney or AOL Time Warner. But that's not the style at 19 Entertainment.
August 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Jordin Sparks has signed the record contract that comes with winning "American Idol." The bubbly 17-year-old inked a deal with Jive Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, it was announced Friday. Her debut album is slated for release in November. She'll offer a taste of the disc with her new single, "Tattoo," to be released to radio stations Aug. 27.
November 5, 2008 | Times Wire Services
CKX Inc., owner of the television show "American Idol," said a group led by Chief Executive Robert F.X. Sillerman had ended plans to acquire the company, citing "extraordinary national and global economic conditions." The Sillerman-led group, 19X, will pay a breakup fee of $37.5 million, according to a CKX filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The group will pay $37 million of the fee with CKX shares, according to the filing. Sillerman and Simon Fuller, a director of New York-based CKX, plan "to pursue an alternate transaction for the acquisition of the company," the filing said.
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