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Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart attended the grand opening of restaurant Planet Dailies and its cocktail lounge Mixology 101 in Los Angeles on April 5, 2012. The event included a screening of the "American Idol" judge's new music video, "Dance Again," which features Smart.
The venues are the brainchild of Robert Earl, who also founded Planet Hollywood International. He also attended the opening, as did "American Idol" finalist Pia Toscano, singer Cee Lo Green of NBC's "The Voice," TV personality Mario Lopez and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Lisa Vanderpump, who recently received a Bravo spin-off called "SUR," named after her own Hollywood restaurant and lounge. Check out photos from the event.
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From singing cover songs in front of millions of television viewers a week, to selling hit records and garnering numerous awards, see what past 'American Idol' contestants, including favorites such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert, have been up to since becoming stars on FOX's hit singing competition show.
Mariah Carey says she hated being a judge on "American Idol," joking that the experience was like "going to work every day in Hell with Satan."
The 43-year-old pop star left the FOX singing competition series earlier this year after one season. She served as a co-judge alongside veteran cast member Randy Jackson, her longtime associate who has since also left the show, and country singer Keith Urban and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj, who joined -- and left -- the series when she did.
The wait is over -- the new judging panel for "American Idol" season 13 has been revealed and will be made up of Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and returning judge Keith Urban, FOX has confirmed to OTRC.com.
The news comes after months of speculation and rumors surrounding the "American Idol" judging panel following the departure of season 12 newbies Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj and veteran Randy Jackson, who stepped down as a judge after 12 seasons on the show and the sole remaining veteran judge. Jackson is also set to return to the singing competition show as the in-house mentor, replacing Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine after three seasons in the role.
Jennifer Lopez was announced Tuesday, Sept. 3 as a returning judge on "American Idol," joining newcomer Harry Connick Jr. and returning season 12 judge Keith Urban -- a decision that was not a simple one for the superstar.
"It was one of those things where like, you know how hard it was for me to walk away the first time and I went off and I did my tour and everything," Lopez said to Ryan Seacrest on his Los Angeles radio show. "To be honest, right now is the worst time for me to stop and do "American Idol." I'm doing two movies, I have my album coming out, I have so much stuff going on. But honestly, I'm doing it because I want to."
Keith Urban WILL return as a judge on "American Idol" next season, officials confirmed on Thursday, Aug. 1, following months of uncertainty amid the departures of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
The two female singers and Urban had made their debut on the judges' panel alongside veteran cast member Randy Jackson at the start of the most recent 12th season of the singing competition series. Ratings for "American Idol" have fallen in recent years, although it remains one of the most-watched primetime shows.
When OTRC.com caught up with the top 11 finalists of "American Idol" season 12 earlier this month, they were gearing up for a 30-show concert tour, which kicked off on July 19 in Kent, Washington.
The finalists, which includes winner Candice Glover, will make stops in cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans, Miami and Nashville throughout the summer.
See photos of "American Idol" season 12 winner Candice Glover and the remaining singers, including Kree Harrison and Angie Miller, at a rehearsal for the 2013 "American Idol LIVE!" summer tour in Burbank, California on July 9, 2013.
The group will perform at 30 concerts across the United States and Canada, from July 19 to Aug. 31.
Fox appears to be shaking things up over at "American Idol" after seeing a drop in ratings during season 12 and longtime executive producer Nigel Lythgoe announced over the weekend that he had been axed from the competition series.
"Just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad! Monday we choose our top 20. I'll smile again," he wrote in one Tweet on Saturday, June 8.
Shortly after Mariah Carey confirmed her exit from "American Idol," Nicki Minaj appeared to do the same in a Tweet on Thursday, May 30.
"Thank you 'American Idol' for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh," Minaj Tweeted at 4:13 PM PT.
Mariah Carey has left "American Idol" after serving as a judge for one season and also plans to go on a world tour, which would mark her first in almost three years.
Her departure from the FOX singing competition series comes weeks after veteran star Randy Jackson announced his own exit. There was no immediate comment from the network.