The 41-year-old singer’ who has three-year-old twins Max and Emme with husband Marc Anthony ‘ is envious of the facts the tots “see everything”, and have already experienced many wonderful things, despite their young age.
She said: “They see everything, they go and do so much more then I have ever done in my whole life, in all my travels, and they’re only three.”
As well as being a mother to Max and Emme, Jennifer judges ‘American Idol’ alongside Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.
However, having had to audition in front of music executives many times herself, the ‘On The Floor’ hitmaker admitted she is careful not to crush the spirits of any hopefuls.
She explained in an interview with UK radio station KISS fm: “I’ve been in that position, many times where I had to put myself out there and audition for somebody and I just thought to myself how would I want somebody to tell me it’s not going to work out this time or whatever constructive criticism I can give them in a way that they don’t walk away with a crushed spirit.”
The singer-and-actress joined ‘American Idol’ at the start of the current season and she has grown so close to the other new judge, their fellow panellist Randy Jackson and the show’s host Ryan Seacrest, she has come to regard them as family.
She said: ‘ love it. We are having a great time. Steven, Ryan and Randy are awesome.
‘t’s like having brothers for the first time in my life. They are all very protective of me. We support each other, it’s a good unit.’
The 41-year-old star ‘ who has three-year-old twins Max and Emme with her husband Marc Anthony ‘ admits she is ‘figuring out’ motherhood as she goes along and sometimes finds it hard to juggle raising her family with her singing career, work on ‘American Idol’ and other ventures, including a successful fragrance line.
She added to the Daily Record newspaper: ‘When I was on my own without kids, I had no trouble. I worked from day to night. I worked 24/7. Now I am different. I am a working mother now.
‘To find the right balance is just very difficult. The babies become the most important thing in my life.
‘Everything else has had to take a back seat. I am figuring out as I go along with these two angels of mine. And we are doing just fine.’
“American Idol” Officially Announces New Judge Line-Up. It’s official! Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining longtime judge Randy Jackson in the judges’ panel for the 10th season of “American Idol.” We all knew it for weeks now, but Fox has just made the rumors official. Host Ryan Seacrest has announced the new line-up at a press conference in Los Angeles Wednesday. Lopez and Tyler will replace former judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi. Lopez said in a statement, “For nine years I’ve enjoyed watching artists compete to get a meaningful chance to achieve their dreams. I know from my own experience how hard it is to succeed, and I’m looking forward to discovering and nurturing that spirit in the many American Idol contestants I look forward to meeting this year.” For Tyler, his judging stint on “Idol” is aimed to make wannabes grow stronger. He said, “I’ve been on tour for most of my life in a band with four guys who judge me everyday. Sometimes it hurt, but it only made me stronger. I want to give everybody a little love before I decide who goes home heartbroken. If you don’t like what I say, don’t get mad, get better.” “I’m ready to bring some rock to this ‘roller’ coaster and show these kids if they have the dream, the talent and the drive, they will be the next ‘American Idol.’” The tenth season of “American Idol” is slated to debut in January.
Mariah Carey is releasing a Christmas album. The ‘We Belong Together’ singer ‘ who is believed to be expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon ‘ has recorded her second festive LP, entitled ‘Merry Christmas II You’, and will release it on November 2. Produced by ‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson, James Poyser, Jermaine Dupri and award-winning composer Marc Shaiman the LP will feature Yule-tide classics such as ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy’, as well as four original songs composed by the pop beauty. A new version of Mariah’s most famous seasonal track ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ ‘ which featured on the album ‘Merry Christmas’ – will also appear on the album. Despite having been first released in 1994, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ continues to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Singles chart each Christmas, hitting the number one spot every year from 2005 to 2008. It is still not clear whether Mariah and Nick will be preparing for the patter of tiny feet by Christmas time. Although she is widely rumoured to be pregnant, the singer refuses to publically confirm or deny the news. Last month, she posted on her website: ‘ appreciate everyone’s well wishes. But I am very superstitious. When the time is right, everyone will know.’
Kara DioGuardi Announces Official Exit From “American Idol”. Kara DioGuardi is now the third judge from last season that is out. She announced her decision to leave the hit reality music series on Friday. “I felt like I won the lottery when I joined ‘American Idol’ two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave ‘Idol,’” said DioGuardi in a joint statement with FOX. “I am very proud to have been associated with ‘American Idol’ – it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to FOX, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!” The Fox show has already seen the departure of frontrunner Simon Cowell and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who stayed with the show for only one year before quitting. DeGeneres replaced former judge Paula Abdul after contract negotiations reportedly went awry in 2009. Randy Jackson is now the only original judge left on the series. Replacements for Cowell and DeGeneres have not yet been named, but rumors of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have been running rampant for weeks. Fans will have to stay tuned for future announcements, but the show will return to Fox in January of 2011.
Steven Tyler is joining ‘American Idol’ as a judge. The Aerosmith singer let slip his role on the pop star search show following a concert in Las Vegas on last Saturday night. When asked what his future plans were, Tyler, 62, said: ‘Recording an album and I’m probably going to be judge on ‘American Idol’.’ He later added: ”m doing it. What do you think? I’m doing it.’ Despite his claims, ‘American Idol’ bosses are yet to confirm the ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ rocker’s appointment. Tyler’s claim comes after Ellen DeGeneres quit ‘American Idol’, and Kara DioGuardi was fired as part of a shake-up of the series following head judge Simon Cowell’s departure. It is believed the show will return to having just three judges, with Jennifer Lopez joining Tyler and the remaining original judge Randy Jackson. “Sources connected with the ‘American Idol’ negotiations tell our source Kara DioGuardi has judged her last contestant on ‘American Idol’ – because she’s been fired. “We’re told the show will be going back to a three-judge format and assuming all deals are finalised, the judge’s panel will consist of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.’ Singer-and-actress Lopez has reportedly been in talks with show boss Simon Fuller for several weeks.
Simon Cowell, known in the United States for his role in bringing ‘American Idol’ to television, will be honored in his home, the United Kingdom, with a special award. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honor Cowell for his work, especially “his development of new talent.” In the U.K., Cowell has worked on similar amateur talent shows such as ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ Now, Cowell joins the ranks of famous Britons like Jane Tranter, Paul Watson, Paul Greengrass, Adam Curtis and Andy Harries when he receives the award on June 6. “The Academy is delighted to be presenting Simon Cowell with this Special Award,” BAFTA Television Committee Chair John Willis said. “Over the past few years he has not only helped change the entertainment landscape but has re-invented Saturday night family entertainment. His shows enable exciting new talent to shine and are the most talked-about programmes on British television. He is quite simply one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time.”
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “I Learned the Hard Way” . Since 2002, powerhouse singer Sharon Jones and her eight-piece backing band the Dap-Kings have been finding ways to bring old-school soul music into a contemporary. MGMT, “Congratulations”. About 30 seconds into MGMT’s second album, “Congratulations,” singer Andrew Vanwyngarden asks, “How will I know if it’s working?” The first words out of Emily Robison’s mouth–”What am I doing here?”–are certainly appropriate for Court Yard Hounds’ self-titled debut. Caetano Veloso, “Zii e zie” . On latest album “Zii e zie,” Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso continues to explore the progressive timbres and techniques found on 2006 album “Cê.” Paper Tongues, “Paper Tongues” . Before a chance run-in with “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson helped land them a recording contract, Paper Tongues grew from a collective of Charlotte. Autechre, “Oversteps” Offbeat British electronic duo Autechre’s 10th studio album, “Oversteps,” brings a sonic collage of unobtrusive ambience, subdued melodies and fragmented rhythms. Javelin, “No Mas” . Electronic music has received wider exposure in the rock-leaning indie culture thanks to acts like Girl Talk and Justice. Martin Sexton, “Sugarcoating” Martin Sexton hasn’t met a musical style he doesn’t like—at least that’s the sense you get from the Massachusetts singer/ songwriter’s ninth album. Amy Grant, “Somewhere Down the Road” Some are new, some are classics, and some are previously unreleased gems, but all of the songs on Amy Grant’s latest release, “Somewhere Down the Road.
Quick! Someone explain to Simon what a “binky” is. After a weird show opening on Tuesday involving Ellen sitting on his lap, Ryan starts the show on Wednesday asking why Kara and Simon are sitting so close together this season. He then calls Kara Simon’s “binky,” which confuses Simon greatly. All in all, the lady judges cannot get enough of Mr. Cowell this week. Tonight’s episode is really exciting, because for the first time so far, it’s going to be kind of difficult to find two contestants to eliminate. Overall it’s a strong night of performances, with a couple of pleasant surprises. I definitely have my favorite, how about you?
Lee Dewyze is singing ‘Fireflies,’ but it’s not the amazing Rhett Miller song, so I’m already disappointed. He’s fine, but it’s not a particularly interesting performance. Turns out, it’s an Adam Young song, and the judges must be in a good mood this week, because Randy and Ellen both praise him. Kara even goes so far as to say that he made it a better song. Simon, however, dials it down a little bit and tells Lee that he “didn’t have a moment” with that song, but is generally positive.
Alex Lambert, on the other hand, is singing ‘Trouble,’ a song I actually like. His mullet is so distracting however, that it’s hard to enjoy it. Also making it difficult is the fact that he’s singing the song completely out of his nose. He’s always kind of nasally, but it’s so, so intense this week. Randy wished he would have slowed the song down a little bit, while Ellen says he gets “better and better every week.” She also warns him against becoming “a cocky banana,” but let’s not talk about that. Kara tells him that the only thing standing in the way of his winning is him, because he’s “not letting go.” Simon tells him that he needs to relax and picture Randy in a bikini. Let’s just move on, shall we?
Tim Urban is singing Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah,’ which is a hard song to touch. Tim hasn’t exactly been setting the stage on fire the past several weeks, so this is definitely a risky choice for him. While it doesn’t come close to Buckley’s version in terms of pure, heartbreaking beauty, it’s certainly the best performance I’ve seen from Tim so far. If he’s made it this far in the competition spouting the nonsense he’s been singing the past several weeks, he definitely deserves to advance based on this. Randy seems to agree, saying that he’s got some big shoes to fill, but he did a good job. Ellen tells Tim that she feels as though she’s been criticizing him a lot lately, so she actually gets up, runs to the stage, hugs him and tells him that he was fantastic. When she gets up, poor Tim looks like a terrified little bunny, and it’s all kind of hilarious. Kara tells him that he’s “in it,” while Simon takes credit for him doing so well.
Andrew Garcia peaked early during Hollywood week with ‘Straight Up,’ so doing ‘Genie in a Bottle’ is kind of risky. He’s covered Adele and Alicia Keys since then, and while this is his most successful re-imagining since ‘Straight Up,’ he’s veering dangerously close to gimmick alley over here. Randy liked the choice, but it didn’t quite work for him. Ellen says that the “genie came out of the bottle too late,” and while Kara can appreciate what he did with this song, she says that he was fighting with the rhythm of the guitar. Simon calls it “a little bit desperate,” and tells him that he’s still going backwards a little bit.
Casey James is singing a song with which I am not familiar, Keith Urban’s ‘You’ll Think of Me,’ so I have no expectations going into it. This also means that I can’t really compare it to the original. However, just going into it blind, I really enjoy Casey’s performance. It didn’t totally rock my world, but it was a simple, honest, and most of all, strong performance. Randy says that it was a safe choice, but Ellen thinks that it was great. Kara is kind of back on the Casey train, which I’m sure her husband will be thrilled about. Simon tells Casey that this performance was his “second best,” and it made him sincere. However, it wasn’t terribly memorable.
Aaron Kelly is singing ‘I’m Already There,’ which just screams “wedding reception” to me. He starts off super-shaky. He seems off-key and mumbles the first couple of lines. He picks up steam during the chorus, but the whole thing is just kind of cheesy to me. Randy says that there’s still some work to do, but that it was a job well done. Ellen loves the way he carries himself, but says that it was a little “too much song for him.” Kara loves him, but says the song isn’t relevant to his life. Simon, however tells Kara that what she said is “complete and utter rubbish.” He says that it wasn’t a great vocal, but it was a perfect song choice.
Todrick Hall is singing Queen, and I’m interested to see what he does with it. ‘Somebody to Love’ is probably one of my favorite Queen songs, and I’m excited going into Todrick’s performance. He starts off with a pretty sweet high note. The first few lines don’t quite do it for me, but he quickly gets comfortable and does a really interesting soulful version. I love what he does, but it seems as though when I like what Todrick does, the judges feel the exact opposite. However, Randy simply says, “Todrick is back,” and praises him effusively. Ellen says he was brave. She wishes he would have committed to making it more of a gospel song, but really enjoyed it. Kara tells him he sang it well, but says that she didn’t know whether to laugh or love it at times, which seems a little harsh. Simon tells him that it was good in parts, but that he told them that he’s more of a Broadway singer than a recording artist. However, he also says that this song may have saved him.
Michael Lynche is singing ‘This Woman’s Work’ and starts with a very daring falsetto. While he shows a different side vocally than we’ve really seen from him in this competition, the performance kind of bores me, despite the fact that he does an admirable job with the vocals. Randy, however, loved it and pretty much has a seizure while praising him. Ellen tells Big Mike that he’s the one to beat, and Kara is literally in tears. I should probably watch this performance again, because I clearly missed something the first time around. Simon tells him that this was “so needed tonight,” and that he 100% nailed it. Meanwhile, Kara still can’t get it together. I’ve never quite seen a reaction like this before. UPDATE: Okay, I actually went back and watched the performance. I turned the volume up, and now I see where the judges were coming from. It didn’t quite move me to tears, but it showed a range and an emotion that we really haven’t seen from Mike before. It was a daring performance, and he absolutely pulled it off. In any case, it was a great way to end the show.
Paula’s gone. Ellen’s coming. Is Simon going? (There’s singing, too!) American Idol enters its ninth season Tuesday (Fox, 8 ET/PT) with more focus on the musical-chairs judging panel than on the auditioners aspiring to pop stardom. Even if it temporarily distracts attention from the show’s hoped-for stars, all the chatter about judges — and that includes eight celebrity guest arbiters during the auditions — has created early and perhaps helpful buzz for a long-running series that has suffered some audience losses while remaining TV’s dominant ratings power. The departure of original judge Paula Abdul and the upcoming arrival of her successor, talk-show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, is Idol’s biggest change. Abdul, who tweeted goodbye last summer, will be replaced during the first four weeks of audition shows by celeb guests. The audition period opens in Boston on Tuesday with guest judge Victoria Beckham, followed by Atlanta on Wednesday with Mary J. Blige (8 p.m. ET/PT). Viewers will have to wait until Feb. 9 to see DeGeneres, who will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi during Idol’s Hollywood round. It’s more than a comedic part, DeGeneres says.”If there’s something funny, I think I’ll add humor to it. If it’s not funny, I’ll just talk about what I liked or didn’t like,” she says. “I’m going to be honest, and I’m going to be looking for somebody that’s special and hope people try to set themselves apart.” It could take longer to learn whether Idol will have to go on next year without the show’s biggest attraction: Cowell, whose deal expires after this season. Cowell was non-committal in an interview, although it sounds like he’s not done with the States regardless of his Idol future. In a podcast, his brother Tony said Cowell would leave Idol after this season to concentrate on bringing his British talent show, The X Factor, to the USA.Says Cowell, “I’ve had conversations — as you know, there’s been speculation for months and months. We are continuing to talk to Fox, but right now the focus is just about this (season), and we’ll see where we end up.”Whether I’m on it or off it, I promise you — and I really mean it — I think the show will flourish without me. I genuinely do,” he says. “I’m very grateful. I’ve had the best experience in my life since I’ve been on this show. I hadn’t spent that much time in America. I really like working in America. I like the American people, so I feel very at home there.”Abdul ‘was the heart’ The Abdul-DeGeneres judging change could refresh the show, especially if DeGeneres turns out to be a good sparring partner for Cowell, says Shari Anne Brill of media agency Carat. “I really don’t see (Abdul’s absence) impacting the show, as long as the judge dynamic is good,” she says. “Next year, if Simon isn’t there … then you’ll see a real decline in the show.” The departure of Abdul, who has been on Idol with Cowell, Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest from the start, marks the biggest change yet to a formula that has resulted in the decade’s most popular series. Judges and producers say Abdul, known for her unfailing empathy and wildly unpredictable nature, will be missed.”I look across the table and go, ‘Where’s my girl at?’ ” Jackson says. “You miss your good friend, but she’s off doing her thing.” DioGuardi, who joined last season, says she took on some of Abdul’s supportive role during the auditions, trying to buffer the blow for some of the poorer performers. The guest judges helped, too. The roster includes Beckham, Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Shania Twain. Abdul is “very nurturing,” DioGuardi says. “She was the heart, and I think I was very aware of that during the auditions. There were times when someone would get upset, and I wanted to make sure that was represented.”"It’s a different show without her,” Cowell says. “I’ve gone on record saying how close I am to Paula, even though w used to fight. I have to respect her decision, and then I have to get on with the job, but I missed her (during auditions). But, like we say, the show goes on.” That it does. And it will go on with DeGeneres, a proven comic performer and music lover who arrives with first-name familiarity and strong connections to the show. She hosted the 2007 fundraiser Idol Gives Back and frequently discusses the show and features Idol judges and performers on her weekday program. Jackson calls his fellow Louisianan “a pro and a cool, cool girl” and promises “we’ll sauce it up.” DioGuardi, who had to get used to being in Idol’s bright spotlight, says an established star like DeGeneres should have an easier adjustment. “I think she’s such a strong character,” DioGuardi says. “When you lose someone like Paula, you have to replace her with someone who’s loved, who’s respected, someone who’s been through so much in their life and come back only to conquer it all.” The chemistry of the panel, which has added new members in each of the past two seasons, remains to be seen, but DeGeneres is confident the quartet and Seacrest will make it work. “I’m a talk-show host, so I know how to make things comfortable and I can feel what chemistry is going on or the lack thereof. I think I’ll fit in. I know these people. It’s not like I never met them,” she says. “I think Kara is really more serious about it because she’s a songwriter. She takes it really seriously and comes from a different place. And Randy is Randy. He’s got his opinions. … I sometimes disagree with Randy a little bit more, but I like Randy. I think you kind of want us all to disagree, don’t you? The good news is we all like each other.” And Cowell? “Simon and I respect each other,” DeGeneres says. “He likes me, I like him. He’s really a genuinely sweet guy, (but) I think sometimes he does things maybe for shock value, and sometimes he’s a little insensitive. I’m going to call him on that, which I’ve done all along. I’ve said that on the air on my show and said it to his face.” About the singers Fan Clarke Brown of Anchorage thinks that DeGeneres will add a lot but that the show’s fortunes ultimately come down to the singers. “The stars of American Idol are not necessarily the people sitting behind that desk. The stars of American Idol are the kids who give their all every week. That’s what I like about it. I like helping make a star,” Brown says. Oh, yes, the singers. Judges promise the traditional mix of good, bad and ugly as thousands of auditioners hope to follow last year’s Kris Allen to victory — or perhaps runner-up Adam Lambert to controversial stardom.”There definitely were a few people that came in, and I never would have imagined they sounded like that. I was pleasantly surprised,” DioGuardi says. “When you look at someone like Adam, he has the personality, the presence, and that’s exactly what you got. Some people came in and shocked me — in a good way.”Jackson says he expected more Broadway-style singers this year after Lambert’s success.There’s one potential difference from the pasttwo years, in which guys took the top two spots. The women seem likely to pose more of a challenge this year. “We need a girl. Where the girls at? C’mon, girls, show up,” Jackson says. “There are some strong boys, but I think we’ve got some really strong girls. Hopefully a girl is going to show up and knock our socks off.” “So far, and these things change, it feels more like a girls’ year,” says executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. She notes another interesting factor: younger singers who can barely remember a time without Idol. “A lot of them are 16-year-olds who have been watching since they were 8. They have been dying to come to audition.” As for the bad singers? “Inevitably, there were a ton of people who thought they were good and obviously weren’t and end up arguing with me, but that’s par for the course,” Cowell says. Structurally, the big change will take place in the semifinal round, where Idol will abandon last year’s 36-semifinalist format, which featured wild-card picks by the judges. The show will return to 24 semifinalists, 12 males and 12 females, to be determined solely by viewer votes. “The good thing about 36, it gives America a chance to vote on more people,” Frot-Coutaz says. “The downside is 36 is a lot of people to get to know. Due to the emotional engagement, you lose a little bit by doing 36. Where we came down on balance is we’re going to go with the emotional connection.” Cowell, not surprisingly, disagrees with the change. “I prefer the wild-card pick.” On a smaller matter, Frot-Coutaz says Fox plans to expand a couple of one-hour finalist shows to avoid a problem that occurred last year when there wasn’t enough time for each judge to critique each singer adequately. Idol remains TV’s most-watched show, with the Wednesday and Tuesday editions (26.9 million and 26.3 million, respectively) ranking first and second last season by a wide margin. But its combined average (26.6 million) was down 6% from Season 7, the third consecutive ratings drop since Season 5′s peak of 30.8 million. “It’s natural to lose viewers each year as a show ages,” Brill says. “Even though the numbers are down, they’re still the highest-rated shows. Even if it lost 2 million viewers, it’s going to still beat everyone up.” The show’s audience has grown older, too, with the median age of viewers rising 12 years since its inception, says Brad Adgate of Horizon Media. That means a comparatively greater loss of the younger viewers desired by advertisers. Even with viewer loss and talent changes, Idol remains that rare big-tent TV hit and is likely to endure, Jackson says.”Me, Simon, Ryan and Paula started the journey together, and you want the people whostarted the journey to complete it, but sometimes things don’t work out that way. But I think it’s going to be fine,” he says. “A show like this can go on for a long time. It may not go in the same iteration or may not be quite the same strength as always, but I think it can go on for a long time because it’s the best of these shows ever.” Cowell credits the talent pool. “America is one of those countries where you have a never-ending supply of talented people. So for that reason, the show could run literally for decades,” he says. “People only get bored when useless people show up, and I don’t think you’re going to have that problem in the States