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TMZ Celebrity News for American Idol

Celebrity Gossip and Entertainment News, Covering Celebrity News and Hollywood Rumors. Get All The Latest Gossip at TMZ - Thirty Mile Zone.


Ex 'Idol' Contestant Chikezie Eze's Estranged Wife Gets Restraining Order


Former "American Idol" contestant Chikezie Eze has a history of beating his estranged wife, Linda Iruke ... at least according to her, and now a judge is ordering him to stay away from Linda and their kids. Linda filed docs, obtained by TMZ,…


'American Idol' Winner Nick Fradiani Says New A.I. Judges Can Learn From 'Voice' Judges


[[tmz:video id="0_bc67z9oj"]] Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan can learn a thing or two from their rivals Adam, Blake, Alicia and Kelly ... and that's according to an "American Idol" winner! Nick Fradiani -- who won…


'American Idol' Alum Jackie Tohn Knows How Producers Know Contestants Are Hooking Up


[[tmz:video id="0_rjqfc936"]] "American Idol" producers have a tricky way of keeping tabs on contestants looking to sneak out of their rooms to bang other contestants ... according to former 'Idol' contestant Jackie Tohn. We got Jackie, who was on…


Katy Perry's No Simon Cowell for 'American Idol' Reboot's First Disaster Audition


[[tmz:video id="0_r1hxxqzd"]] The "American Idol" reboot saw its first train wreck of an audition this weekend, but there was no real Simon Cowell to be found among any of the judges ... try as Katy Perry did. A woman named Koby -- who's a theater…


'American Idol' Contestants Hooking Up Like Crazy for New Season


"American Idol" contestants have all been staying in an L.A. hotel together and it's a good bet they're keeping other hotel guests up late at night ... because there's been a lot of banging.  Production sources tell us this season is different…


Nigel Lythgoe Says Ryan Seacrest Should Still Host 'Idol' Despite Allegation


[[tmz:video id="0_m2fcvtrb"]] Nigel Lythgoe says Ryan Seacrest should absolutely be allowed to continue hosting "American Idol" ... despite a sexual harassment allegation hanging over his head. We got the "So You Think You Can Dance" judge Tuesday in Bev…


'American Idol' Star Haley Reinhart Guilty of Striking Bouncer


"American Idol" alum Haley Reinhart took the stand in her battery case, but her defense fell woefully short -- she was found guilty of hitting a bouncer. TMZ broke the story ... Haley was arrested last July for punching a bouncer during a bar brawl…


Rasual Butler: Surveillance Cam Captures Deadly Crash Audio


[[tmz:video id="0_drslhnl2"]] The car crash that killed beloved ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, was so loud, the audio was picked up on a home surveillance camera about a block and a half away from the incident.  You can hear…


Kenny Smith Says NBA on TNT Is Planning Rasual Butler Tribute


[[tmz:video id="0_ukyg8u6u"]] Kenny Smith says he's still reeling from the "horrific situation" that claimed Rasual Butler's life ... and he's expecting the NBA to honor Rasual in a big way.  "Overall, the NBA community will step up. We'll do…


Ex-NBA Player Rasual Butler and Wife Dead in Car Crash


Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife -- a singer who appeared on "American Idol" -- were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning, TMZ Sports has learned.  38-year-old Butler -- who was drafted by the…


NBA Stars Pay Tribute to Rasual Butler


Rasual Butler's death is hitting the NBA hard -- with his friends and former teammates sending their condolences to Butler's family.  John Wall -- "I will always remember the time we shared together as teammates, you were the big brother. I…


Katy Perry Habitually Late for 'American Idol' Tapings


Katy Perry is having some serious issues making it to the "American Idol" judge's table on time.  Production sources tell us Katy's almost always late to the audition rounds, showing up 10-25 minutes after call time. While it's been frustrating for…


William Hung Says 'American Idol' Without Bad Auditions Is a Bad Idea


[[tmz:video id="0_g0zjxt89"]] "American Idol" producers are making a HUGE mistake by cutting bad auditions from the new version of the show ... so says the king of bad auditions, William Hung! We spoke to Hung shortly after news dropped of the new format…


Simon Cowell Drops $25 Mil on Malibu Estate


Simon Cowell is continuing his baronial ways ... this time dropping $25 million on an amazing Malibu pad. Our real estate sources tell us Simon is in escrow on a 10,000 square foot, 7 bedroom home right on Pacific Coast Highway. The house has amazing…


Ruben Studdard Gives American Idol Advice to NFL's Marvin Jones


[[tmz:video id="0_ri373tx3"]] Detroit Lions star Marvin Jones listen up ... sure you might've killed your "American Idol" audition like O.J. in his prime, but that doesn't mean you're gonna win the show ... UNLESS YOU LISTEN TO RUBEN STUDDARD RIGHT NOW.…


Jordin Sparks Has Pregnancy Glow


Jordin Sparks might've been keeping her marriage and pregnancy under wraps but there's no denying it now because she's got that pregnancy glow.  Jordin stepped out Wednesday in Studio City ... the first time she's been spotted since announcing she'd…


Jordin Sparks Secretly Married Fitness Model Boyfriend in July!!!


Jordin Sparks is the queen of splashes -- she's not only been married since July, she's also expecting her first kiddo!!! The former "American Idol" winner says she and her fitness guru/aspiring model boyfriend, Dana Isaiah, secretly…


Simon Cowell Rushed to Hospital After Bad Fall (UPDATE)


7:50 AM PT -- Simon actually fell backwards down the stairs. We're told he had already gone to the kitchen, and was on his way back upstairs when he fainted and tumbled. Simon Cowell was rushed to a hospital early Friday morning after falling down a…


Luke Bryan Announces He and Lionel Richie Are Joining 'American Idol'


[[tmz:video id="0_5viy8dl5"]] Luke Bryan just made official what we told you about early Friday morning -- he and Lionel Richie are joining Katy Perry as judges #2 and 3 on "American Idol." The country star made the announcement in a video he posted…


'American Idol' Set to Announce Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan as Judges


"American Idol" has completed the arduous and super expensive process of snagging 3 judges for the show's reboot ... and it didn't come a day too soon. Sources connected with the production tell TMZ, ABC and Fremantle, which co-owns the show with Core…