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Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Casting Was a 'Major Failing,' Says Nigel Lythgoe

American Idol‘s former producer Nigel Lythgoe is speaking out about the show’s cancellation and why he thinks hiring Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj was a mistake.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he told Billboard. “I’m a huge fan of boxing, and it’s like when you’re watching a real heavyweight boxer getting to the end of their career, and all these young whippersnappers are coming up: You’ve got to know when to retire.”

Nigel says that the show was key for Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler‘s careers, but not for the other two.

Mariah and Nicki was just crazy, and then it really started becoming about the judges and took away from the contestants altogether,” he said. “I think that was a major failing on the part of casting to have those two together. On their own, either one may have been successful.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj as judges?

Ryan Seacrest Reacts to 'American Idol' Cancellation

Ryan Seacrest has released a statement on the cancellation of American Idol after next year’s fifteenth season.

The 40-year-old entertainer and host of the show is the only on-screen personality who has remained with the show throughout its full run.

American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it’s frankly hard to imagine it without it,” Ryan said. “It’s been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It’s a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true too.”

“All the American Idol producers, judges, crew and everyone at Fox have been heroic in their efforts to create, produce and sustain such a groundbreaking show for so many years,” he continued. “I’m so glad they’re going to give us a season-long send off. The last season will undoubtedly be a special and emotional one, but first I’m looking forward to closing out Season 14. The finale is always my favorite part – two live shows with lots of surprises, and, of course, one winner!”

Make sure to read the reactions of some former contestants.

Click inside to read Ryan Seacrest’s other tweets… More Here! »

'American Idol' Alum React to Cancellation News

The alumni of American Idol are speaking out about the show’s cancellation news after nearly a decade and a half on the air.

It was just announced that the series will have its final season next year and producers have even hinted that former judges might be returning for the farewell season.

Now, some of the former contestants from the show have spoken to Billboard to reveal what they think about the show ending after all these years.

Here is what Adam Lambert had to say: “They had a great run. And thank you, Idol, because I wouldn’t be here without you.”

Click inside to read all the reactions from American Idol alumni… More Here! »

'American Idol' to End After Season 15 in 2016

American Idol is officially coming to an end in 2016!

Fox announced Monday (May 11) that the fifteenth and final season will premiere January 2016, and that current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will all return with it, as will long-running host Ryan Seacrest.

The current season has generated stronger critical favor but only averaged a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers on Wednesday nights.

Fox promises the final edition will be “a season-long celebratory event (that will) pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of American Idol ending?

Jennifer Lopez's Selena Medley Hits No. 1 on Latin Charts!

Jennifer Lopez shows off her killer curves while arriving at the American Idol studio for a taping on Wednesday (May 6) in Hollywood.

The week before, the 45-year-old entertainer paid tribute to beloved singer Selena Quintanilla with an emotional performance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

J.Lo‘s medley currently sits at No.1 on the Latin iTunes chart! Congrats to her!

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, find out who went home on that night’s episode of Idol!

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a House of CB dress, Casadei shoes, and Lana Jewelry earrings.

35+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez at American Idol this week… More Here! »

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Who Went Home on 'American Idol'? Top 3 Revealed!

SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue if you don’t want to know who was voted off this episode of American Idol.

The top three contestants on this season of American Idol have been revealed!

The night began with Jax Cole, Nick Fradiani, Clark Beckham, and Rayvon Owen in the top four.

Last week, Tyanna Jones was sent home in a surprising elimination. But since she’s in the top 5, she’ll still be going out on the American Idol tour this summer!

Click inside to find out who was voted off the show tonight… More Here! »

Jennifer Lopez Is Not Planning a Secret $3 Million Wedding

Jennifer Lopez poses for a photo while heading into the studio for this week’s American Idol taping on Wednesday (April 29) in Los Angeles.

The 45-year-old entertainer was joined by co-judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr, the latter of whom performed that night.

There have been rumors floating around that Jennifer and her on-again boyfriend Casper Smart are planning a secret $3 million wedding to take place in an exotic location this December, but sources tell Gossip Cop that this is “entirely false.”

FYI: Jennifer is wearing an Emanuel Ungaro top and pants with Jimmy Choo shoes.

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