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The search continues for American Idol.

Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are on board to judge the new season, but a third panelist is proving to be elusive.

Kanye West said no. Diddy said no. Dr. Luke came close to accepting and now we've learned that Scooter Braun is also out.

Scooter Braun Picture

A source close to the manager and close friend of Justin Bieber gave a simple reason for Braun turning down the show's request: he saw no point in doing it.

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Who let the Dawg back in?

Just a couple months after resigning his post as an American Idol judge, Randy Jackson is reportedly on his way back to the show that made him famous:

Reports indicate he will take over for Jimmy Iovine as competition's ongoing contestant mentor in 2014.

Randy and Ryan

Following a disastrous season, American Idol is attempting a reboot... but failing miserably so far.

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Give American Idol points for trying.

According to a couple new reports, the Fox competition tried to get Kanye West as a new judge... but he turned down the offer because he believes the show to be too mainstream.

Producers then moved on to Diddy... but he also showed Idol the back of his hand because ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez is returning to the panel and... well, that's just awkward.

  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • J. Lo on the Red Carpet

The rapper "felt it was a 'her or me' situation," a source tells Us Weekly, which is actually sort of comforting.

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Now this would have made for some serious must-see TV.

According to an Us Weekly insider, Kanye West was offered a seat at the American Idol judging table for next year, only to turn it down for the most ironic of reasons:

"He didn't want to go that mainstream," the source tells the tabloid "He didn't want to lose any street cred."

In related news: Kanye will appear on Kris Jenner's talk show this Friday.

Kanye West with Kim K

West, it seems, has been constantly wrestling with his role as the boyfriend of Kim Kardashian, someone who lives solely for media attention.

He's fought with the paparazzi, bristled over the release of North West photos and seems to not realize just who the heck he knocked up.

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First-ever American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini raised eyebrows with an alarming blog post this week in which he says he has to skip meals to feed his kids.

Justin Guarini, Son

The singer, who came in second to Kelly Clarkson in 2002, remembers the days when "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times."

Life these days is much different, and even involves "skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."

While his costar in 2003's From Justin to Kelly has gone on to win Grammys and sell 20 million albums worldwide, Guarini battles to make ends meet.

"I'm unafraid to say that I am terrified," the 34-year-old writes. "I am struggling to make each day meet the next without breaking down and curling up."

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Casper Smart is not living up to his surname, but we thank him.

After months of speculation about whether Jennifer Lopez would really be returning as a judge on American Idol, her boy toy let the cat out of the bag.

Casper Smart, J. Lo

Casper was asked by E! News, during a chat about his new show A Step Away for nuvoTV, whether Lopez will be back on the panel for Season 13.

Smart's response? "Yes."

Apparently Smart thought that Fox had already announced this. No Casper, that was all you man. You may be in the doghouse, but much appreciated!

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Are you ready to welcome Jennifer Lopez back to the judges' table, American Idol fans?

Following a dismally rated season - and amidst talk that Adam Lambert or Kelly Clarkson will be joining Jennifer Hudson as a panelist in 2014 - an insider tells People that Lopez  is "very close" to signing a new deal with the show.

Hi, Jennifer Lopez!

Both Fox and the artist want a contract to "happen very much," the source adds, explaining why J. Lo took last season off:

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American Idol suddenly has a lot more to worry about than who will join Jennifer Hudson at the judging table next season.

Ten ex-contestants, all of whom are African-American, have filed a lawsuit against the show, charging it with racism and discrimination and seeking at least $25 million… apiece.

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The contestants (names listed below) contend the series acted in a "cruel and inhumane" way by producing their arrest records and making them appear like "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants," according to the case's lead attorney.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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