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American Idol announced its Top 10 of Season 12 last night and, to no one's surprise, Charlie Askew was not among the group of finalists.

The contestant suffered through a mini meltdown on Wednesday night, struggling through a rendition of "Mama" and then confiding to Ryan Seacrest on stage that he's really an unhappy individual.

"I was impressed that he was courageous enough [to] talk about it," Seacrest told Access Hollywood yesterday. "But I could tell when he was singing and when he was standing there and the judges were talking to him... he was going through a tough time."

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During an American Idol taping in Charlotte last night, Nicki Minaj lost her collective $hit on fellow judge Mariah Carey, cursing her off and, according to some reports, even threatening the life of this pop music icon.

You can listen to parts of the exchange below:

During his radio program this morning, Ryan Seacrest acknowledged that a confrontation took place and explained it as such:

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THIS... is your American Idol host for at least the next two years.

Fox has announced that Ryan Seacrest inked a new deal with the network yesterday and will remain at the helm of TV's highest-rated show through 2014.

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“For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows,” Seacrest said in a statement. “It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with American Idol to continue. The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working Idol crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job.”

Seacrest, easily the busiest man in show business, will also help cover the Summer Olympics on NBC in June.

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by Hilton Hater at

The new American Idol team has been together for about a half hour, and there's already a report of dissention on set.

A source tells the latest issue of In Touch Weekly that Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest are engaged in a power struggle over such pressing items as who gets which dressing room.

“Ryan was the one who first suggested Jennifer, but now he’s starting to regret it, because she’s acting like she’s a much bigger star than he is,” said the insider. “Ryan knows the diva behavior is likely to get worse before it gets better. Producers are trying to get them to make peace, but their egos are both pretty big.”

American Fight-ol: It's reportedly J. Lo. versus Ryan Seacrest!

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by Free Britney at

There were lots of strong performances among the finalists on American Idol, but the most memorable moment of the night may have come from Ryan Seacrest.

After Simon Cowell called out Michael Lynche for "corny" dance moves, Ryan not only came to the affable singer's defense, he got in Simon's grill in the process.

The normally unflappable judge was taken aback - and scooted his seat back, throwing his hands up and admitting he was very uncomfortable. Point, Seacrest!

Chalk up another memorable exchange in one of Hollywood's ongoing rivalries / friendships. We never quite know what to make of the dynamic between them.

Ryan definitely threw Simon off here, though, which was funny and uncomfortable. Check out the clip below of the two stars almost butting heads ... literally:

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It's official: Ellen DeGeneres is part of the American Idol family.

The comedian was announced as the show's fourth judge, taking over for Paula Abdul, months ago. But she now appears in a series of promotional photos for the competition and there's truly no going back.

Ellen will debut on the panel on February 9.

Prior to that, Idol will feature a number of celebrity guest judges - including Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry - as it narrows its season nine field down to the Hollywood round.

The New Panel

American Idol will begin its search for the next Kris Allen, Adam Lambert or Carrie Underwood is less than a week! It premieres on January 12 and THG will be there every step of the way, posing almost-daily reviews, recaps and videos of contestants.

Won't you join us? For now, check out Ellen and the rest of the cast below:

  • Ellen as a Judge
  • Simon Photograph
  • Randy Jackson Pic
  • Seacrest
  • Ellen Promo Pic
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Ryan Seacrest is apparently worth $15 million a year to American Idol.

Does that mean Simon Cowell is worth $50-100 million per season?

We aren't sure about the latter, but Seacrest just closed a new three-year, $45 million deal with CKX, parent of American Idol producer 19 Entertainment.

Under the pact, the reality TV staple will be exclusive to CKX in broadcast TV primetime to host American Idol or any CKX show that might succeed it.

The deal more than triples his salary from around $5 million a season.

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BIG SHOT: Thanks to his new American Idol deal, producer-host Ryan Seacrest is now one of TV's highest-paid personalities, if not THE highest. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Arguably the king of 21st Century media, Ryan Seacrest has a cable deal with Comcast and is E!'s lead anchor. He produces such reality shows as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, It's Complicated and ABC's upcoming Jamie Oliver reality series.

He's even jump-starting Lindsay Lohan's production company.

American Idol producers will are now focusing on securing the show's judges for next season. Simon Cowell has made statements that he might leave the smash singing competition when his contract is up at the end of next season.

Some British media sources have pegged his salary demands at more than $100 million per year, which sounds ridiculous, but if Seacrest earns $15 million ...

The other judges - Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi - all have said they hope to close deals to return to the reality juggernaut next year.

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by Mischalova at

It was an emotional hour of American Idol last night.

Even before Brooke White broke down in tears following her elimination, Ryan Seacrest had come to the defense of Paula Abdul.

Responding to celebrity gossip sites that dared to claim Abdul was drunk during her Tuesday night blunder - when she critiqued a Jason Castro song that hadn't been performed yet - Seacrest said:

"Last night the judges were thrown a curve ball on the air, which is just part of a live show... But it sparked a lot of gossip about Paula. And I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors â€" they're not true. She's part of our family and we love her."

Abdul truly looked touched as the audience cheered, while both Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell gave her a kiss on the cheek.

This caused Ryan to joke: "I think Simon still wants to hook up with her."

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Welcome, celeb gossip readers across the land, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, our fun weekly tradition. Let's take a look at who won this week!

We thought a photo American Idol, featuring Mariah Carey and Ryan Seacrest, was guaranteed to generate some good captions. And it certainly did!

Shining Down

This week's winner is Sally. Congrats! The winning reply appears below the picture. Scroll down to see it and the full list of captions readers sent in.

Thanks for playing and good luck this week!

Ryan: E=mc2 is right, Ryan Seacrest is scoring tonight.
Mariah: If he comes anywhere near my body, I will hunt him down.

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It wasn't the greatest American Idol audition of Robbie Carrico's life last night.

The semifinalist performed "One is the Loneliest Number" by Three Dog Night and was told by Simon Cowell that he's "not quite sure yet whether [Robbie is] very comfortable in this rock thing or whether [he's] a pop singer."

American Idol Top 13 Photo

Ouch. But it actually got worse, as Ryan Seacrest told Carrico that he may be dressed "like a rocker, but kind of looks like Justin Timberlake!"

A compliment, right? Except that both Carrico and Timberlake both have dated Britney Spears. Awkward alert, folks!

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