A month into the season that doubters predicted could end the reign of TV juggernaut “ American Idol ,” new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have done more than win over skeptics. They’ve made “American Idol” fun again.
In the sanctuary above an herbal tonic bar, before a seated Buddha and a pair of mandalas, 48 volunteers for congressional candidate Marianne Williamson close their eyes and meditate as Annelise Balfour, the manager and head facilitator of the Source Spiritual Center, intones a welcome prayer.
“American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have accomplished something their sharp- tongued predecessor Simon Cowell couldn’t do for four years: stem viewer losses at TV’s most-watched show.
In 2008, 39-year-old hedge fund consultant Dee Dee Ricks had enough disposable income to drop $400,000 at a charity auction just to sing on stage with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Ricks lived in a $14 million apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with her two young sons, and says she couldn’t spend the money she was making fast enough.
Fox TV’s “American Idol,” one of the most-watched U.S. television shows, added country singer Keith Urban and rapper Nicki Minaj as judges for the series’ 12th season, following the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez earlier this year.
Lithuanians are voting in a presidential runoff election, with Dalia Grybauskaite set to retain her post after pledging to reinforce the country’s defenses as Russian expansionism rattles the Baltic region.