‘American Idol’ Reportedly Blaming Ryan Seacrest For Low Ratings

P!nk postpones show because of flu… Blink 182 goes to Vegas… March for Our Lives performers… “The Voice” judge negotiations… and ‘American Idol’ reportedly blaming Ryan Seacrest for low ratings

We’re not out of flu season yet! Just ask P!nk, who was forced to postpone tonight’s show in Montreal because it’s wiped out her whole family. She tweeted that she was “absolutely GUTTED” about it, but she explained, “Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks.” No word yet on whether she’ll be able to perform her next scheduled show Sunday night in Detroit.

Posting up in Las Vegas for a residency has become a super cool thing for artists to do. And now Blink 182 has signed a deal to do 16 shows at the Palms Casino Resort, which has been going through a major $620 million renovation. Blink 182 will be the first band in residency at the Pearl Concert Theater. They’re calling it “Kings of the Weekend” and it will run between May and November. Tickets go on sale this morning.

Tomorrow, the March for Our Lives takes place in Washington. The goal of this demonstration is to pressure politicians into making some significant changes when it comes to gun control. The march was the brainchild of a group of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 lives were lost in a horrific shooting. To honor those 17 lives, MTV and the NAACP are sending 17 buses of students from across the country to DC to participate in tomorrow’s march. And many celebrities will be there to lend their voices and support. Reportedly, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Common, Andra Day and Vic Mensa will be performing.

Adam Levine was rumored to be stepping away from “The Voice” for a season to spend some time with his wife and their two baby girls, but it’s funny how a few extra zeros on the paycheck can make you change your mind. RadarOnline.com is reporting that Adam has decided to stick around for at least one more season. Producers were especially motivated to keep him because ratings for this season — with Adam, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson in the judges’ seats — are ticking up. Reportedly, Adam was getting $13 million per season. No word on what his new deal is worth.

“American Idol” has good ratings, but not as great as ABC had hoped. Going head-to-head with “The Voice” on Monday nights has been a losing battle so far. Sources say show executives are putting the blame on the Ryan Seacrest sexual harassment scandal. Even though E! News said their investigation found no evidence that he did anything wrong, it’s still affecting his likability among viewers. In fact, ABC has been editing him out A LOT, hoping that will help. But they may also be regretting that huge $25 million paycheck they wrote out to Katy Perry because she’s not as effective of a judge as they’d hoped. Plus, she got a lot of backlash for tricking a contestant who’d been saving his first kiss for someone special into kissing her. And she’s got that ongoing battle with these two nuns over buying their convent. One of the nuns dropped dead in court after begging, “Katy Perry, please stop!” She was 89.

 

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