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Former American Idol Contestant, Joanne Borgella loses her Fight with Endometrial Cancer

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 18th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Health News

By Tanya Blake

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Former “American Idol” contestant Joanne Borgella passed away today, October 18th. She was 32. The singer had been fighting a rare case of cancer called Endometrial.

Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella has died at the tender age of 32

According to the Mayo Clinic, Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the uterus. The uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped pelvic organ in women where fetal development occurs.

The disease struck 72,160 women in 2011, according  statistics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It mostly affects women over the age of 50 and more white women than African Americans.

Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecological malignancy and the fourth most common among all cancers affecting American women, according to Dr. Andrea Mariani, associate professor of gynecology and surgery at the Mayo Clinic, who has studied the disease for 15 years.

The good news is that about 70 to 80 percent of all endometrial cancers – both Type 1 and Type 2 – are curable, according to Mariani.

Type 1 is hormone-dependent with a high cure rate. Type 2, which occurs in only 15 percent of endometrial cancer, is more aggressive and usually fatal.

Endometrial cancer is often detected at an early stage because it frequently produces abnormal vaginal bleeding, which prompts women to see their doctors. If endometrial cancer is discovered early, removing the uterus surgically often cures endometrial cancer.

According to the disease has about a 5 year survival rate.

Borgella’s family shared the news on her Facebook page writing, ‘With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne,’ the post began. ‘At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world.

‘Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven.’

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After being diagnosed with cancer in October 2013, she went on to share her story with her fans in video and blog posts, regularly updating her followers on her progress.

Joanne was the first winner of “Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance” using the name “Miss F.A.T.” in 2005. In 2008 she was on Season 7 of “A.I.” and made it into the top 12 girls category.

The Borgella and Ramirez families have asked fans to ‘take the time to educate yourselves on Endometrial Cancer and support research efforts’.

Our condolences goes out to Joanne’s family & friends in their time of need.


‘American Idol’ fan favorite Michael Johns dead at age 35

Published by EOTM News Editor on August 2nd, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Reality TV

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Michael Johns, the rock ‘n’ soul singer and Australian heartthrob who was a fan favorite on Season 7 of Fox’s American Idol, has died.

Former Season 'American Idol' finalist Michael Johns, 35, popular with fans for his soulful vocals and good looks, died Friday from a blood clot in his ankle. (Photo: Fox via AP

The Hollywood Reporterand other news outlets say Johns, 35, died Friday from a blood clot in his ankle.

“Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle and friend,” the singer’s family said in a statement Saturday. “We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe. Please keep Michael in your thoughts and respect our need to grieve privately in this difficult time.”

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Idol, Fox and two series producers, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, hailed Johns as “an incredible talent.”

“We are deeply saddened by the news of his passing,” their statement said. “He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed.”

Longtime judge Simon Cowell, who left Idol in 2010, tweeted: “I just heard the very sad news that Michael Johns has passed away. A truly great guy. Rest in peace Michael.”

Johns is the first Idol finalist to die since the Fox show launched in 2002.

In 2008, he finished eighth on the singing competition in a shocking elimination that was cited by producers as one of the reasons Idol introduced the “judges’ save” the following season.

Former Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said he learned of Johns’ death while attending a performance of the musical Hair at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday. “I … kept imagining hearing him sing all the songs. I’m very upset by” the news, he said in an e-mail.

Lythgoe, who is an executive producer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance, said he had recently worked with Johns on a CBS pilot and that the singer had performed at charity events he organized. Lythgoe said his sons, Simon and Kris, were friends with Johns.

“His acoustic version of the Bee Gees’ To Love Somebody was very special, but I will always remember him singing The Beatles’ You Never Give Me Your Money/Golden Slumbers. One of his favorite songs,” Lythgoe said. “He was a great talent and dear friend. My boys and I were devastated to hear the news.”

Johns welcomed the Idol spotlight. In a backstage interview with USA TODAY at the 2008 Idols Live tour in Rosemont, Ill., he said: “I will say, being a celebrity doesn’t suck. … I don’t know how long I’ll be a celebrity. Might as well enjoy.”

Before and after the show, he spent hours signing autographs for fans lined up outside the venue. “I’m tired, sure,” Johns told USA TODAY. “But you get energy from these people. Just look at them.”

Johns arrived in the U.S. with a college tennis scholarship and started his career in Atlanta with the band Film. He was one of the show’s more experienced contestants, having signed a record contract in 2002 with Madonna’s Maverick Records imprint while fronting the rock band The Rising. He auditioned for Idol in 2007 as Michael Lee (adopting the name “Johns” for the competition, a reference to both his middle name, John, and his stepfather) when he was 28, the age cutoff for Idol eligibility.

He released his post-Idol album Hold Back My Heart in 2009 and followed that with an EP, Love & Sex, in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Stacey Vuduris, a Los Angeles interior designer.

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Jennifer Lopez Reveals She’s Human as She Drops the F-Bomb On ‘American Idol’

Published by EOTM News Editor on March 27th, 2014 - in Celebrity Hot Mess, Entertainment News, Reality TV

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JLo Says F*** Live on ‘American Idol’
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Video News by NewsLook JLo joins the long list of celebrities who have accidentally dropped the F-bomb on Live television. This is something she’ll never be able to take back!



‘American Idol’ premiere: Harry Connick Jr., Oh yeah Baby!

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 15th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Entertainment News, Reality TV, Trending

American Idol Premiere (via Repost Video News)

American Idol kicks off its 13th season tonight with Jennifer Lopez returning to the judges table along with Keith Urban and newcomer, Harry Connick Jr!



Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj leaving ‘American Idol’

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(Reuters) – Pop singer Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj will leave “American Idol” after just one season as judges on the singing contest show, following on the heels of longtime judge Randy Jackson who left amid a TV ratings slump.

“Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!!” Minaj said on her Twitter page on Wednesday.

Randy Jackson (C) is embraced by Mariah Carey (L) and Nicki Minaj (R) as he finishes his final season as a judge during the Season 12 finale of "American Idol" in Los Angeles in this May 16, 2013 file photo.

Carey’s departure was also announced on Twitter by her public relations firm PMK BNC, which said the singer “says goodbye 2 idol” as she prepared to embark on a world tour.

Carey, 43, joined the judging panel with Minaj, country singer Keith Urban and Jackson, a music producer, for the show’s 12th season.

Carey reportedly earned $18 million while Minaj’s salary was reported to be $12 million and Urban’s was at $8 million for the season.

Carey and Minaj, 30, grabbed headlines throughout the season for their on-camera arguments and off-camera feuding, with Carey saying in January that she had hired extra security following threats reportedly made against her by Minaj.

Despite the added star power of Carey, Minaj and Urban, the show’s ratings slumped to the lowest in 12 seasons, with the May 16 season finale of “Idol” drawing 14.2 million to see vocal powerhouse Candice Glover win the competition.

Fox released statements following the announcements of both judges.

“Mariah Carey is a true global icon – one of the most accomplished artists on the planet – and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season,” Fox said.

“Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to ‘American Idol’” and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season. Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best,” the network added after Minaj’s announcement.

Jackson announced this month he would not return to the show next season. It was unclear whether Urban would.

Pop singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler left “Idol” in 2012 after two seasons and used their increased visibility from the show to relaunch their music careers.

Fox, which is owned by News Corp, will also lose reality programming chief Mike Darnell, who said last week he would leave at the end of June. Darnell shepherded “American Idol” into a ratings juggernaut since its debut in 2002.

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Actor Tim Curry suffers major stroke; Jennifer Hudson may become an ‘American Idol’ judge; more P.M. Entertainment News Links

Published by EOTM News Editor on May 25th, 2013 - in Celebrity News, Entertainment News, Reality TV
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Here’s some of what’s happening this afternoon in entertainment headlines: Tim Curry suffers a major stroke in Los Angeles; Tom Cruise drops out of ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Gillian Anderson discusses her return to TV; more. WireImage Actor Tim Curry suffers a major stroke on Thursday; is recouping at…



Third time’s the Charm for Candice Glover – American Idol Winner

Associated Press - Candice Glover performs on stage after she was announced the winner at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Candice Glover Wins ‘American Idol’ on Third Try (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Glover overcame more challenges in season 12, like a broken toe, to defeat Kree Harrison.



Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol – Yes…Goodbye

By Carla B.

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So it appears it’s bye bye for Hip hop star Nicki Minaj, she is reportedly set to exit American Idol after the current season. Tonight the talent competition will air its grand finale.

Nicki Minag - Photo credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images

According to Us Weekly , their insider is saying, “It’s safe to say she isn’t coming back to ‘Idol.’ She’s okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway.”

Fox declined to comment on the report and no confirmation via Nicki’s Twitter account.

The 30-year-old rapper has been in an ongoing feud with fellow first-time judge Mariah Carey since the season started.

The internet has been abuzz with rumors that the show will be restructured next season with an entirely new panel of judges and a new producer.
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Randy Jackson recently announced that he would also be leaving the show after 12 seasons. Jackson is the last remaining original American Idol,” judge.

Who are you cheering for tonight? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

‘American Idol’ to Fire All Celebrity Judges and Revamp Show

Published by EOTM News Editor on May 15th, 2013 - in Celebrity News, Entertainment News, Music News, Reality TV
‘American Idol’ to Fire All Celebrity Judges and Revamp Show (via NewsLook)

All celebrity judges on American Idol, including Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson will reportedly be fired as FOX hopes to fix down ratings and re-invent the show.