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Do You Remember These 'Idol' Hit Songs?

5/13/2015 5:03pm EDT
10 Of The Biggest Hits From 'American Idol' Contestants
Say it ain’t so! The popular singing competition, ‘American Idol,’ will be ending after its 15th season in 2016, and honestly, it’s a little hard to believe. Since its inception in 2002, American Idol has been a staple in not only reality shows, but pop music as a whole, and it’s just not going to be the same once it’s gone.

This is no time for sadness, though -- it isn’t gone just yet. So, in the meantime, we should celebrate some of the biggest hits that have spawned from the show’s contestants. There’s been a lot of them, and they’re all fantastic for a ton of different reasons.


36 Celebs That Are Out And Proud

7/9/2014 8:00am EDT
36 Celebs That Are Out And Proud
For so many years, celebrities had to hide their sexuality. Afraid of not getting work or keeping the jobs they already had, so many men and women of music, television and movies lived closeted and non-authentic lives. Today, these talented individuals use their sexuality not only as a platform for truth, but also as a way to assist other young people to be true to themselves and not live a life in fear. Some may surprise you, others are well-known to the LGBT community. Their stories instill hope that sexuality will become less of an issue then living an inspired life.

1. Ellen DeGene...

Clay Aiken 'Stunned' By Death Of Political Opponent In North Carolina

5/13/2014 11:00am EDT
Clay Aiken
Singer Clay Aiken, who is running for congress in his native North Carolina, was stunned on Monday after finding out that his main opponent had died.

Last week, Aiken had a slight lead over businessman Keith Crisco, 71, in the Democratic Party primary for a seat in the House. On Monday it was revealed that Crisco died suddenly after falling in his home in Asheboro.

Aiken responded to the incident on Twitter, writing: "I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco's death. He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I am suspending all campaign act...

Celebs With The Worst Hair In Showbiz

3/13/2014 1:00pm EDT
Celebs With The Worst Hair In Showbiz
There are some celebrities out there that you can't help but laugh at -- because no matter how much money they have, they just can't seem to get their hair looking right.

Here, we point these obvious hair blunders out to our loving readers because work days are long and we love to be entertaining while you're doing the daily grind. Check out our list of celebrities with the worst hair and join in on the mocking!

John Travolta: His hair goes from super short to longer, but he should know that he isn't fooling anyone. Everyone knows that he has hair plugs and is virtually bald.


Clay Aiken Running For Congress In North Carolina – Watch His Announcement Video

2/5/2014 12:03pm EST
Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken has officially started his run for Congress in North Carolina, confirming rumors from earlier in the year when he was spotted with officials at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Aiken is vying for the state’s 2nd Congressional District, currently held by Representative Renee Ellmers. To even get to that point, however, Aiken will have to out-perform expected opponents Keith Crisco and Tony Morris.

Aiken has released a five-minute video introducing himself to voters and explaining why he’s running for office in what he calls his “Open Door” campaign.

In the vid...

Clay Aiken Considering Running For Congress In North Carolina?

1/3/2014 11:45am EST
Clay Aiken
American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is considering a run for public office in his home state of North Carolina, according to a report.

The 35 year-old singer has reportedly met with officials at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a bid to represent North Carolina's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the

The Spamalot star has also been working with a political strategist and has met with pollsters.

He has until February 28th to officially file to run for office.

Aiken is not the only famous celebrity who has c...

Male Celebrities Who Have Had Plastic Surgery

10/1/2013 1:07pm EDT
Mickey Rourke
Usually we think about women when we think about plastic surgery in Hollywood. However, plenty of leading men had had some work done to keep their youthful appearance. Here are some male celebrities who have had plastic surgery...

Mickey Rourke

Despite never losing a matching during his three-year boxing career, the fights left Mickey's face disfigured. The actor says he went to the "wrong guy" for his cosmetic work. He had five operations on his nose and had to fix a broken cheekbone.

Bruce Jenner

Bruce had a facelift and nose job in the 80s during a rough period in his life. "I ...

Trespasser Arrested At Clay Aiken's North Carolina Home

4/9/2013 9:23am EDT
Clay Aiken
An alleged stalker was arrested at singer Clay Aiken's home in North Carolina earlier this month.

Barbara Saylor was apprehended after allegedly breaking into the gated community where the former American Idol star lives and making her way onto the grounds of his property. The 57-year-old fan hopped a fence surrounding the singer's home, where sources connected to the incident tell us the woman was seen trying to peer into a window at the front of the house.

Police were called to the scene and the overzealous fan was taken into custody. She was subsequently booked on charges of misdemean...

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Bad

2/21/2013 8:07pm EST
Kim Novak
Most celebrities have had "a little work done" over the course of their careers, going for the usual nip here or tuck there to improve their appearance and keep themselves looking youthful enough to keep landing the big roles; and then there are the few dozen who have taken cosmetic surgery procedures to their most extreme.

Take former Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns, for instance. Known in the early 80s for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance, Burns has undergone several cosmetic surgeries -- likening them to simply "buying a new sofa" and saying it's something he'll always keep doing ...

John Rich Brands Clay Aiken A 'Racist' For His RNC Tweet

8/30/2012 9:08am EDT
John Rich
John Rich and Clay Aiken became entangled in a war of words on on Wednesday after the singer accused the former American Idol contestant of sending a racist tweet.

Aiken took to the social networking site while watching the televised Republican National Convention (RNC), pointing out that he could not see many black audience members at the political event.

He wrote, "Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. Sober as a Mormon."

The comment annoyed staunch Republican Rich, who accused the star of ca...

Phillip Phillips' Debut Rocks Download Charts

5/31/2012 11:03am EDT
Phillip Phillips
American Idol Phillip Phillips' debut Home sold 278,000 digital copies, despite the finale of the competition being the least-viewed in the show's history. It's the best debut for an American Idol winner since Ruben Studdard 286,000 copies of Flying Without Wings in 2002.

Phillips first week outsold last year's winner Scotty McReery and his song I Love You This Big's first week by 100,000 copies.

Clay Aiken still holds the top spot for an American idol contender, as he sold 393,000 copies of This Is the Night despite coming in second to Studdard.

Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe sold 301...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Finale - Arsenio Hall Takes The Title!

5/21/2012 2:48pm EDT
'The Celebrity Apprentice' Finale - Arsenio Hall Takes The Title
Last week on Celebrity Apprentice: Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall, the Final Two, have been tasked with having to produce, host, and sell tickets to a celebrity charity event. They’ll be responsible for all aspects of the show, including creating a thirty second charity awareness ad, and producing a variety show to entertain their guests. They themselves will be the entertainment at their show. This week; the live finale.

Donald Trump lets us know that this is an important night – so important, that he’ll need the fastest car and driver possible to get to the show at the American Museum of Na...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' – The Final Task Ends On A Cliffhanger

5/14/2012 6:03pm EDT
Clay Aiken, Arsenio Hall Advance to Finale
Previously, on Celebrity Apprentice: the Final Five was whittled down to four, when Teresa Giudice project managed her team’s assignment to a loss. But the Donald was not finished yet; he brought in last season’s Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich, and runner up Marlee Matlin, to interview Arsenio Hall, Aubrey O’Day, Clay Aiken and Lisa Lampanelli. Based on John and Marlee’s recommendations, he fired Lisa. This week, we’ll find out the second person chopped, and have one last challenge. Next week, the winner will be chosen. Ready?

Arsenio, Aubrey and Clay wait nervously for Trump’s dec...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' – Teresa Giudice And Lisa Lampanelli Are 'Blown Away'

5/7/2012 1:28pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last well, the celebrities were tasked with writing a jingle for Good Sam’s roadside assistance program. On Unanimous, Aubrey O’Day pushed her ideas forward, and teammates Teresa Giudice and Project Manager Arsenio Hall let her. On Team Forte, Dayana Mendoza micromanaged teammates Clay Aiken and Lisa Lampanelli to a loss, and it was Dayana’s turn, as Project Manager, to be fired.

This week on, Celebrity Apprentice: It’s the third to last episode of the series (ends May 20,) so hold on to your hats, folks. We have a task, followed by a Board Room firing, followed by an unexpected visit by t...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Dayana Mendoza Takes Her Final Cat Walk

4/30/2012 3:24pm EDT
Dayana Mendoza Takes Her Final Cat Walk
Last week on Celebrity Apprentice: The teams created a slogan and display for Trump’s new scent for men. Although Dayana Mendoza’s photo on the banner was praised, she was brought back into the Board Room for the sixth time. However, it was Penn Jillette’s losing slogan that led to his firing.

Aubrey O’Day, Teresa Giudice and Arsenio Hall are all that remain of Team Unanimous, while Clay Aiken, Lisa Lampanelli, and Dayana are the last of Team Forte. Aubrey’s overjoyed at her win for her charity GLSEN. Clay’s devastated to lose Penn, as Penn was a strong player. Dayana knows she’ll have to ...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Trump Makes Penn Jillette Disappear

4/23/2012 2:30pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last week on Celebrity Apprentice, the teams were asked to create puppets, and to perform for Brian Henson’s “Stuffed and Unstrung,” a live, improv puppet show aimed at adults. As Project Manager for losing team Unanimous, Paul Teutel Sr. was sent home, while Lisa Lampanelli, PM for Forte, received a check for $20,000.00 for her charity, Gay Mens Health Crisis.

After the Board Room visit, Lisa vowed that she would try to be nice when dealing with Dayana Mendoza, despite their ongoing feud. Arsenio Hall was disappointed that Paul, a successful businessman and engineer, was fired over Teres...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Puppets Behaving Badly

4/16/2012 7:11pm EDT
Previously, on Celebrity Apprentice: Teresa Giudice’s team Unanimous won the competition for best ‘commercial.’ It was Lou Ferrigno and his 110% effort that left, after a nasty exchange of words with Lisa Lampanelli.

Dayana Mendoza and Lisa returned to the suite after the firing. Clay Aiken took offense to Lisa’s triumphant, “We did it.” Clay wonders about Lisa’s attitude. With only three members left on Team Forte, everyone wonders if someone from Team Unanimous will be sent over to the enemy. Aubrey O’Day hopes that Clay and Arsenio Hall, who have become good friends, will be split up.


'The Celebrity Apprentice' – Paul Brain Schemes And Lou Turns (The Air) Blue

4/9/2012 12:16pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last week’s double episode cost the teams Debbie Gibson and Dee Snider, and saw Aubrey O’Day walk out after an overwrought Board Room blowout between Aubrey and Arsenio Hall.

The drama continues this week, as we return to the Board Room aftermath. Arsenio, still shaking with anger and emotion, doesn’t know if he could handle Aubrey’s return. Lisa Lampanelli and Penn Jillette, returning from the Board Room, are shocked to hear about Aubrey as well. Lisa thinks the team should be worried – if Aubrey stays away, she feels their team has no chance.

Arsenio explains that he was over the top in...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Pop Goes Debbie Gibson And Dee Snider While Aubrey O'Day Walks

4/2/2012 9:21pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
During an extended three hour episode, I watched the Celebrity Apprentice last night. And I only fell asleep twice! Here’s what happened:

Last week: The teams put together parties to launch a new line of mock tail drinks. The men of Unanimous won the challenge with their beach party, and the women of Forte suffered the loss of Patricia Velasquez, who was fired. Aubrey cried crocodile tears, as she had hoped Dayana Mendoza would be the one to leave. Clay Aiken brought checks worth $50,000.00 to the National Inclusion project.

This week, the teams meet up at Trump Towers with Donald Trump a...

Clay Aiken Admits He Had The Fat Sucked Out Of His Chin

3/29/2012 8:53am EDT
Clay Aiken
Singer Clay Aiken has come clean about his cosmetic surgery makeover for the new season of reality show "Celebrity Apprentice."

The gay star made his nip and tuck confession during an appearance on Tuesday's "Watch What Happens Live" chat show.

He revealed, "I had surgery on my jaw for a TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorder thing and I had them suck the fat out of my chin while they were in there.

"I was like, 'You know what, while I'm already down (under anaesthesia), go ahead and take the vacuum in there and suck the fat out of my chin.'"

Clay Aiken: 'Rihanna Would Get Kicked Off 'American Idol'' (Video)

3/28/2012 4:00pm EDT
Clay Aiken
Gene Simmons isn't the only musician that thinks that Rihanna is less than talented - Clay Aiken has taken a shot at the Battleship actress' bow, claiming she wouldn't make it on American Idol.

Clay was on Bravo's Watch What Happens, and host Andy Cohen asked the American Idol runner-up which pop star wouldn't make it past the first few rounds on the competition.

Apparently, Clay had a big list to choose from in his mind. "Oh God, there're too many. Too many...Current pop singer? I've stopped listening to them because they can't sing."

"Um...Rihanna has some pitch problems for sure. Sh...

Clay Aiken Wears Hoodie To Bring Attention To Trayvon Martin Death

3/26/2012 11:25pm EDT
Clay Aiken
Singer Clay Aiken has taken to wearing hoodies in TV interviews as a "tribute" to slain teenager Trayvon Martin.

The former American Idol star was stunned to hear of the African-American student's February shooting death at the hands of a Florida neighbourhood watch volunteer, and like many celebrities, he's taking action.

Appearing on TV shows in America on Monday promoting reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice, Aiken explained the hoodie look was "in memory of Trayvon Martin," and added, "We're hoping for justice in that case. That's a story that has angered a lot of Americans... This co...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap – Do You Not Like Venezuela?

3/26/2012 5:30pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, on Celebrity Apprentice: The teams were tasked with making a viral video. Unanimous’ male team was led by Lou Ferrigno, and the female Forte team by Tia Carrere. The men’s earlier frustration with Lou was forgotten when Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall pointed out that Penn Jillette’s brainstorming style was not supportive of Lou’s management. Penn suddenly found himself being put forward as a possible target for firing. But the women of Forte weren’t happy either, and Tia, as Project Manager, took responsibility and sacrificed herself for her team when they lost the challenge.

The B...

'Celebrity Apprentice' – Lou Gives 120% While Aubrey Gives Tia Career Advice

3/19/2012 5:07pm EDT
Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, on The Celebrity Apprentice, the women’s FORTE team won the challenge, and the men of UNANIMOUS got gut punched when not one, but TWO of their team were fired. Both Adam Carolla, Project Manager, and Michael Andretti hit the road when Trump decreed that Adam’s biggest failing was not showcasing Michael’s brand power in a challenge revolving around cars. Oh, and for not naming names in the boardroom, naughty Adam. But the ladies had a few tussles that may impact the solidarity of their group before too long. Patricia Velasquez interviewed that the ‘back stabbing and lies’ must sto...

Dee Snider To Release Album Of Broadway Tunes, Including Duet With Clay Aiken

3/13/2012 9:07am EDT
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is set to release an album of Broadway hits featuring duets with Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Neuwirth and Clay Aiken.

"Dee Does Broadway" will hit the market on May 8 to coincide with the release of the colourful rocker-turned-radio personality and reality TV star's autobiography, "Shut Up And Give Me The Mic."

The album features Snider's rendition of songs from musicals like "Damn Yankees," "Guys & Dolls," "Sweeney Todd" and "Chicago."

He also joins forces with the cast of "Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert" for a cover of "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame" from "Sout...

'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap – 'Nice Shot, Oswald' - A Lesson Is Taught

3/12/2012 3:57pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, the teams designed a ‘living window display’ for Ivanka Trump’s new fashion collection. The ladies team, FORTE, won, although the men of UNANIMOUS had a strong display and great branding ideas. George Takei took one for the team, although Lou Ferrigno was once again put forward as a weak link. The men feel that Lou presents himself as a go getter offering 110% when in the Board Room, but when actually working on a challenge, only offers ideas that center around his being the Hulk.

Dayana Mendoza had been Project Manager for FORTE, so she received the $20,000.00 donation for her...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap- Oh My! George Takei Falls On His Own Sword

3/5/2012 2:04pm EST
Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, the Celebrities worked a Medieval Times angle. Lou Ferrigno hulked out when Penn Jillette mentioned his lack of focus, but it was Victoria Gotti who got the axe. Can the ladies of Forte pull it together, now that Victoria is gone, or will the men of Unanimous carry on their winning streak?

After the firing, Lisa Lampanelli swore she’d never Project Manage again, but she’s more determined than ever that Forte kick some Unanimous butt. Penn Jillette had the pleasure to present his team’s win of $40,000.00 to Linda Smith for his charity “Opportunity Village”.

This week, Ivanka Tru...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Episode 2 – There's No Crying In Baseball Or Apprentice!

2/27/2012 3:13pm EST
Last week, the celebs pushed ‘sammiches,’ making a record profit donation for any first week of the series, when American Chopper star Paul Teutel Sr. slightly overcharged one customer to the tune of $305,000. The men of Unanimous rocked, and walked, leaving the ladies in their dust. Although none of the women on Team Forte seemed to like Victoria Gotti’s attitude, they, and even The Donald, were not about to get on the Mob Princess’ bad side. So they axed the quietly classy, and original Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs. Looks like the ground rules have been laid; win by any means, and don’t worry...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Premiere Recap - Making Cheryl Tiegs Cry

2/20/2012 3:28pm EST
Celebrity Apprentice Premiere
“18 celebrities, 18 egos – all fighting to become The Celebrity Apprentice” Yep, that’s our Donald, rallying the troops. As the celebs gather, it’s hard not to share in Trump’s vision of a world ruled by his chosen few, those ‘used to be’ and ‘almost were’ C and D list celebrities who, armed only with smartphones, can strong arm their wealthy friends and fans into financially backing their charities.

What could be more frightening than Trump’s bombastic boasting? Each of the celebrities declaring their intention to win, while tiny mafia princess Victoria Gotti bluntly says “you have to wa...

Reese Witherspoon's Haircut Inspired By Car Accident, And Other New Celeb 'Dos

2/8/2012 3:00pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
It's another month, so all of our favorite celebrities are rocking hip and new hairdos. Reese Witherspoon has been sporting some cute bangs recently, but she revealed that they weren't originally styled for fashion's sake!

She told Graham Norton, "I was jogging and I got hit by a car. They said I am very hard-headed because I landed right on my head and I have a scar, hence my new hairdo. I don’t remember much about it but miraculously and thank God, I am fine."

Kelly Clarkson showed off her bangs in this photo tweeted by fellow American Idol alum Clay Aiken, then brought it world-wi...