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American Idols, Where Are They Now?

April 10th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
kelly clarkson
Once known as the show that could instantly make you a star, "American Idol" has suffered lackluster ratings and has had as many "Idols" fail as succeed. Still, the winners that America voted for have not always stayed within the realm of music, some have spread their wings to the acting world as well. Some of the more popular winners are still in the spotlight, some have faded into obscurity, Here is the latest on what many of your favorite "American Idol" winners have been up to since winning.

Kelly Clarkson

Season 1

Undoubtedly the most popular and best-known of all the "American Idol...
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Kris Allen Undergoes Surgery After Car Accident

January 7th, 2013 9:45am EST
Kris Allen
Singer Kris Allen has undergone surgery after breaking his wrist in a car crash on New Year's Day.

The American Idol star was with his wife Katy and pet dog when their vehicle was involved in an accident on Tuesday.

Allen took to his Twitter.com page after the smash to assure fans he was not too seriously hurt, and still planned to take to the stage as planned for his January shows.

The singer underwent an operation on Friday and he returned to the site on Saturday to inform followers of his progress.

In a series of posts, he writes, "Feelin alright after the surgery yesterday. I'm ...
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Rumor Patrol: Naomi Campbell Mugged, Megan Fox Dies, Kris Allen Crashes

January 6th, 2013 3:07pm EST
Naomi Campbell
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Naomi Campbell Mugged: The infamous model says she was trying to hail a cab in Paris when she was viciously mugged by goons. She suffered a torn ligament in the attack and has been photographed in a wheelchair.

Verdict: Doubtful. There are some odd discrepancies in this story. For one, the Paris police were never notified, and thus cannot confirm the event ever took place. Campbell whisked herself out ...
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Kris Allen Hospitalized After Car Crash

January 2nd, 2013 8:32am EST
Kris Allen
Kris Allen was hospitalized with a broken arm on New Year's Day after a car crash.

The American Idol star was with his wife Katy and dog Zorro when their vehicle was involved in an accident, and his mother Kimberly took to her Twitter.com page to inform fans of the smash.

In a series of posts, she writes, "From Kris: he's in a lot of pain, arm broke, may not play guitar for a while. Prayers welcome please! head on collision. Kristopher and Katy are both pretty beat up but ALIVE! Thank you Jesus! They are setting his arm now and (he) will have surgery tomorrow."

Allen later took to his...
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Phillip Phillips Continues Worrying Trend Of 'White Guy With Guitar' Winners For 'American Idol'

May 24th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Phillip Phillips
Nothing against Phillip Phillips, who surely has some talent, but his win is the latest in a line of what fans have coined "White Guys with Guitars," or "WGWG." With ratings and record sales getting lower, can American Idol do anything to curb the trend?

Since the music competition allowed contestants to play instruments while singing, the show has seen David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, and Phillip Phillips take the prize over a more varied and (arguably) talented field. McCreery is a bit different, slanting towards crooning country instead of the light pop the rest of t...
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Adam Lambert Talks About Growing Up Gay, His Career & More In 'Behind The Music' (Video)

August 3rd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Adam Lambert
"Behind The Music: Adam Lambert" airs Sunday, Aug. 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. The "American Idol" runner-up talks about his careeer, what it was like growing up different from the other kids, and his male-on-male kiss at the 2009 American Music Awards.

Check out some quotes from the show:

“I think I’m a result of all the things I love about music. I love rock and roll. I love that bombastic approach to vocals and sexuality. And I love the production style of electronic music. I love all that. I like artists that take risks and that don’t want to blend in. That’s the kind of person th...
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'American Idol' Recap: Was This The Most Boring Finale Ever?

May 25th, 2011 9:35am EDT
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery
The most boring finalists ever. That seemed to be the conventional wisdom going into the evening. That, despite a strong start, this season of ‘Idol’ was destined to fall into oblivion with two dull finalists that wouldn’t be able to deliver the finale this Renaissance season deserved.

Yes, that might be true. It may have been more interesting to see James square off against Pia or Jacob take on Haley, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this is the most boring collection of contestants ever, does it?

Here’s a ranking of finale pairings from least boring to most boring:

9 (Least Boring): S...
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'American Idol' Recap: Paul McDonald Goes Home On An Entertaining Results Show

April 15th, 2011 8:11am EDT
American Idol
After a year of curses, one of my favorites finally goes home.

I’ve had terrible trouble with my favorite American Idol contestants this year. First, there was my favorite contestant of all time (Molly Dewolf Swenson) being cruelly cast away before I even got a chance to see her sing again. Then there was my hastily thrown together favoritism of Tim Halperin (really, just a rebound favorite) that sent him packing the next week. With all this, I decided to keep my two favorites in the top 13 a secret, lest I doom them again. But now it doesn’t matter for one of them, as Paul is gone.

I rea...
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Justin Bieber Makes $300,000 Per Concert; See What Other Musicians Make!

October 4th, 2010 8:44am EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is the highest paid young performer in the world this year, earning a staggering $300,000 for every concert he performs.

A new rich list reveals the 16-year-old Canadian commands twice as much money as rap sensation Drake, three times as much as music rival Selena Gomez and quadruple the paycheck of "American Idol" star Jordin Sparks.

But Bieber has some way to go before he tops the touring income of music heavyweights like Rascal Flatts, Kiss and Keith Urban - who top the rich list of all artists touring in 2010.

Documents obtained by TheSmokingGun.com reveal the country t...
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'American Idol' Grand Finale Mega-Diary 2010

May 27th, 2010 9:14am EDT
Lee Dewyze
It’s mega-diary time once again, kids. A time to give the blow-by-blow, the play-by-play of the most important events in pop culture.

The only question is whether or not this is the last time the “American Idol” finale warrants such treatment. The mega-diary is reserved for TV events like The Oscars and The Emmys (and by all rights The Super Bowl if lack of sobriety didn’t prevent cataloging that evening), but I’m not sure how much longer “Idol” is going to fit.

With Simon’s departure and dwindling ratings, this night next year could be on a part with the season finale of “Survivor” or ...
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Janell, Ashley, Joe & Tyler Kicked Off 'American Idol'

February 26th, 2010 8:44am EST
American Idol
In a week of firsts on "Idol" we get to the first live vote off show - with many questions to answer. How will Ryan delay the results, how will the cast-offs react, how will Simon rub salt in the wounds, how awkward will the medley look, and, most importantly, what current pop stars will they trot out of whom I've never heard? The answer to all those questions and more, right now - This. Is the "American Idol" recap.

Well, the answer to the medley question is very. Or maybe incredibly. In recent years this competition has gotten farther away from the prospective pop stars like a Justi...
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Kris Allen On His Returns To 'American Idol' Thursday: 'It's Not About Me'

February 24th, 2010 11:30am EST
Kris Allen Returns To American Idol
Thursday evening brings the first live results show back to American Idol for this ninth season, but more than that, it brings the return of Idol Gives Back, a mega-hit in 2008 and that was all but forgotten last season.

The very special episode was thrown together a bit hastily in response to the devastation in Haiti after the earthquakes earlier this year. On the behest of Simon Fuller, season 8 winner Kris Allen went down to Haiti to witness the devastation for himself and will return to the Idol stage on Thursday to perform and premiere a video package of his time helping the UN with...
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'American Idol' Recap: Ellen Degeneres Is Finally Here

February 10th, 2010 9:22am EST
Ellen Degeneres - American Idol
And she's finally here. It's strange to think this was the most anticipated moment since 'American Idol' first began, I mean it didn't involve singing in any way, and this is supposed to be a music competition, but at long last the Ellen finally landed, and the early returns are good.

Ellen definitely brings a brand new vide to the proceedings. Gone is Paula's insane ramblings, and here to stay is somebody with the potential to be funnier than Simon, while maintaining the positivity that actually made Paula worthwhile.

This is still a competition; however, and there were a lot of pro...
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'Idol' All-Stars Take Over - Tonight At 8 On Fuse

January 11th, 2010 2:30pm EST
American Idol, bikini girl, Katrina Darrell, Kara Dioguardi
Get ready for the new season of American Idol with some behind-the-scenes info on some of your favorite idols from the past. Fuse is featuring a TV marathon of some of "American Idol's" biggest success stories tonight at 8PM/7C, including an exclusive interview with last season's runner-up, Adam Lambert.

"American Idol" will return tomorrow night on Fox with a two-night, four-hour premiere featuring auditions in Boston and Atlanta. Auditions for the ninth season of the popular singing competition will also be held in Chicago, Orlando, Dallas, Los Angeles and Denver.

The show is featur...
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30 Days of Christmas: Week Five - Modern Classics

December 26th, 2009 5:30pm EST
The Nightmare Before Christmas
One holiday. One month. One woman. Thirty individual movies. Readers ready? Go!

Day Twenty-Five: December 20, 2009 - Love Actually

"Love Actually" is a long one, as far as holiday movies go. Some would assume it is too long for a genre that is notoriously known for cheesy carols and over-the-top design. However, what is at the core here are some very sweet (and often intertwining) stories about young love. From the racy movie stand-ins who come together (no pun intended), bonding even in awkward situations, to the elementary aged boy who is convinced he has found his true love, to the...
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6 Move On To The Finals Of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

December 10th, 2009 10:14am EST
So You Think You Can Dance
It's settled. Next week is indeed the finale for Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance. Cancel your plans and set your DVRs now otherwise you'll get busy, forget and suddenly you're calling friends who may have taped the finale of "Glee" that just snuck up on you. I'm sorry, my nerd is showing. (But seriously, if you have the show taped let me know, I got busy and forgot…)

The final bottom four of Season 6 read like my predictions: Legacy, Ryan, Mollee and Ellenore. Ok, for that to be true, Legacy and Mollee need to go. Amazingly, Ashleigh was saved by America. Last night she didn't eve...
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'American Idol' Needs a Revamp... Now!

August 10th, 2009 11:11am EDT
American Idol
With the recent news that Paula Abdul will not be returning for American Idol's ninth season, the timing seems perfect for the show to reinvent itself, and recapture the magic that has been steadily dwindling since it premiered nearly a decade ago. Though ratings remain high, viewership is decreasing, a problem that the show tried to address by adding a new judge at the start of the eighth season. Unfortunately, what "American Idol" needs is not a mere shuffling of parts, or replacement of personality. The show needs to restructure its format, and realize that the problem is an over-saturat...
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Adam Lambert And Kris Allen To Duet?

June 30th, 2009 1:09pm EDT
Adam Lambert And Kris Allen To Duet
According to eonline.com, American Idol finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are planning to collaborate on a song writing project.

The two are going to be spending a lot of time together as they travel around the country on the American Idol tour. Adam tells the website, "It could happen, Maybe we'll write a song on the road." And Kris adds, "We have to figure it out, but yeah, we should do it."

The two were also questioned about they're budding friendship and both were amused when Kris was asked if Adam is his "closest gay" friend. He replied, "As much time as we spend tighter, I...
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Adam Lambert: Destroyer of 'American Idol'

June 4th, 2009 9:49am EDT
Adam Lambert
Those of you who hate "American Idol" should be down on your knees thanking one of its spawn right about now. Because the long running televised search for a superstar is on the slab. Cause of death: Blunt force trauma inflicted by runner-up Adam Lambert's glittery platform boots.

Those of you who love "American Idol" know I'm right.

Of course, Glambert didn't intend to kill the show. He just underestimated the strength of his fabulosity.

That this season was arguably the best in the show's history is due, in large part, to Adam. Going into Season 8, questionable format ...
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2009 TV Finales: In Case You Missed It

June 1st, 2009 11:46am EDT
Lost
Though television, particularly on cable, is crawling towards the idea of a year-round schedule, May remains Sweeps Month, that time of year when dozens of shows leave you hanging for the summer. Here's all you need to know from some of this year's season finales, in case you missed them. WARNING: SPOILERS.

30 Rock - "Kidney Now!": Jack hosts a telethon to get his long-lost father (Alan Alda) a new kidney, and bribes and/or blackmails Sheryl Crow, Clay Aiken, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, and many more into performing. Liz gets crazy after a sketch she wrote turns her into a rela...
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Gay? Adam Lambert Says 'Keep Speculating'

May 28th, 2009 11:06am EDT
Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert, runner-up to Kris Allen in this year's American Idol competition, shared a few choice words towards those who hound him about his sexuality.

"Calm down," and "keep speculating," he told People.com.

If anything, the front-runner of the eighth season of American Idol deflected the questions about his sexual preference - his answer to whether or not he would reveal it in a future interview drew a simple "maybe."

Instead, Lambert opened up about being a role model. "It feels really amazing to be able to try and pass that on to kids and young adults who don't h...
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Did AT&T Sway 'American Idol' Votes Towards Kris Allen?

May 27th, 2009 11:56am EDT
Kris Allen
The results of the latest season of "American Idol" have been put into question following news that AT&T representatives encouraged users to vote for Kris Allen at demo shows.

Kris Allen was considered an underdog against Adam Lambert coming into "American Idol's" final show.

According to the New York Times, AT&T brought demo phones to "American Idol" parties supporting Kris Allen to show how to use new texting features. One of the features was "power texting," in which 10 or more text messages are sent with one press of a button. Since the party organizers were Kris Allen f...
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