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'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Group 1 Duets-12 Become 7

2/12/2016 4:41pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Group 1 Duets-12 Become 7
Last night, American Idol continued week one of the top 24 semifinals. We saw twelve hopefuls sing with six of the American Idol legends. The returning Idols included Nick Fradiani, Scott McCreery, and Fantasia.

It wasn't the best way to showcase the new Idol hopefuls. However, it provided a good dose of nostalgia for Idol fans. After the duets, American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. had to make a series of tough cuts.

The first half of the final 24 American Idol contestants went from 12 to 7.

Emily Brooke and Lauren Alaina

"Flat on the Floor" by Carrie ...
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'Idol' Top 24 Perform - Group 1 Sings For Judges

2/11/2016 11:50am EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Top 24 Perform - Group 1 Sings For J
Last night, American Idol 2016 started the semifinals to get to the final 12 contestants. The Idol producers decided to split the contestants into two groups. Group one performed for the judges, Harry Connick Jr, Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez, on the Wednesday night prerecorded episode.

Tonight, these twelve contestants perform again, but with past Idol alumni. After their performances, the judges cut five performers. Next week on American Idol, the second group performs.

Here is a quick rundown of the first 12 American Idol performances.

Stephany Negrete

"Mamma Knows Best" by Jessie ...
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Meet The Top 24 'Idol' Contestants

2/5/2016 2:22pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Meet The Top 24--Did Your Favorite M
After two intense weeks in Hollywood, the American Idol 2016 contestants found out their Idol fate last night. Judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez saw each individual to give them bad or good news.

For the majority of the American Idol hopefuls, it was the end of the road. For a chosen few, it was the beginning of an even bigger journey. After a two-hour broadcast, American Idol's final 51 became a final 24.

The episode started off with Stephany Negrete getting the news about her Idol future. Stephany became the first contestant to make it into the top 24 on American...
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Best 'Idol' Solo Performances From Hollywood Week

2/4/2016 11:54am EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Best Solo Performances From Hollywoo
American Idol started its final Hollywood week. The series filled the night with anxious hopefuls trying to make one final impression on the judges. Overall, the night felt a bit rushed. American Idol packed a lot into this short 42-minute episode. We barely saw some of the early favorites, but we saw some contestants who haven't gotten much airtime this season of Idol.

Some of them reminded us just how great their voices sound. Others proved that they were rightfully ignored in the American Idol edits. By the end of the night, 75 contestants became 51. These 51 have one last chance to pro...
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Hollywood Week Group Rounds - Let The Drama Begin

1/29/2016 2:40pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Hollywood Week Group Rounds - Let Th
Last night, American Idol 2016 held our favorite part of Hollywood week: group rounds. Besides the great performances, the most exciting part of Idol's group rounds is the backstage drama. Last night's episode was full of it.

We started to see some of the American Idol contestants' true colors. We saw some outstanding group performances--the real threats started to show. We also saw who would be willing to cut another contestant for the glory. A few of these contestants were punished by the karma police. Others lived on to fight another day on American Idol.

Way too much went down on Id...
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Hollywood Week Begins For 'American Idol'

1/28/2016 8:37am EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Hollywood Hell Week Begins
Last week on American Idol 2016, the series closed its tour bus doors forever. The dream for many Idol hopefuls died when the lights went out. However, the journey began for many others. This week, American Idol began its final Hollywood week.

Hollywood week usually presents one of the most exciting parts of the process. We get to see who has the stamina and talent to make it to the live shows. American Idol 2016 began Hollywood week as usual with the ten person line up performances.

This is one of the most lackluster parts of Hollywood week. The American Idol producers tried to add a lit...
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Here Is The Best Of 'American Idol's' Final Auditions

1/22/2016 3:20pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: The Best Final Auditions
Last night, American Idol held its last set of auditions ever. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. felt a bit of nostalgia, excitement, and pressure as they hit the final cities on the Idol audition tour. San Francisco and Atlanta brought out a bunch of unique and charismatic talents.

By the end of the night, these golden ticket holders would become part of the 190 contestants going to Hollywood week on American Idol 2016. Among the many auditions from Atlanta and San Francisco, 11 of them really stood out to us.

Here are the best auditions from American Idol's last ...
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'American Idol': Denver And Little Rock Auditions

1/15/2016 1:26pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Denver And Little Rock Auditions
After a very lackluster start to this week's American Idol 2016 auditions, the series bounced back with an exciting crop of potential Idols. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban had an abundance of talent to pick from last night.

Denver and Little Rock proved to be very strong cities for the American Idol 2016 auditions. This night produced a feast of soul singers, country stars, and emotionally, present singer-songwriters.

Denver Auditions

Amber Lynn

"Unaware" by Allen Stone

Judges' Comments: Amber entered the audition with her friend James VIII. He accompanie...
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'American Idol' Philadelphia Auditions-Do You Still Believe?

1/14/2016 1:41pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Philadelphia Auditions-Do You Still
Yesterday, American Idol started its second week of auditions. The first stop on this week's road trip took host Ryan Seacrest, and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. to the city of brotherly love. The Idol hopefuls didn't bring too much love to Philadelphia as it felt like a city with more people getting sent home than those getting sent to Hollywood.

This week's American Idol 2016 did have a few standout auditions. We saw a quirky girl named Jenn Blosil blow away the competition, as well as one of the most tragic stories ever shared on Idol. Read our American Idol ...
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'American Idol' Final Season Night Two Premiere Recap

1/8/2016 11:35am EST
'American Idol' Final Season Night Two Premiere Recap: Little Ro
Wednesday, the American potential Idols offered up a night of solid performances. On Thursday night's American Idol 2016 premiere, we witnessed even more talented auditions. This may be the strongest group of contestants that Idol has had in years. The Little Rock and San Francisco auditions brought back winners Lee DeWyze and Kris Allen to help the American Idol 2016 judges find the next possible superstar.

Little Rock Auditions

Cameron Richard

"Give Me Love" by Ed Sheeran

Judges' Comments: Jennifer Lopez said that Cameron sings with a lot of passion. Harry Connick Jr. said that the yo...
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'America Idol' Final Season Premiere Recap

1/7/2016 2:58pm EST
'America Idol' Final Season Premiere Recap: Kanye West Makes an
American Idol returned for its final season with a blend of nostalgia and hope for a true star in the making. Last night's episode saw the return of past Idol winners such as Taylor Hicks, Lee Dewyze, Kris Allen, and Ruben Studdard. American Idol 2016 started off by reminding fans just how influential the series has been for individuals and families. Then Idol went right into auditions.

Last night the American Idol judges took auditions to Atlanta and Denver. The episode ended with a (carefully planned and promoted) surprise guest appearance by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

Here are the ...
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Kanye West Crashes 'American Idol' Auditions

10/12/2015 9:12am EDT
Kanye West Auditions For 'American Idol' And Gets A Ticket To Ho
Kanye West not only wants to be your next president, he also wants to be your next "American Idol!"

West surprised the judges of the long-running talent show, now in its final season, by performing his hit "Gold Digger."

The shock on the faces of Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez was priceless, particularly since she was named in the aforementioned tune.

look who's going to Hollywood! #IdolAuditions #kanyewest

A photo posted by Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) on Oct 10, 2015 at 5:49pm PDT

West surprised the judges by showing up to audition in San Francisco on Saturday with wife...
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'American Idol' Star Claims Self Defense In Domestic Abuse Case

8/13/2015 4:24pm EDT
Constantine Maroulis
American Idol star Constantine Maroulis was arrested on Wednesday morning on domestic violence charges, but the Season 4 finalist claims that he was attacked by his live-in girlfriend and acted in self defense.

TMZ reports that Maroulis, who was Idol's six-place finalist in 2005, was arrested on August 11 for allegedly kicking his girlfriend Angel Reed in the groin. Reed, the mother of the couple's four-year-old child Malena, claims that the Idol star "threw her to the ground" and started kicking her during a disagreement in their New Jersey home.

Shortly after he was released on bail, Ma...
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Most Notable Music Moments (So Far)

7/26/2015 11:00am EDT
32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far)
Every year is filled with news, whether good or bad. 2015 is no different from any other year, with an assortment of politically and socially charged events occurring. That’s the nature of the beast called life. The same goes with music, too. There have been numerous notable moments and occurrences, so many that it would be impossible to recap them all. So we won’t try – we’ll choose 32 of the most notable music moments of 2015 so far, and hope we didn’t miss too many important ones along the way!

1) The legendary B.B. King died

When ‘Hospice’ is uttered by or associated with an ...
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Fantasia Barrino Got Married Over The Weekend

7/20/2015 3:28pm EDT
'American Idol' Winner Fantasia Barrino Gets Married: 'God Made
'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino got married this weekend, and she can't stop gushing about her new husband.

Barrino, 31, shared multiple photos of her wedding to Kendall Taylor on her Instagram on Sunday.

"This Man... God made him just for Me and me just For Him," she wrote on one of the photos. "Be Happy with me you guys cause I've been thru SOOOOO much. Some stuff was my wrong decisions but all I ever really wanted was this... Real Love. This Man and this smile is real."

Taylor reportedly proposed to Barrino, who won 'Idol' in 2004, last November.

As seen by the various photos...
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Adam Lambert Says Thumbs-Up To End Of 'Idol'

6/19/2015 12:00am EDT
2 Reasons Adam Lambert Supports 'Fox' Ending 'American Idol'
It was the show that helped launch his professional music career, but Adam Lambert says he has no problems with American Idol ending its run – and he has two simple reasons.

Lambert recently sat down for an interview with host, Alyona Minkovski, at HuffPost Live. There, the 33-year-old singer chatted about his life after Idol and projects he’s working on.

And when the burning question was raised to Adam about whether or not he “felt sad about the television show’s demise,” Lambert simply shook his head, signifying a resounding “no.” Simply put, the Glam Nation Live artist is just peachy a...
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Mariah Carey Just Blasted 'American Idol' -- Read What She Said!

5/29/2015 3:12pm EDT
Mariah Carey
It was pretty obvious back in 2013 that Mariah Carey wasn't enjoying her single-season stint as a judge on American Idol's 12th season, and now the singer has opened up about it, calling it the "worst experience" of her life.

Mimi was joined on the panel by longtime Idol judge Randy Jackson and current judge, along with another first-timer: Nicki Minaj.

Carey and Minaj got along like oil and water on the set, and a highly publicized feud between the veteran singer and the rookie rapper only made things worse.

Appearing on an Australian radio show on Thursday, Mariah was asked if she'd co...
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'American Idol' Alum To Be First-Time Mom!

5/21/2015 8:21am EDT
Kimberly Caldwell Is Pregnant, And She's Got A Baby Name Picked
Kimberly Caldwell has a baby on the way! The former "American Idol" star announced to People that she and husband Jordan Harvey (a professional soccer player) are pregnant and that her due date is this October.

More than that, the couple's already picked out a baby name (that was fast, wasn't it?). “At 18 weeks along we are so overjoyed to be preparing for the arrival of our baby girl, Harlow Monroe Harvey,” the singer confirmed to People.

“Every day feels like a gift and is filled with overwhelming support and love from our family. We are so grateful to finally be past that grueling firs...
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'American Idol' Crowns Its New Winner!

5/14/2015 8:22am EDT
Nick Wins Idol
Last night, American Idol finalists Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani waited to find out who won the Idol season 14 crown. It's been a long journey for both men. Idol ensured that the series' fans got one heck of a show, while praising Clark and Nick's journeys.

American Idol gave us a stellar finale with great performances, great special guests, and a deserving winner. We really enjoyed this year of American Idol, and last night's big finale ensured that we're going to miss it after 2016. So let's not dwell and dig right into all the action.

Fall Out Boy, along with Nick and Clark, opene...
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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.

Kell...
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Nick Or Clark, Who Will Win Tonight?

5/13/2015 11:45am EDT
'American Idol' Prediction: Who Will Be Crowned Season XIV Champ
Last night on American Idol, Nick Fradiani and Clark Beckham went head to head for the American Idol crown. The result was one of the most evenly matched Idol finales we've ever seen.

Earlier this week, American Idol announced its cancellation after next year. More than ever, the American Idol music team needs to crown a marketable winner. We haven't really seen many American Idols reach Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood levels of musical success, so Idol should not put too much pressure on Clark or Nick for post-Idol huge record sells.

However, Nick's "Beautiful Life" single has potent...
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'American Idol' Is Down To Final 2 - Who Went Home?

5/13/2015 8:40am EDT
'American Idol' Finale Recap: Top 2 Revealed, 'Champion' Or 'Bea
Last night, American Idol narrowed down its final 3. Jax, Nick Fradiani, and Clark Beckham all hungered for the Idol title. Sadly, American Idol opened with the elimination of one of them. It was American Idol 2015's most shocking exit.

The final two contenders then had to work their hardest to get those crucial votes. The season seemed so skewed towards a Jax and Clark final two, with a Clark victory. But tonight's Idol results might just have changed the outcome of the season.

Eliminated:

Jax

Top 2 Performances:

Round 1: Flashback Pick's

Clark Beckham

"Georgia on My Mind" by Ra...
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'American Idol's' 15th Season Will Be Its Last

5/11/2015 1:21pm EDT
Fox Chairman Says Ending 'American Idol' Was 'Not An Easy Decisi
"American Idol" has run its course. The singing competition is coming to an end after the 15th season airs in 2016, the Fox network announced today.

Gary Newman, Fox's chairman and CEO, revealed on Monday, "It was not an easy decision. Idol has even such vital part of Fox for its run. And we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively all of us arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end."

The network announced the news after unveiling its programming slate for the 2015-16 season.

"Idol" was launched in 2002 and...
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'Idol' Top 3 Heading To Finale - Who Made It?

5/7/2015 8:54am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 3 Revealed & The Idols' Hometown Visi
Last night on American Idol 2015, the final four swiftly became the final three. Before eliminations, all four finalists got to perform. The Idols also returned home. It was a night filled with emotions, talent, and more emotions. It was one of the best nights of performances on American Idol 2015.

Each of the top four contestants performed three songs. The first song was selected by mentor Scott Borchetta. The second one was their hometown dedication songs, and they finished with judges' picks. It was a great night of American Idol performances, but an even better night for song selection...
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'Idol' Top 4 Emerge And Impress With Performances

4/30/2015 8:44am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 4 Revealed, Does A New Front Runner E
American Idol season 14 has been a bit of a weird one. The new format rushes the show, and also leads to some awkward moments due to emotions running high. It also interferes with the Idol's performances. It seemed like the new format might hurt American Idol.

Last night, Idol quickly got the bad news out of the way by telling Tyanna Jones that she placed fifth. Tyanna's elimination saddened the night a bit. However, it seems like the remaining four Idol contestants finally figured out how to work with what they've been given. Almost all of the top 4 American Idols gave their best performa...
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'Idol' Top 5 Revealed

4/23/2015 3:07pm EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 5 Revealed-Did Your Favorite Make the
Last night, American Idol 2015 calmed from its previous explosive episode. The final six contestants brought out their best arena anthems to gain voters. The most shocking thing about Idol's newest episode was the interesting definition of arena anthems.

American Idol now has their five finalists, with only a few more weeks to the finals. There are some contestants who continuously push themselves, while others ride the middle. Now is the time to start pushing harder to make the finals. Did the top 5 performers do that last night?

Top Six Performances

Jax

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl...
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One 'Idol' Goes Home While Connick Jr. And Alexander Have Face Off

4/16/2015 9:21am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Harry Connick Jr. And Quentin Alexander C
Last night, The Top 7 (who became six) American Idols sang American Classics. The audience finally got to pick what songs the contestants sang. The results were the best night of American Idol 2015 performances. Everyone really showed their versatility and heart.

The night wasn't completely filled with great performances, because things got intense. Last night's results led to one of the most awkward moments on Idol ever (see video below in article). Quentin Alexander got very emotional over the possibility of Joey Cook or Rayvon Owens leaving. After being prompt by Ryan Seacrest, he expre...
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'Idol' Top 8 Perform

4/9/2015 2:05pm EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Perform Billboard Hits
Last night on American Idol 2015, the contestants took on Billboard hits. Jason Derulo and Florida Georgia Line came to mentor the top 8. It was a country versus pop battle. The Idol fan save also came back into play as it became a battle of vocals versus performance skills.

Top 8 Performances

Jax

"Pokerface" by Lady Gaga

Judges' Comments: Keith Urban said it was an interesting arrangement. He loves Jax's artistry. He praised her for making a song her own each week. Jennifer Lopez said that Jax is clearly a favorite to win, but she needs to caution herself from rearranging a song ...
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'American Idol' Does A Time Warp, Two Go Home

3/26/2015 9:25am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 9 Perform 80s Songs, Two Eliminated
American Idol 2015 did a time warp. On last night's Idol, the top 9 performers sang 80s songs. Idol also got 80s icons to help with the show. Boy George mentored and Salt-N-Pepa performed. The departure of two contestants stopped the party.

Last week the American Idol judges decided to save Qaasim Middleton. This meant two would have to go home this week to compensate for the save. These weren't shocking eliminations but definitely sad ones: two contestants who were just starting to find their place left.

Top 9 Performances

Daniel Seavey

"You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall and Oats...
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'American Idol' 2015: Contestants Go To The Movies

3/20/2015 9:01am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Perform Movie Theme Songs, Judges
Last night, American Idol 2015 went to the movies. Yes, the theme of this week's American Idol was songs from the movies. Surprisingly, this crop of singers didn't pick the usual songs we've heard done a million times during movie week. We got to hear a lot of unique choices. Some of those choices brought the performers to new heights, and others dragged them down.

The top eleven contestants were also joined by rock legend Nile Rodgers, who gave them his expert advice. Also last night the top eleven contestants were supposed to become the top ten. However, did the judges already use their ...
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