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Kelly Clarkson Proves She’s the Brightest ‘American Idol’ Star With Epic Finale Medley

After 15 seasons, American Idol has finally ended. Country singer Trent Harmon was named the last-ever winner during last night's series finale, but the biggest draws of the show…
James Grebey / April 8, 2016

Kelly Clarkson Brings Keith Urban to Tears on ‘American Idol’ With ‘Piece By Piece’ Performance

Original American Idol victor Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage that launched her career last night, breaking down in tears as she performed her 2015 song "Piece By Piece"
Anna Gaca / February 26, 2016

Music TV Shows Lose Their Rhythm

The reign of music TV shows could officially be over. As The New York Times reports, while American Idol was once so popular that it spawned…
Marc Hogan / May 12, 2014

America Doesn’t Get Talent: ‘X Factor’ Canceled, ‘Idol’ Winds Down

Interest in Fox's two flagship talent shows has been waning, and now the network is cutting its losses. Simon Cowell's The X Factor has been…
Chris Martins / February 10, 2014

Harry Connick Jr. Officially, Inoffensively Crowned Third ‘American Idol’ Judge

American Idol has finally found its third judge. Harry Connick Jr. will be joining the singing competition for its upcoming 13th season, working alongside Keith…
Kyle McGovern / September 3, 2013

Dr. Luke’s ‘Idol’ Pursuit Dashed by Contract Confusion

Yesterday it was reported that super-producer Dr. Luke would be joining American Idol as a judge for the waning singing competition's 13th season. But the Hollywood Reporter threw cold water…
Jordan Sargent / August 27, 2013

Dr. Luke Is in: Hit-Making Producer Is Third ‘American Idol’ Judge

The doctor is in. E! News reports that songwriter and super-producer Dr. Luke, a.k.a. Łukasz Sebastian Gottwald, will serve as the third judge for American…
Kyle McGovern / August 26, 2013

Dawg Training: Randy Jackson Could Rejoin ‘American Idol’ as Mentor

American Idol may be too mainstream for Kanye West, but that's apparently not an issue for Randy Jackson, who might be returning to the singing…
Kyle McGovern / August 22, 2013

‘American Idol’ Accused of Racism, Using ‘Willy Wonka’ Contracts in Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed against various entities connected to American Idol alleges that the show applied racist policy in disqualifying would-be singers, and that the requisite contestant…
Chris Martins / July 29, 2013

‘American Idol’ Fires Longtime Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe

What a year for American Idol. Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban joined Randy Jackson on the cast, making for an awesome power quartet of…
Colin Stutz / June 10, 2013

Keith Urban Last ‘Idol’ Judge Standing as Nicki and Mariah Bid Adieu

For at least one couple, last week's American Idol season finale resulted in a drunken mutual stabbing. Thankfully, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey found a more graceful…
Marc Hogan / May 31, 2013

Drunken Couple Ends Flat ‘American Idol’ Season With Mutual Stabbing

American Idol fever — and the drinks — were so strong in one Pennsylvania home that a couple ended up stabbing each other during the recent…
Marc Hogan / May 24, 2013

Peace, Dawg: Randy Jackson Is Leaving ‘American Idol’ for Real This Time

American Idol's last standing original judge, Randy Jackson, will step down when the show's 12th season wraps on Thursday, May 16. The Grammy-winning producer's egress…
Chris Martins / May 10, 2013

Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol,’ Week Six: Minaj vs. Iovine

Let's just get this out of the way because at this point, the show is in full-on competition mode and these contestants actually kind of…
Brandon Soderberg / February 22, 2013

Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol,’ Week Five: Just Listen to ‘Freaks’ Instead

So, Randy Jackson was absent for much of Wednesday's show because he was "busy in the studio." Is Aldo Nova recording a comeback record? What…
Brandon Soderberg / February 15, 2013

Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol,’ Week Four: The Only Judge That Matters

This week, American Idol came to Hollywood, which means the competition officially begins, which means there's a lot less drama between the judges and hardly any…
Brandon Soderberg / February 8, 2013

Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol,’ Week Three: She Was Late, NBD

The big deal, if you are concerned about the narrative of American Idol and not, say, how boss Nicki Minaj is behaving, or how awesome…
Brandon Soderberg / February 1, 2013

Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol,’ Week One: Posh Accents, Side-Eyes, and Empathy

Reality shows are great equalizers of taste. If you don't find a sitcom like Parks & Recreation funny, or a fancy drama like Homeland emotionally devastating, then…
Brandon Soderberg / January 18, 2013

‘American Idol’: Not Even the Minaj/Mariah Steel Cage Match Can Get People to Watch

Not even the contrived feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey could save American Idol's ratings last night (January 16). As Reuters reports, viewership for…
Kyle McGovern / January 17, 2013

‘American Idol’ Season 12 Cheat Sheet: Catfights Welcome, Rappers Aren’t

American Idol's two-night Season 12 premiere begins tonight (January 16) at 8 p.m. EST on FOX. Here's what you need to know.
Kyle McGovern / January 16, 2013
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