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Amber Holcomb Lifts American Idol on Dismal Rock Night (watch)

Chris Daughtry proved way back in season five that “American Idol” was never about rock. The show is about finding the next “pop” idol, yet for some reason it forced its seven saccharin finalists to be something they definitely are not–rock stars. Hence, last night’s “rock” performances were well-worn tunes from Queen, Billy Joel, Heart and Janice Joplin. ...

Was Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Feud Faked by American Idol?

Mariah Carey’s much ballyhooed “American Idol” feud with Nicki Minaj appears to have been way over-hyped by the show if not totally faked, judging by the interaction of judges at Wednesday’s show. The back-story that also circulated was that the two divas were jealous of each other. But Randy Jackson appears to have triggered the blowup. ...
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Jennifer Lopez Follows Steven Tyler Out American Idol Door

Jennifer Lopez has decided to call it quits on Fox’s hit show ‘American Idol,” following by one day Steven Tyler’s decision to do the same. The move may open the door to sweeping changes that breathe new life into the long-running series. Lopez got off to a bumpy start on the show, but eventually grew into her role and provided some softness to the Tyler's and long-time Judge Randy Jackson's rough edges. Lopez made the announcement during a call in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this morning....

Simon Cowell Eyes Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato for X-Factor

Simon Cowell reportedly is going younger in his search for judges on the U.S. version of his music show “X Factor.” Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Avril Lavigne, and Demi Lovato are all getting big mentions in the sweepstakes. Even Britney Spears! On the hit Fox show, Jennifer Lopez is the youngster, yet she’s over 40, while Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is 63, and Randy Jackson is in his 50s. How many kids remember Journey, anyway?...
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Jessica Sanchez Gets a Big Scare on American Idol

Jessica Sanchez got the scare of her life on "American Idol" last night. Fans booted her from the contest, but the judges used their only save to bring her back. That's how close the competition is among the finalists. While Jessica has one of the best voices on the show and is poised on stage, she may be lacking the necessary pop idol presence to stay much longer. As always, the best singer doesn't always win on this show and she wouldn't be the first to go, despite her voice. Remember Jennifer Hudson?...
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Demi Lovato Shows American Idol Hopefuls How Its Done (watch)

Demi Lovato was the consummate pro on “American Idol,” despite all of her issues. She rocked the house with “Give Your Heart a Break.” Her supremely inspiring performance (a little pitchy) brought the audience to its feet. Lovato should give Idol contestants a lot to think about. Although some of the contestants probably have more raw talent than the former Disney teen queen, none come close to matching her polish and stage presence....
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Joshua Ledet Shines on American Idol; Jones Booted (video)

Jessica Sanchez left the door open to the “American Idol” crown last night (Mar. 14) after she failed to overwhelm the judges with their performances on a so-so night that saw Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips rise to the top. The show was overshadowed, somewhat, by the departure of contestant Jermaine Jones, who failed to reveal he had four outstanding arrest warrants pending against him....
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Jessica Sanchez Perfect on Whitney Houston Classic (listen!)

Jessica Sanchez, a 16-year-old “American Idol” contestant, shocked judges and the show’s audience with a stirring rendition of Whitney Houston’s classic “I Will Alaways Love You.” It was pitch perfect and she didn’t miss note. The performance was gutsy in more ways than none. Not only was Houston’s a singular talent with a soaring vocal range, the song is one of the most difficult to sing in popular music....
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American Idol Finalists to Perform Whitney Houston Tribute

Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and the newest crop of “American Idol” finalists will get down to business on Wednesday (Mar 7). They group will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston, whose songs are soaring up the charts since her death. More than 33 million votes were cast, according to host Ryan Seacrest to whittle the 25 semi-finalists down to the latest round of contenders....
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Symone Black Tumbles, Literally, on American Idol (watch)

Symone Black, a promising young singer on American Idol, got the judge’s attention in more ways than one when she fell off the stage during Hollywood tryouts. Oddly, none of the judges rushed to her aid. Was it an act? It definitely didn’t look like it. But Black definitely got last night’s sympathy vote. The 16-year-old was singing a rendition of Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay....
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Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger X-Out in X Factor Bloodbath

Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger are paying the price for a less-than-stellar inaugural season for Simon Cowell’s U.S. version of “X-Factor,” the widely popular UK music talent show. X-Factor host Steve Jones is also out, but that comes as no surprise given his spotty performance during Season One. Cowell’s show stumbled in its premiere season, with controversy over judges and Jones widely panned by critics....
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