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American Idol

Get the dish on the contestants and judges of America's favorite singing competition

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"I had no idea how famous I was. We're cloistered in that house. The first thing that happened to me when I walked out of that house is whoosh! People bombard you."

Clay Aiken on discovering his Idol fan base

Oct 2006

"They're faking it. They play the role like presidential candidates. If there was a baby to kiss in the audience, they'd be running over to kiss it."

Simon Cowell on Idols playing nice

May 2003

"Taylor is Ray [Charles] reincarnated. He sits there moving and twitching just like Mr. C would do…I'm like, 'Okay, you're supposed to be black and a little older.'"

Valerie Ervin, COO of Ray Charles Enterprises

Dec 2006

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