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Odd Couple! Lauren Alaina's Dogs Are 'Total Opposites' | Lauren Alaina

American Idol Finalist Lauren Alaina's Dogs Are 'Total Opposites'

Originally posted 09/15/2011 09:00AM

They both may look cute and sweet, but Lauren Alaina's dogs – Prissy the Shih Tzu and Bella the Pomeranian – are actually nothing alike, especially when it comes to doggie dress-up.

"Prissy, when you put a bow in her hair, she'll put her head on the ground and run around like a bulldozer until the darn thing has a big knot and falls out," the American Idol alum tells PEOPLE. "But Bella will leave the bow in, she'll just chew her clothes off. They're total opposites."

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American Idol: Casey Abrams Is Eliminated

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American Idol: Casey Abrams Is Eliminated

Originally posted 04/28/2011 10:20PM

"A lot of fans are going to be disappointed with tonight's result," said Ryan Seacrest at the start of the hour on American Idol Thursday. That sounded ominous, but then again it wasn't the same as saying America would be shocked or faint dead away. Not a Pia Toscano moment, in other words.

At the halfway point, Seacrest said: "Who is in and who is out? You may be surprised." Again, surprise – but not shock. … I sensed … Jacob Lusk.

Wrong. It WAS a surprise: Casey Abrams, who'd gone farther than any other Idol contestant whose chief enthusiasms were jazz and blues and other musical idioms that don't mean much in the Age of Justin Bieber.

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Idol's Ashthon Jones Remains 'So Driven'

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American Idol's Ashthon Jones Remains 'So Driven'

Originally posted 03/12/2011 09:00AM

Nashville's Ashthon Jones admits that being the first finalist booted off American Idol this season wasn't surprising – especially after sliding into the wildcard slot to round out the top 13 – but the singer plans to go full speed ahead with her music career.

"I'm so driven right now," she says. "I'd rather be tired doing this than sitting at home. I now know what it takes to live that star life."

Jones burst into tears when the judges opted not to save her following her redemption attempt by singing Diana Ross's "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" because she was overwhelmed, she says, that "I was leaving so soon and I really didn't want to leave my friends."

One pal in particular, fellow contestant Casey Abrams, always helped keep Jones's spirits up. "It's ridiculous how super funny he is," she says.

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American Idol's Casey Abrams Undergoes Blood Transfusions

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Casey Abrams Undergoes Blood Transfusions

Originally posted 03/11/2011 10:30AM

At a time when he would surely like to be focused on singing, American Idol contestant Casey Abrams is dealing with a health scare.

The singer, who was absent from Thursday's elimination show, has ulcerative colitis, a source tells PEOPLE.

The condition, which causes abdominal pain and cramping, was treated at a hospital in Los Angeles, where Abrams, 20, received two blood transfusions Thursday night.

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