01:04 AM EDT 04/25/2015
Originally posted 04/01/2015 07:30PM
Thirteen years after being crowned the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson is returning to where it all began.
The "Heartbeat Song" singer will serve as the guest mentor on Wednesday night's American Idol, and Clarkson recognizes that she is uniquely qualified to advise the season 14 contestants.
"It's cool be able to kind of mentor a kid that basically is me 13 years ago," Clarkson tells PEOPLE. "And it's nice for them to see that you can have longevity and a career from a show like this. I know a lot of people get flack for coming from shows like this. I know I did. It's a talent show, but at the end of the day, it's not how you get into the industry, it's what you do once you're there."
Originally posted 04/01/2015 07:35AM
You'd be wrong, though. Urban explained to Conan O'Brien Tuesday night that there's one bit of criticism that still haunts him from the days when he was first starting out, and – surprise, surprise – it came from a televised talent show judge.
Originally posted 03/26/2015 11:20AM
See the hilarious (and super-insidery) clip
Originally posted 03/25/2015 10:15PM
[YOUTUBE "ZiUVuTTN-bw"] It was '80s night on American Idol and even though there are some very talented singers left in the competition, the performance of the night didn't belong to one of the contestants.
Originally posted 03/25/2015 08:40PM
Keith Urban has proven he can pull off skinny jeans.
Or, at least, he rocked them in the '80s, as seen in a throwback photo posted on Twitter on Wednesday to celebrate American Idol's Totally '80s-themed evening.
Originally posted 03/20/2015 01:00PM
"And I'm not saying that because they're my kids," the American Idol judge jokes to PEOPLE
Originally posted 03/20/2015 12:10PM
Week one includes a cameo from mom, and an admission that, yes, he wears jeans!
Originally posted 03/19/2015 10:45PM
[YOUTUBE "Hn16g2NSW4Q"] When American Idol went to the movies this week, contestant Quentin Alexander stole the show.
The New Orleans native stripped down Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta's "You're the One That I Want" from Grease and wowed Thursday's crowd despite never having seen the 1978 musical.
Originally posted 03/13/2015 11:35AM
[YOUTUBE "UpHJ73bSug8"] So … about that proposed Empire concert series …
Empire costars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray (aka Yazz the Greatest) stopped by American Idol on Wednesday night to give the idea a test run of sorts in a performance of their song "No Apologies."
Originally posted 03/12/2015 10:50PM
[YOUTUBE "YeSK21VmIE0"] If you've ever wondered what Iggy Azalea would sound like if she were transported to the 1920s – and even if you haven't – American Idol's Joey Cook had the performance for you on Thursday.
Cook, 23, is known to Idol fans for her quirky image and accordion-accompanied performances but on Thursday night the Woodbridge, Virginia, native wowed the crowd with her own rendition of the Aussie rapper's hit song.
Based on an arrangement by Postmodern Jukebox, blue-haired Cook wowed the crowd with her performance and had judge Jennifer Lopez dancing in her seat.
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