10:18 PM EDT 04/17/2014
Originally posted 04/03/2014 07:00AM
History repeated itself for American Idol's Top 8 Wednesday night, as they re-sang the audition songs that originally earned them golden tickets to Hollywood.
Malaya Watson, 16, channeled her inner Aretha Franklin, belting a version of "Ain't No Way" that had Keith Urban on his feet.
"You had this voice right from day one, you just needed to be with it," Urban said. "You were with it tonight."
Originally posted 03/27/2014 09:30PM
The attention may have been on gummy bears and host Ryan Seacrest's feet on Wednesday, but Thursday's American Idol was all about the contestants.
Following a night of strong performances, most of the contestants likely felt positive about their chances of making it through to next week, with the judges giving a big shout-out to the likes of Caleb Johnson (who rocked Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused") and Jena Irene (who wowed with her rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life").
Originally posted 03/27/2014 07:15PM
American Idol has been on the air for 13 seasons, but somehow there are still plenty of behind-the-scenes tidbits you can't see from home.
"There is a lot of stuff that I did not know," contestant Dexter Roberts tells PEOPLE.
So what are these unearthed gems? Here are five secrets about the FOX reality show.
Originally posted 03/27/2014 08:15AM
American Idol's Top 9 unleashed their inner rock star Wednesday, tackling songs that fit into the theme "I'm with the Band."
While most of the performers hit some high notes in their performances, the theme was a perfect fit for a few singers who have already drawn comparisons to lead singers from legendary bands.
Leading the pack was Caleb Johnson, 22, who rocked the stage, going toe-to-toe with the band as they jammed "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin.
Originally posted 03/20/2014 08:00PM
Following a shocking elimination last week, the American Idol top 10 eagerly awaited to hear their fate as another contestant was in risk of being sent home Thursday.
The top 10 had been predominately successful performing Billboard top 10 hits on Wednesday night's performance show, but that did not save some of them from being in jeopardy of elimination.
Keep reading for all the results ...
Originally posted 03/20/2014 07:00AM
American Idol's Top 10 took on Top 10 songs, but only a couple of performers soared to the top of the judges' charts.
Perhaps the best performance of the night, however, belonged to Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., who switched seats in the middle of the show and did spot-on impressions of one other, with Connick nailing Urban's Australian accent, and Urban mimicking Harsh Harry's often high-brow criticism, spouting phrases like "the monotone pentatonic" and "genomial parallax."
Malaya Watson's rendition of "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars not only earned her raves but also flowers: The song includes the lyrics "I should've bought you flowers," but the 16-year-old admitted no one ever had, so Idol did (although it was charged to Connick's credit card).
Originally posted 03/19/2014 10:20AM
American Idol's Top 13 are just as excited to watch the show as couch potatoes as the viewers are at home. It's just a different couch.
"You get to watch a free concert right in front of you and also feel a part of the TV show. It's fun," contestant C.J. Harris, 23, tells PEOPLE of spending the performance shows watching from the blue couches in the stageside contestants' lounge.
In seasons past, the contestants have spent the performance shows backstage until it's their turn to grab the mic. But the season 13 singers are unanimously excited to watch their fellow competitors.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:20PM
Jason Aldean once claimed his fling with Brittany Kerr was in the past. Well, now it's firmly in the present.
Originally posted 03/16/2014 04:30PM
Harry Connick, Jr. has plenty of fans, but his thorough critiques as a judge on American Idol have earned him a memorable nickname on the show: "Harsh Harry."
Not that he minds.
"I hear that I have the reputation more than people actually say it," the singer told reporters after last Thursday's results show.
"No one has ever come up to me and said, 'You're harsh.' I do think some people may be taken aback by some of the things I choose to say, but I don't interpret telling somebody, 'This is what you could work on' as harsh."
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