09:20 AM EDT 06/05/2013
Originally posted 05/06/2013 03:45PM
American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox and her husband, musician Brian Walker, are calling it quits.
"After two and a half years, we have decided to end our marriage," the couple tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "The friendship and love which brought us together remains strong, and we will continue to support each other in our careers and personal lives. We are hopeful that people will be respectful of our privacy as we face this emotional and challenging time for our family."
Originally posted 05/03/2013 01:20PM
Harry Connick Jr. is leaving the door open for a big possibility – becoming a future judge on American Idol.
What's it going to take to place him in the hot seat? "$600 million," Connick, whose new record is due June 11, joked with reporters backstage after his turn as guest mentor on Thursday's show.
He could learn a few things from Mariah Carey's shrewd negotiations for her salary of $18 million. Forbes magazine estimated this season's payroll alone to be $54 million. Last season, judge Jennifer Lopez took home $15 million.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 09:05PM
After performing two songs each – a pop hit and a standard – on Wednesday night, American Idol's fabulous final four women faced elimination on Thursday.
Last week, Amber Holcomb and frontrunner Candice Glover were in the bottom two. But in a twist, no one was sent home. This week, the singer with the lowest number of votes wasn't so lucky.
And the stakes are high. Not only will the top three perform next week and stay in the running for the finale, but they will also get a hero's welcome when they go on the emotional hometown visits.
Keep reading to find out who was sent home – and who made season 12's top three ...
Originally posted 05/02/2013 12:00PM
Nicki Minaj didn't just imagine it. Candice Glover really has lost weight since being on American Idol this season – though admittedly, not always in the most healthy way.
"We're under so much pressure, and we're going and going and going. You sometimes forget to eat until you get in the car and you're like, 'Oh ... gosh. I haven't eaten!' " the Idol finalist, 23, told PEOPLE after Wednesday's show.
Minaj commented on Glover's appearance after her amazing performance of "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars. "I don't know if you lost weight, but baby girl, you look good," she said.
And that left Glover thrilled.
Originally posted 05/01/2013 10:55PM
Last week's surprise non-elimination round left American Idol's Amber Holcomb and Candice Glover with the lowest number of votes.
So on Wednesday's show, the pressure was on for them to make up ground against Angie Miller and Kree Harrison.
Thanks to an extremely up-and-down night – that featured some controversial coaching by mentor Harry Connick Jr. – they may have done just that.
Originally posted 04/25/2013 09:45PM
Twelve seasons into American Idol, things can sometimes get very predictable. Contestants will sing, judges will judge, America will vote and someone will go home. So at the beginning of Thursday's show, Ryan Seacrest teased the audience: "In just a bit," he said, "I will announce some shocking news that will affect the judges and turn the competition upside down."
After a group performance of Alicia Keys's "Girl on Fire" by the top four contestants (Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison), the weekly segment sponsored by Ford, a surprise appearance by Drake (mostly for Candice's benefit), a performance by season 9 winner Lee DeWyze (his new single is "Silver Lining") and other filler, it was time for the twist to be announced. What would it be?
Seacrest split the finalists into two groups. Candice and Amber were on one side of the stage, Kree and Angie were on the other. To the displeasure of the audience, Seacrest announced that Candice and Amber were the bottom two. The judges also looked stumped.
Originally posted 04/24/2013 10:40PM
Now that American Idol has whittled the competition down to its final four female contenders, it suddenly seems like one of the underdogs might end up on top.
After a season in which Kree Harrison and Candice Glover always appeared to be the frontrunners, on Wednesday's show it was Amber Holcomb and Angie Miller's turn to shine.
Amber – decked out in a flowy white pants suit – started off the night with a personal song choice, Celine Dion's "The Power of Love," and got a standing ovation from three of the judges (Mariah Carey remained in her seat but did blow a few kisses).
Originally posted 04/22/2013 03:45PM
Looking healthy and strong, Fantasia Barrino was welcomed back to American Idol last week, singing her new song "Lose to Win," and earning approval from the show's stars and fans for taking charge of her personal life and career.
"Everyone was saying how happy they were to see me at this place," she told PEOPLE. "I think my happiness and peace is now finally showing and so they were all like 'just stay right here.' "
Since she shot to fame to win season 3 of the show in 2004, the dynamic vocalist has chased ups and downs as she paired fame with motherhood and struggled to handle her new world in the spotlight.
Originally posted 04/18/2013 09:30PM
Now it gets interesting.
Week after week, we've watched American Idol's male finalists leave the competition. It hardly mattered in which order the guys went home – an all-female final five was basically preordained from the beginning. But after Lazaro Arbos left last week, all bets were off for Thursday's elimination night.
It says something about the quality of this season's finalists that any of them could win the competition – and they will all probably find some niche in the music industry after the show.
Originally posted 04/18/2013 10:55AM
Angie Miller brought down the house Wednesday on American Idol with a rousing, emotional tribute to Boston – and later told PEOPLE that, believe it or not, she wished she could have been there Monday.
The 19-year-old Idol finalist, who hails from Beverly, Mass., north of Boston, played a stunning piano rendition of "I'll Stand By You" by the Pretenders – bringing the judges and audience to their feet in what's been a gut-wrenching week following the attacks at the Boston marathon. (Watch her performance below.)
After the show, Miller told PEOPLE about why she picked this particular song from the year she was born and how her loved ones are doing back east.
"I have lots of family, lots of friends, who ran [the marathon] and were there. So, yeah, it wasn't a great day," she said. "It's so weird, but I wish I could have been there. That's weird saying that, but I just wish I could have been there with my friends and family, and just been with them."
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