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Inside American Idol Contestant Joey Cook's 'Beautiful' Engagement

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Inside American Idol Contestant Joey Cook's 'Beautiful' Engagement

Originally posted 04/02/2015 01:30AM

Joey Cook has a lot to celebrate.

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American Idol: Who Slayed a Kelly Clarkson Song?

Originally posted 04/01/2015 10:50PM

American Idol took it back to the beginning on Wednesday with the Top 9 performing the songs of season 1 winner – and this week's mentorKelly Clarkson.

Some contestants stuck close to the original versions (as Nick Fradiani did with "Catch My Breath"), others gave Clarkson's hits an interesting twist (as newly engaged Joey Cook did with "Miss Independent"), but it was Clark Beckham, 22, who gave the performance of the evening.

"I have goosies from head to toe," judge Jennifer Lopez told Beckham after giving him a standing ovation for his rendition of Clarkson's "The Trouble with Love Is," which was featured in the 2003 film Love Actually.

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How Kelly Clarkson Mentored the American Idol Contestants

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How Kelly Clarkson Mentored the American Idol Contestants

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."

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Keith Urban on the One Critique He Can't Shake (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/01/2015 07:35AM

You'd think a musician as successful as Keith Urban would have been able to shake some of the criticisms he's received since starting out, especially because he's been doling out advice of his own on American Idol for so long.

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.

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Ryan Seacrest Gets Tie Feedback from J.Lo, the Hoff and More in This Week's Idol Video Blog

Ryan Seacrest Gets Tie Feedback from J.Lo, the Hoff and More in This Week's Idol Video Blog

Originally posted 03/26/2015 11:20AM

See the hilarious (and super-insidery) clip

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David Hasslehoff Performs a Killer '80s Medley on American Idol

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.

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Is That a Mullet? See Keith Urban's Old-School Photo for American Idol '80s Night!

Is That a Mullet? See Keith Urban's Old-School Photo for American Idol '80s Night!

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.

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Why Does Jennifer Lopez Think Her Kids Are 'Supersmart?'

Why Does Jennifer Lopez Think Her Kids Are 'Supersmart?'

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

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Ryan Seacrest Kicks Off His Idol Video Diary with an Insider Look Backstage

Ryan Seacrest Kicks Off His Idol Video Diary with an Insider Look Backstage

Originally posted 03/20/2015 12:10PM

Week one includes a cameo from mom, and an admission that, yes, he wears jeans!

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American Idol: Quentin Alexander Performs a Haunting Version of 'You're the One That I Want'

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.

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