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Idol's Alex Preston Has Famous Fans – X Factor Duo Alex & Sierra

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American Idol's Alex Preston Has Support of The X Factor Winners Alex & Sierra

Originally posted 02/27/2014 11:55AM

As a competitor, it is always good to have winners in your corner.

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American Idol's Top 13: Some Girls Shine, Others Falter

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American Idol's Top 13: Some Girls Shine, Others Falter

Originally posted 02/27/2014 06:50AM

American Idol's Top 13 debuted Wednesday, choosing songs that expressed who they are as artists and people.

And, overall, the girls did a better job of that, according to the judges, with Emily Piriz, 18, singing Pink's "Glitter in the Air," and earning unabashed praise from tough, oft-booed Harry Connick Jr. who said simply, "I'm proud of you."

"That was big for Harry!" Jennifer Lopez laughed, with Urban immediately adding, "I was waiting for the 'but.' "

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What Idol Contestants Really Think About Harry Connick Jr.

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UpdatePosted 02/26/2014 07:00PM

What American Idol's Contestants Really Think About Harry Connick Jr.

Originally posted 02/22/2014 03:30PM

Harry Connick Jr. has only been on American Idol for half a season but he has already been booed more than his fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban combined.

"As a performer you really hope to not be booed but here it just shows that the audience is really engaged," Connick, 46, tells PEOPLE.

And despite the negative critiques some of the contestants have received throughout the season, they remain positive about the jazz artist and his comments.

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Can a PEOPLE Reporter Cut It at Idol's Rigorous Boot Camp?

Can a PEOPLE Reporter Cut It at Idol's Rigorous Boot Camp?

Originally posted 02/20/2014 10:00AM

After one phone call, PEOPLE reporter Patrick Gomez found himself among the top 31 American Idol contestants for a star-making workshop

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Jessica Simpson Shows Off Her Mini American Idol Fan – Son Ace | Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson Shows Off Her Mini American Idol Fan – Son Ace

Originally posted 02/21/2014 02:15PM

The designer shares a sweet black and white photo on Instagram of her baby boy watching the reality singing competition

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American Idol's First Openly Gay Singer Explains Her Decision to Come Out

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American Idol's First Openly Gay Singer Explains Her Decision to Come Out

Originally posted 02/21/2014 10:00AM

American Idol has always embraced diversity, but M.K. Nobilette is breaking barriers as the singing competition's first openly gay contestant. And on balance, she is pleased with the public's reaction.

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American Idol's Top 13 Features Some Surprise Picks

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American Idol's Top 13 Features Some Surprise Picks

Originally posted 02/21/2014 06:15AM

Who made the Top 13 on Thursday night's American Idol?

Dim the lights …

After the nationwide vote, America's Top 5 Girls are Malaya Watson, Emily Piriz, Jessica Meuse, Majesty Rose and MK Nobilette.

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American Idol: Early Favorites Make the Top 10 Boys | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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American Idol: Early Favorites Make the Top 10 Boys

Originally posted 02/20/2014 06:30AM

It may have been ladies night Tuesday on American Idol, but the boys stole the spotlight Wednesday.

Once again, the judges only called to the stage the 10 singers who impressed them most, eliminating the remaining five.

Rocker Caleb Johnson, 22, kicked things off and stayed true to form with "Stay With Me," a "real rock star" performance according to Jennifer Lopez, who added, "It's your time."

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American Idol: Randy Jackson Returns as the Top 10 Girls Perform

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American Idol: Randy Jackson Returns as the Top 10 Girls Perform

Originally posted 02/19/2014 06:15AM

There were new twists, familiar faces and loads of drama on American Idol Tuesday night, as the ladies kicked off the first of the live performance shows.

The new twists? In what was dubbed Rush Week, the judges reviewed tapes of the Top 15 Girls and picked the 10 that impressed them the most to perform, surprising the ladies one at a time.

The familiar faces? Randy Jackson, the "Dogfather" of Idol, was back to mentor the contestants, leading a sort of Rush Week "wisdom workshop" for the pledges, which included vocal coaching from former Idol contestants Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, and guidance from stylists, a movement coach, and a pair of spiritual advisers.

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American Idol's Latest Twist: Viewers Choose the Final Top 30 Singer | Drake, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez

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American Idol's Latest Twist: Viewers Choose the Final Top 30 Singer

Originally posted 02/14/2014 07:40AM

The final contestants were added to American Idol's Top 30 Thursday night … almost.

In a surprise twist, the judges couldn't decide which singer would round out the Top 15 Boys and, for the first time, are leaving it up to America to choose.

And it all came down to the odd couple: country singer Ben Briley, 24, who sang "Stars" for his final solo performance, and silky voiced Neco Starr, 22, who sang "Halo" by Beyoncé despite battling a cold.

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