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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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Baby on the Way for Bucky Covington | Bucky Covington

Baby on the Way for Bucky Covington

Originally posted 02/13/2014 03:15PM

The country star and American Idol alum will become a dad this fall, he tells PEOPLE exclusively

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American Idol's Top 30 Includes the Show's First Openly Gay Contestant

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American Idol's Top 30 Includes the Show's First Openly Gay Contestant

Originally posted 02/13/2014 07:00AM

After thousands of auditions, hundreds of golden tickets and weeks of performances, there was a first on Wednesday's American Idol: An openly gay contestant made the Top 30.

M.K. Nobilette, 20, broke that barrier, saying, "I'm very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America … who will definitely hate me, but I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that."

"The world is changing," said Jennifer Lopez, "and we think you could be an American Idol."

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American Idol's Group Round Brings the Mama Drama

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American Idol's Group Round Brings the Mama Drama

Originally posted 02/07/2014 07:15AM

The group round of American Idol's Hollywood Week is always filled with drama, and this year was no exception: Harry Connick Jr. quit the competition.

As a joke, of course.

"I am dropping out of the judges' panel," Connick said, after the surprising exit of Tiquila Wilson, who quit without warning to follow her dreams of becoming a gospel artist.

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