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American Idol's C.J. Harris: My Son Helped Me Through the Week

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American Idol's C.J. Harris: My Son Helped Me Through the Week

Originally posted 04/17/2014 07:00PM

C.J. Harris wants to be the next American Idol, but he has one fan that means more to him than all the others – his 2-year-old son, Jordan.

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American Idol: Jena Irene and Alex Preston Rule the Night | Alex Preston, Jena Irene

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American Idol: Jena Irene and Alex Preston Rule the Night

Originally posted 04/17/2014 07:35AM

American Idol's Top 7 turned the tables on one another Wednesday night, with each competitor picking a song for another finalist.

Demi Lovato even stopped by to tout her tour and serve as a pseudo-mentor and judge.

Jena Irene (sporting new Lea Michele bangs) stole the night with her emotionally powerful rendition of "Creep" (chosen by Caleb Johnson so she could "turn it into a big, beautiful theatrical rock song"), which she did, earning a standing ovation from Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez (clad in a backless, DayGlo yellow leather dress).

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Another American Idol Contestant Is Sent Home

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American Idol: Another Contestant Is Sent Home

Originally posted 04/10/2014 09:35PM

Oh, what a difference a week makes.

Last Thursday, the American Idol top 8 spent elimination night celebrating the judge's choice to use their only save of the season on contestant Sam Woolf, but this week the reality set in that there are no more second chances.

Coming off a strong night of performances on Wednesday's '80s-themed show, it was anyone's guess which of the remaining contestants would be placed in the bottom three and who would be sent home with the lowest number of votes.

Keep reading to find out who was eliminated.

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Jennifer Lopez's Crazy '80s Hair on American Idol Begs for a Beauty Debate

Jennifer Lopez's Crazy '80s Hair on American Idol Begs for a Beauty Debate

Originally posted 04/10/2014 08:30PM

Two editors go head-to-head about the judge's bold look

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Illness Almost Keeps Two American Idol Singers from Performing

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Illness Almost Keeps Two American Idol Singers from Performing

Originally posted 04/10/2014 11:25AM

This isn't how they wanted to go viral.

The American Idol Top 8 gave strong performances Wednesday night, but at least two of them almost weren't able to perform due to illness.

"In rehearsal today, my voice totally went out," Caleb Johnson told PEOPLE following his performance. "There was so much crud in my throat. I couldn't breathe. We had to lower the key just so I could get through it tonight."

Johnson, 22, says he came down with bronchitis last week and had to visit the doctor three times before his symptoms finally began to recede.

"It was awful," he told reporters of not being able to sing to his fullest potential on Wednesday. "My voice kind of went out towards the end of the song. I just thought, 'Oh, Jesus. Just let me get through it.' "

Johnson wasn't alone. Dexter Roberts also fell ill this past week.

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American Idol's Top 8 Go '80s: Check Out Keith's Mullet | Keith Urban

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American Idol's Top 8 Go Totally '80s: See Keith Urban's Mullet

Originally posted 04/10/2014 07:15AM

American Idol's Top 8 sang songs from the golden age of Madonna under the tutelage of season 7 winner David Cook Wednesday.

But who recaptured the '80s era of legwarmers, headbands and big hair the best (not counting Keith Urban, who opened the show sporting a clip-on mullet that had Ryan Seacrest calling him "Billy Ray Urban")?

Here are the singers who had "The Eye of the Tiger" and those who were more "Borderline."

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Second Child on the Way for American Idol Alum James Durbin

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Second Child on the Way for American Idol Alum James Durbin

Originally posted 04/07/2014 01:15PM

The musician and his wife Heidi are expecting their second child in November, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively

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Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman 'Does an Amazing Job' Keeping Family Together | Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman

Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman 'Does an Amazing Job' Keeping Family Together

Originally posted 04/06/2014 08:45PM

Keith Urban credits Nicole Kidman with keeping him organized.

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Did the American Idol Judges Use Their Save? | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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UpdatePosted 04/03/2014 09:45PM

Did the American Idol Judges Use Their Save?

Originally posted 04/03/2014 09:30PM

And another one bites the dust ... or did they?

With only two eliminations left before the American Idol judges lose their ability to use their Judge's Save, speculation was rampant that it would be used Thursday night.

The Top 8 all gave strong performances Wednesday of the songs they first auditioned with in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban, but three contestants still had to be placed in the bottom 3 by host Ryan Seacrest.

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Which Two American Idol Finalists Have Been Friends for Years?

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American Idol's C.J. Harris & Dexter Roberts Have Been Friends for Years

Originally posted 04/03/2014 09:00PM

All the American Idol contestants sang duets on Wednesday, but one pair had a head start on building chemistry.

"We've been friends for about five years," C.J. Harris told reporters of fellow contestant Dexter Roberts. "We performed our duet ["Alright" by Darius Rucker] back at home."

Harris, 23, and Roberts, 22, found each other randomly, and were brought together by music, while on spring break in Panama City.

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