03:56 PM EDT 05/07/2013
Originally posted 05/06/2013 11:00AM
Familiar roads, fried chicken and plenty of tears – that's what awaited American Idol's final three contestants when they ventured back to their hometowns as newly-minted stars.
On Saturday, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover returned to Massachusetts, Texas and South Carolina, respectively.
Here's what they had to tell PEOPLE about their emotional visits:
Originally posted 04/12/2013 11:25AM
The end of the line is just the beginning of the story.
So it is for Lazaro Arbos, who learned Thursday, after several tough weeks, that his American Idol dream is over.
But all that means is he can focus on his other dreams – one in particular, which involves a visit to the glee club at William McKinley High School.
Originally posted 03/30/2012 01:45PM
The judges sent Heejun Han packing Thursday night on American Idol, but the notorious joker's television career may not be over.
"I'm gonna definitely make something out of [this experience] by doing anything that's in front of me: acting, comedy, sitcom, singing, dancing, – just not adult films," Han told reporters following Thursday night's results show.
According to the ousted contestant, he's received encouragement to pursue a comedy career from an unlikely source: judge Randy Jackson.
Originally posted 09/03/2011 04:00PM
No more Ms. Nice for American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez.
The singer admits that she and her cohorts on the panel – Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler – recently had their most combative disagreement since coming together as a threesome on last season's show.
"Me and Randy and Steve got into our first fight. I got really, really upset," Lopez, 42, told Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show Friday.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 11:30AM
The final two performed three songs each – who has the winning edge? Vote!
Originally posted 05/05/2011 08:45AM
Elvis is back in the building.
Scotty McCreery made his mark on Wednesday's American Idol – which presented the final five, with Sheryl Crow mentoring – by bringing out the big guns: Elvis's sentimental chesnut "Always on My Mind." He sang it with the easy inevitability of bread browning in a toaster. Jennifer Lopez said he'd proven his versatility. "Beautiful," said Steven Tyler.
Each singer got to sing twice on Wednesday – one contemporary song and one classic. McCreery also covered Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," and it was a total smash and surprise, chugging along with locomotive energy. "I saw you dance with the devil tonight, and that's a good thing for you," said Steven.
Originally posted 02/21/2011 07:45AM
Scott MacIntyre, the first-ever blind American Idol finalist who endeared himself to millions during season 8, has now found "the one."
MacIntyre, 25, and fiancée Christina Teich plan to wed later this year.
They will also make their first public appearance together this Thursday at the first-ever Idol Prom (formerly the American Idol Top 24 party) at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
Originally posted 02/15/2011 02:10PM
Don't expect any barbs to be exchanged, because – despite well-circulated reports from a London tabloid – Simon Cowell is not upset with Jennifer Lopez for signing on as a judge on American Idol instead of his new show, X Factor.
A source close to X Factor tells PEOPLE: "Jennifer really wanted to do X Factor, but Simon Cowell and the show's producers pulled out of negotiations out of respect for Fox [which airs Idol]."
Originally posted 01/19/2011 02:40PM
Is there another golden-voiced homeless man out there?
Alex Lambert, a shy Texan known for having one of the best singing voices on last season's American Idol, writes in a series of Tweets that he's been "Sleepin' on the street" since wrapping the Web-based series If I Can Dream in October.
"Alright so I didn't want to bring my person (sic) life to my fans but I'm about to freak out if I don't tell yall the truth!" he wrote in the wee hours of Tuesday morning before dropping the bombshell: "Ever since IICD ended I've been kinda homless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings."
Originally posted 11/18/2010 05:00PM
Winning American Idol just got tougher.
According to the show's executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, the competition will be whittled down to the top 12 contestants – and skip having the top 24.
"I didn't think [the top 24] were very good," Lythgoe tells TV Guide of previous seasons. "I was bored with them by the time they got there."
He's also creating more difficult challenges for the contestants, including having them make music videos, promote themselves, and work on awards show-style performances.
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