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The Tense American Idol Moment Everyone Is Talking About

Originally posted 04/15/2015 09:40PM


Things got a little icy on American Idol Wednesday.

After a mostly well-received rendition of Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way," season 14 contestant Quentin Alexander appeared visibly upset.

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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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Surprise! Jennifer Lopez Shows Up to Celebrate Former Idol Star's Birthday

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Jennifer Lopez Surprises American Idol Singer Pia Toscano on Her Birthday

Originally posted 10/16/2014 11:15AM

Jennifer Lopez has been known to celebrate her birthday in epic fashion, but on Tuesday night it was all about her former backup singer, Pia Toscano.

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How American Idol's Michael Johns Possibly Died from a Simple Injury

How American Idol's Michael Johns Possibly Died from a Simple Injury

Originally posted 08/04/2014 08:35AM

The shocking death of American Idol finalist Michael Johns left his family, friends and fans reeling – and left many wondering about what caused it.

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The Real Reason Why Dexter Roberts Had to Leave the American Idol Tour

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American Idol Alum Dexter Roberts Has Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever

Originally posted 08/03/2014 07:30AM

Singer Dexter Roberts, who finished seventh place on last season's American Idol, abruptly left the show's live tour in July due to an unknown illness.

Now Roberts, 23, has shared via his Facebook page what was responsible for taking him down.

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5 Things You'll See on the American Idol Finale

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5 Things to Look Forward to Seeing on the American Idol Finale

Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:30PM

Finalists Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson may have put on quite a show Tuesday night but the American Idol producers are pulling out all the stops for Wednesday night's finale.

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Idol: The Final Three Bring Down the House with Memorable Performances | Alex Preston

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Idol: The Final Three Bring Down the House with Memorable Performances

Originally posted 05/15/2014 06:30AM

There was no place like home on Wednesday's American Idol, which celebrated its 500th episode with well wishes from former winners, as the final three visited their hometowns and had memorable performances in the lead-up to Tuesday's finale.

Powerhouse teen Jena Irene, hard rocker Caleb Johnson and indie artist Alex Preston each sang three songs, the first one selected by Randy Jackson, the second one by the judges and the final one picked by their hometowns.

It was not an easy night for Johnson, who was forced to sing with a small vocal cord hemorrhage that a doctor compared to "a runner running with a badly bruised ankle."

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All Three American Idol Judges Will Return Next Season: Source | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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All Three American Idol Judges Will Return Next Season: Source

Originally posted 05/08/2014 08:30PM

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the American Idol judges table next season, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

Dubbed "the New Dream Team" last fall, the trio have had a "fantastic" experience on the reality competition, says the source.

"They like and respect each other a lot. What you see on camera is exactly what you get when they're off – fun, playful but they all take this job very seriously."

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See Whose American Idol Performance Almost Made Jennifer Lopez Cry | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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Idol: Jennifer Lopez Almost in Tears over Jena Irene's Performance

Originally posted 05/08/2014 06:30AM

After a week filled with drama – including a surprising elimination and contestant chaos – Wednesday's American Idol was filled with love and a spellbinding performance.

With a visit to their hometowns on the line, the Final Four sang three love songs, one about a breakup, a make-up and a dedication.

But Jena Irene had the memorable moment of the night (and likely the season) when she improbably channeled Elvis Presley, playing the piano and singing "Can't Help Falling in Love," a stunning, "spellbinding" performance that had Jennifer Lopez sprinting onto the stage to kiss the 17-year-old.

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Idol's Alex Preston Delivers the Performance of the Night | Alex Preston

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American Idol: Alex Preston Delivers the Performance of the Night

Originally posted 05/01/2014 07:45AM

America will eventually pick the winner of American Idol, but – at least for Wednesday night – viewers got the chance to pick the songs.

With Jason Mraz mentoring, each Final Five contestant sang two songs chosen by viewers.

Alex Preston started the show with "Sweater Weather," which earned nice reviews but requests for more oomph.

"You could've made it more exciting to kick off the show," said Jennifer Lopez, although Harry Connick Jr. felt it was a "strong opening."

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