11:10 PM EDT 10/18/2014

Add PEOPLE News

American Idol

Credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Landov
What Idol Contestants Really Think About Harry Connick Jr.

American Idol

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.

Read More

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX
American Idol's Top 13 Features Some Surprise Picks

American Idol

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.

Read More

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

American Idol

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."

Read More

Credit: Todd Williamson/Invision/AP
American Idol: Randy Jackson Returns as the Top 10 Girls Perform

American Idol

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.

Read More

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX(2)
American Idol's Latest Twist: Viewers Choose the Final Top 30 Singer | Drake, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez

American Idol

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.

Read More

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

American Idol

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."

Read More

Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX
American Idol's Group Round Brings the Mama Drama

American Idol

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.

Read More

Credit: Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP
American Idol: An Air Force Singer and 'Chipmunk' Country Crooner Soar

American Idol

American Idol: An Air Force Singer and 'Chipmunk' Country Crooner Soar

Originally posted 01/31/2014 07:45AM

The final tickets to Hollywood were handed out on Thursday's American Idol, and the last singer to book a seat on the plane reminded Harry Connick Jr. of … Barbara Mandrell?

Referring to the popular '70s and '80s country singer and TV star, Connick told Tessa Kate, a 25-year-old from Branson, Mo., that she had the same timeless "vibe."

Kate sang "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash and although Jennifer Lopez said the guitar-playing performer "almost went into chipmunk territory" with her high-pitched notes, Keith Urban said, "You've got your own lane."

Read More

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX (2)
American Idol: Kids Rule the Night

American Idol

American Idol: Kids Rule the Night

Originally posted 01/24/2014 08:05AM

If the Atlanta auditions on Thursday night's American Idol are any indication, "Hotlanta" might soon be known as "Totlanta."

Read More

Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX
American Idol: Harry Connick Jr.'s Hilariously Bad Audition

American Idol

American Idol: Harry Connick Jr.'s Hilariously Bad Audition

Originally posted 01/23/2014 06:45AM

There have been a lot of awful auditions over the past 13 seasons of American Idol, but there was one so bad Wednesday night that it might even top William Hung's infamous performance.

Read More

From Our Partners