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Who Was Sent Home on American Idol?

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American Idol: See Who Was Sent Home

Originally posted 02/27/2014 10:20PM

And then there were 12.

The American Idol Top 13 lost their first member on Thursday night just one day after wowing the judges and viewers with their strong first performances.

Sam Woolf, 17, Majesty Rose, 21, and M.K. Nobilette, 20, appeared to be early fan favorites but no one was guaranteed safe as host Ryan Seacrest informed the contestants who would be moving forward in the competition. Spoiler alert: Keep reading to find out who went home.

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Critics' Corner: 12 Things to See, Hear and Read This Week | Dakota Johnson, Kevin Spacey, Miley Cyrus

Critics' Corner: 12 Things to See, Hear and Read This Week

Originally posted 02/14/2014 12:00PM

Our critics name their top entertainment picks for this week, from Miley's Bangerz Tour to Game of Thrones on DVD

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American Idol's Candice Glover Has Lost 30 Pounds – Without Trying!

American Idol's Candice Glover Has Lost 30 Pounds – Without Trying!

Originally posted 07/11/2013 11:05AM

Candice Glover may have recently won American Idol, but she has also lost something, too – 30 lbs.!

"Over the course of the show, from January to May, I probably dropped 20 lbs. And I've lost about 10 more since the finale," Glover, 23, told PEOPLE Tuesday while rehearsing for the American Idol Live! 2013 Tour. 

"It is always good to be healthy, so I am happy about it."

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Idol's Candice & Kree Reflect on the Finale and Their Friendship

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American Idol: Candice Glover & Kree Harrison Reflect on Finale and Friendship

Originally posted 05/17/2013 05:15PM

Time slowed down, and when the moment of truth arrived, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison both found themselves muttering the other's name – each believing the night belonged to their close friend and rival.

"I was saying her name, because I was just certain he was going to say it, so I was like, 'Oh yeah, Kree, Kree, Kree,' and she was like, 'No, Candice, Candice, Candice,' " a stunned Glover told reporters shortly after Wednesday's American Idol finale.

In the end, Harrison was right. But while there is only one American Idol, these two women both found, in each other, a friend for life.

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American Idol Crowns Candice Glover Its Winner!

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UpdatePosted 05/17/2013 08:30AM

American Idol Crowns Candice Glover Its Winner!

Originally posted 05/16/2013 10:05PM

After months of auditions, eliminations, performances and judges' feedback, American Idol finally has its season 12 winner.

Candice Glover and Kree Harrison each performed three songs on Wednesday night – a favorite of their choice from the season, one picked by producer Simon Fuller and the song that would become the winner's first single – in front of fans, friends, family and the Idol judges at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Mariah Carey said, "It's going to be very, very difficult for America" to decide a winner. Indeed, PEOPLE readers voted, giving R&B diva Candice only a slight edge over authentic country girl Kree.

So, who's the winner? Candice Glover is the new American Idol! And Kree Harrison is season 12's runner-up.

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Watch Jennifer Hudson Perform with Candice Glover on Idol Finale (VIDEO)

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UpdatePosted 05/16/2013 10:45PM

Jennifer Hudson Returns to American Idol

Originally posted 05/16/2013 09:35PM

One of the biggest stars to grace the stage at the American Idol finale on Thursday night was the talent competition's own Jennifer Hudson.

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer – looking super slim in a black top and black jeans – took the stage to sing "Inseparable" with finalist Candice Glover.

Though Hudson, who was shockingly eliminated from the top seven of season 3, belted out high note after glorious high note, she let Candice, 23, have her a moment in the spotlight at the end of the song when she stood back and said, "Sing it, Candice."

And sing it she did! Candice held her own, hitting the final notes of the Natalie Cole song.

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POLL: Who Deserves to Win American Idol?

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American Idol: Does Kree Harrison or Candice Glover Deserve to Win?

Originally posted 05/16/2013 06:00PM

It couldn't be closer.

Candice Glover and Kree Harrison are in a virtual dead heat as they prepare to find out Thursday night which of them will be the next American Idol.

At this stage, it's less a battle than the final leg of a journey for these two powerful singers, who have become close friends – Harrison even fell asleep on Glover as they lounged around watching TV on Tuesday night, ahead of Wednesday's final performances. ("We just chilled and then she ordered some food," Candice told reporters Wednesday. "Me and Kree are, we get our fix by like coming to the center and knowing what we have to do the next day and getting as much rest as we possibly can.")

Each of them wants to win, of course, but neither seems to feel like the favorite.

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Mariah Carey Says Idol Finale Is 'Very, Very Difficult' to Call

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American Idol: Kree Harrison and Candice Glover Compete in the Finale

Originally posted 05/15/2013 09:55PM

The entire season of American Idol came down to three final performances from two dueling divas, country crooner Kree Harrison and R&B singer Candice Glover, on Wednesday night at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.

At the end of the night, Mariah Carey summed up the competition best. After noting that both women offered something special, she said, "It's going to be very, very difficult for America tonight."

But before one note was sung, Kree seemed to have an edge – she got a more rousing round of applause when host Ryan Seacrest asked the studio audience to cheer for their favorite. Then round one seemed to change up the momentum. Here's how it all played out ...

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Idol Showdown! Readers Take Sides in Candice vs. Kree

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American Idol: Readers Take Sides in Kree Harrison vs. Candice Glover

Originally posted 05/15/2013 08:00PM

It's an American Idol showdown!

Season 12's top two, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover, are facing off Wednesday on the final night of competition at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. And they couldn't be more talented – or different. Kree has an authentic country vibe while Candice is pure R&B diva. They each will sing their "coronation song," a song of their choice from the season and a song chosen by producer Simon Fuller.

Judges Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and the departing Randy Jackson are definitely making their opinions known as the contestants sing one more time for America's votes. But we want to know what you think about the all-female finale as it's happening.

Tweet your thoughts @peoplemag and your comment may end up right here on People.com.

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Would Alicia Keys Take Randy Jackson's Spot on American Idol?

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Alicia Keys Is Sad That Randy Jackson's Leaving American Idol

Originally posted 05/10/2013 07:00PM

With Randy Jackson's announcement that he is leaving American Idol, who will take the veteran judge's place?

The answer is probably not Alicia Keys, who performed her new single "Tears Always Win" on the Fox show Thursday night.

"I don't know if I'd want to be a judge," she told reporters after her performance.

The "Girl on Fire" singer did express her dismay that Jackson would be leaving the panel after 12 seasons.

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