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Originally posted 03/28/2012 03:45PM
Randy Jackson said she was one of the best singers in the competition.
But the American Idol judge and his costars, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, weren't willing to save Erika Van Pelt from elimination last week.
Now, the DJ and singer from Rhode Island is voicing her opinion on her early departure, which she says took her by surprise.
"I definitely felt a little shafted by their decision not to save me," she tells PEOPLE, referring to the panel's ability to veto the audience's decision one time during the season. "It's one of those things that, in hindsight, I'm looking at it like they didn't want to use their save this early."
Originally posted 04/30/2011 02:00PM
When Casey Abrams sang the final line, "you're mine," from Jay Hawkins's tune "I Put a Spell On You" to fellow contestant Haley Reinhart after being voted off of American Idol Thursday, many wondered if they were really dating.
"The touch and the look we had was just perfect," says Abrams. But their connection does not go beyond friendship, according to the booted singer.
"The friend thing works and when we sing together it just feels good," he says. "It's like a nice fitting glove."
Detailing his bond with Reinhart, the status of his health and what Jennifer Lopez said she's going to miss about him, Abrams, 20, speaks to PEOPLE.
Originally posted 04/28/2011 02:00PM
After a night dedicated to the music of singer-songwriter Carole King, the top six contestants remaining on American Idol spoke to reporters about the pressing issues of the night.
Who's that guy? And how was Miley Cyrus?
Did Lauren Alaina know Brett, the boy she pulled up on stage to sit next to her during her rendition of "Where You Lead"? "I wanted a cute guy up there and he's an intern for American Idol," Alaina said, "They said if he looked like he enjoyed it, he can't get fired because he's not getting paid, so it just worked out. I don't even really know him!"
As for meeting her idol Miley Cyrus (producer Jimmy Iovine more-than favorably compared her to the superstar when she sang "The Climb"), Alaina said, "I love her! She's got a lot of the same, what do you call it, sense of humor? We have the same sense of humor."
Originally posted 04/15/2011 09:10AM
Who says you can never go home?
American Idol's original winner, Kelly Clarkson, returned to the stage where she first stepped into the spotlight and sang "Don't You Want to Stay" with country singer Jason Aldean on Thursday night's elimination show.
Ryan Seacrest introduced her as "someone the world knows as the platinum-selling Grammy winner, but to us she's the girl who started it all."
Originally posted 03/30/2011 04:10PM
Viewers voted to eject Casey Abrams from American Idol last week, only to have the judges, in one tension-filled moment, fight back to use their one precious save to keep him.
But with adrenaline pumping and emotions running high, was that the right choice? Most definitely, insists Jennifer Lopez.
"It was crazy. And we knew that it was kind of a radical decision because it was so early in the season," the judge explained to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Wednesday.
Originally posted 03/11/2011 10:30AM
At a time when he would surely like to be focused on singing, American Idol contestant Casey Abrams is dealing with a health scare.
The singer, who was absent from Thursday's elimination show, has ulcerative colitis, a source tells PEOPLE.
The condition, which causes abdominal pain and cramping, was treated at a hospital in Los Angeles, where Abrams, 20, received two blood transfusions Thursday night.
Originally posted 03/10/2011 08:40PM
One of American Idol's favorite contestants has been hospitalized – for the second time this season.
After thrilling judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez with a performance of Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends" on Wednesday night, Casey Abrams was missing in action on Thursday's elimination show.
"You'll notice that Casey is missing from the group. He is unfortunately sick and in the hospital right now," Ryan Seacrest said at the opening of the show. "Wave to him ... We know you're watching buddy, feel better – shout out to the nurses. Get back here soon, okay?"
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