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Nick Fradiani Wins American Idol – and Releases His First Music Video!

Originally posted 05/13/2015 10:00PM

Clark Beckham or Nick Fradiani?

That was the question on everyone's mind at the star-studded finale of American Idol on Wednesday.

Beckham, 22, and Fradiani, 29, bested 10 other finalists and thousands of other hopefuls during season 14, but in the end only one of them could be named the penultimate American Idol.

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Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. React to 'Bittersweet' End of American Idol

Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. React to 'Bittersweet' End of American Idol

Originally posted 05/13/2015 08:10AM

It won't be an easy goodbye for American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

The judges of the singing reality competition series opened up about digesting the news of the show's cancellation, which Fox announced Monday.

"Do I believe that it's really ending? I have not come to terms with that yet," Lopez, 45, told reporters backstage after Tuesday night's show. "I might not."

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Who Are the American Idol Final 2? And Who Will Win? | American Idol, American Idol

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Who Will Win American Idol?

Originally posted 05/12/2015 09:45PM

They had to beat out 10 other finalists, but Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani are now just one vote away from being declared the 14th – and second-to–last – winner of American Idol.

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Behind the Decision to End American Idol | American Idol, American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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Behind the Decision to End American Idol

Originally posted 05/11/2015 02:15PM

The choice to end American Idol did not come easily for Fox, who told reporters on Monday that the decision was an "emotional" one.

"American Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run, and we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and, collectively, we all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end," said Gary Newman, chairman and CEO at Fox.

The exec added that the show's 15th and final season, which will air in 2016 and will follow the same format as this year – that is, once a week and without a separate results show – will be a "season-long celebration. We're already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special."

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FROM EW: American Idol Has Been Canceled After 15 Seasons

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FROM EW: American Idol Has Been Canceled After 15 Seasons

Originally posted 05/11/2015 08:15AM

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Ryan Seacrest will be a part of AI's 15th and final season

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American Idol's Jax Performs a Haunting Version of 'My Immortal'

Originally posted 05/06/2015 10:35PM

Jackie Cole may only be 19 years old, but she's already enough of a diva to go by just one name – Jax.

The American Idol contestant has been a front-runner since early on in season 14, and Wednesday night she proved she deserves to be the only girl left in the competition.

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American Idol: Rayvon Owen Performs A Soulful Version of 'Need You Now'

Originally posted 04/29/2015 09:50PM

As judge Jennifer Lopez put it, American Idol's Rayvon Owen is "a cat with nine lives."

For the past four episodes, Owen has been one of two contestants in danger of going home. But week by week he skated by – and on Wednesday's episode, he did it again.

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American Idol's Clark Beckham Channels Sam Smith While Performing 'Yesterday'

Originally posted 04/22/2015 10:15PM

This season of American Idol just may belong to Clark Beckham.

Following a string of strong performances, the season 14 contestant, 22, once again garnered rave reviews from the judges on Wednesday.

"It was beautiful," judge Keith Urban told Beckham after his rendition of The Beatles' "Yesterday." "When you started singing that, I thought ... 'That's a much older song.' And listening to the way people responded to it, it [was] like if Sam Smith did it now. It [was] current, fresh."

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Harry Connick Jr. Posts Adorable #TBT Photo on His Anniversary

Harry Connick Jr. Posts Sweet Anniversary Photo on Instagram

Originally posted 04/16/2015 02:10PM

It had to be her!

Though he had a tense night on Wednesday's American Idol, you wouldn't know it based on Harry Connick Jr.'s upbeat social media dedication to his wife on Thursday.

The singer made good use of the #tbt meme and melted hearts with a sweet shot from his and wife Jill Goodacre's 1994 nuptials.

"21 years with the greatest woman on earth… happy anniversary, Jill," the American Idol judge, 47, wrote of the former Victoria's Secret model, 51, with whom he has three daughters.

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American Idol's Quentin Alexander Sounds Off on Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Disrespectful' Behavior

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American Idol's Quentin Alexander Sounds Off on Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Disrespectful' Behavior

Originally posted 04/15/2015 11:55PM

"You've Got a Friend in Me" doesn't appear to be a song Quentin Alexander and Harry Connick Jr. will be singing together any time soon.

Things got tense between the American Idol contestant and judge on Wednesday night after Connick took offense to comments made by Alexander on the show.

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