09:38 AM EDT 04/23/2014
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."
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.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 06:30AM
American Idol's Hollywood Week featured a big twist this year – after touching down in L.A., all of the contestants were gathered in a airport hangar, where either their talent soared or they flew home.
A total of 52 singers, who the judges were on the fence about, were asked to sing a song of their choice to survive.
Following their impromptu performances, they were divided into groups and asked to get on one of two buses without knowing their final destination: A Hollywood hotel or the departure lounge. In the end 20 of those singers made it through – but the drama was just beginning.
Originally posted 01/31/2014 06:45PM
In case you forgot, she's still Jenny from the block.
Jennifer Lopez released a new music video on Thursday for her "I'm-still-a-straight-up-Bronxgal" single "Same Girl."
The American Idol judge went back to her roots, taking a camera crew back to her old neighborhood, the Bronx.
The video shows the 44-year-old walking the N.Y.C. streets and is reminiscent of her 2002 "Jenny From the Block" video (minus her then-beau Ben Affleck kissing her bikini-clad tush).
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."
Originally posted 01/30/2014 07:00AM
Keith Urban learned how a few encouraging words he spoke backstage after an awards show inspired a contestant who auditioned for American Idol on Wednesday.
Casey Thrasher, 22, a father of two young children from Tuscaloosa, Ala., recalled his unexpected yet inspirational meeting with Urban after the CMAs in 2012.
"You were humble enough to come over and speak to me. You said, 'I believe in you, brother,'" Thrasher said, before launching, appropriately enough, into an emotional performance of "Believe" by Brooks & Dunn.
Originally posted 01/28/2014 07:30AM
Jennifer Lopez has mellowed out a bit when it comes to rigorous exercise. But old habits die hard – and she admits to being conflicted about letting go of the drive to look perfect.
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.
Originally posted 01/17/2014 09:30AM
The second night of American Idol featured a few familiar faces and a whole lot of characters.
For the first time, a second-generation Idol hopeful earned a golden ticket: 15-year-old Tristen Langley – the son of season one's rocker girl Nikki McKibbin, who finished third behind Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini – sang a cool version of Sublime's "Santeria" to earn his way to Hollywood.
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