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American Idol's Top 8 Put a Fresh Spin on Their Audition Songs | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

American Idol

American Idol's Top 8 Put a Fresh Spin on Their Audition Songs

Originally posted 04/03/2014 07:00AM

History repeated itself for American Idol's Top 8 Wednesday night, as they re-sang the audition songs that originally earned them golden tickets to Hollywood.

Malaya Watson, 16, channeled her inner Aretha Franklin, belting a version of "Ain't No Way" that had Keith Urban on his feet.

"You had this voice right from day one, you just needed to be with it," Urban said. "You were with it tonight."

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See the Full Star-Studded ACM Awards Lineup Here First

ACM Awards Talent Lineup for Sunday Reaches for the Stars

Originally posted 04/02/2014 11:20AM

Hold on to your cowboy hats – the star-studded list of performers and presenters has been announced for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards this Sunday, April 6.

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Did the Idol Judges Save a Contestant from Elimination? | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

American Idol

Did the American Idol Judges Save a Contestant from Elimination?

Originally posted 03/27/2014 09:30PM

The attention may have been on gummy bears and host Ryan Seacrest's feet on Wednesday, but Thursday's American Idol was all about the contestants.

Following a night of strong performances, most of the contestants likely felt positive about their chances of making it through to next week, with the judges giving a big shout-out to the likes of Caleb Johnson (who rocked Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused") and Jena Irene (who wowed with her rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life").

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American Idol's Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene Rock It Out

American Idol

American Idol: Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene Rock It Out

Originally posted 03/27/2014 08:15AM

American Idol's Top 9 unleashed their inner rock star Wednesday, tackling songs that fit into the theme "I'm with the Band."

While most of the performers hit some high notes in their performances, the theme was a perfect fit for a few singers who have already drawn comparisons to lead singers from legendary bands.

Leading the pack was Caleb Johnson, 22, who rocked the stage, going toe-to-toe with the band as they jammed "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin.

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American Idol: Malaya Watson and Alex Preston Shine

American Idol

American Idol: Malaya Watson and Alex Preston Shine

Originally posted 03/20/2014 07:00AM

American Idol's Top 10 took on Top 10 songs, but only a couple of performers soared to the top of the judges' charts.

Perhaps the best performance of the night, however, belonged to Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., who switched seats in the middle of the show and did spot-on impressions of one other, with Connick nailing Urban's Australian accent, and Urban mimicking Harsh Harry's often high-brow criticism, spouting phrases like "the monotone pentatonic" and "genomial parallax."

Malaya Watson's rendition of "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars not only earned her raves but also flowers: The song includes the lyrics "I should've bought you flowers," but the 16-year-old admitted no one ever had, so Idol did (although it was charged to Connick's credit card).

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Did American Idol Lose Another Contestant? | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

American Idol

Did American Idol Lose Another Contestant?

Originally posted 03/14/2014 07:55AM

With a spot on the American Idol tour bus on the line, tension was high as the Top 11 were told their fate Thursday after America's vote.

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American Idol's Jena Irene, C.J. Harris and Alex Preston Stand Out from the Pack | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

American Idol

American Idol: Jena Irene, C.J. Harris and Alex Preston Stand Out from the Pack

Originally posted 03/13/2014 07:00AM

American Idol's Top 11 sang songs from the cinema on Wednesday, but who possessed the Gravity to impress the judges and which contestants are destined to be Gone with the Wind?

Jena Irene, 17, who was in the Bottom 3 last week, earned a standing ovation from Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, and a prolonged ovation from the crowd, following her electrifying performance of "Decode" at the piano.

Urban said there was a "ferocity" about the way she performed the Twilight song, comparing it to "hurtling along the edge of a cliff," while Lopez called it the best performance of the night and yelled, "America, get on board!"

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American Idol Sends Home a Top 12 Contestant | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

American Idol

American Idol Sends Home a Top 12 Contestant

Originally posted 03/06/2014 09:05PM

"Harsh Harry" has been out in full force, but it was the fans who made the important decision of who was going home on American Idol Thursday.

"I just want them to get better," Harry Connick Jr. said to fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban after a particularly negative critique on Wednesday night's performance show that left at least one contestant in tears.

While no contestants received universal praise from the judges Wednesday, Urban had guaranteed finalists Sam Woolf and Emily Piriz that they would be safe despite the tough criticism.

But who did America deem worthy of another week in the competition?

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Why Was American Idol's Majesty Rose Crying Backstage?

American Idol

UpdatePosted 03/06/2014 02:40PM

Majesty Rose Was Crying Backstage on American Idol'

Originally posted 03/06/2014 11:50AM

American Idol contestant Majesty Rose put on a brave face for the cameras while receiving a harsh critique Wednesday night, but afterwards she worked hard to hold back the tears.

"Right now I just want to cry," Rose, 21, told PEOPLE backstage. "I performed last, and I just came out of it so you guys get the raw Majesty."

After wowing the crowd with her version of Coldplay's "Fix You," Rose was met with some negative criticism from judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and "Harsh" Harry Connick Jr.

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Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Set to Perform at ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Set to Perform at ACM Awards

Originally posted 03/06/2014 07:45AM

They're not only happy to be nominated – they're happy to take the stage and rock out.

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