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Idol's Alex Preston Delivers the Performance of the Night | Alex Preston

American Idol

American Idol: Alex Preston Delivers the Performance of the Night

Originally posted 05/01/2014 07:45AM

America will eventually pick the winner of American Idol, but – at least for Wednesday night – viewers got the chance to pick the songs.

With Jason Mraz mentoring, each Final Five contestant sang two songs chosen by viewers.

Alex Preston started the show with "Sweater Weather," which earned nice reviews but requests for more oomph.

"You could've made it more exciting to kick off the show," said Jennifer Lopez, although Harry Connick Jr. felt it was a "strong opening."

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UpdatePosted 04/29/2014 06:30PM

Watch Keith Urban Compete on an Australian Singing Competition Series

Originally posted 04/29/2014 02:00PM

Everyone starts somewhere.

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American Idol: Caleb Johnson Has the Moment of the Night | Caleb Johnson

American Idol

American Idol: Caleb Johnson Has the Moment of the Night

Originally posted 04/24/2014 07:00AM

Just like Donny and Marie, American Idol's Top 6 were a little bit country and little bit rock 'n' roll Wednesday night.

Each contestant performed two songs, and the results were mixed for most, with judges' comments varying as much as the song selection.

Birthday boy Caleb Johnson had the super save and magical moment of the night while rocking "Sting Me" when he lost his mic before catching it without missing a beat.

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American Idol: Jena Irene and Alex Preston Rule the Night | Alex Preston, Jena Irene

American Idol

American Idol: Jena Irene and Alex Preston Rule the Night

Originally posted 04/17/2014 07:35AM

American Idol's Top 7 turned the tables on one another Wednesday night, with each competitor picking a song for another finalist.

Demi Lovato even stopped by to tout her tour and serve as a pseudo-mentor and judge.

Jena Irene (sporting new Lea Michele bangs) stole the night with her emotionally powerful rendition of "Creep" (chosen by Caleb Johnson so she could "turn it into a big, beautiful theatrical rock song"), which she did, earning a standing ovation from Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez (clad in a backless, DayGlo yellow leather dress).

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Country Stars Spill: The First Album I Ever Bought | Luke Bryan, Michael Jackson

Country Stars Spill: The First Album I Ever Bought

Originally posted 04/09/2014 05:00PM

When we asked some of country's biggest names to tell us about the first albums they ever bought, we discovered Carrie's alt-rock past, Brad's Bo and Luke obsession and quite possibly the inspiration behind Luke Bryan's famous moves! Don't believe us? Read on:

Luke Bryan
First album: "Michael Jackson's Thriller, and I loved it. Everybody in the U.S. had to be moonwalking!"

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Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman 'Does an Amazing Job' Keeping Family Together | Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman

Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman 'Does an Amazing Job' Keeping Family Together

Originally posted 04/06/2014 08:45PM

Keith Urban credits Nicole Kidman with keeping him organized.

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Prince George's 3-Week Adventure Begins, Selena Parties with the Jenners & More Weekend News

What You Missed Over The Weekend

Prince George's 3-Week Adventure Begins, Selena Gomez Parties with the Jenners & More Weekend News

Originally posted 04/06/2014 08:00PM

The accessory of the weekend: a cowboy hat.

But an adorable dog comes in at a close second. As Las Vegas goes country for the ACM Awards, here's what you missed:

5. Miley Cyrus Welcomes a New Furry Fan

As Cyrus grieves over the loss of her dog Floyd, she's found herself a cutie who's happy to lend a paw. The singer took to Twitter to introduce fans to Moonie, her new dog from her mother, Tish. Meet Moonie!

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Go Behind the Scenes at the ACM Awards with PEOPLE | Miranda Lambert

PEOPLE Takes You Behind the Scenes at the ACM Awards

Originally posted 04/06/2014 02:55PM

It's a good thing that what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas when Nashville's finest hit Sin City for the weekend.

PEOPLE headed to Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which take over the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday.

Not to brag, but we hung out with Keith Urban (swoon!), Miranda Lambert (hey, girl!) and more of your favorite country stars. From rehearsals to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival to the best cowboy hats in the business, here's your all-access pass to all of the down-home, downright awesome fun.

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Did the American Idol Judges Use Their Save? | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

American Idol

UpdatePosted 04/03/2014 09:45PM

Did the American Idol Judges Use Their Save?

Originally posted 04/03/2014 09:30PM

And another one bites the dust ... or did they?

With only two eliminations left before the American Idol judges lose their ability to use their Judge's Save, speculation was rampant that it would be used Thursday night.

The Top 8 all gave strong performances Wednesday of the songs they first auditioned with in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban, but three contestants still had to be placed in the bottom 3 by host Ryan Seacrest.

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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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