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5 Things You'll See on the American Idol Finale

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5 Things to Look Forward to Seeing on the American Idol Finale

Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:30PM

Finalists Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson may have put on quite a show Tuesday night but the American Idol producers are pulling out all the stops for Wednesday night's finale.

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American Idol: Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson Battle in the Finale

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American Idol: Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson Battle in the Finale

Originally posted 05/20/2014 09:35PM

After 75,000 auditions, hundreds of Golden Tickets and countless performances, it came down to two – Caleb Johnson vs. Jena Irene – and a single song on Tuesday's American Idol.

The performance finale at the Nokia Theatre featured major contrasts – the old-school rocker with mega pipes against the teen powerhouse and first female wild-card pick to make it this far – as well as more drama than usual, as Johnson battled not only Irene but also an injured vocal cord.

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Idol: The Final Three Bring Down the House with Memorable Performances | Alex Preston

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Idol: The Final Three Bring Down the House with Memorable Performances

Originally posted 05/15/2014 06:30AM

There was no place like home on Wednesday's American Idol, which celebrated its 500th episode with well wishes from former winners, as the final three visited their hometowns and had memorable performances in the lead-up to Tuesday's finale.

Powerhouse teen Jena Irene, hard rocker Caleb Johnson and indie artist Alex Preston each sang three songs, the first one selected by Randy Jackson, the second one by the judges and the final one picked by their hometowns.

It was not an easy night for Johnson, who was forced to sing with a small vocal cord hemorrhage that a doctor compared to "a runner running with a badly bruised ankle."

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American Idol Top 3 Revealed | Alex Preston

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American Idol Top 3 Revealed

Originally posted 05/09/2014 09:30AM

The American Idol judges may be staying together as a team, but the Top 4 still had to lose a member Thursday night.

After performing three songs each on Wednesday, the Top 4 appeared exhausted after the show. Still, the contestants were tentatively confident they had done all they could to win the hearts – and votes – of America.

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All Three American Idol Judges Will Return Next Season: Source | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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All Three American Idol Judges Will Return Next Season: Source

Originally posted 05/08/2014 08:30PM

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the American Idol judges table next season, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

Dubbed "the New Dream Team" last fall, the trio have had a "fantastic" experience on the reality competition, says the source.

"They like and respect each other a lot. What you see on camera is exactly what you get when they're off – fun, playful but they all take this job very seriously."

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See Whose American Idol Performance Almost Made Jennifer Lopez Cry | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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Idol: Jennifer Lopez Almost in Tears over Jena Irene's Performance

Originally posted 05/08/2014 06:30AM

After a week filled with drama – including a surprising elimination and contestant chaos – Wednesday's American Idol was filled with love and a spellbinding performance.

With a visit to their hometowns on the line, the Final Four sang three love songs, one about a breakup, a make-up and a dedication.

But Jena Irene had the memorable moment of the night (and likely the season) when she improbably channeled Elvis Presley, playing the piano and singing "Can't Help Falling in Love," a stunning, "spellbinding" performance that had Jennifer Lopez sprinting onto the stage to kiss the 17-year-old.

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So, What Really Inspired Carrie Underwood's Hit 'Last Name'? | Carrie Underwood

UpdatePosted 05/07/2014 06:30PM

So, What Really Inspired Carrie Underwood's Hit 'Last Name'?

Originally posted 05/07/2014 04:30PM

For their fifth annual We're All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville on Tuesday, Keith Urban and Vince Gill decided to have a little fun with their fellow artists.

Instead of just having them perform their hits, they asked that each of the country stars singing in the show recount the stories behind their songs. "Fans love to hear the story behind the song, and country music is all about stories," Gill told PEOPLE Country. "I love the theme this year."

However, Carrie Underwood wasn't so sure.

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

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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

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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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