09:20 AM EDT 05/15/2013
Originally posted 05/10/2013 07:00PM
With Randy Jackson's announcement that he is leaving American Idol, who will take the veteran judge's place?
The answer is probably not Alicia Keys, who performed her new single "Tears Always Win" on the Fox show Thursday night.
"I don't know if I'd want to be a judge," she told reporters after her performance.
The "Girl on Fire" singer did express her dismay that Jackson would be leaving the panel after 12 seasons.
Originally posted 09/15/2011 09:00AM
They both may look cute and sweet, but Lauren Alaina's dogs – Prissy the Shih Tzu and Bella the Pomeranian – are actually nothing alike, especially when it comes to doggie dress-up.
"Prissy, when you put a bow in her hair, she'll put her head on the ground and run around like a bulldozer until the darn thing has a big knot and falls out," the American Idol alum tells PEOPLE. "But Bella will leave the bow in, she'll just chew her clothes off. They're total opposites."
Originally posted 06/09/2011 09:30AM
Talk about all-stars: The Grand Ole Opry was chock-full of country's biggest names Tuesday night, including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and the legendary Jimmy Dickens
The evening's two sold-out shows also brought a surprise visit from American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, who were introduced by none other than Underwood, Nashville's resident Idol superstar.
McCreery and Alaina, who co-presented at Wednesday night's CMT Awards, will make their official Opry debut Friday, six years to the day since Underwood's first performance on Nashville's most famous stage.
Originally posted 05/26/2011 04:45PM
They say a kiss is just a kiss but was it romantic, friendly or just congratulatory?
After Ryan Seacrest announced that Scotty McCreery was the winner of American Idol on Wednesday's finale, runner-up Lauren Alaina planted one on the country heartthrob.
Are they an item? "Oh no," McCreery, 17, said during a conference call on Thursday. "We've been getting that question all morning. Me and her – it's a brother-and-sister relationship."
As for the kiss, McCreery knew Alaina, 16, was going to do it if he won.
"She told me before the show she was going to [kiss me]," he said. "It was kind of like a joke. She's a character."
The finalists – the youngest pair to compete in an Idol finale – have a lot more in common than both being country singers on the rise.
Originally posted 05/26/2011 09:45AM
It was an American Idol finale for the record books: Steven Tyler sang "Dream On," Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony shared a dance and a kiss on stage, country legends Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood wowed, James Durbin got his happy metal ending with Judas Priest, Tom Jones showed the men of the top 13 how it's done and Haley Reinhart even sang a snazzy version of "Steppin' Out with My Baby" with Tony Bennett.
But the night belonged to Scotty McCreery, who took home the Idol crown.
"It was just a moment I will never forget," said McCreery, 17, of his win. "This was all about me being able to accomplish my dreams. I'm an American Idol. That was a huge dream. It's time for me to start my career. The real work begins."
Originally posted 05/26/2011 08:25AM
Arriving on the red carpet for the American Idol season finale on Wednesday, finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina had a chance to look back at season 10 – and their friendship with each other.
"Every day's been a special moment with Lauren," said McCreery, 17. "I met her day one of Hollywood Week. We were in groups in Vegas, and she's my classmate out here in L.A. We've been together a whole lot. We talk about a lot of things. We've had a lot of special moments."
"I've been waiting a long time for this night to be here," added Alaina, 16. "Tonight's going to be awesome."
Originally posted 05/25/2011 10:20PM
After Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina performed three songs each on the first night of the American Idol finale on Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez summed up the competition: "It's a tight race," she said. "America has their job cut out for them."
Now that job is done. The votes – 122 million of them, a new Idol record – are in and after a star-studded spectacular, host Ryan Seacrest announced the season 10 winner.
Keep reading to find out if Scotty or Lauren was named the new American Idol ...
Originally posted 05/25/2011 06:00PM
Saying a little prayer and receiving a steroid dose from a doctor worked wonders for Lauren Alaina, who managed to compete against Scotty McCreery on Tuesday's American Idol despite a bruised vocal chord.
"I knew somehow God would get me through it," she said at a press conference afterward, writing her words, which were then read by McCreery, on a notepad.
Nevertheless, McCreery was impressed by his rival. "I was ready to cry when she was singing," he said after the show.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 11:30AM
The final two performed three songs each – who has the winning edge? Vote!
Originally posted 05/24/2011 09:40PM
At the start of the final showdown at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, Ryan Seacrest described the faceoff between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina as "the boy-next-door versus the Southern belle."
Lauren, unfortunately, had also been doing battle with her own voice – or, more accurately, her voice had been doing battle with her.
During rehearsal she'd blown out a vocal cord. A doctor in black scrubs – wouldn't that cheer you up in the ER? – came out and explained that she'd been treated and would do "great."
Said Lauren: "I'm here, I'm ready to sing, and I'm fine. Don't worry about it."
She said this with a brave smile that was actually not all that reassuring.
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