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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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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: Randy Jackson Returns as the Top 10 Girls Perform

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American Idol: Randy Jackson Returns as the Top 10 Girls Perform

Originally posted 02/19/2014 06:15AM

There were new twists, familiar faces and loads of drama on American Idol Tuesday night, as the ladies kicked off the first of the live performance shows.

The new twists? In what was dubbed Rush Week, the judges reviewed tapes of the Top 15 Girls and picked the 10 that impressed them the most to perform, surprising the ladies one at a time.

The familiar faces? Randy Jackson, the "Dogfather" of Idol, was back to mentor the contestants, leading a sort of Rush Week "wisdom workshop" for the pledges, which included vocal coaching from former Idol contestants Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, and guidance from stylists, a movement coach, and a pair of spiritual advisers.

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Mariah Carey: American Idol Was Like 'Working In Hell'

Mariah Carey Hated Working at American Idol

Originally posted 11/13/2013 05:00PM

You can't blame it on the champagne. Mariah Carey sipped non-alcoholic sparkling cider during a radio interview on Tuesday, but she didn't hold back when asked about her time as a judge on American Idol admitting, "Honestly, I hated it."

The singer, who butted heads with fellow judge Nicki Minaj on the most recent season of the reality show, told Hot 97's Angie Martinez, that the experience wasn't at all what she thought it would be like when she signed on.

"I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," she admitted, thinking she'd have fun working with her longtime friend Randy Jackson. "But it wasn't that."

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Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. to Judge American Idol

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. to Judge American Idol

Originally posted 09/03/2013 11:00AM

Jenny's back on the block at American Idol and she'll have a new neighbor.

"It was so hard for me to leave the first time," says Jennifer Lopez of her return as a judge, adding it also won't be easy coming back because of her busy schedule.

"To be honest right now is the worst time for me to stop and do Idol," she tells the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, on his radio show Tuesday. "I’m doing two movies and I have my album coming out, but I’m doing it because I want to. I love it."

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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol

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UpdatePosted 05/30/2013 05:00PM

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol

Originally posted 05/30/2013 07:40PM

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are singing their swan songs to American Idol.

On Thursday, Carey reTweeted a post by her reps that announced, "W/ global success of "#Beautiful" (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol."

Minutes later, Minaj Tweeted: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!"

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American Idol Crowns Candice Glover Its Winner!

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UpdatePosted 05/17/2013 08:30AM

American Idol Crowns Candice Glover Its Winner!

Originally posted 05/16/2013 10:05PM

After months of auditions, eliminations, performances and judges' feedback, American Idol finally has its season 12 winner.

Candice Glover and Kree Harrison each performed three songs on Wednesday night – a favorite of their choice from the season, one picked by producer Simon Fuller and the song that would become the winner's first single – in front of fans, friends, family and the Idol judges at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Mariah Carey said, "It's going to be very, very difficult for America" to decide a winner. Indeed, PEOPLE readers voted, giving R&B diva Candice only a slight edge over authentic country girl Kree.

So, who's the winner? Candice Glover is the new American Idol! And Kree Harrison is season 12's runner-up.

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Keith Urban: I Want to Return as a Judge on American Idol | Keith Urban

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Keith Urban: I Want to Return as a Judge on American Idol

Originally posted 05/16/2013 10:30AM

There is at least one American Idol judge who wants to be back on the panel next season: Keith Urban.

Asked at Wednesday's big showdown between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover if he would like to be a judge on season 13, the country superstar said, "I would. I mean, I literally enjoy coming to work every day, and that's a rarity."

This comes after veteran judge Randy Jackson announced he is leaving the show and rumors that producers plan to replace the entire season 12 panel.

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Idol Showdown! Readers Take Sides in Candice vs. Kree

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American Idol: Readers Take Sides in Kree Harrison vs. Candice Glover

Originally posted 05/15/2013 08:00PM

It's an American Idol showdown!

Season 12's top two, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover, are facing off Wednesday on the final night of competition at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. And they couldn't be more talented – or different. Kree has an authentic country vibe while Candice is pure R&B diva. They each will sing their "coronation song," a song of their choice from the season and a song chosen by producer Simon Fuller.

Judges Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and the departing Randy Jackson are definitely making their opinions known as the contestants sing one more time for America's votes. But we want to know what you think about the all-female finale as it's happening.

Tweet your thoughts @peoplemag and your comment may end up right here on People.com.

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Would Alicia Keys Take Randy Jackson's Spot on American Idol?

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Alicia Keys Is Sad That Randy Jackson's Leaving American Idol

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.

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