05:50 PM EDT 05/17/2013
Originally posted 04/04/2013 10:00PM
It's always interesting when American Idol brings back a former winner to perform on their stage. Older, wiser and much more polished, they often bear little resemblance to the contestants.
On Thursday's show, Carrie Underwood's performance showed how far she came from when she competed eight years ago on season 4. It was hard not to look at the final seven contestants and wonder if any of them would ever be able to duplicate her success.
Early in the show, Mariah Carey sized up the finalists, who performed Wednesday.
"There's so much talent on this stage," she said.
Carey has been an interesting judge this season, overusing words like "amazing" and "wonderful" while frequently dissolving into tears. Compared to her, Paula Abdul was a barracuda.
And then the lights dimmed and Ryan Seacrest began to announce the results. Would Lazaro Arbos survive after flubbing the words again?
Originally posted 03/31/2013 10:30AM
It's a happy Easter indeed for Ryan Seacrest, who jetted to Mexico for the holiday weekend.
Fresh off his split from Julianne Hough, the American Idol host, 38, was spotted enjoying his vacation in Cabo with his pals – including a few female companions – on Friday. (Flashback: Just last year, the former couple, who dated for more than two years, took a romantic getaway to Cabo.)
Meanwhile, Hough has been spending time with her family and documenting her Easter festivities on Instagram.
Originally posted 03/28/2013 09:00PM
It only takes one bad performance to end someone's dream on American Idol.
Back in season 5, Kellie Pickler "butchered" (her word, not ours) "Unchained Melody," and was unceremoniously sent home. In a previous season, frontrunner Constantine Maroulis left the competition after an unpleasant version of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me."
It's not always their fault – Jennifer Hudson was forced to sing a Barry Manilow song on the night she left the show. But the message is clear: no matter how fabulous you have been, you're only as good as your last performance.
And the guys' last time on the stage – for the cringe-worthy group performance of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" – was enough to send any one of them home. In a season where the girls are head and shoulders above the men, they couldn't afford a bad performance – and they had one of the season's worst on Wednesday's Motown Night.
But after all the judges' criticism, it's still America's votes that matter. Did the guys survive this week?
Originally posted 03/24/2013 04:15PM
In a week of breakup news – Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough are kaput while Katy Perry and John Mayer have cooled – it was extra special to read about a celebrity couple reuniting.
Readers loved seeing that Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are back together following their surprise separation last fall.
The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor, 67, and the former Cheers star, 64, wed in 1982 and have three grown children together.
Originally posted 03/23/2013 11:45AM
PEOPLE.com readers expressed distinct sadness over the breakup of Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough, while Selena Gomez sparked a healthy dose of schadenfreude by admitting she made former boyfriend Justin Bieber cry.
Here, then, are the stories that sparked the strongest reader reactions this week – what made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry. Also, please don't forget to keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story to tell us what you think.
Originally posted 03/22/2013 04:00PM
Reunited and it feels so good for Miley Cyrus, who is "very happy" to have her fiancé back in the U.S.
Liam Hemsworth, 23, got home from his trip to Australia and Manila on Wednesday night, and the two have been inseparable," a source tells PEOPLE.
"Since Liam returned to L.A., Miley has been in the best mood. They are together, and will continue their wedding plans," the source adds of the couple, whose time apart ignited rumors they had split.
Originally posted 03/20/2013 10:45PM
Nine singers are still in the hunt on American Idol – and this week they were faced with the daunting challenge of putting their own spin on a song from the Beatles catalogue.
"If you sing these songs well they will deliver for you," music producer and Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine told the contestants. "If you don't sing them well, the whole world is going to know."
Country crooner Kree Harrison kicked things off with a booming version of "With a Little Help From My Friends," which had the judges trying to outdo each other with praise. "You're all the cool things about country," Keith Urban said. Mariah Carey dubbed Kree's performance "fan-freaking-tastic." And the always fashion-conscious Nicki Minaj had nothing but praise for Kree's suddenly pumped-up style and her unflappable confidence.
Originally posted 03/18/2013 10:10AM
She's getting by with a little help – and hoops – from her friends.
Just two day after sources officially confirmed a breakup with longtime boyfriend Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough was seen out cheering on the Los Angeles Lakers with galpals Kaley Cuoco, Briana Cuoco and Nina Dobrev.
The hot quartet seemed happy as they rooted for the home team (who beat the Sacramento Kings 113-102) from their choice courtside seats at L.A.'s Staples Center on Sunday.
Originally posted 03/17/2013 08:00PM
There was no shortage o' celebrity action on St. Patrick's Day weekend, from the streets of Hollywood and beyond. Who's feeling lucky? Did anyone find their pot of gold, er, marital bliss?
If you need a break from the green beer...
5. Maggie Rizer's New Addition Is Already Working It for the Camera – Obviously Well, well – we wonder where he gets it from. Maggie Rizer's new addition, baby Quinnlann Clancy Mehran, wasted no time getting comfortable (and cute, natch) for the camera in an Instagram photo his model mama shared after his Friday birth. "We are so proud to introduce our son," the model told PEOPLE. "We feel incredibly blessed to have been given another little angel. Our cup runneth over."
Originally posted 03/17/2013 10:45AM
Julianne Hough is turning to a sunny cure for the breakup blues: the beach.
One day after her split with Ryan Seacrest was revealed, the 24-year-old star Tweeted a photo alongside a group of besties that includes Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev and stylist Riawna Capri.
Wearing sunglasses and a big grin, the actress and former Dancing with the Stars pro added the hashtag "#friendsarethebesttherapy."
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