08:27 PM EDT 07/20/2014
Originally posted 03/27/2014 09:30PM
The attention may have been on gummy bears and host Ryan Seacrest's feet on Wednesday, but Thursday's American Idol was all about the contestants.
Following a night of strong performances, most of the contestants likely felt positive about their chances of making it through to next week, with the judges giving a big shout-out to the likes of Caleb Johnson (who rocked Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused") and Jena Irene (who wowed with her rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life").
Originally posted 03/27/2014 07:15PM
American Idol has been on the air for 13 seasons, but somehow there are still plenty of behind-the-scenes tidbits you can't see from home.
"There is a lot of stuff that I did not know," contestant Dexter Roberts tells PEOPLE.
So what are these unearthed gems? Here are five secrets about the FOX reality show.
Originally posted 03/27/2014 08:15AM
American Idol's Top 9 unleashed their inner rock star Wednesday, tackling songs that fit into the theme "I'm with the Band."
While most of the performers hit some high notes in their performances, the theme was a perfect fit for a few singers who have already drawn comparisons to lead singers from legendary bands.
Leading the pack was Caleb Johnson, 22, who rocked the stage, going toe-to-toe with the band as they jammed "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin.
Originally posted 03/13/2014 11:45AM
Originally posted 03/13/2014 07:00AM
American Idol's Top 11 sang songs from the cinema on Wednesday, but who possessed the Gravity to impress the judges and which contestants are destined to be Gone with the Wind?
Jena Irene, 17, who was in the Bottom 3 last week, earned a standing ovation from Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, and a prolonged ovation from the crowd, following her electrifying performance of "Decode" at the piano.
Urban said there was a "ferocity" about the way she performed the Twilight song, comparing it to "hurtling along the edge of a cliff," while Lopez called it the best performance of the night and yelled, "America, get on board!"
Originally posted 03/10/2014 06:00AM
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Originally posted 03/06/2014 09:05PM
"Harsh Harry" has been out in full force, but it was the fans who made the important decision of who was going home on American Idol Thursday.
"I just want them to get better," Harry Connick Jr. said to fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban after a particularly negative critique on Wednesday night's performance show that left at least one contestant in tears.
While no contestants received universal praise from the judges Wednesday, Urban had guaranteed finalists Sam Woolf and Emily Piriz that they would be safe despite the tough criticism.
But who did America deem worthy of another week in the competition?
Originally posted 03/03/2014 12:35AM
Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Seacrest switch things up with white tuxedo jackets at the Academy Awards
Originally posted 03/02/2014 07:40PM
Sorry Lupita Nyong'o, Jared Leto has moved on to another Oscar nominee.
Originally posted 02/27/2014 10:20PM
And then there were 12.
The American Idol Top 13 lost their first member on Thursday night just one day after wowing the judges and viewers with their strong first performances.
Sam Woolf, 17, Majesty Rose, 21, and M.K. Nobilette, 20, appeared to be early fan favorites but no one was guaranteed safe as host Ryan Seacrest informed the contestants who would be moving forward in the competition. Spoiler alert: Keep reading to find out who went home.
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