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Kelly Clarkson Is Married – See Her Wedding Photos!

Update 10/21/2013 03:30 PM Originally posted 10/21/2013 01:00 PM

Kelly Clarkson Weds Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson is married!

After plenty of speculation about whether she and fiancé Brandon Blackstock would elope after they canceled their original wedding plans, Clarkson confirmed the happy news via social media on Monday, Tweeting, "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!"

The singer shared two photos from her big day, for which she donned a long-sleeved lace gown.

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Jennifer Lopez Explains Why She Came Back to American Idol

Update 09/05/2013 07:00 AM Originally posted 09/04/2013 07:00 PM

Jennifer Lopez: I Love American Idol and I Missed It

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Jennifer Lopez is happy to be back in her seat on American Idol's judges' panel.

"I love this show and I'm glad to be back," the singer and actress said Wednesday at a press conference in Boston, where she appeared alongside her co-judges, newbie Harry Connick Jr. and veteran Keith Urban, for their first stop of season 13.

"Last year I went off and toured the whole world for the first time," Lopez, 44, added. "It wasn't the easiest thing to fit in this season of Idol, but I do love it so much ... I did miss it."

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Justin Guarini: I Skip Meals in Order to Feed My Kids | Justin Guarini

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There was a time when American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini was on top of the world.

The 34-year-old, who came in second to Kelly Clarkson on the show's first season in 2002, remembers the days when "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times" by fans.

But on his blog Wednesday (which had been removed but is back up), the father of two admitted that he now spends "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."

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Clay Aiken Sports Long Hair in Vibrant Technicolor Dreamcoat Photo

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Clay Aiken is letting his colors show.

The former American Idol finalist, 34, could be mistaken for a walking rainbow in a photo released by the Ogunquit Playhouse, a local theater in Maine. The vibrant shot promotes Aiken's lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical.

With wavy hair past his shoulders, a wide-eyed Aiken flashes a grin in the image.

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Jennifer Lopez 'Very Close' to American Idol Return

Originally posted 08/01/2013 02:00 PM

Jennifer Lopez 'Very Close' to American Idol Return

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PEOPLE has learned that superstar singer Jennifer Lopez is "very close to signing a deal with Fox to return to American Idol next season," according to a source very near to the star.

"Both Fox and Jennifer are very happy about this and want it to happen very much," the source adds.

As for recent reports that Lopez was shunned by The Voice as a judge and a performer, the source says the rumors are false.

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American Idol's Candice Glover Has Lost 30 Pounds – Without Trying!

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Candice Glover may have recently won American Idol, but she has also lost something, too – 30 lbs.!

"Over the course of the show, from January to May, I probably dropped 20 lbs. And I've lost about 10 more since the finale," Glover, 23, told PEOPLE Tuesday while rehearsing for the American Idol Live! 2013 Tour. 

"It is always good to be healthy, so I am happy about it."

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Ruben Studdard Will Compete on The Biggest Loser

Originally posted 07/01/2013 09:00 AM

Ruben Studdard Will Compete on The Biggest Loser

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Ruben Studdard has already won the title of American Idol. Now he may become The Biggest Loser.

The "Velvet Teddy Bear," who won season 2 of the Fox singing competition in 2003, will compete on the NBC weight loss show as he attempts to battle his obesity – a task he has attempted previously with limited success.

"I was losing weight, but I was exhausted. It was making me sick," the 35-year-old told PEOPLE in 2006 after attempting an intense workout regimen on about 1,200 calories a day with trainer Gunnar Peterson. "I'm a big man. There was no way to do those workouts on that amount of food, so everything was contradicting itself."

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Nikki Reed & Paul McDonald Perform Together in L.A.

Originally posted 06/07/2013 06:00 AM

Nikki Reed & Paul McDonald Perform Together in L.A. | Nikki Reed, Paul McDonald

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Guests at an event in West Hollywood were in for a rare treat from Nikki Reed and hubby, Paul McDonald on Tuesday night.

The former Twilight actress and American Idol alum performed three co-written acoustic songs at Erik Wahl's UNthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius book launch, where Reed couldn't keep her eyes off her man while they were on stage.

"At the event, they talked about how they have polar opposite pre-performance rituals," a partygoer tells PEOPLE. "He's a 'rock 'n' roller' who drinks whiskey. And she isn't much of a drinker, so she just meditates and takes deep breaths before going on stage."

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See Ace Young & Diana DeGarmo's Wedding Photos

Update 06/02/2013 10:30 AM Originally posted 06/01/2013 08:15 PM

Ace Young Marries Diana DeGarmo

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Surrounded by friends and family, American Idol finalists Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo were married Saturday evening at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles, PEOPLE confirms.

"Today was the best day of my life," Young, 32, tells PEOPLE. "Diana and I are in it forever. She's my best friend."

DeGarmo, 25, wore a form-fitting Sareh Nouri gown with pearls and rhinestones.

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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol

Update 05/30/2013 05:00 PM Originally posted 05/30/2013 07:40 PM

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol

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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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