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5 Things You'll See on the American Idol Finale

Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:30 PM

5 Things to Look Forward to Seeing on the American Idol Finale

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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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American Idol: Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson Battle in the Finale

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After 75,000 auditions, hundreds of Golden Tickets and countless performances, it came down to two – Caleb Johnson vs. Jena Irene – and a single song on Tuesday's American Idol.

The performance finale at the Nokia Theatre featured major contrasts – the old-school rocker with mega pipes against the teen powerhouse and first female wild-card pick to make it this far – as well as more drama than usual, as Johnson battled not only Irene but also an injured vocal cord.

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Caleb Johnson Injures Vocal Cord Before American Idol Finale

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Caleb Johnson hopes to be crowned the next American Idol, but first he has to get through Tuesday night's performance finale.

"I had a vocal cord hemorrhage," Johnson told PEOPLE at a press conference Monday. "It is slowly getting better, but it's still not there 100 percent."

Johnson had been battling illness for a few weeks and was almost unable to perform last Wednesday on the FOX reality singing competition.

"I wasn't able to sing my songs the couple of days prior. I didn't get to rehearse. That was probably the most scared I've ever been – walking out on stage with no voice," he said. "That was a big challenge for me."

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Jennifer Lopez on Her New Book: Do I Put This Out There?

Originally posted 05/19/2014 09:00 AM

Jennifer Lopez on Her New Book: Do I Put This Out There? | Jennifer Lopez

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She may still be Jenny from the block, but Jennifer Lopez has learned a lesson or two in life and love – and she's now ready to tell the tale in her first book True Love, to be published Oct. 28 in both English and Spanish.

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The American Idol Top 2 Revealed!

Originally posted 05/15/2014 10:35 PM

American Idol: Who's In the Top 2? | Alex Preston

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With the finale just one week away, three young hopefuls anxiously waited to hear their fate on Thursday, but only two would become the top 2 on season 13 of American Idol.

Jena Irene Asciutto, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston all gave strong performances Wednesday night, rejuvenated by their first trips home in over three months since becoming members of the top 13. But nerves and illness threatened their chances of being voted through to next week's finals.

"Today at rehearsals I couldn't sing at all," Johnson told PEOPLE Wednesday night of suffering from bronchitis. "So the doctor literally pumped adrenaline onto my vocal cords."

Keep reading for the results ...

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Idol: The Final Three Bring Down the House with Memorable Performances | Alex Preston

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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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Clay Aiken's Primary Opponent Dies In Accident

Originally posted 05/12/2014 05:15 PM

Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken Primary Opponent, Dies In Accident

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A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former American Idol singer Clay Aiken has died.

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Jennifer Lopez Talks Love, Motherhood And Looking That Good in Her Forties

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On the outside Jennifer Lopez may have retained the enviable glow of someone half her age, but when it comes to the hard-earned wisdom of her 44 years, she's proud of every bruise and scar.

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American Idol Top 3 Revealed

Originally posted 05/09/2014 09:30 AM

American Idol Top 3 Revealed | Alex Preston

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The American Idol judges may be staying together as a team, but the Top 4 still had to lose a member Thursday night.

After performing three songs each on Wednesday, the Top 4 appeared exhausted after the show. Still, the contestants were tentatively confident they had done all they could to win the hearts – and votes – of America.

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All Three American Idol Judges Will Return Next Season: Source | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban

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Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the American Idol judges table next season, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

Dubbed "the New Dream Team" last fall, the trio have had a "fantastic" experience on the reality competition, says the source.

"They like and respect each other a lot. What you see on camera is exactly what you get when they're off – fun, playful but they all take this job very seriously."

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