Scotty McCreery's week started on a very scary note, when he and his roommates were robbed at gunpoint at their apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina, early Monday morning.
The country singer, 20, who won season 10 of American Idol, was at home when three armed suspects entered his off-campus apartment near Raleigh's North Carolina State University (where he's a student) and ordered the singer and his roommates to turn over cash, wallets and electronics, according to Raleigh-Durham television station WTVD.
If there's one of Tori Spelling's former Beverly Hills, 90210 costars who isn't tuning into her dramatic True Tori docureality series, it's most likely Luke Perry.
"I think reality TV sucks for the most part," the veteran actor, 47, said when he sat down with PEOPLE last week.
"It's put so many writers out of business and put so many actors out of work that it's changed the face of entertainment. As a guy who has grown up making his living making primetime television – get that reality s––– out of here and give more writers and actors a chance to make shows that people will watch."
Which two American Idol contestants chose to have one of their own sent home on Thursday, rather than give everyone immunity?
The vote was anonymous, but PEOPLE can now reveal who voted for immediate elimination – rather than wait a week and have two people sent home then.
With only five contestants left in the competition, a fan favorite was sure to be sent home Thursday on American Idol.
The voting public had chosen some hits and some misses for the final five to sing on Wednesday night, and none of the competitors felt safe going into the elimination episode.
"I think we are all scared," contestant Alex Preston told reporters after performing Wednesday. "None of us are safe at this point. We are all on the same level."
But that was before everything turned topsy-turvy. (You guessed it: spoilers ahead …)
Good thing Steven Tyler isn't on the American Idol judging panel anymore!
In a week when viewers made the song choices for the singers, Caleb Johnson made no secret of his distaste for the Aerosmith track he was given.
"I hate that song," Johnson told PEOPLE frankly Wednesday after his performance of "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." "I don't know why [America chose it]. I guess it was because it was a rock ballad."
America will eventually pick the winner of American Idol, but – at least for Wednesday night – viewers got the chance to pick the songs.
With Jason Mraz mentoring, each Final Five contestant sang two songs chosen by viewers.
Alex Preston started the show with "Sweater Weather," which earned nice reviews but requests for more oomph.
"You could've made it more exciting to kick off the show," said Jennifer Lopez, although Harry Connick Jr. felt it was a "strong opening."
Everyone starts somewhere.
Tens of thousands auditioned, and now only five remain.
With one of the American Idol Top 6 sent home on Thursday, the finalists are now less than a month away from the finale, where one of them will be crowned the next American Idol.
Coming off a night of "a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll" on Wednesday that Donnie and Marie Osmond would have been proud of, the Top 6 eagerly waited to hear their fate from host Ryan Seacrest Thursday evening.
As Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene battle in Wednesday night's American Idol finale, let's take a look at how far the Fox series' past contestants have come.
Just like Donny and Marie, American Idol's Top 6 were a little bit country and little bit rock 'n' roll Wednesday night.
Each contestant performed two songs, and the results were mixed for most, with judges' comments varying as much as the song selection.
Birthday boy Caleb Johnson had the super save and magical moment of the night while rocking "Sting Me" when he lost his mic before catching it without missing a beat.