'Idol' champ Lee DeWyze says 'I do'
July 23rd, 2012
10:42 AM ET

'Idol' champ Lee DeWyze says 'I do'

"American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze is now a married man.

CNN's confirmed that the season 9 "Idol" star has married model and actress Jonna Walsh.

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Ellen DeGeneres dishes on 'Idol' behind-the-scenes
October 31st, 2011
05:54 PM ET

Ellen DeGeneres dishes on 'Idol' behind-the-scenes

It's not a secret that Ellen DeGeneres wasn't cut out for giving blunt critiques on Fox's "American Idol," but in a new interview with Parade magazine, she says there was more to her decision to leave the show.

DeGeneres lasted as an "Idol" judge for only one season, partly because as a self-described sensitive person, she likes to be "around kind, gentle people," she tells Parade.

"It was hard for me to judge people [on 'Idol'] and sometimes hurt their feelings," DeGeneres says.

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Shannen Doherty, Nikki Reed have Malibu weddings
October 17th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Shannen Doherty, Nikki Reed have Malibu weddings

"90210" alum Shannen Doherty married photographer Kurt Iswarienko on Saturday, her rep confirms to CNN.

The wedding took place at sunset at a private estate in Malibu, California.

According to Us Weekly, the actress wore three different Monique Lhuillier gowns for her wedding, which was filmed for her upcoming We TV show, "The Shannen Doherty Project."

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Former 'Idol' contestant survives fiery incident
April 28th, 2011
04:43 PM ET

Former 'Idol' contestant survives fiery incident

Singer Paige Miles may not have won "American Idol" last season, but she has plenty of reasons to be thankful.

The Top 11 finalist from last year escaped a burning car Tuesday night after leaving a rehearsal in South Florida.

Miles told CNN she had been in rehearsals for the lead role in a production of "Beehive" when her mother's Envoy caught fire after the electrical system failed.

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'Idol' brings the fans - and the big bucks
March 18th, 2011
06:51 PM ET

'Idol' brings the fans - and the big bucks

In 2010, “American Idol” brought in the most money on television – a whopping $7.11 million every half hour, according to Forbes.

As successful as that sounds, the show is actually down 12 percent from 2009, but was still able to make the top of the list.

The future isn't looking too shabby, either. Although Simon Cowell has left “Idol" behind, Forbes notes that the show can still attract 24 million viewers. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez must be doing something right.

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Nigel Lythgoe says no more mean 'Idol'
December 10th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Nigel Lythgoe says no more mean 'Idol'

Doesn’t sound like “American Idol’s” Nigel Lythgoe is going to miss Simon Cowell at all next season.

The producer tells Emmy Magazine that “If you like people being mean to people, you’ll miss it” – an apparent dig at the acerbic Cowell, who left the show last season.

Lythgoe returns this season to the show, which has seen its ratings dip from the ginormous numbers of the past. He told the publication he thinks the talent competition will go on even without fan favorite Cowell, and he praised new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

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