'Idol's' Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo are engaged
May 24th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

'Idol's' Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo are engaged

"American Idol" crowned a winner on Wednesday's finale, but the show also managed to pack in a live marriage proposal for season 5 "Idol" star Ace Young and season 3 alum Diana DeGarmo.

Young and DeGarmo, who got to know each other while performing in a 2010 Broadway production of "Hair," were in the audience of Wednesday's show when host Ryan Seacrest called them to the stage.

They were both looking "very pretty," as Seacrest told the pair, who moved in together last summer.

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Nigel Lythgoe previews 'Idol' finale, big 'SYTYCD' changes
May 22nd, 2012
05:15 PM ET

Nigel Lythgoe previews 'Idol' finale, big 'SYTYCD' changes

With "The Voice," "The X Factor" and the upcoming "Duets," the original "American Idol" is understandably suffering from something of a ratings decline this season.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe addressed this concern honestly with reporters on Friday.

"It would be very nice to remain at the top for the next 20 years," he said. "We’ve been at the top for 11 years. We’ve got to go somewhere, and the only place we can go is either stay there or go down. I still can’t believe that we’re still No. 1 after 11 years. The public does get bored with singing shows, and unless you produce the talent, like I believe we’ve done this year, we’ll go down again next year."

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March 16th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Jermaine Jones speaks on 'Idol' exit

Rejected contestant Jermaine Jones claims he was blindsided when “American Idol” producers kicked him off the show this week.

In an exclusive interview with HLN's "Showbiz Tonight," the 25-year-old - who was let go for reportedly hiding his criminal record - said he had no idea the ax was coming until it fell.

The "gentle giant" tells "Showbiz Tonight's" A.J. Hammer that when he walked in the room to tape his sit-down with the show's producers, he had no reason to fear the worst.

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March 15th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

'Idol' contestants react to Jermaine Jones' exit

Now that “American Idol” hopeful Jermaine Jones has officially been dismissed from the show, some of his fellow contestants are coming to his defense.

Many told CNN Wednesday that they believe Fox's decision to oust him was unfair - despite Jones’ apparent failure to reveal he had a criminal past before coming on "Idol."

On Wednesday's episode, host Ryan Seacrest announced that the former Top 12 contestant would not be continuing on in the competition.

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'Idol's' Jermaine Jones disqualified?
March 14th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

'Idol's' Jermaine Jones disqualified?

"American Idol" contestant Jermaine Jones had just returned to the "Idol" stage in late February, when he was handed a "second chance," but reports are now claiming that the New Jersey vocal coach is off the show once again.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the "gentle giant" has reportedly been disqualified from "Idol" because he allegedly concealed "multiple crimes and outstanding police warrants."

TMZ reports that producers learned of the alleged criminal history on Tuesday.

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'Idol's' Jessica Sanchez covers Houston: Best of the night?
March 8th, 2012
10:18 AM ET

'Idol's' Jessica Sanchez covers Houston: Best of the night?

We've seen some solid Whitney Houston tributes since her untimely passing in February, and "American Idol's" Jessica Sanchez turned in another on Wednesday.

The ladies on the Fox singing competition were tasked with singing Houston's songs while the boys took on tracks from Stevie Wonder. Sanchez took the stage to sing one of Houston's toughest, "I Will Always Love You."

Dressed in blue, she didn't hesitate to hit the high notes, prompting judge Randy Jackson to proclaim at the end (with a "yo" preceding it of course), "Jessica Sanchez is legit!"

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