Drake surprises 'Idol' contestant
April 26th, 2013
05:44 PM ET

Drake surprises 'Idol' contestant

Girls may love Beyoncé, but they also love Drake.

That much was proved when the rapper made a surprise visit to "American Idol" on Thursday, after a little encouragement from his labelmate and friend, Nicki Minaj.

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Filed under: American Idol 2013 • Celebrities • Music • television
Was 'Idol' eyeing J. Lo to replace Mariah Carey?
April 24th, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Was 'Idol' eyeing J. Lo to replace Mariah Carey?

Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" might not be the only Fox singing competition headed for another season of change.

The Hollywood Reporter heard whispers from sources close to production on the network's "American Idol" that the series was considering swapping new judge Mariah Carey for former judge Jennifer Lopez.

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Kelly Clarkson performs new single on 'Idol'
April 12th, 2013
11:35 AM ET

Kelly Clarkson performs new single on 'Idol'

More than a decade after being crowned the first “American Idol,” Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage that made her famous to perform on “Idol’s” Thursday night results show.

Clarkson sang her new single, “People Like Us,” under black lights that showed off her dayglo costume, makeup and nails.

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Filed under: American Idol 2013 • Mariah Carey
Did 'Idol' just have its best performance ever?
April 11th, 2013
12:13 PM ET

Did 'Idol' just have its best performance ever?

"American Idol" contender Candice Glover may or may not take it all this season, but according to judge Randy Jackson, she's already given a history-making performance.

Her rendition of The Cure's "Lovesong" earned both a glitter bombing from Mariah Carey and a standing ovation during Wednesday night's show.

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What'd you think of 'Idol's' sudden death round?
February 21st, 2013
12:59 PM ET

What'd you think of 'Idol's' sudden death round?

"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe hinted that the ladies were the ones to beat this season, but Wednesday's sudden death round weeded out that talent pool considerably.

The idea of a "sudden death" elimination is a new addition for the singing competition. Ten singers perform over the course of an episode, and by the end five are sent packing in an effort to narrow down the field of contestants to 20. Wednesday was ladies' night, and tonight's episode will feature 10 men singing their hearts out in hopes of making it to Hollywood.

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Steven Tyler does 'Idol' audition in drag
February 1st, 2013
12:55 PM ET

Steven Tyler does 'Idol' audition in drag

For the last audition episode of "American Idol" on Thursday, the judges panel was treated to a skirted surprise.

As Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj weeded through the contestants in Oklahoma, in walked one "Pepper LaBeija," there to spice things up a bit.

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Filed under: American Idol 2013 • Steven Tyler • television
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