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Mariah Carey Slams 'American Idol', Calls the Show 'Boring and Fake'

May 29, 2015 10:05:36

's short stint on "" apparently did not leave a good memory for her. The R&B diva trashed the long-running singing competition show during a phone interview with Australia's "The Kyle and Jackie O Show".

"Hell no! Absolutely not!" she responded when asked whether she would return for a reunion in the upcoming 15th and final season of the reality series. "That was the worst experience of my life."


'American Idol' Crowns Winner of Season 14

May 14, 2015 09:05:02

The winner of "" season 14 has been announced. In the Wednesday, May 13 finale, took home the champion title, beating out Clark Beckham following their head-to-head performances on Tuesday night.

"I can't ...," the Connecticut native tearfully said. "Thank you guys so much, thank you so much. It's amazing - the best day of my life." He sang his coronation song "Beautiful Life" which he debuted the night before.


'American Idol' Finale Recap: Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani Compete for Winning Title

May 13, 2015 10:05:35

"" sent home another singer on Tuesday, May 12, before the competition for the winning title began. It was Jax Cole who got axed in the final elimination of season 14, meaning that Clark Beckham and would be battling it out in the two-part finale.

After the results of last week's votes were revealed, Clark took the stage to reprise his performance of "Georgia on My Mind" by . said, "It was Southern and soulful." said watching the performance was "reminding us why you were here," while praised his "undercurrent of drive" and how he was always "pushing and pushing and pushing."


Simon Cowell Recalls 'Great Times' on 'American Idol' in Light of Show's Cancellation

May 12, 2015 02:05:46

Following news that "" will return for its 15th and last season in 2016, released a statement recalling "great times" on the show. "We had a blast!" he said, "Me, Paula [Abdul], Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacret]-and not forgetting Brian [Dunkleman]. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times."

The British music producer, who served as judge on the show from the start in 2002 until 2010, echoed the sentiment on a Twitter post. "Looking back at my time on American Idol we had a great time. We found great artists. Had fun. And to America. Thank you. It was a blast," he wrote.


Nigel Lythgoe: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Casting Was a Mistake

May 12, 2015 04:05:21

In the wake of "" cancellation, former producer Nigel Lythgoe shares his comments on the judge lineup that has undergone several changes over the years. , , , , , , , , , , and are the stars who have served as juries on the show.

While he believes the FOX singing competition played an important role to boost Lopez's and Tyler's careers, Lythgoe claims bringing Minaj and Carey together on the same table was a mistake. "Mariah and Nicki was just crazy, and then it really started becoming about the judges and took away from the contestants altogether," he told Billboard. "I think that was a major failing on the part of casting to have those two together. On their own, either one may have been successful."


'American Idol' Renewed for One Last Season in 2016

May 11, 2015 11:05:23

"" is coming to an end. The singing competition has been canceled by FOX ahead of the current season's two-part finale on May 12 and 13. "It was not an easy decision," the network's chief Gary Newman said during a conference call.

The 15th season will star in January 2016 and "pay tribute to the past 14 seasons." is announced to return as a host while , , and are confirmed to reprise their roles as judges for the final cycle.


'American Idol' Recap: Rayvon Owen Doesn't Make It to the Finals

May 07, 2015 10:05:00

The final four singers of "" season 14 returned to the stage on Wednesday night, May 6 and only three would be left on the competition by the end of the show. Each of them sang three songs, one was judges' choice, the second one was Scotty B. choice and the other was a hometown tribute. They also got a chance to return home where they were welcomed with parades before the show.

Rayvon Owen sang first, delivering 's new hit "Want to Want Me". and said it was a great choice. also liked it, commenting, "I hear you primarily as a ballad singer, and that was by far the best up-tempo performance I have heard you do."


'American Idol' Recap: Russell Crowe Helps Reveal the Top 4

April 30, 2015 09:04:26

It's down to four on "" season 14. was delivering the envelope of results, riding his bike to the show. He was pitching his directorial debut "". Later on the show, announced that Tyanna Jones didn't make it to the Top 4.

That meant only Rayvon Owen, Clark Beckham, Jax and would sing on the live show that night. Clark performed first and tackled "Living for the City" by . called it "great opening to the show." "thought it sounded really good too," but she thought it would've been way better if Clark had stayed on the piano during the whole performance.


'American Idol' Recap: Quentin Alexander Doesn't Make It to the Top 5

April 23, 2015 10:04:01

The remaining six contestants of "" season 14 were vying for the Top 5 spots on the Wednesday, April 22 live show. The Top 5 will embark on the show's annual summer tour. On top of that, it's announced that this season's winner would record the official anthem for the FoxSports coverage of the World Cup.

Each of the finalists performed twice. First to take the stage and announced safe was Jax Cole. He sang "Are You Gonna Be My Girl". The judges sang praises for her with and saying it's a great way to open the show. said he would love to see Jax at her future concert.


Quentin Alexander of 'American Idol' Explains 'Whack' Remark That Offends Harry Connick Jr.

April 16, 2015 01:04:32

Things got intense during "" live show on Wednesday night, April 15 when judge and one of the finalists, Quentin Alexander, got into an argument. The singing hopeful called the situation "whack" as one of his two friends was going to be sent home, and Harry was offended by his sentiment.

"If it's that whack, then you can always go home," Harry responded. "Because Idol is paying a lot of money to give you this experience and for you to say that to this hand that is feeding you right now, I think is highly disrespectful."


'American Idol' Recap: Joey Cook Is Eliminated as Rayvon Owen Keeps Dodging Elimination

April 16, 2015 10:04:56

"" Top 7 were back on stage Wednesday, April 15 to sing what viewers picked as "American Classics." Each of the finalists sang twice, and the first to perform was Tyanna Jones, meaning she's safe.

She sang "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" which called "an interesting song choice." He, however, didn't think the song suit Tyanna's vocals. wanted Tyanna to get back into the groove, while wanted to see more movement.


'American Idol' Recap: Rayvon Owen Wins Twitter Save Again, Qaasim Middleton Is Cut

April 09, 2015 10:04:11

"" finalists tackled the Billboard Top 100 hits on Wednesday, April 8. served as a guest mentor and was tapped to perform his new single "Want to Want Me", while and teamed up to perform "Trouble".

First to be announced safe, Jax Cole sang her own version of 's "Poker Face". called the arrangement "interesting" and liked her artistry. was "all for that too," but warned Jax that "you don't want to go so far left that people can't relate. I couldn't relate to that at all." agreed with J.Lo.


'American Idol' Recap: Top 9 Cover Kelly Clarkson's Hits, Daniel Seavey Is Cut After a Twist

April 02, 2015 10:04:01

The Judges' Save had been used earlier on "" season 14, but the show didn't run out of idea to make the elimination interesting. On Wednesday night, April 1, the contestant with the least vote wasn't immediately sent packing, but he/she and the second bottom placer competed for the Twitter-powered Fan Save.

Before that, the other seven finalists performed 's hits, with the former "Idol" winner herself serving as guest mentor. Nick Fradiani was first to be announced safe. He sang "Catch My Breath". said Nick still needed to loosen up a little bit, gave some advice about his movement, and said Nick finally caught his breath, but it wasn't his favorite vocal.


'American Idol' Recap: Adanna Duru and Maddie Walker Cut in Double Elimination

March 26, 2015 10:03:05

After last week's twist in which the judges used the save for Qaasim Middleton, two would meet the chopping block on "" season 14. All remaining 11 finalists prepared for their performances of iconic songs from the 1980s, but only the Top 9 who eventually performed on Wednesday night, March 25.

First to take the stage and announced safe was Daniel Seavey. He sang "You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall and Oats. It was a bad performance with some voice cracks, but the judges were pretty nice. liked the song, thought it was better than last week, and advised him to have fun.


'American Idol' Recap: Judges Use the Save Early

March 20, 2015 10:03:25

"" was supposed to narrow down the contestants to 10 this week, but in a surprising twist no one was was sent home on Thursday night, March 19. The 11 finalists who were vying for the spots in the Top 10 sang songs from the movies after host announced who's safe.

Adanna Duru was the first to perform, singing 's "I Love You, I Do" from "". criticized the beginning of performance, but praised the song choice and said Adanna was amazing. didn't feel the emotion, while suggested her to sing to the audience so that she could connect more with the viewers at home, too.


'American Idol' Season 14 Eliminates First Finalist, Sarina-Joi Crowe

March 13, 2015 10:03:41

The celebration for being the 12 finalists of "" season 14 didn't last long as the remaining contestants had to prepare for their next performance and face an elimination on Thursday night, March 12. In this episode, the singing hopefuls performed with the theme of "Get the Party Started".

Like the semi-final round, those who were announced safe would immediately sing to get viewers' votes which would determine next week's results. Rayvon Owen was the first to be announced safe. He sang 's "Burn". liked that Rayvon kept improving, while admitted it was better than she thought it would be. said it was one of Rayvon's best performances, but wanted to see him doing something different.


'American Idol' Reveals 12 Finalists, Including Two Wildcards

March 12, 2015 10:03:01

"" has revealed the 12 finalists of the season. On Wednesday night, 11, ten of the contestants made it through to the finals based on viewers' choice, while two others were picked by the judges. They immediately sang their audition songs to get votes before another elimination on Thursday.

The first to be announced safe and it was no surprise was Sarina-Joi Crowe. She sang "Love Runs Out" by . Her timing was off during the second half of the song and warned her about pitch issue.


'American Idol': The Top 8 Girls Couldn't Deliver Impressive Performances

March 06, 2015 11:03:48

"" revealed the top 8 girls on Thursday night, March 5. Sent through to the next round, Tyanna Jones took the stage first to sing 's "Rockin' Robin". said it's a great way to open the show, while said she was reminded of legendary performers.

Loren Lott was also safe, singing another song by MJ, "I Wanna Be Where You Are". J.Lo said her performance made her smile. said that Loren raised an already-high bar even higher.


'American Idol': Four Are Sent Home, Top 8 Guys Sing Motown Songs

March 05, 2015 10:03:24

Following their performances last week, the fate of the top 12 boys of "" season 14 was revealed on Wednesday night, March 4. , who served as guest mentor, kicked off the show with a rendition of "I Will Survive".

The first to be announced safe was Daniel Seavey, who then sang "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by . loved the song choice. noticed that he's more relaxed this week, but thought that the song was a bit too low.


'American Idol' Recap: Sarina-Joi and Jax Stand Out as 12 Girls Perform

February 27, 2015 02:02:06

Twelve female contestants in the top 24 of "" season 13 performed on the show's Thursday, February 26 episode. Just like the boys who took the stage the night before, some of the girls impressed the judges while some others didn't.

The Thursday episode was kicked off with Lovey James' energetic performance of 's "Love Runs Out". The three judges gave her positive reviews. and both praised her song choice. added, "It got better and better."


'American Idol' Reveals Top 24 of Season 14

February 20, 2015 02:02:25

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