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'American Idol' Will Focus More on Finding Breakout Talent Rather Than the Judges

July 21, 2014 08:07:53

Fox Networks Group chairman Peter Rice and CEO acknowledges the issues that people have been talking about "". At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday, July 20, he said the show's "aging gracefully" but still going strong.

Rice claimed that increased competition from shows like NBC's "" was among factors that caused "Idol" to lose viewers. "It's been a very competitive year for singing shows," he said, but believed that " 'Idol' has a very committed fan base."

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All 'American Idol' Judges and Ryan Seacrest Sign Up for Season 14

June 24, 2014 09:06:12

"" has announced the line-up for its 14th installment. It's officially announced that all three judges from season 13, , and , as well as host , will return for next season.

"Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I'm thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season," says 21st Century Fox senior exec vp David Hill. "Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream."

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'American Idol' Season 13 Winner on Victory: 'This Is True Perseverance'

May 22, 2014 02:05:55

A new star was born in "" season 13 finale. Following his victorious moment on Wednesday night, May 21, has spoken up about winning the singing competition series.

"I was just so overwhelmed," he says in his first interview after the star-studded finale. "My gosh, I don't even know. It completely overwhelmed me. Oooh." After host announced him as the winner, his fellow finalists "were like, 'Sing, sing, sing!' And I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' I tried to sing some more and then I was like, 'Oh, man,' " Caleb recalls.

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'American Idol' Season 13 Has a Winner, Judges Perform Together for First Time

May 22, 2014 09:05:52

It's the moment that had been waited the most in this entire season of "". Either or Jena Irene was crowned a winner in the finale on Wednesday, May 21, but first there were performances from the Top 13, musical guests as well as the judges and in-house mentor .

The final two contestants walked out onto the stage singing "We Will Rock You" and "I'm Just a Girl" before dueting on "It's Only Love". Caleb later rocked out with , singing "Love Gun" and "Shout it out Loud", while Jena sang "Decode" and "Ain't It Fun" with her idol .

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'American Idol' Final 2 Performances: The Battle of Heavyweight Boxers

May 21, 2014 09:05:11

and Jena Irene were back on "" Tuesday, May 20 before the winner is announced the next day. The Top 2 contestants sang three each: a song picked by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, a reprise of their favorite performances on the show, and what would become their coronation song.

Jena won the coin toss and chose to go first. She sang 's "Dog Days Are Over". loved the way she "owned that stage," though he noticed some adrenaline-related issues with breath control. said, "I could feel the heebies-jeebies coming out," but halfway through the performance, Jena loosened up and got comfortable.

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'American Idol' Results: Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson Are the Final 2

May 16, 2014 09:05:51

"" has revealed the two singers who will compete to be crowned the winner of season 13. But first the show played footage from the Top 3's hometown visits, with Jena Irene returning to Michigan, where she waited tables at the restaurant where she once worked. then announced that she would perform with on the finale.

Former finalists and paid a visit, and season 10 winner took the stage to perform summertime anthem "Feelin' It". The young country crooner got a kiss from , prompting Ryan to joke, "You know, Jennifer likes younger guys." J.Lo replied, "I'm not the only one."

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'American Idol' Celebrates 500th Episode on Top 3 Performance Show

May 15, 2014 11:05:29

It's not the finale yet, but Wednesday, May 14 was a big night for "" as it celebrated its 500th episode. The show opened with a look back to past contestants and judges before revealed some health issues experienced by two of the three finalists.

Alex Preston was sick over the weekend and lost his voice. The show's physician, Dr. Shaun Nasseri, explained that Caleb was suffering from bronchitis and sinusitis and had a minor vocal-cord hemorrhage. "He's like a runner who's running with a badly bruised ankle," the doctor said, but both Alex and Caleb would still perform.

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Ryan Seacrest Locked for 'American Idol' Season 14

May 10, 2014 07:05:18

is a lock for "" season 14. The TV personality has inked a deal with the FOX reality show to return as host and will announce his participation at the network's upfront presentation on Monday, May 12.

THR said Seacrest's contract spans two years. While "Idol" is yet to get a season 15 renewal, Seacrest has been given an option to return to the job by then. A notoriously busy man, Seacrest is also in the middle of a discussion with NBCUniversal regarding his contract for E!, "" and the Olympics among others.

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'American Idol' Results: Jessica Meuse Doesn't Make It to Top 3

May 09, 2014 10:05:14

It's down to three on "" season 13. The show unveiled its three finalists on the Thursday, May 8 results show and they are Alex Preston, and Jena Irene. The three singers will return to their home for hometown celebrations before competing in the semifinals.

Jessica Meuse, on the other hand, is going home for good. She's eliminated for getting the lowest votes following her two so-so performances on Wednesday night. She managed to impress the judges with her rock version of 's "You and I" in the third segment, but that wasn't enough to keep her on the competition.

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'American Idol' Top 4 Performances Recap: New Frontrunner Emerges

May 08, 2014 11:05:41

It's a game-changing night on "" Wednesday, May 7 as the Top 4 took the stage to fight for the spots in semifinals. While didn't have a wow moment in two of his three performances, Jena Irene picked the right songs for all three segments, "Break-Ups", "Dedications" and "Make-Up Songs", to bring her to the top of competition so far.

Caleb kicked off the night, going with "You Give Love a Bad Name" by for the "Break-Ups" song. The judges raved with calling it a "Caleb Slayer," but the performance wasn't special until he made it his own at the end.

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'American Idol' Results: No More 'Save' for Sam Woolf as Top 5 Chose Elimination

May 02, 2014 09:05:34

Sam Woolf couldn't dodge elimination again on "" season 13. After saved by the judges a few weeks ago, he got the boot in the latest results show aired on Thursday, April 1.

Before the final result was revealed, host offered a "dramatic proposal" to the five finalists in which they could vote whether to eliminate the lowest-voted singer this week, or to keep all of them but have a double elimination next week.

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'American Idol' Top 5 Performance Show Is Full of Surprises as Caleb Johnson Still Leads

May 01, 2014 11:05:35

The competition is getting intense as "" season 13 is getting closer to finals. On Wednesday night, April 30, the Top 5 were back onstage to sing two songs each which they picked from the options suggested by fans.

To get to know more after the contestants, the show revealed their celebrity crushes and some were lucky enough to get surprise visit from the stars. Alex Preston, meanwhile, got to have dinner with , who has been repeatedly mentioned as one of Alex Preston's idols and serves as a guest mentor this week. His celebrity crush also showed up to give him a hug.

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'American Idol' Contestant C.J. Harris on His Elimination: I Had a Feeling

April 25, 2014 03:04:41

C.J. Harris was the latest "" finalist who got sent packing on Thursday night, April 24. The 23-year-old might not be too shocked though, since he claimed that he "had a feeling" that it was time for him to go home. "There was something about the day, something about the way they were messing with my microphone," he said after the results show aired. "I could just tell."

Judge , on the other hand, appeared to be overcome with emotion when learning C.J.'s journey on the singing competition had to end that night. "She told me that I got a really good soul and I just got to keep chasing my music career," the Alabama singer revealed what J.Lo said to console him. "That I'll be successful as long as I want it."

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'American Idol' Results: C.J. Harris Doesn't Make It to Top 5

April 25, 2014 09:04:13

Five singing hopefuls are closer to be the next "" while one contestant had to stop his dream to be the winner of season 13. On Thursday night, April 24, the show cut another finalist to reveal the Top 5.

Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene, who delivered strong performances on Wednesday, got support from former "Idol" champion . "So impressed tonight by both @CalebPJohnson & @JenaAsciutto1 You made my songs sound so good! You should be proud...I know I am!" she tweeted after the two covered her songs.

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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 6 Do Rock and Country

April 24, 2014 12:04:35

The six remaining contestants on "" season 13 channeled their country and rock sides as the Wednesday, April 23 performance show took on the dual themes. While some were forced to step out of their comfort zones, singing their favorite genres weren't helpful for several other singers, such as C.J. Harris.

The Alabama native has a rootsy quality in his voice, but thought he lacked the attitude when singing "American Woman" by / The Guess Who. "It was pretty good," according to , while said, "I really did think you pulled it off."

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Dexter Roberts Eliminated From 'American Idol' Top 7

April 18, 2014 09:04:38

was missing from the opening of "" result show on Thursday, April 17 night. Instead, popped up to steal Seacrest's iconic line, "This is American Idol!" It was a cross promotion for Bacon's FOX crime drama "".

After a Mustang commercial featuring the Top 7 and some comments from about last night's performances, Seacrest started the whole elimination process. First one to get sent to the safe bench was Jena Irene. Alex Preston followed her trail while Dexter Roberts landed in the bottom two. The next names called to enter the Top 6 were , C.J. Harris and Sam Woolf. That left Jessica Meuse in the bottom two.

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'American Idol' Top 7 Recap: Jena Irene Wowed Judges With Radiohead's 'Creep'

April 17, 2014 11:04:35

The April 16 episode of "" featured top 7 singing "Competitor's Pick" as well as collaborations. Each finalist had to choose from a list of material selected by the other contestants.

kicked it off with 's "Family Tree". thought it was a great way to start the show. "You're just such a consistent, dynamic performer week after week," said. added, "You did it again. It's dangerous for us to put you first in the lineup."

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'American Idol' Results: Malaya Watson Going Home

April 11, 2014 09:04:43

Another female singer was sent home on "" season 13. Malaya Watson got the boot on Thursday, April 10, making her the fifth female finalist to be eliminated on the show. Now, only two girls are left against five boys in the competition.

The 16-year-old was in the bottom two along with C.J. Harris following her performance of "Through the Fire" by on the Wednesday show. She was criticized by the judges for sacrificing the beginning of the song for the big notes. After learning her fate, she took the stage once again to sing "I Am Changing".

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'American Idol' Top 8 Back With Songs of the 1980s

April 10, 2014 11:04:17

"" relived the music of the 1980s in the latest performance show. Season 7 winner returned to share some advice to the Top 8, saying of this week's theme, "The '80s, to me, just represent incredible production, incredible music. That's why the songs stand up 30 years later."

After a group opening number, Jena Irene rocked the stage with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by and the Blackhearts. She started it slow on the piano and sang it in its original, edgy version by the time she hit the chorus. The judges admired her effort to put a twist on it and try to make the song her own, though didn't like the arrangement.

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'American Idol': Harry Connick Jr. Justifies Judges' Use of Save on Sam Woolf

April 04, 2014 04:04:37

After keeping their save for weeks, "" judges used their sole right to keep a finalist from elimination on Thursday, April 3. Some may question the judges' decision considering Sam Woolf's modest performance compared to other stronger singers' the night before.

Speaking to reporters after the results show, justified their decision to use the save on Sam. "As soon as we saw who the three were, we immediately started saying, 'What does each of these people bring to the competition if we give them the save?' We talked about all three of them, and when we heard it was Sam, we started flying back-and-forth," he said.

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Dr. Luke NOT Joining 'American Idol'

August 27, 2013 10:08:31

'American Idol' Top 7 Go Rock 'n' Roll

April 04, 2013 11:04:50

'American Idol' Boots Paul Jolley Out

March 22, 2013 09:03:20

'American Idol' Top 9 Do The Beatles

March 21, 2013 11:03:16

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