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Scratch Kelly Clarkson Off The American Idol 2014 Judging List

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On Thursday we enthusiastically reported that Kelly Clarkson was almost certainly going to be on the judging panel of next season’s American Idol along with two other former Idol contestants, making it an all alum panel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kelly Clarkson’s reps say the part about her judging [...]




Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson To Judge American Idol 2014?

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The American Idol 2014 judges rumor mill has begun but here’s one that might have some legs: Season One champion Kelly Clarkson and Season 3 contestant Jennifer Hudson could be two of the next three American Idol judges! E! News is reporting that a source close to the show has confirmed that [...]




American Idol Should Do A Fans Vs. Favorites Season

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There has been a lot of talk about how to save American Idol after  a lackluster season of iffy talent, bickering judges and declining ratings. There has been the popular suggestion of new judges (which is going to happen). Some have said to ditch the results shows. Some have even [...]




American Idol Alum Kellie Pickler Wins Dancing With The Stars

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Country music artist and American Idol Season 5 alum Kellie Pickler might have lost American Idol, but she has won another reality show: Dancing With the Stars. Kellie and her partner Derek Hough took home the coveted mirror ball trophy Tuesday night after besting fellow contestants NFL player Jacoby Jones, [...]




Kree Harrison Not Concerned With Where She Placed On American Idol 2013

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American Idol 2013 runner-up Kree Harrison just barely missed the title last week when Candice Glover was named winner of season 12. But the country 23-year-old country girl isn’t looking at her second-place finish as a loss. “There’s so many ‘Idols’ that I look up to: Carrie [Underwood], Kelly [Clarkson], [...]




American Idol 2013: Candice Glover’s ‘Music Speaks’ Will Be Released July 16

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If you were able to pay attention during all the American Idol 2013 finale hubbub, you may have caught wind that newly-crowned Idol winner Candice Glover’s debut album is set to hit stores and download platforms July 16, making it the fastest debut album from an Idol winner ever. The [...]




American Idol 2013 Finale: A Great Winner, A Horrible Finale (Op-Ed)

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From the horrible lip-syncing to Randy Jackson’s departure montage to mediocre guests, the American Idol 2013 finale was the worst I’ve ever seen. The saving grace was the last 45 seconds or so when Candice Glover became the first female winner since Season 6′s Jordin Sparks. There were so many [...]




Who Wins American Idol 2013? Kree Harrison Or Candice Glover? (Op-Ed)

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The winner of American Idol 2013 will be crowned tonight and it’s going to be a pretty close race, I think it’s safe to say. And who should win has as fuzzy an answer as who will win. I say the answers aren’t clear because both Kree Harrison and Candice [...]




Kree Harrison — Up To The Mountain — American Idol 2013 Finale

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Last night on American Idol 2013, the Top 2, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover gave their all with three solid performances. Among those performances was Kree’s version of “Up To The Mountain.” This was Kree’s reprisal song. We first heard her sing it all the way back in Las Vegas [...]




Candice Glover — I (Who Have Nothing) — American Idol 2013 Finale

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Last night Candice Glover and Kree Harrison took to the American Idol 2013 Finale Stage with three songs each. Among the three songs was a reprisal song chosen by the contestants. Candice went with her very powerful performance of “I (Who Have Nothing)” from Top 10 week. She mixed things up [...]






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