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'American Idol' Alum Rickey Smith Dead at Age 36 After Car Crash

6 May 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

American Idol season two finalist Rickey Smith was killed in a multi-car accident Friday in Oklahoma. He was 36. Following his death, his past competitors Ruben Studdard, who won his season, and Clay Aiken, the runner-up, posted tributes to him online. Local authorities said Smith died when a 27-year-old male driver drove his Gmc pickup truck the wrong way on a highway near Oklahoma City and crashed into him, a police official told E! News. Smith, who was driving a Honda Accord, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was treated at a local hospital and then released into police custody. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers believe he may »

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Rickey Smith Dead: American Idol Alum Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver in Early Morning Crash

6 May 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American Idol finalist Rickey Smith has died in an Oklahoma car crash. He was 36. Smith, who was featured on the show's second season, was killed early Friday morning in a wrong-way wreck by an allegedly drunk driver, NewsOK and Koco reports. Smith was traveling on the I-240 freeway outside of Oklahoma City just after 3 a.m. when another driver, identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as Gerardo Cerda Jr., collided head-on with Smith's Honda Accord. Cerda, 27, who was traveling west in the eastbound lanes in a Gmc pickup truck, was treated at a local hospital following the crash. He was »

- Christina Dugan, @Christina_Dugan

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Rickey Smith Dead: American Idol Alum Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver in Early Morning Crash

6 May 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American Idol finalist Rickey Smith has died in an Oklahoma car crash. He was 36. Smith, who was featured on the show's second season, was killed early Friday morning in a wrong-way wreck by an allegedly drunk driver, NewsOK and Koco reports. Smith was traveling on the I-240 freeway outside of Oklahoma City just after 3 a.m. when another driver, identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as Gerardo Cerda Jr., collided head-on with Smith's Honda Accord. Cerda, 27, who was traveling west in the eastbound lanes in a Gmc pickup truck, was treated at a local hospital following the crash. He was »

- Christina Dugan, @Christina_Dugan

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Rickey Smith, American Idol Season 2 Finalist, Dead at 36

6 May 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

American Idol Season 2 finalist Rickey Smith was killed in a multi-car accident Thursday night, according to TMZ.

Smith, who memorably donned a disco-fabulous Afro wig for a performance of Earth Wind and Fire’s “Let’s Groove” and wound up finishing eighth behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, was 36.

He was also known for smiling and chanting “Hercules! Hercules!” during his run on the show.

According to TMZ, Smith’s vehicle was hit head-on by another car traveling the wrong way down Oklahoma’s I-240. That driver was booked for DUI.

Several of Smith’s Idol compatriots took to social »

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‘American Idol’ Finalist Killed in Car Crash

6 May 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former “American Idol” finalist Rickey E. Smith Jr. was killed Friday morning in a car crash in Oklahoma, Variety has confirmed. Smith was 36.

Smith was involved in a multi-car, wrong-way collision on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City at around 3:15 a.m. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons, 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda Jr. was traveling in a pickup truck headed westbound in the eastbound lanes, and slammed head-on into Smith’s vehicle.

Smith died on the scene of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Cerda was treated for injuries at a hospital and released. He now faces DUI charges.

The eastbound interstate was shut down for more than three hours after the accident, but has since been opened.

“Okc: I-240 east bound at Penn is still closed due to an injury collision,” the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tweeted early this morning.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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'American Idol' Finalist Killed In Car Crash

6 May 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Former "American Idol" finalist Rickey Smith was killed Thursday night in a multi-car highway wreck in Oklahoma. Smith was on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City when, according to reports, another man driving the wrong way on the interstate slammed head-on into Smith's vehicle. Cops say the other driver was hospitalized and booked for DUI. Smith competed on the second season of 'Idol,' and finished in eighth place. Ruben Studdard took the title that year. »

- TMZ Staff

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Celebrity Food Fight: Andy Richter to Host Food Network Series

29 April 2016 4:57 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Put on your eating pants. Celebrity Food Fight TV show on Food Network premieres with back-to-back episodes, Sunday, May 29, 2016, at 10:00 and 10:30pm Et/Pt. Conan's Andy Richter hosts. Guests in the first season of Celebrity Food Fight include Tom Arnold, Jonathan Bennett, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Kim Coles, Scott Conant, Coolio, Andy Dick, Graham Elliot, Bill Engvall, and Jennie Garth.

Other celebs appearing in Celebrity Food Fight, season one, include: Duff Goldman, Greg Grunberg, Alex Guarnaschelli, Penn Jillette, Kristen Johnston, Kevin Jonas, Christopher Knight, Katie Lee, Tara Lipinksi, Antonia Lofaso, Carlos Mencia, Damaris Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Caroline Rhea, Melissa Rivers, Aarón Sánchez, Jean Smart, Ruben Studdard, and Kendra Wilkinson.

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Jennifer Lopez Gets Emotional at American Idol Finale

8 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Lopez got emotional at Thursday's American Idol series finale. The singer, actress and TV judge, 46, wiped tears from her eyes at the finale for the competition show's farewell season at Dolby Theater in Hollywood. For the last time, Lopez sat alongside her fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. for the finale of the show's fifteenth (and final) season - the end of Lopez's five-season stint as a judge. In true, Lopez fashion, the star hit the Idol stage to perform her new single "Ain't Your Mama," in a quintessential Lopez performance, filled with outfit changes, sparkles and high-energy dance numbers. »

- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_

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Past American Idol Contestants Came Together For Jaw-Dropping Performance on the Finale

8 April 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

American Idol has been on for so long that it's hard to fathom how many budding artists have competed on the show over the years. The series finale aired on Thursday night, crowning a winner and bringing back past favorites like Carrie Underwood. The show opened with a very special performance from a stage full of familiar faces like Scotty McCreery and Ruben Studdard. The gigantic group (seriously, I can't even count how many past Idol contestants are up there) sang Barry Manilow's "One Voice," a fitting track for the show's final episode. Watch and weep. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Jessica Sanchez Makes Her Triumphant Return to American Idol With a Soulful, Acoustic Performance

8 April 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

American Idol's series finale ended on Thursday night with a final winner, a gorgeous performance from Carrie Underwood, and some of the show's biggest success stories hitting the stage together. The ensemble acoustic melody included the talents of Katharine McPhee, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, and - most notably, according to fans on Twitter - Jessica Sanchez. Everyone does an incredible job, but the much-loved season 11 runner-up really lets her voice shine during a moving rendition of "The Prayer." Watch her kill it above, and check out the show's massive, epic finale performance! »

- Quinn Keaney

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The Lonesome Death of 'American Idol'

8 April 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

American Idol has a lot in common with the country it's named after — a swift rise, fueled by lofty populist ideals and naked aggression, world conquest, such giddy heights, then the tragic skid into despair and and it's all somehow Fox's fault. The end of the Idol empire should have been a much bigger deal. It should have been an event. But instead, last night's farewell episode just kind of dribbled away, like the final season overall. "Let's do a Bowie tribute, except instead of Adam Lambert or Fantasia, we'll »

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‘American Idol’ Says Goodbye on a Night Full of Stars

7 April 2016 10:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“This show transformed television.”

Many have uttered some variation of those words in the weeks leading up to “American Idol’s” finale, but tonight — the night of the singing competition’s last episode — it was President Barack Obama, himself, who made the declaration to kick off the night, a sign of the show’s historic influence over the past 15 years.

The live show at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Calif., which led up to the final moment of crowning the last winner, felt more like a two-hour celebration of the show, rather than a showcase of one particular individual. (Find out who the winner is here.)

Following Obama’s taped segment, a less familiar face graced the stage: Brian Dunkleman, who co-hosted the first season of “Idol” along with Ryan Seacrest.

“I just wanted to stop by and congratulate the show for struggling along another 14 seasons without me,” Dunkleman cracked, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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The Ultimate American Idol Finale Flashback Playlist - All the Past Winners Perform Their Coronation Songs

7 April 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

And the next American Idol is... Well, that hasn't been announced yet. But "whoever wins will be the bookend to a legacy that started with Kelly Clarkson," says host Ryan Seacrest, who is featured in the current issue of People. "People will always remember the first winner and the last winner." But before either La'Porsha Renae or Trent Harmon becomes the fifteenth (and final) Idol, People has compiled videos of the past 14 winners singing their coronation songs. Read on for all the thrilling moments. 2002 - Kelly Clarkson performs "A Moment Like This" 2003 - Ruben Studdard performs "Flying Without Wings" 2004 - »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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The Ultimate American Idol Finale Flashback Playlist - All the Past Winners Perform Their Coronation Songs

7 April 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

And the next American Idol is... Well, that hasn't been announced yet. But "whoever wins will be the bookend to a legacy that started with Kelly Clarkson," says host Ryan Seacrest, who is featured in the current issue of People. "People will always remember the first winner and the last winner." But before either La'Porsha Renae or Trent Harmon becomes the fifteenth (and final) Idol, People has compiled videos of the past 14 winners singing their coronation songs. Read on for all the thrilling moments. 2002 - Kelly Clarkson performs "A Moment Like This" 2003 - Ruben Studdard performs "Flying Without Wings" 2004 - »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Chris Daughtry on American Idol Finale: 'They're Going Out on a High Note'

4 April 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American Idol is ending its 15-season run and alum Chris Daughtry has a lot of feelings about it. "It's coming to an end, man," Daughtry told People at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday. "Lights out! Or actually lights up, everybody go home!" He added, "It's bittersweet. I got a lot of good memories about it from the show, my season in particular. I feel like this season, from what I've seen in the last few, has been extremely entertaining. I think they're going out on a high note." Daughtry, who placed fourth in the fifth season, won't be the »

- Christina Dugan, @Christina_Dugan

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Chris Daughtry on American Idol Finale: 'They're Going Out on a High Note'

4 April 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American Idol is ending its 15-season run and alum Chris Daughtry has a lot of feelings about it. "It's coming to an end, man," Daughtry told People at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday. "Lights out! Or actually lights up, everybody go home!" He added, "It's bittersweet. I got a lot of good memories about it from the show, my season in particular. I feel like this season, from what I've seen in the last few, has been extremely entertaining. I think they're going out on a high note." Daughtry, who placed fourth in the fifth season, won't be the »

- Christina Dugan, @Christina_Dugan

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Ratings: ‘Rush Hour’ Opens Modestly for CBS; ABC’s ‘The Catch’ Dips in Week Two

1 April 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On a Thursday that included the return of CBS heavyweight “The Big Bang Theory” and rising numbers one of the final installments of Fox’s “American Idol,” much of the night’s ratings focus was on 10 o’clock hour, where three first year-dramas went head-to-head and delivered similarly modest demo scores. Opposite the finale of NBC’s rock-solid and already-renewed “Shades of Blue,” CBS introduced action comedy “Rush Hour” to soft numbers while ABC’s “The Catch” dropped slightly from its lackluster debut, helped out this week by a stronger “Scandal” lead-in.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s “Shades of Blue” ended its 13-episode run with a 1.1 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall, up a tenth from recent weeks for its top score since Feb. 18. The show has impressed by holding steady despite the start of Daylight Saving Time and a repeat lead-in in recent weeks; last night, »

- Rick Kissell

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American Idol Alums Reveal the Best Advice the Judges Ever Gave Them

31 March 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Believe it or not, but American Idol is ending Next Week. This is not a drill, people! In honor of the legendary reality competition's farewell season, E! News' Kristin Dos Santos got a few former contestants to spill the beans on their favorite Idol moments. Last week we brought you a list of their favorite Idol performances, and this week Kris Allen, Lauren Alaina, Ruben Studdard, Nick Fradiani and David Cook are sharing the best advice the judges ever gave them, their favorite-ever Idol winners, favorite catchphrases and more. Read on for their snippets of advice, and press play on the video above for the rest! Kris Allen "Randy [Jackson] said something about my pitch one time, and »

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Jennifer Hudson Joins the Long List of American Idol Alumni Returning for Series Finale

30 March 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

And we're telling you, she's coming back! Former American Idol and Dreamgirls star will perform on the upcoming series finale, People can reveal exclusively. The Academy Award winner first auditioned for the reality singing competition in 2003 and placed seventh on the show's third season.And Hudson - who will pre-tape her performance because she is currently starring in The Color Purple on Broadway - won't be the only familiar face returning for Idol's fifteenth (and final) farewell. For more on Idol, pick up People's The Best of American Idol collector's edition issue, on sale now. Other alumni appearing on »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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TVLine Items: Idol Faves Join Finale, 'Welcome to Hulu, The O.C.' and More

24 March 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Before crowning its final champion, American Idol will welcome back two of its most successful victors.

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are set to perform on Idol’s series finale, airing Thursday, April 7, at 8/7c. The divas will take the stage as part of Fox’s three-night Grand Finale event, beginning with the 90-minute retrospective American Idol: American Dream on Tuesday, April 5, at 8 pm.

RelatedAmerican Idol: Get the Full Set List for Sia Songbook/American Rock Night!

The last-ever performance show will then air April 6 at 8 pm, leading up to Idol‘s swan song the following night. »

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