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Carrie Underwood Reflects on Her American Idol Win 12 Years Later: ‘Life Has Been a Dream Ever Since’

Carrie Underwood Reflects on Her American Idol Win 12 Years Later: ‘Life Has Been a Dream Ever Since’
Carrie Underwood still looks at her American Idol win as a “pinch me” moment.

The Grammy Award-winning singer took to Instagram Thursday to share a major #tbt moment that occurred 12 years ago.

“12 years later and I’m still not sure how it all happened to me!” she wrote. “12 years ago today, my dreams came true and life has been a dream ever since! I am beyond blessed and so thankful! #AmericanIdol #Tbt.”

Underwood, 34, beat out Bo Bice in the fourth season of the long-running music show. Since then, she’s won seven Grammy Awards and 11 Country Music Awards.

The “Church
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Espn Sued by Tennis Analyst Who Was Axed Over Venus Williams ‘Guerrilla’ Comment

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Espn Sued by Tennis Analyst Who Was Axed Over Venus Williams ‘Guerrilla’ Comment
Happy Valentine’s Day, Espn. Here’s a lawsuit. A journalist who was pulled from duty after describing Venus Williams’ “guerrilla” style of playing while covering the Australian Open last month is now suing Espn, contending that the sports network “bowed to the Twitter universe of haters and those ignorant of tennis who thought used the word ‘gorilla’ to describe Venus Williams that day.” The lawsuit, filed by tennis analyst Doug Adler in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday,, also names Espn senior vice president Mark Gro and vice president Jamie Reynolds as defendants. Also Read: 'American Idol' Alum Bo Bice Vents About.
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Bo Bice Took 'White Boy' Incident Too Far, Says Popeyes Employee (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_4htz73a1"]] The Popeyes employee who called "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice a "white boy" ... thinks he could have handled the situation better, instead of getting her suspended. Brooke Harpe told TMZ ... she'd love to apologize to Bice, and wishes he'd given her the chance to do so in the first place. Harpe's been benched for about a week now, and says Bo made a mountain out of a molehill. She thinks there was a much simpler,
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‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Bo Bice Breaks Down, Tearfully Accuses Popeye’s Staff Of ‘Racial Prejudice’ For Calling Him ‘White Boy’

Bo Bice is best known for coming in second to Carrie Underwood in the third season of “American Idol”, but the singer has re-emerged to share a story of racial prejudice committed against him — even though he’s caucasian. The incident took place at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Dec. 30, where Bice ordered some fried […]
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‘American Idol’ Alum Bo Bice Vents About ‘Hateful, Racist Comments’ After ‘White Boy’ Incident: ‘Wake Up America!’

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‘American Idol’ Alum Bo Bice Vents About ‘Hateful, Racist Comments’ After ‘White Boy’ Incident: ‘Wake Up America!’
Bo Bice has received an apology after being referred to as a “white boy” at a Popeye’s restaurant in Atlanta — but the “American Idol” alum isn’t done venting about the racial situation in America, or about the “defamatory hateful language” he says people have been subjected to on his Facebook page since the incident came to light. In a lengthy Facebook post published Wednesday, Bice blasted the “hateful, racist comments” that have been left on his social media accounts and cautioned, “Wake up America!” Bice, who said that his original Facebook post about the Popeye’s incident was deleted by the.
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American Idol Finalist Bo Bice in Tears as He Claims ‘Racial Prejudice’ After Being Called ‘White Boy’ at Popeyes

American Idol Finalist Bo Bice in Tears as He Claims ‘Racial Prejudice’ After Being Called ‘White Boy’ at Popeyes
He first made headlines in 2005, finishing second place to Carrie Underwood on American Idol‘s fourth season. And now Bo Bice is back in the spotlight — but for a very different reason.

The 41-year-old singer and father of four made headlines recently after an employee at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen referred to him as “white boy.”

The incident happened at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Dec. 30, where the musician claimed a handful of African-American employees mocked his name after he had ordered — calling him “Bow-Bow,” “Boo-Boo,” and “Bo-Bo.” Mistakenly ringing his order in twice, one of the group called for
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‘American Idol’ Alum Bo Bice Makes Peace With Popeye’s After Being Called ‘White Boy’ by Employee (Updated)

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‘American Idol’ Alum Bo Bice Makes Peace With Popeye’s After Being Called ‘White Boy’ by Employee (Updated)
Updated, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Bo Bice has made peace with Popeye’s. The singer tweeted Tuesday night, “I asked the employee be fired, got apology, done. People should have more respect for one another & not use demeaning language.” I asked the employee????be fired, got apology, done. People should have more respect for one another & not use demeaning language @TheWrap ✌????️ https://t.co/pQHfplbrfg – Bo Bice (@OfficialBoBice) January 4, 2017 Previously… Bo Bice has threatened to set his lawyer on the Popeye’s fast food chain, after he says he was referred to as a “white boy” by a restaurant employee.
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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Star Wars’ entered our galaxy

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Star Wars’ entered our galaxy
39 years ago today, audiences were first taken to the galaxy far, far away that would deeply embed itself in popular culture and ignite the imaginations of sci-fi fans for generations to come. Star Wars opened in theaters on May 25, 1977, the Wednesday before Memorial Day that year. (Yep, next year we’ll be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars.) The film that would launch one of the biggest cultural phenomenons of all time started small, opening in fewer than 40 theaters. But when the movie started to break records in its small release, 20th Century Fox accelerated its release plans. Soon audiences across the world were captivated by the Millennium Falcon and binary sunsets and lightsaber duels. Six years to the day after the release of the first film, Return of the Jedi opened in theaters. The Empire Strikes Back had hit theaters in May 1980, when Star Wars was a summer and not a Christmas event.
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Justin Guarini! Kellie Pickler! See What Former American Idol Contestants Looked Like Then and Now

Justin Guarini! Kellie Pickler! See What Former American Idol Contestants Looked Like Then and Now
Brace yourselves for one serious dose of nostalgia. It's been over a decade since American Idol debuted. With nearly 15 years of contestants in its history, the show introduced America to hundreds of music hopefuls—some of whom have been burned into our memories and our iTunes libraries forever. However, it seems those fond memories are a bit foggy these days. When many of the show's iconic contestants reunited on the Idol stage Thursday night for the series' finale, we couldn't help but rub our eyes and ask: Who is that? Where did Justin Guarini's curls go? Bo Bice cut off his long locks? While some Idol returnees still looked familiar after...
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The Lonesome Death of 'American Idol'

The Lonesome Death of 'American Idol'
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

‘American Idol’ Says Goodbye on a Night Full of Stars
“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,
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American Idol Series Finale Recap: Did the Right Contestant Win? Plus: TVLine's Series Finale Awards!

American Idol Series Finale Recap: Did the Right Contestant Win? Plus: TVLine's Series Finale Awards!
Kieran, turn out the lights.

Our American Idol “journey” has come to an end, but let us not weep for what’s been cancelled, let us instead go to iTunes and download the Season 15 winner’s new single. Hey, from a songwriting vantage point, it may not be “Home,” but it definitely ranks above “No Boundaries” and “Inside Your Heaven” — and we bought those, too. And if this show can produce one more bona fide radio/touring superstar, maybe the inevitable reboot will happen sooner than expected, no?

RelatedFarewell for Now, American Idol, and Thanks for All the Memories
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Before 'American Idol' ends, here are 10 performances I loved

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Before 'American Idol' ends, here are 10 performances I loved
American Idol season 1 debuted about a week after The Wire season 1 did. Though my TV tastes over the years trended much more towards complicated scripted dramas like the latter, I spent a long time watching the former, and enjoying it in the moments when the series wasn't busy padding its run time with inanities (like the entire judging career of Randy Jackson) and simply let the contestants sing. Often, those performances were just overpraised photocopies of the original moments, but when an Idol singer put their own stamp on a familiar tune, or dug up an obscurity and made it sound like a hit, I couldn't begrudge the series its enormous popularity. Eventually, the show got too repetitive for me to stick with, especially as more and more scripted options rose up demanding my attention. The last time I watched an Idol season from start to finish was the 9th,
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Farewell for Now, American Idol, and Thanks for All the Memories

Farewell for Now, American Idol, and Thanks for All the Memories
Season 10 of American Idol. Top 4 results night. May 12, 2011.

I remember it vividly, joyfully — but not just because the exceptional Haley Reinhart (who’d been enduring egregious sabotage from judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson) improbably survived over rocker dude James Durbin. Mostly, the date is blazed into my memory because of a surprise delivery I’d received a few hours earlier from the New Jersey State Division of Youth and Family Services: Three-month-old foster twins, ridiculously cute boys whom my husband and I had only learned about earlier that morning.

RelatedRatings: American Idol‘s Final Performance Finale Hits 3-Year Highs
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Chris Daughtry on American Idol Finale: 'They're Going Out on a High Note'

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

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

Chris Daughtry on American Idol Finale: 'They're Going Out on a High Note'
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
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Goodbye American Idol! Find Out the Latest Alumna Enlisted to Perform on the Series Finale

Goodbye American Idol! Find Out the Latest Alumna Enlisted to Perform on the Series Finale
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 the April 7 show will be Carrie Underwood,
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Jennifer Hudson Joins the Long List of American Idol Alumni Returning for Series Finale

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Jennifer Hudson Joins the Long List of American Idol Alumni Returning for Series Finale
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
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TVLine Items: Idol Faves Join Finale, 'Welcome to Hulu, The O.C.' and More

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