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‘American Idol’ Alumna Jessica Sanchez Takes Knee During National Anthem At Raiders-Chargers Game

The national anthem protests aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and former American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez is the latest to take a knee. The singer knelt while singing the final words of the “Star Spangled Banner” before the Oakland Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers game in Oakland. Footage of Sanchez singing and kneeling during the pregame ceremony was posted on Facebook Live but has been deleted. The vocal powerhouse wasn’t the only one doing silent, peaceful…
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Exclusive: David Foster Talks ‘American Idol’ & Living With Ex Yolanda Hadid's Lyme Disease: ‘We Did Our Best’

Exclusive: David Foster Talks ‘American Idol’ & Living With Ex Yolanda Hadid's Lyme Disease: ‘We Did Our Best’
Legendary musician David Foster is getting candid about his four divorces and opening up about his ex-wife, Yolanda Hadid’s, battle with Lyme disease.

“We just always did our best,” he said about living with Hadid’s illness, while talking to Et at the Grammy Museum’s third annual gala at The Novo in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday. “We had some other issues as well, but everybody’s in a good place now. The main thing is that she’s healthy and in remission. She worked really hard at it and now she’s reaping the rewards of that.”

Exclusive: Yolanda Hadid Opens Up About Health and Finding Love Again -- With Her Kids' Help!

In her new book, Believe Me: My Battle With the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star claims the debilitating illness, which is spread by ticks, created cracks in her marriage, which ended in
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Jessica Sanchez Makes Her Triumphant Return to American Idol With a Soulful, Acoustic Performance

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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!
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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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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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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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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - '80s Night

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - '80s Night
Look, we all know that The Judges' Save is a crapshoot.  Yes, it got us more quirky musicality from Casey Abrams and it allowed Jessica Sanchez to make it to the Finals, but how much gratitude should we show an innovation that also prolonged the "Idol" lives of Matt Giraud and Michael Lynche?  I guess we should feel lucky that Sam Woolf has survived to participate in a theme that I'm sure is near-and-dear to his heart: '80s Night. Sam isn't the only "Idol" Finalist with a sketchy connection to the '80s. Actually, the total number of remaining contestants who drew breath in the '80s is a resounding "zero."  So... This is gonna be fun! 8:00 p.m. Et. We begin with a reminder of last week's "drama," which strongly suggests that if Sam had gone home, this would be '70s Week. This week featured David Cook as a mentor.
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Sorry, Sam Woolf: No one's ever won 'American Idol' after being saved

Poor Sam Woolf. He received the lowest number of votes Thursday night and wound up being saved by the "American Idol" judges in a dramatic confetti shower that's usually reserved for the season's ultimate winner. But while Sam is busy celebrating his second chance victory, it's time for a reality check: Ever since the Judges' Save was introduced in Season Eight, no one that's been saved has gone on to win the show. -Break- Prior to Sam, a total of four singers were saved from the execution chamber. In Season 8, Matt Giraud was saved in Top 7 Week and was then eliminated for good two weeks later. In Season 9, Michael Lynche was saved in Top 9 Week and wound up lasting five more weeks. In Season 10, Casey Abrams was saved in Top 11 Week and was then eliminated five weeks later. And in Season 11, Jessica Sanchez was saved in Top 7 Week and made
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Jennifer Lopez Criticized for Lip Syncing on "American Idol"

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How do you judge a singing competition when you don't sing live yourself? That's the question a lot of "American Idol" fans started asking on Twitter last night during Jennifer Lopez's performance of "I Luh Ya Papi."While she looked amazing rocking some sparkly Daisy Dukes and dancing up a storm on stage, her vocals took a back seat -- and the lip-sync criticisms started flying online.To be fair, J.Lo did start out the performance with a lovely a cappella verse, harmonizing with "Idol" alums Pia Toscano, Jessica Sanchez and Allison Iraheta before the backing track took over.But the haterade began once she started dancing -- and even included a tweet from Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern. .@americanidol Did @jlo just lip sync? I am on DVR here. Is this already a "thing" with #idol fans? This is a singing show right? — Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) March
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'American Idol' Reca: Top 10 Results Show Sends Mk Nobilette Home

American Idol’s Top 10 became Top 9, with Majesty Rose, Dexter Roberts and M.K. Nobilette in the bottom three and M.K. eventually leaving the show.

It was a packed night for judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and especially for Jennifer Lopez, who performed her new single “I Luh Ya Papi.” Lopez took over the Idol stage with giant fake brick walls covered in graffiti that proudly declared Lopez was performing in “The Bronx.”

The number started with J-Lo sitting on the stoop with her backup singers, American Idol alums Pia Toscano, Jessica Sanchez and Allison Iraheta. They engaged in some playful banter about the male contestants on this season’s Idol before kicking off the song a cappella.

For Thursday’s Tastemakers Showcase, Harry invited Royal Teeth, a band from New Orleans, to perform their single “Wild.”

Mk Nobilette Sings For The Save

But, now onto the elimination
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American Idol Top Ten: Find Out If the Judges Saved [Spoiler!] From Elimination

American Idol Top Ten: Find Out If the Judges Saved [Spoiler!] From Elimination
And at last, we're in the single digits! The week, the top ten finalists of American Idol aimed to impress the judges with their pop-tastic choices for the Post 2011 Music theme. And although some of the performances were truly awe-inspiring, (We're looking at you Alex Preston!), it's time to start weeding out the weaklings from the season 13 pack. Tonight, Jennifer Lopez stepped heavily into the spotlight in an effort to promote her new single, "I Luh Ya Papi," and welcomed back Idol alums Pia ToscanoJessica Sanchez, and Alison Iraheta to discuss their favorites from this season. After this blast from the past, and some truly amazing harmonizing, J-Lo rocked...
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'American Idol' Top 10 results: Did Mk Nobilette, Majesty Rose or Dexter Roberts go home?

Of the Bottom 3 singers in the "American Idol" Season 13 Top 10, two had sat on the stools multiple times in the past. Mk Nobilette and Majesty Rose were the veterans, while Dexter Roberts took his first spin on the silver stool. But who went home?

Ultimately, despite a strong "save me" performance, the judges declined to use their save on Mk Nobilette.

At this point in the season we're familiar with the machinations of the results show. Results, performance, more results, another performance, more results, decision time. Top 10 week was no different.

The first group called to learn their fates was Malaya, Dexter and Jessica. Dexter got a special video message from Florida Georgia Line, whose song "Cruise" he performed last night, but unfortunately that was the only good news Ryan Seacrest had for him and he was sent to the bottom. The ladies were safe.

After the commercial, Jennifer Lopez
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Results plus Jennifer Lopez performs

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Results plus Jennifer Lopez performs
Once again, we're facing some uncertainty as Thursday (March 20) night's "American Idol" results loom. After Wednesday's variably so-so performances, I can imagine a variety of potential eliminations. However, I remain uncertain on which singers would force the judges to use their Save. Probably Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson would be guaranteed saves. But who else? Malaya? Probably. Jena "Gina" Irene? Maybe. Anybody else? I'm not so sure. I'm using a J-Lo picture, because I know she's not going home and I also know she's performing tonight. I don't, however, know how to consistently spell "I Luh Ya Papi," but I know it's J-Lo's new song about her appreciation for the postseason exploits of David Ortiz. Also performing on Thursday? Something called Royal Teeth. Click through for the full recap! 8:58 p.m. Et. This week, I remembered that "Idol" was on at 9 and not at 8. I'm the true hero.
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You Are A Fool Not To Watch “American Idol”

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American Idol‘s 13th season premieres tonight with a new(-ish) cast of judges including the irascible Dolphin Tale star Harry Connick Jr., budding U-Turn actress Jennifer Lopez, and grown-up Peppermint Patty Keith Urban. Maybe they’ll do a good job! I don’t know! But I’ll be there watching because American Idol is still, despite sinking (but relatively phenomenal) ratings, the greatest singing cotillion on TV. Here are five reasons why.

5. The Hollywood rounds give you the best highs and most hilarious lows.

Twelve seasons in, the Hollywood rounds of American Idol remain the most underrated part of the show and maybe the entire reality-competition genre. The bustling energy of the second tryout, where attention-starved contestants who’ve passed the city auditions jump to Hollywood and attempt group numbers in a Fanny Brice-on-roller-skates way, is often the best indicator of how truly talented and likable the auditioning contestants are.
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Philippines Typhoon: Celebs React on Twitter to Massive Devastation

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Philippines Typhoon: Celebs React on Twitter to Massive Devastation
A day after one of the strongest typhoons on record devastated the Philippines, celebrities are reaching out on social media to express their sorrow - and to urge others to help. Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Pacific island country Friday and ravaged the city of Tacloban, where bodies were reportedly scattered on the streets after punishing waves and high winds ripped apart buildings and tore children from their parents' arms. At least 138 people are confirmed dead, but officials have put the death toll at no fewer than 1,000, reports CNN. Celebrities - including Alyssa Milano and Kevin Bacon, as well
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'American Idol's' Adam Lambert joins 'Glee'

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'American Idol's' Adam Lambert joins 'Glee'
Gleeks and Glamberts rejoice: Adam Lambert is joining the cast of “Glee” for the season 5 of the Fox series. The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy announced the news via Twitter, tweeting, “I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of ‘Glee’ this fall.” Lambert has not commented via Twitter or otherwise. It remains to be seen whether Lambert will play himself, as he did on “Pretty Little Liars,” or a fictional character. He is the second “American Idol” contest to join the show: Jessica Sanchez had a two-episode role as a performer from a...
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Adam Lambert Returns To Fox Family With ‘Glee’ Role

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Glee‘s Ryan Murphy tweeted tonight that the Season 8 American Idol runner-up will join the Fox series for its upcoming fifth season. “I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall,” the showrunner wrote. Murphy offered up no details about the singer’s role on the show, but this could mean Lambert’s name is off the shortlist for a seat on the Idol judges table left vacant by the recent departures of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. He has been talked up as a possible replacement on the aging Fox singing competition’s panel, along with fellow Idol alums Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time network nepotism has made its way to the Glee set; 2012 Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez made a couple of appearances this past season. Related: ‘Glee’s New
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