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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'

  • PEOPLE.com
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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Goodbye American Idol! Find Out Which Alumni Are Returning for the Series Finale

Goodbye American Idol! Find Out Which Alumni Are Returning for the Series Finale
She's going back to where it all began!

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will perform on the upcoming series finale, People can reveal exclusively.

The country superstar first auditioned for the reality singing competition in 2004 and became the show's fourth winner.

And Underwood 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 Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Candice Glover,
See full article at People.com - TV Watch »

Kellie Pickler goes Daisy Duke in Bucky Covington's 'Drinking Side of Country' video

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"American Idol" finalist Bucky Covington has teamed with Shooter Jennings (son of country music legend Waylon Jennings) for "Drinking Side of Country," a single that will be on Bucky's upcoming album "Good Guys," due out Sept. 11, 2012.

For the music video, Bucky and Shooter took a page out of Waylon's book and did "Dukes of Hazzard" theme -- Waylon was the man behind the show's theme song and also the original narrator of the series.

They also enlisted "Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler to don her best shorty-shorts and step into the high heels of Ms. Daisy Duke. Check out the video above.

And also check out Bucky's favorite charity, Help the Good Guys. He's the spokesman for the organization, which raises awareness and financial aid for firefighters who are experiencing financial difficulties after being injured on the job. Bucky hopes to arrange a special concert to raise money for the
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American Idol: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the Strongest Ever? Take Our Poll!

American Idol: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the Strongest Ever? Take Our Poll!
There’s this weird part of the week — from Friday morning till Monday evening — when not a single major TV network airs a reality singing competition. It’s terrible, I know, but it also gives me a lot of time to ponder American Idol history. (Everyone does this in their free time, yes?) And my latest flight of Idol fancy got me mulling this question: Was Season 11′s Top 10 the strongest — top to bottom — in show history? Let’s examine:

For starters, I’d automatically rule out the five seasons with three or more Top 10 contestants who probably wouldn’t have outlasted Season 11′s No.
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American Idol: What Songs Should Nigel Lythgoe Ban in Season 11?

American Idol: What Songs Should Nigel Lythgoe Ban in Season 11?
Last month, while interviewing executive producer Nigel Lythgoe for a story about possible changes to American Idol for its upcoming eleventh season, I proposed the idea that the show should introduce a list of 11 songs that would be banned from the live performance rounds on the grounds that they’ve been done to death in previous seasons. Lythgoe’s response caught me off guard: “Well, Mike, if you want to write down and send me 11 songs that you don’t want to hear again, I will put them through to the committee.”

Well, sir, you don’t have to ask me twice!
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'American Idol' Bucky Covington theft charge dropped

'American Idol' Bucky Covington theft charge dropped
Former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington has been cleared of a theft charge. Concert promoter William Fuller filed a complaint against Covington over a financial dispute at a June 30 concert in Florida, according to Cmt. Fuller hired Covington to perform Ormond Beach's Iron Horse Saloon, but the promoter was forced to leave the event due to a medical emergency. Fuller claimed that Covington and two associates used his absence to steal $$1,500 (£925) from the Iron Horse Saloon's cash box. The Florida State Attorney General launched an inquiry into the matter, (more)
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Ex-Idol Bucky -- Off the Hook in Cash Grab Case

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" American Idol " reject  Bucky Covington won't be prosecuted for allegedly jacking $1,500 from a bar back in June -- after the Florida Attorney General's Office decided there wasn't enough evidence to make a successful case against him. TMZ broke the story -- an event promoter accused Bucky of calling the shots in the alleged theft -- and ordering his brother and sister-in-law to snatch $1,500 from the cash box at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach,
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'American Idol' Alum Denies Allegation He Stole $1,500

One "American Idol" alum is facing bizarre allegation. It was uncovered recently that a promoter has filed a police report against Bucky Covington, accusing him of stealing $1,500. The country singer, who finished eighth on season 5 of the talent show, however denied the insinuation.

According to TMZ, the 33-year-old singer was hired to perform at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach, Florida on June 30 for a July 4 Nascar race week celebration. But, when the promoter was rushed to a nearby hospital due to chest pains, he allegedly told his brother and his brother's wife to pocket money from the cash register.

It was further claimed that Bucky and his gang refused to give back the money they were accused of stealing. While an investigation is ongoing, the "Gotta Be Somebody" singer insisted on his innocence. In his response to the allegation, he told TMZ, "I'm just glad I'm big enough to be on TMZ!
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Pia Toscano Got A Record Deal, But How Are The Other Ninth Place 'Idols' Faring?

The news of Pia “I Got Voted Off ‘Idol’ Way Early And All I Got Was This Awesome Record Deal” Toscano joining Interscope’s roster surprised no one, except maybe my cat Moo Shu. (Homegirl’s a Voice fan. She thinks Idol is so seven years ago.) Toscano already shattered records by being the lowest-placing Idol also-ran to nab a significant major label deal in the show’s ten year history. (She was ninth! Ninth, I say!)

While we wait to see whether Pia becomes the next Jennifer Hudson or Kristy Lee Cook, let’s look back at the careers of previous ninth-place finishers to see how they’ve fared.

Season One: Jim Verraros

Jim was our inaugural “token sob story” contestant, and he parlayed his name recognition into movie roles in popular gay indie flicks. (Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds might be my fave sequel title since Electric Boogaloo.
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'American Idol': Is the first cursed?

'American Idol': Is the first cursed?
American Idol history has proven that there’s one place besides the bottom 3 that you don’t want to be: Scheduled in the first slot on performance nights. Viewers with short-term memories are more likely to forget what the first contestant of the night brought to the table. Plus, as an Idol hopeful, it’s difficult to deliver a show-stopping number when the crowd itself is still warming up. But whereas being first in previous seasons merely meant that you had to cope with another contestant getting the spotlight (and, therefore, momentum going into the next week), the disadvantage this
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American Idol Recap: Let's Get Critical

American Idol Recap: Let's Get Critical
Twelve shipwrecked guys are treading water amid a swarm of ravenous sharks, when suddenly, a luxury yacht pulls up alongside them. “Darling, your bathing suits are divine!” exclaims a glamorous actress, peering down from the deck. “Dude, your backstroke is bitchin’!” says the rock star alongside her. “Way to throw caution to the wind and do your thing, dawgs!” says their pal the music producer, sipping from a tall Coca-Cola glass. Welcome to the American Idol season 10 men’s semifinal — life boats not included!

Okay, okay, I’m probably sounding harsher than I’d intended. After all, of the dozen
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'American Idol' Season 5: Taylor Hicks vs. Katharine McPhee

The Season 10 premiere of "American Idol" is less than a week away and to make the days go by a bit faster, Zap2it decided to take a stroll down memory lane and re-evaluate the previous nine seasons.

Each day leading up to the premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 19, we will post a retrospective on each season. We're breaking it down into four categories: Best Performance, Worst Performance, Most Underrated Idol and most Overrated Idol. At the end, we will decide how the season stacks up against the rest, rating it as great, good, or not-so-good.

We've looked back at Season 1 (yay Kelly!), Season 2 (aww, Clay and Ruben!), the black hole that was Season 3 and one of our favorite Top 2 in Season 4. Now let's get our Soul Patrol on.

Season 5 contestants in order of elimination:

Melissa McGhee

Kevin Covais

Lisa Tucker

Mandisa

Bucky Covington

Ace Young

Kellie Pickler

Paris Bennett

Chris Daughtry
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Exclusive! Former ‘Idol’ Winner Jordin Sparks Says Diddy Should Replace Simon Cowell!

Jordin weighs in on who should fill Simon’s throne, talks about her first Broadway role, reveals her Idol crush and reveals whether or not she’s been asked to appear on Glee!

Jordin Sparks, you are one smart cookie! Thanks for offering up the smartest suggestion of a Simon Cowell replacement we’ve heard yet! When we asked who should take over the American Idol judge’s throne, Jordin was quick with her answer: Diddy!

“As far as personality goes, he says what’s on his mind. Simon didn’t want to hurt people’s feelings – it just came off that way,” Idol’s season six winner told HollywoodLife.com exclusively during a phone call June 22. “He’s the best fit! He was great on Making the Band, he’s a producer and he’s been in the industry for a long time. I think he’d probably be the best fit.
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Simon Cowell's Top Five 'American Idol' Moments

We look back at the judge's meanest, funniest and most truthful comments.

By Eric Ditzian

Simon Cowell

Photo: M. Caulfield/American Idol 2008

While the ostensible point of Wednesday night's "American Idol" finale was to decide the fates of Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox, the evening's spotlight returned again and again to Simon Cowell. Before the acerbic yet somehow lovable British judge left to jumpstart another Fox show, "Idol" celebrated his nine seasons of work with video segments, comedic bits and an appearance by former judge — and frequent Cowell sparring partner — Paula Abdul.

We're gonna miss the guy, with his ludicrously unbuttoned dress shirts and surly witticisms. It's an open question whether the show can survive without him, especially coming off a season that almost everyone can agree was lackluster at best and soul-crushing at worst. We worry about what "Idol" will be like without Cowell there to speak the truth
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Disney Shutters Lyric Street Records

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Disney Shutters Lyric Street Records
By Lisa Horowitz

Disney Music Group will close operations at Lyric Street Records, its label presence in Nashville, the company announced Wednesday.

Since opening in 1997, Lyric Street Records has been the home to multiplatinum artists Rascal Flatts and SHeDAISY, as well as "American Idol" alumni Josh Gracin and Bucky Covington.

“The Lyric Street team has had an amazing run, building a slate of well-known artists including the superstar...
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