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William Hung, Sanjaya and Other ‘American Idol’ Alums Parody ‘We Are the World’ (Video)

William Hung, Sanjaya and Other ‘American Idol’ Alums Parody ‘We Are the World’ (Video)
(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s season finale of “American Idol”)

Sorry, ABC’s inaugural “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe — you’ve already been outshined. On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel brought together a bunch of forgotten “Idol” alums like William Hung, Sanjaya Malakar, Chewbacca Girl, and the “Pants on the Ground” guy, “General” Larry Platt, for an all-star parody performance of “We Are the World.”

With all due respect to Sanjaya, there were also some actual good singers in the mix — even winners Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard showed up for the gag.

Also Read: 'American Idol' Finale: ABC Reboot Names First Winner

Antonella Barba, Kevin Covais, Haley Reinhart, Scott MacIntyre, and Reynaldo Lapuz also participated in the pre-taped sketch. Be honest, reader: How many of them do you actually remember?

Anyway, the entire premise was one big “Where are they now?
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American Idol: William Hung, Sanjaya and More Reunite for Kimmel Parody

American Idol: William Hung, Sanjaya and More Reunite for Kimmel Parody
In celebration of American Idol‘s Season 16 finale on Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Idol reunion we never knew we wanted. (Well, “wanted” is a term we use loosely.)

In the video above, Idol rejects from years past — everyone from William “She Bangs” Hung to Sanjaya Malakar to Trista Giese, aka Chewbacca Girl — gather to update us on their careers via the original ditty “Where Are They Now?”

Some notable updates from the onetime contestants: Malakar works at a bar (but does construction on the side!), Season 5 competitor Kevin Covais is a notary public “right here in L.A.
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First 15 ‘American Idol’ winners: Where are they now? [Photo Gallery]

Hours after Maddie Poppe won season 16 of “American Idol,” two of the previous champs — Ruben Studdard (season 2) and Taylor Hicks (season 5) — made fun of their fleeting fame in a music video spoof on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” That got us wondering what happened to the other lucky 13 winners of this reality competition series.

After watching these two men make merry with some of the more dubious talent to appear on “Idol” during its 15-year run on Fox, scroll down to the photo gallery to find out what they, and the rest of the winners, have been up to since taking the title.

See ‘American Idol’: Did Maddie Poppe deserve to win season 16 over Gabby Barrett and Caleb Lee Hutchinson? [Poll]

Season 1: Kelly Clarkson

Won: Sept. 4, 2002

Runner-up: Justin Guarini

Winning Song: “A Moment Like This”

Now: This three-time Grammy winner has released eight studio albums and is now a
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Maddie Poppe becomes only 6th woman to win ‘American Idol’ in 16 seasons, joining Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood [Watch]

Defying the odds, 20-year-old Maddie Poppe just became the sixth woman to win “American Idol” in the 16-year history of the reality TV show. This Clarksville, Iowa resident was predicted to come in second place to Gabby Barrett, but instead America chose Maddie as their Season 16 champion. When the votes were tabulated in ABC’s grand finale on May 21, 2018, Gabby came in third place while Caleb Lee Hutchinson was named the season’s runner-up. Watch Maddie’s winning moment above, complete with her tearful rendition of “Going Going Gone.”

See ‘American Idol’: Did Maddie Poppe deserve to win season 16 over Gabby Barrett and Caleb Lee Hutchinson? [Poll]

By claiming the title, Maddie now joins these five female champs on the “American Idol” winners list: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1), Fantasia Barrino (Season 3), Carrie Underwood (Season 4), Jordin Sparks (Season 6) and Candice Glover (Season 12). Refresh your memory of all the winners in our photo gallery down below.
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Kelly Clarkson's 40-Pound Weight Loss Is Nothing Short of Inspirational (Exclusive)

She's the new coach on The Voice, but all eyes are on her impressive body. Kelly Clarkson has undergone an extreme slimdown in just a few months, and fans can't get over her weight loss transformation. The "Stronger" singer recently shared some backstage photos of her on The Voice, and fans couldn't help but comment on Kelly's figure. "You look so amazing, I’m so proud of you!" one user wrote. "Every episode of The Voice you’re looking happier and healthier, way to go, girl," another said. "@kellyclarkson you look great! How much weight have you lost? Great job!" a third wrote. A post shared by Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) on Apr 23, 2018 at 5:24pm Pdt But how much weight has Kelly Clarkson lost? "Kelly looks like she's lost 40 pounds!" fitness coach Nadia Murdock Fit says. "You can definitely tell there was a dramatic weight loss." Inaugural American Idol winner Kelly,
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‘American Idol’: Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood come out on top as Your favorite winners ever [Poll Results]

‘American Idol’: Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood come out on top as Your favorite winners ever [Poll Results]
Surprising no one, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have topped our recent poll that asked you to name your favorite “American Idol” winner of all time. With 24% of the vote, Clarkson just narrowly beat out Underwood (23%) to earn the top spot. None of the other 13 champs even came close in our poll results. See all 15 winners in our photo gallery above, and then sound off on your fave down in the comments section.

See‘American Idol’ twist: Britney Holmes receives second chance after judges initially tell her ‘no’ [Watch]

Clarkson was the first-ever “American Idol” winner back in 2002, while Underwood claimed victory a few years later for the reality TV show’s fourth season. As far as the Grammys are concerned, both ladies are winners as Clarkson took home two Grammys in 2005 (“Breakaway” and “Since U Been Gone”) and another in 2012 (“Stronger”), while Underwood has amassed a whopping seven trophies, including
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‘American Idol’ winners: Is your all-time favorite Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery or … ? [Poll]

‘American Idol’ winners: Is your all-time favorite Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery or … ? [Poll]
American Idol” fans, we need your help. As new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie step behind the desk for the first time on ABC’s reboot of the reality TV singing show, we want to know who You think is the best winner of all time. Is it Season 1’s Kelly Clarkson, who now coaches “The Voice”? How about Season 4’s Carrie Underwood, who gave the intro to Sunday’s season premiere? What about country star Scotty McCreery, whose low voice enraptured America in Season 10? Familiarize yourself with all 15 winners in our photo gallery above, and then vote for your favorite in our poll below.

Poll: ‘American Idol’: Rate new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie

In all, male champs have dominated the series with 10 overall victories, including eight of the past nine. They are: Ruben Studdard (Season 2), Taylor Hicks (Season 5), David Cook (Season
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‘American Idol’ Winners: Where Are They Now (Seasons 1 – 15)?

Just two years after it was cancelled by Fox, “American Idol” returns to ABC on March 11. When this reality competition series hit the airwaves back in 2002, it was a ratings smash, and many of its early winners enjoyed huge success. Indeed, its first-ever champ, Kelly Clarkson, has won three Grammys and parlayed her fame into a string of hit records and a new gig as a judge on the competition, NBC’s’ “The Voice.”

However, many of the more recent music newcomers to be named “American Idol” have found that their time in the spotlight is fleeting. In the photo gallery above, we take a look back at the first 15 “American Idol” winners to date and see how many have been lucky so far and which have been jinxed.

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Season 1: Kelly Clarkson

Won: Sept. 4, 2002

Runner-up: Justin Guarini

Winning
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Will Supple Might Be 'American Idol's' Next Breakout Star but He Can Also Quote the Entire 'Mean Girls' Movie

Get ready American Idol fans because the singing competition is returning to ABC on March 11, and there is already one potential breakout star everyone should have on their radar. His name is Will Supple and part of his audition is already going for viral — although it's not because of anything he sang. American Idol judge Katy Perry asked Will if he had any special talents to which he admitted he can quote the entire Mean Girls movie from start to finish. Katy then proceeded to show him her own secret talent which mainly consisted of puffing out part of her neck so she looked like a giant bullfrog. (Photo Credit: ABC) Judging by Will's face, it's safe to say he was impressed. But, there is a lot more to know about Will than just his love for Mean Girls. Keep scrolling and find out more about American Idol contestant! (Photo
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Katharine McPhee To Make Broadway Debut in “Waitress”

Katharine McPhee To Make Broadway Debut in “Waitress”
Do you remember American Idol sensation Katharine McPhee? She was the runner up behind Taylor Hicks, and many thought she was the better talent. She is now 33 years old and has taken her career in a different direction – acting. Her first serious exposure to acting on TV came with the series Smash in 2012 followed by a role in Scorpion 2 years later. Now she has the opportunity to show her theatrical acting talents in the upcoming Broadway show “Waitress.”
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Dolly Parton, Kid Rock Among Stars Cutting Ties with Nashville Publicist Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Dolly Parton, Kid Rock Among Stars Cutting Ties with Nashville Publicist Over Sexual Assault Allegations
Some of the biggest names in country music, including Dolly Parton and Kid Rock, are severing ties with Nashville publicity titan Webster PR following a deluge of sexual harassment and assault allegations made against the firm’s owner/CEO, Kirt Webster.

Webster’s clients began their mass exodus after a former aspiring country artist named Austin Rick (also known by his stage name, Austin Cody) stepped forward last Friday, accusing Webster of sexual harassment on Facebook. By Tuesday, he had created a GoFundMe page seeking to raise funds to take Webster to court over the allegation that he drugged and sexually assaulted him.
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Taylor Hicks to Return as Host for ‘State Plate’ Season 2

Taylor Hicks to Return as Host for ‘State Plate’ Season 2
American Idol” season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will return for a second helping of “State Plate,” premiering Friday at 8 p.m. Et on the family entertainment network Insp.

“Our goal is to cover all 50 states,” said Doug Butts, Insp’s senior VP of programming. “And we are well on our way. Season 2 of ‘State Plate’ will feature even more of the foods we’ve come to know and love as part of America’s cultural history. Thankfully, there is no shortage of stories to tell.”

Hicks, an Alabama native, owns Saw’s BBQ, a barbecue and blues bar in his home state. The restaurant is getting a healthy perk this season when Hicks returns to Birmingham to give viewers a personal tour.

The concept of “State Plate” — a farm-to-table show — is simple. In the span of a season, Hicks visits specific states and fills up a plate with “emblematic state foods,” including
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Taylor Hicks Slams Chris Daughtry Being Announced As A Judge: ‘I Think A Winner Should Be A Judge’

After announcing the ABC reboot of “American Idol”, many were quick to wonder who would sign on as the judges and some hoped for some “Idol” alums. But there is one person who doesn’t approve of the latest addition of Chris Daughtry, to the reboot, and that person is season five winner, Taylor Hicks. Related: ‘American […]
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Taylor Hicks Says Chris Daughtry Not 'Idol' Judge Material 'Cause He Didn't Win (Video)

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Taylor Hicks is definitely Not on board with Chris Daughtry being considered for an "American Idol" judge and his reason is simple -- he's a loser. Taylor's point is more that Chris didn't Win 'Idol' ... like he did back in season 5, and he stressed that distinction during an interview on Domenick Nati's iHeartRadio show. Mr. Soul Patrol was pretty blunt about it when he was asked about who should join Katy Perry.
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American Idol: ABC Sets Deal to Revive Singing Competition

It's back! ABC is officially rebooting the American Idol TV show. The singing competition TV series originally ran on Fox from June 2002 to April of 2016. Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, and Trent Harmon were the winners in the show's first fifteen seasons on Fox. The first season of American Idol was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. From season two, onward, Seacrest hosted the show, solo. Judges throughout the years included Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Talent has yet to be announced for the ABC revival of American Idol. Read More…
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American Idol Auditions

American Idol Auditions
American Idol lives! ABC has officially confirmed that it’s rebooting the reality competition series following its 2016 cancellation.

While we patiently wait for the show’s new network to announce a premiere date, judges and hosts, we’re looking back at where it all began for the biggest stars to come out of the show’s first 15 seasons.

Carrie Underwood

Underwood claimed the Idol crown in season 4. When we first made her acquaintance, she was an Oklahoma farm girl who had never even been on a plane, but her rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” proved she was destined for bigger things.
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Celebrities Who Got Their Start in Reality TV

Celebrities Who Got Their Start in Reality TV
Britney Spears

Britney was cast in “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” alongside future ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake and rival Christina Aguilera. But before that, she was a child champion on “Star Search” (watch video).

She would go on to star in “Crossroads.”

Justin Timberlake

Like Spears, Justin competed on “Star Search” (as Justin Randall) but lost in his first head-to-head. He would become one of many stars to break out from Disney’s reboot of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” (watch video).

He would go on to star in “The Social Network,” “Friends With Benefits,” and “Trolls.”

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera’s powerhouse vocals were evident even when she was a young girl. She starred alongside Spears and Timberlake in the final two seasons of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” (watch video).

She would go on to star in “Burlesque” and “The Voice.”

Ryan Gosling

Gosling sang and danced in choreographed routines and coordinating outfits alongside J.C. Chasez and
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‘American Idol’ Winner Taylor Hicks Survives Terrifying Mid-Air Engine Explosion On Flight: ‘Our Lives Flashed Before Our Eyes’

Taylor Hicks is feeling grateful to be alive after the airplane on which season-five winner of “American Idol” was flying blew an engine mid-air, leading to some terrifying moments for everyone onboard. As Hicks tells TMZ, “two of the pistons blew, oil went everywhere, and the engine stopped, and the rotor blade just stopped in mid-air. […]
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Taylor Hicks -- Midair Emergency ... I Thought I Was Going to Die (Video + Photos)

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[[tmz:video id="0_76bkygz1"]] Taylor Hicks says his life flashed before his eyes when his private plane blew one of its engines midair ... and owes his life to the skills of his amazing pilot. The "American Idol" champ tells us he was flying from Tennessee to Alabama Wednesday afternoon when one of the engines exploded, dousing the plane with oil. Taylor says they managed to land at a rural airport in Jasper, Al. The pilot, Taylor and 2 other passengers are all ok,
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On this day in pop culture history: Michael J. Fox said goodbye to ‘Spin City’

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On this day in pop culture history: Michael J. Fox said goodbye to ‘Spin City’
16 years ago today, Mike Flaherty bid adieu to City Hall and Michael J. Fox said goodbye to Spin City. It was the actor’s final episode as a regular on the ABC sitcom after playing the lead role since the show premiered in 1996. Fox had revealed to the public in 1998 his battle with Parkinson’s disease. As his symptoms worsened, during Spin City’s fourth season, Fox, then 38 years old, announced he would be leaving the show at the end of the season to spend more time with his family and to raise money for Parkinson's research and awareness. Spin City lasted another two seasons after Fox’s departure, with Charlie Sheen as the new lead. Fox did return for appearances in a few episodes in the final season. In that May 24, 2000 episode, the season 4 finale, Mike Flaherty fired himself to save everyone else on the mayor’s staff in the midst of a scandal,
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