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“American Idol” Premiere Recap: Best Judge Lineup Ever?

In case you need a legitimate reason to check out the thirteenth season of American Idol, here’s one: This is the first season where none of the judges are embarrassed by one other.

Think about it. From seasons one to eight, Simon Cowell rolled his eyes at Paula Abdul, who was usually rolling her eyes on accident. In season nine, Ellen DeGeneres winced at all of Simon’s callous remarks as if they were stains on her syndication-friendly reputation. In seasons ten and eleven, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson giggled in terror whenever your great aunt Steven Tyler purred at female contestants. In season 12, the whole panel refrained from weeping when Mariah Carey would attempt legitimate criticisms and instead wind up reciting Jacqueline Bisset‘s entire Golden Globes speech.

But finally, with the new lineup of Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez, and returnee Keith Urban, the mix is mysteriously perfect.
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You Are A Fool Not To Watch “American Idol”

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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American Idol Season 12 Finale Recap: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Finalists [Updated]

American Idol Season 12 Finale Recap: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Finalists [Updated]
“Either way, we’re gonna celebrate tonight.”

With six simple words, Kree Harrison summed up what most American Idol fans have been feeling for the last fortnight. I mean, seriously, once we got down to what Loleatta Holloway once referred to as “the reeeeeallll nitty gritty” of the competition — by which I mean a righteous Top 3 of Candice Glover, Kree and third-place finisher Angie Miller — how could you really be too upset about where the chips ended up falling?

Oh sure, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe stacked the Top 20 deck with powerhouse ladies and guys with questionable voter appeal in his
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American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez Gets The Diva Treatment On Glee

How is this for some epic music news? What do you get when you cross the dynamic former American Idol contestant, Jessica Sanchez, with the biggest scripted music show ever? Why, you get a brand new Glee diva!

Now that I hear the news, I seriously wondering why Glee didn’t scoop up the wee talented one a long time ago. But better late than never! How cool will it be to see Sanchez in her first acting gig ever? Idol is still making dreams come true.

People Magazine had a chat with the gal with those amazing pipes and learned that her big guest appearance of Fox’s Glee is happening in the season finale. Yes, I’d say that’s a spotlight worthy of Miss Sanchez. Like her famous rendition of the song made popular by another former Idol suggests, I think we’re going to love her.
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Jessica Sanchez’s ‘Glee’ Role Revealed: She’ll Be A ‘Legendary Diva’

Watch out, Rachel Berry! Not only is Jessica Sanchez coming for Finn, but she’s a ‘powerhouse singer’ who may give you a run for your money!

Jessica Sanchez will start filming her highly-anticipated role on Glee in early April and be featured in two episodes, including the season finale on May 9.

“I’m playing a student from a rival school who is supposed to be a legendary diva – a powerhouse singer,” the season 11 Idol contestant told People on March 20.

Jessica, 17, will appear in two episodes this season, including the season finale of Glee.

“It’s going to be a very busy month for me,” Jessica told the magazine. “I’m very excited because I’ve never acted before. I really want to meet [Naya Rivera]. She’s got that attitude and I love it.”

Jessica Sanchez Is Dating Fellow ‘Idol’ Contestant DeAndre Brackensick

In addition to her arc on Glee and
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American Idol's Jessica Sanchez Will Play 'Legendary Diva' on Glee

American Idol's Jessica Sanchez Will Play 'Legendary Diva' on Glee
She may have been runner-up on American Idol, but Jessica Sanchez is stepping in to the main spotlight for the season finale of Glee. "I'm playing a student from a rival school who is supposed to be a legendary diva - a powerhouse singer," the season 11 Idol contestant told People last week after performing with Ne-Yo on the Fox reality show that made her famous. Sanchez, 17, will film Glee beginning in April and be featured in two episodes, including the finale. "It's going to be a very busy month for me," Sanchez told reporters. "I'm very excited because I've never acted before.
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Idol's Jessica Sanchez Will Play 'Legendary Diva' on Glee

Idol's Jessica Sanchez Will Play 'Legendary Diva' on Glee
She may have been runner-up on American Idol, but Jessica Sanchez is stepping in to the main spotlight for the season finale of Glee.

"I'm playing a student from a rival school who is supposed to be a legendary diva – a powerhouse singer," the season 11 Idol contestant told People last week after performing with Ne-Yo on the Fox reality show that made her famous.

Sanchez, 17, will film Glee beginning in April and be featured in two episodes, including the finale.

"It's going to be a very busy month for me," Sanchez told reporters. "I'm very excited because I've never acted before.
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The 5 Can't-Miss "American Idol" Charlotte Auditions

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Charlotte, North Carolina was the third stop on the "American Idol" auditions, but in Wednesday's episode, the focus shifted from the contestants (which is what the show should be all about) to the judges -- namely Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.There were a lot more clips of the judges' interactions, depicting a tired, hungry and agitated Nicki. Of course, Charlotte was the site of the now infamous blow-up between the two judges, a story that made headlines before "Idol" even began airing.So what was the audition that set Nicki off? It's No. 1 on our list of the Top 5 "American Idol" Charlotte auditions.1. Summer CunninghamSummer had a pleasant if not unremarkable voice. Little did she know that she would become the center of one of the most discussed celebrity feuds. Watch for yourself:The fight appeared to be edited for TV. Check out the unedited video from our sister site,
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American Idol Recap: Do the Fight Thing

American Idol Recap: Do the Fight Thing
Godzilla vs. Mothra. Batman vs. Joker. Coke vs. Pepsi. Michigan vs. Notre Dame. Randy Jackson vs. the English language. These are the rivalries that define the modern age. They’re long-standing. They’re heated. And pretty much everybody’s got an opinion on ‘em.

And now we’ve got…Nicki vs. Mariah? Divas, pleeeease.

On tonight’s episode of American Idol — centered on the Season 12 auditions from Charlotte, Nc — a pair of wannabe alpha judges stomped and roared in an effort to establish dominance. Show insiders trumpeted the imbroglio months before it happened. Fox’s promo department heralded it as must-see TV.
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'American Idol Live!' 2012 Concert Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

'American Idol Live!' 2012 Concert Review: The Importance of Being Earnest
American Idol Live!’ 2012 touched down in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday night, and while the pacing of the show suffered more stops and starts than an octogenarian trying out a stick-shift for the first time, the Season 11 Top 10 nevertheless proved they have plenty of gas in their tanks as the tour enters its final two weeks.

Paired with the right material, a number of the finalists confirmed they can indeed command a stadium-sized crowd: Country gal Skylar Laine dropped charisma-bombs all the way to the cheap seats. Erika Van Pelt put on a display of vocal firepower that left me
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Disgraced 'American Idol' Contestant Reunites with Other Finalists

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Disgraced "American Idol" contestant Jermaine Jones -- who was booted from last season for lying to producers about his criminal past -- has finally received some closure ... reuniting with his fellow finalists for the first time since he left the show.Jermaine tells TMZ, he bought tickets to the American Idol Live tour on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly  -- and his friend Josh Ledet (who finished 3rd last season) hooked him up with backstage passes.
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'American Idol' disqualified singer Jermaine Jones reunites with stars

'American Idol' disqualified singer Jermaine Jones reunites with stars
Jermaine Jones has reunited with his former American Idol co-stars. The singer was disqualified from this year's competition after it emerged that he had lied about his criminal background. Jones purchased tickets to the American Idol live tour on Tuesday (August 21) at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. His friend and third placed-singer Josh Ledet gave him backstage passes. He was then able to reunite with his fellow season 11 contestants Jessica Sanchez, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, Phillip Phillips and DeAndre Brackensick for the first time since leaving the (more)
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'American Idol' sisqualified singer Jermaine Jones reunites with stars

'American Idol' sisqualified singer Jermaine Jones reunites with stars
Jermaine Jones has reunited with his former American Idol co-stars. The singer was disqualified from this year's competition after it emerged that he had lied about his criminal background. Jones purchased tickets to the American Idol live tour on Tuesday (August 21) at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. His friend and third placed-singer Josh Ledet gave him backstage passes. He was then able to reunite with his fellow season 11 contestants Jessica Sanchez, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, Phillip Phillips and DeAndre Brackensick for the first time since leaving the (more)
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Jessica Sanchez Dishes On Dating Fellow Idol Alum DeAndre Brackensick

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Jessica Sanchez Dishes On Dating Fellow Idol Alum DeAndre Brackensick
"American Idol" Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez might not have nabbed the show's top prize, but she left the reality competition with something just as sweet - a new man!

The 16-year-old stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, where she chatted about her relationship with fellow "Idol" Top 10 contestant DeAndre Brackensick.

Jessica said their romance blossomed once the show had wrapped.

"It was after the finale during tour rehearsals before [the ...

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Phillip Phillips "surprised" by Jessica Sanchez, Brackensick romance

Phillip Phillips
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has admitted that he was "surprised" to hear about the romance between DeAndre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez. The couple, who competed alongside Phillips on the 11th season of the Fox reality show earlier this year, confirmed last month that they have started dating. Phillips has now told Ryan Seacrest on his Kiis-fm radio show that the other contestants were "all kind of surprised" to find out about the relationship. "Hopefully it keeps working out for them," he said. "They seem like they're in love. When we're around (more)
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American Idol Live! 2012 Tour Pictures

We have added a new set of pictures from the event "American Idol Live! 2012 Tour".Colton Dixon performing during the American Idol Live! 2012 Tour.Photo copyright by Daniel Locke / PR Photos. DeAndre Brackensick, Colton Dixon, and Phillip Phillips performing during the American Idol Live! 2012 Tour.Photo copyright by Daniel Locke / PR Photos. DeAndre Brackensick performing during the American Idol Live! 2012 Tour.Photo copyright by Daniel Locke / PR Photos. Phillip Phillips performing during the American Idol Live! 2012 Tour.Photo copyright by Daniel Locke / PR Photos. Colton Dixon performing during the American Idol Live! 2012 Tour.Photo copyright by Daniel Locke / PR Photos. Hollie Cavanagh - American Idol Live! 2012 Tour - July 7, 2012 - Allstate Arena
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Jessica Sanchez dating fellow 'American Idol' star DeAndre Brackensick

Jessica Sanchez dating fellow 'American Idol' star DeAndre Brackensick
Jessica Sanchez has revealed that she is dating fellow American Idol alum DeAndre Brackensick. The Idol runner-up announced the news during a video session on her UStream account last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After asking fans to guess her "secret", Sanchez finally admitted that she and the 17-year-old are a couple, saying: "He's my boyfriend. Love you guys. Byeeee!" Brackensick later took (more)
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'American Idol' Finalists Jessica Sanchez And DeAndre Brackensick Found Love!

Oh to be young and in love. American Idol contestants Jessica Sanchez and DeAndre Brackensick may not have won the singing competition, but they did win each other’s hearts. Sanchez, 16, and Brackensick, 17, confessed their relationship to their fans using Twitter and UStream chat recently. It’s absolutely adorable!

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Sanchez took to Ustream and said, "I got a secret and I want you guys to guess. I’ll nod if it’s yes or no!" After a few guesses her fans asked about her relationship status. Sanchez then said, "Yup. DeAndre. He’s my boyfriend. Love you guys. Byeeee!"

After this chat, Brackensick took to Twitter to confirm their relationship. He tweeted, "Me and Jessica are officially dating J."

Although Sanchez made it further in the competition than Brackensick, that doesn’t seem
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Which 'American Idol' Finalists Are Now Dating?

Which 'American Idol' Finalists Are Now Dating?
It appears there's love in the air on the "American Idol" Season 11 tour -- runner-up Jessica Sanchez and her fellow Top 10 finalist DeAndre Brackensick are dating, the 16-year-old singer revealed in a recent Internet livestream.

"I got a secret and I want you guys to guess. I'll nod if it's no or yes," Sanchez teased to fans. A little while later, Mj's Big Blog reports, she admitted that it was Brackensick, her 17-year-old fellow "Idol" finalist.
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Which 'American Idol' Finalists Are Now Dating?

Which 'American Idol' Finalists Are Now Dating?
It appears there's love in the air on the "American Idol" Season 11 tour -- runner-up Jessica Sanchez and her fellow Top 10 finalist DeAndre Brackensick are dating, the 16-year-old singer revealed in a recent Internet livestream.

"I got a secret and I want you guys to guess. I'll nod if it's no or yes," Sanchez teased to fans. A little while later, Mj's Big Blog reports, she admitted that it was Brackensick, her 17-year-old fellow "Idol" finalist.
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