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MAY
11
2 YEARS

'Idol Hangover': David Cook Talks New Music, Old Label and What the Future Holds (Video)

'Idol Hangover': David Cook Talks New Music, Old Label and What the Future Holds (Video)

When American Idol winner David Cook returned to the stage that launched his career on Thursday, the purpose was to debut a brand new song, "The Last Song I'll Write For You," and offer a sonic sneak peek at his musical future. But his appearance also prompted many viewers to look back at the past -- to season 7 when the Missouri native first wowed an unsuspecting audience of some 30 million viewers with his always memorable performances and endless charm, turning out to be one of the most beloved victors the show had ever seen.

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MAY
10
2 YEARS

'American Idol's' David Cook and RCA Records Part Ways (Video)

'American Idol's' David Cook and RCA Records Part Ways (Video)

Season 7 winner David Cook debuted a new song on American Idol Thursday night, but it won't be coming out on RCA Records. 

The show alum tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm currently without a record deal." He's self-releasing "The Last Song I'll Write For You" to "see how the song does." 

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MAY
9
2 YEARS

'American Idol's' David Cook Guests on Next Episode of THR's 'Idol Hangover'

'American Idol's' David Cook Guests on Next Episode of THR's 'Idol Hangover'

On Thursday night, he performs on the American Idol stage, and the next day, David Cook will be sitting on the Idol Hangover couch.

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MAY
3
2 YEARS

David Cook to Perform on 'American Idol' May 10 (Exclusive)

David Cook to Perform on 'American Idol' May 10 (Exclusive)

American Idol is ramping up for some big bookings as season 11 winds down for the year.

On April 30, it was announced that series favorite and season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert would be performing his latest single, "Never Close Our Eyes," on May 17 and this week comes news that season 7 winner David Cook will debut a brand new song on the Idol stage on May 10.

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MAR
27
2 YEARS

David Archuleta Gets New Haircut for Mormon Mission (Video)

David Archuleta Gets New Haircut for Mormon Mission (Video)

While David Archuleta put his music career on hold to embark on a two-year Mormon mission, the American Idol alum is not completely out of the spotlight.

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MAR
22
2 YEARS

Next Week on 'American Idol': Nicki Minaj, Scotty McCreery Perform; Top 9 Sing Songs From Their Idols

Next Week on 'American Idol': Nicki Minaj, Scotty McCreery Perform; Top 9 Sing Songs From Their Idols

On next week's American Idol, the remaining nine contestants will take on songs from their own Idols, Fox announced on Thursday night. The non-specific theme reveal comes on the heels of Billy Joel night, which sent finalist Erika Van Pelt packing following her performance of "New York State of Mind."

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MAR
13
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Winner David Cook, Finalist Haley Reinhart to Perform on Season 11 (Exclusive)

'American Idol' Winner David Cook, Finalist Haley Reinhart to Perform on Season 11 (Exclusive)

Calling all David Cook fans! The season 7 winner will be appearing on the show this year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It will mark the Blue Springs, Missouri native's fourth year in a row returning to the stage that launched his rock career. Cook's performance is tentatively scheduled for May.

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MAR
7
2 YEARS

Scotty McCreery to Sing 'American Idol' Elimination Song

Scotty McCreery to Sing 'American Idol' Elimination Song

Scotty McCreery has snagged a new role on American Idol as the voice of the Voted-Off Song, which serenades teary-eyed castoffs after they hear the bad news via Ryan Seacrest.

The baritone twang of last season's winner will be heard on a cover of Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" starting Thursday on Idol's results show. Wednesday night features performances by the top 13 finalists, one of whom is slated for elimination.

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JAN
24
3 YEARS

6 'American Idol' Contestants With Famous Family Ties

6 'American Idol' Contestants With Famous Family Ties

While American Idol's inclusion of Jim Carrey’s daughter, Jane, sparked plenty of chatter this week, she certainly isn’t the first hopeful to try out for the show who's related to a celebrity -- or a previous Idol contender, for that matter. In fact, Carrey joins a growing list of siblings, sons, and daughters competing for the much coveted golden tickets and a shot at the title.

To wit: the following six alums, including one from this season, with famous family ties. 

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JAN
18
3 YEARS

10 Top 'American Idol' Game Changers of All Time: Adam Lambert, David Cook, Clay Aiken

10 Top 'American Idol' Game Changers of All Time: Adam Lambert, David Cook, Clay Aiken

With American Idol season 11 (!) kicking off tonight, it feels fitting to take a look back at how we got here: to a show anchored by superstar judges and a tireless host, a dream maker and taker and a platform like no other.

Indeed, it’s been a long road that launched with meager beginnings – a makeshift judges’ table and the Texas-sized voice that could: Kelly Clarkson. She set the bar high but plenty have moved it along the way. From the first time a runner-up outsold a winner to the first eye-popping moment when Adam Lambert turned up the heat to 11, Idol has seen many game-changing contestants and performances in its decade on the air. Here, our picks for 10 that stand the test of time:

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NOV
23
3 YEARS

James Durbin's 'Memories of a Beautiful Disaster': Track-By-Track (Exclusive)

James Durbin's 'Memories of a Beautiful Disaster': Track-By-Track (Exclusive)

James Durbin knows the sting of American Idol rejection all too well. Not only was the Santa Cruz native thisclose to making the top 3 on season 10, but he was unceremoniously denied entry to season 8, too, never making it past the first round. “I auditioned with ‘Faithfully’ by Journey,” he recounts. “I had someone coaching me and he didn't know what he was doing. They asked to hear a second song, and I wasn't prepared to sing another.

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NOV
10
3 YEARS

'American Idol's' David Cook Drops 19 Entertainment for Simon Fuller's XIX (Exclusive)

'American Idol's' David Cook Drops 19 Entertainment for Simon Fuller's XIX (Exclusive)

American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook has left 19 Entertainment and signed with Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. In May, Cook's contract with 19's management arm came up for renewal. With the option to re-sign with 19 or go elsewhere, the rocker made the move to new management, although he remains a 19 Recordings artist.

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NOV
5
3 YEARS

David Cook Tour Diary: The 'American Idol' Winner Talks Life on the Road, TV Show Stigma (Video)

David Cook Tour Diary: The 'American Idol' Winner Talks Life on the Road, TV Show Stigma (Video)

 

Grabbing his guitar, David Cook launches into Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” with more than a hint of irony. “I gotta know tonight, if you’re alone tonight,” he sings from center stage at the Fox Theater in Pomona, Calif., trying his best to find the emotional core of the 1987 hit (Cook was five when it came out, his fairytale TV story still 21 years away). It doesn’t take long before the American Idol season 7 winner, who clenched his victory in large part by reimagining radio classics just like this one, breaks character and his band breaks down in quick succession.

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OCT
21
3 YEARS

'American Idol': With Scotty McCreery's Successful Debut, Did Universal Learn From Sony's Mistakes?

'American Idol': With Scotty McCreery's Successful Debut, Did Universal Learn From Sony's Mistakes?

Executives at Universal Music Group breathed a collective sigh of relief Oct. 11. That’s when the sales numbers came in on American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery’s debut album, Clear As Day, the first full-length release to emerge from the company’s partnership with TV’s No. 1 show.

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