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MAY
23
2 YEARS

'American Idol's' Jimmy Iovine on Jessica Sanchez’s Coronation Song: 'It Did Bomb, Didn't It?'

'American Idol's' Jimmy Iovine on Jessica Sanchez’s Coronation Song: 'It Did Bomb, Didn't It?'

American Idol’s in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine addressed reporters minutes after Phillip Phillips was named winner of season 11.

“Phillip had that country base and that young-girl thing going on, that’s hitting the button lots of times,” said the music industry veteran, who got his start as an engineer for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks.

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MAY
23
2 YEARS

'Idol Hangover': Taylor Hicks Talks Phillip Phillips, 'American Idol' Judges Then and Now (Video)

'Idol Hangover': Taylor Hicks Talks Phillip Phillips, 'American Idol' Judges Then and Now (Video)

Alabama native and American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks joined The Hollywood Reporter music editor Shirley Halperin on the morning of the season 11 finale for the last episode of THR's web show Idol Hangover.

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MAY
22
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Battles Phillip Phillips for Season 11's Crown

'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Battles Phillip Phillips for Season 11's Crown

Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips duked it out Tuesday night on American Idol's penultimate performance show: in one corner, the 16-year-old powerhouse from Chula Vista, Calif., gave it all she had, starting off strong with an effortless Whitney Houston cover but losing steam on a boring ballad from the show's storehouse of original songs.

Phillips, in the other corner, began on a blah note himself with "Stand By Me" and finished with an electrifying, shockingly good new song called "Home."

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MAY
22
2 YEARS

Top 3 Reasons Why Jessica Sanchez Will Win 'American Idol' (And Why She Won't)

Top 3 Reasons Why Jessica Sanchez Will Win 'American Idol' (And Why She Won't)

History will be made on American Idol this year if season 11 finalist Jessica Sanchez takes the title in tomorrow's finale.

The 16-year-old Chula Vista, Calif., powerhouse, is the first recipient of the judges’ save to persevere and advance to the top two (point of technicality: Clay Aiken, brought back as a wildcard pick in Season 2, also qualifies). If she wins, she will be the first eliminated contestant and the youngest Idol to be crowned the winner.

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MAY
21
2 YEARS

'American Idol': Jimmy Iovine Wants Jennifer Lopez to Stay

'American Idol': Jimmy Iovine Wants Jennifer Lopez to Stay

As American Idol winds down to its 11th season finale this week, another question looms besides whether Jessica Sanchez or Phillip Phillips will take home the crown. The second biggest head-scratcher: will Jennifer Lopez return next year?

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MAY
17
2 YEARS

'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips on Having to Dress Up for the Finale, Being Compared to Springsteen

'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips on Having to Dress Up for the Finale, Being Compared to Springsteen

Does it get any better than Wednesday night for Georgia's Phillip Phillips? He nailed Four Seasons' “Beggin,’” as chosen by judge Steven Tyler, gets compared to a “new age Boss,” as in Springsteen, then may have clinched the competition with a downright swoony “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger. Phillip certainly seemed pleased with his performance following Wednesday’s show when he stopped to answer THR’s burning questions…

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MAY
16
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: Steven Tyler Crowns Jessica Sanchez the Winner

'American Idol' Recap: Steven Tyler Crowns Jessica Sanchez the Winner

Steven Tyler has no concept of "too soon."

We're a week away from the season-11 finale, but American Idol's TMI-prone judge has already crowned the winner.

"When you sing, you make people hang on your every note," Tyler gushed following Jessica Sanchez's subdued yet stunning rendition of Mariah Carey's "My All," adding: "I hope you get used to encores. And on another crazy note, I think you'll be the last person standing there."

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MAY
15
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Final 3: Why Jessica Sanchez Should Win

'American Idol' Final 3: Why Jessica Sanchez Should Win

From the time Jessica Sanchez stepped in front of the American Idol cameras with her audition song, Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” it was obvious the pint-sized teen from Chula Vista, Calif., was special -- and a serious contender to win the whole thing.

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MAY
15
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Final 3: Why Joshua Ledet Should Win

'American Idol' Final 3: Why Joshua Ledet Should Win

Joshua Ledet shouldn't be the next American Idol: He's a bit shy and socially awkward, at least on camera, and his old-school, throwback vibe seems initially out of step with today's Top 40 radio.

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MAY
11
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Castoff Hollie Cavanagh Stands by Her Song Choice, Despite Jimmy Iovine's Criticism

'American Idol' Castoff Hollie Cavanagh Stands by Her Song Choice, Despite Jimmy Iovine's Criticism

Poor Hollie Cavanagh: she couldn’t make the American Idol  judges, Jimmy Iovine or the voting public love her version of Bonnie Raitt’s classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

Still, the fourth-place finisher has no regrets about the performance that did her in.

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MAY
11
2 YEARS

'American Idol's' Hollie Cavanagh: Jimmy Iovine's Comments 'Were Like a Punch in the Face' (Video)

'American Idol's' Hollie Cavanagh: Jimmy Iovine's Comments 'Were Like a Punch in the Face' (Video)

Like many American Idol hopefuls, Top 4 finalist Hollie Cavanagh says she "had a gut feeling" her journey would end on Thursday night. In fact, Hollie spent much of the day looking for signs, surveying various crew members' expressions to see if they were looking at her differently, she tells The Hollywood Reporter in a post-show interview.

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APR
26
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: Another One Bites the Dust, 5 Remain

'American Idol' Recap: Another One Bites the Dust, 5 Remain

Elise Testone’s permanent vacation home in the bottom three now has a “vacancy sign,” as the South Carolina blues rocker was eliminated on last night’s American Idol results show.

After last week’s shocking elimination of Colton Dixon, Testone’s dismissal seemed a foregone conclusion. She was in the bottom three almost every week, no matter what she did.

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APR
11
3 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Catches 'Biggest Fish' of the Night

'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Catches 'Biggest Fish' of the Night

The American Idol season 11 competition is getting tense, as was evidenced during Wednesday night's episode featuring "songs from this decade."

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APR
10
3 YEARS

'American Idol': Jimmy Iovine Recruits Akon as Guest Mentor

'American Idol': Jimmy Iovine Recruits Akon as Guest Mentor

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Jimmy Iovine has more celebrity connections than Simon Cowell.

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