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6
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Castoff DeAndre Brackensick Sounds Off on the Judges, Jimmy Iovine and Plans for Prom

'American Idol' Castoff DeAndre Brackensick Sounds Off on the Judges, Jimmy Iovine and Plans for Prom

Ever since Steven Tyler picked him as wild-card finalist on American Idol, DeAndre Brackensick knew he was on borrowed time.

The 17-year-old singer from San Jose, Calif., persevered through more rounds of auditions, another grueling week in Hollywood, and the top 24, before he was cut and then saved once more by Tyler.

When he wound up in the bottom three on Thursday's results show, Brackensick -- who auditioned for season 10 but went much further during the 11th cycle -- had a gut feeling it was over for him.

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APR
6
2 YEARS

'American Idol': DeAndre Brackensick on Elimination and Jimmy Iovine's Criticism (Video)

'American Idol': DeAndre Brackensick on Elimination and Jimmy Iovine's Criticism (Video)

DeAndre Brackensick was an American Idol wild card from the beginning.

But the falsetto-voiced contestant is self-aware: he knows he's polarizing and aims to grow from his Idol experience. Brackensick, the Fox show's latest casualty, spoke with THR correspondent -- and season 9 alumna -- Didi Benami following his ouster Thursday, saying he had a feeling he would go home that night.

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APR
5
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: DeAndre Brackensick Bites the Dust

'American Idol' Recap: DeAndre Brackensick Bites the Dust

When DeAndre Brackensick sang DeBarge's "I Like It," Jennifer Lopez couldn't help but say, "I Like It!"

Randy Jackson liked it too. So did Steven Tyler.

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APR
4
2 YEARS

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez Flawless on Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know'; Elise Testone Flubs Foreigner Song

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez Flawless on Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know'; Elise Testone Flubs Foreigner Song

It was '80s Night on Wednesday's American Idol, and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair.

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MAR
30
3 YEARS

'American Idol': No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal to Mentor Top 8 (Exclusive)

'American Idol': No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal to Mentor Top 8 (Exclusive)

Half of No Doubt will appear on American Idol's next week as singer Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal will mentor the remaining finalists, The theme: '80s night, which is a perfect fit for the Orange County-bred band, who were not only teenagers during the decade but had a Top 10 single in 2003 with a cover of Talk Talk's 1985 hit, "It's My Life."

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MAR
30
3 YEARS

Castoff Heejun Han on 'American Idol': 'It's a Hunger Game' (Video)

Castoff Heejun Han on 'American Idol': 'It's a Hunger Game' (Video)

American Idol elimination nights are traditionally emotional, with the outgoing contestant dissolving into tears as Ryan Seacrest cues a video montage of their "journey" on the show.

Heejun Han, this season's resident funnyman, bucked that trend. As a matter of fact, the one tearing up over Han's dismissal was his new BFF, finalist Phillip Phillips.

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MAR
24
3 YEARS

'American Idol': Stevie Nicks to Mentor Top 9

'American Idol': Stevie Nicks to Mentor Top 9

It looks like Jimmy Iovine is hard at work enlisting artist friends to take part in this year's American Idol. The latest to join as guest mentor: singer, songwriter and Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks, who will guide season 11's remaining nine finalists on next week's episode. The theme: songs from the contestants' Idols. 

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MAR
23
3 YEARS

'American Idol' Castoff Erika Van Pelt Slams Jennifer Lopez's Criticism, Blames Elimination on Lack of 'Momentum'

'American Idol' Castoff Erika Van Pelt Slams Jennifer Lopez's Criticism, Blames Elimination on Lack of 'Momentum'

Although American Idol stylist Tommy Hilfiger is an easy scapegoat to blame for the disappointing elimination of Rhode Island DJ Erika Van Pelt on Thursday night’s American Idol, Van Pelt is very clear that she has no regrets.

In fact, Van Pelt admitted that she is quite daring when it comes to her hair and was considering a change long before her meeting with Hilfiger, mainly because she felt like she was “drowning in a sea of blondes.”  However, the producers weren’t on board with the idea.

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MAR
21
3 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: Girls School the Boys on Billy Joel Night

'American Idol' Recap: Girls School the Boys on Billy Joel Night

Wednesday night’s American Idol aimed to put the country in a “New York State of Mind” by featuring the songs of Billy Joel, and to quote Steven Tyler: “If you can’t sing Billy Joel, you can’t sing at all.” Or, in the case of Heejun Han, if you can’t sing like Billy Joel, just go all Nick Mitchell-Norman Gentle on the audience and win the whole night!

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MAR
14
3 YEARS

'American Idol': Did Show Producers Plot the Jermaine Jones Scandal in Advance? (Opinion)

'American Idol': Did Show Producers Plot the Jermaine Jones Scandal in Advance? (Opinion)

It had the makings of a Greek tragedy: Jermaine Jones, “the gentle giant,” as Ryan Seacrest dubbed the six-foot-eight-inch bass singer, was handed a much coveted second chance to compete for a spot on one of the world’s biggest stages.

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MAR
11
3 YEARS

'American Idol': Mary J. Blige on Whether Jimmy Iovine is Too Hard on the Finalists

'American Idol': Mary J. Blige on Whether Jimmy Iovine is Too Hard on the Finalists

Grammy Award-winning singer Mary J. Blige lent her talents to season 11's American Idol hopefuls, first as a mentor on Wednesday’s episode and as a featured performer the following night.

VIDEO: 'American Idol's' Lauren Alaina on Who Will Win Season 11

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FEB
23
3 YEARS

'American Idol' Vocal Coach Debra Byrd Takes Live Show Leave (Exclusive)

'American Idol' Vocal Coach Debra Byrd Takes Live Show Leave (Exclusive)

American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd will not take part in the show when season 11 live episodes begin airing next week. 

Although the longtime advisor has been shown during auditions and the Hollywood Week rounds, according to show sources, Byrd will step aside for the rest of the season so that in-house mentor and Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine can bring in his own people.

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JAN
31
3 YEARS

'American Idol' Mentor Jimmy Iovine Denies Pitching Reality Show

'American Idol' Mentor Jimmy Iovine Denies Pitching Reality Show

Last year American Idol, shaking things up for its Simon Cowell-less 10th season, recruited Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to judge alongside series stalwart Randy Jackson.

The show also brought in Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, to mentor contestants including eventual winner and instant country star, Scotty McCreery.

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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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