Preparations are in full swing for Thursday night's American Idol grand finale at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre where, following Wednesday's showdown between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover, the entire audience was loaded out and a new one brought in for a pre-tape of Mariah Carey's performance.
Because in this battle of soul singers -- the first girl versus girl finale since 2004 -- Kree Harrison and Candice Glover, both wildly talented, have proven to be equally deserving of the season 12 title.
After 11 years on the air, American Idol continues to surprise: In an upset that few saw coming, Angie Miller -- piano player, power singer and bright-eyed Miley Cyrus doppelganger -- lost a spot in next week's finale to rivals Kree Harrison and Candice Glover.
The moment the artist then known as AngelaMiller stepped in front of the AmericanIdol cameras, it was evident there was something about the 18-year old vocalist that made all four judges stand up and take notice.
AmericanIdol’s top four elimination night results show is notoriously the most emotional night of the season. With no more saves left, there is plenty on the line, including the show’s famed hometown visits for the top three remaining Idols.
And who did Idol have on hand to lend emotional support for the occasion? Season seven winner DavidCook (pictured below), who offered the remaining girls sage advice: “You're gonna cry. I did. And I don't ever cry. That's a lie. That rhymed a lot."
It was Groundhog’s Day in May at American Idol on Wednesday night, as the final four girls faced off for a second time in a battle of the ballads. You saw all the action (or lack of it) and you head the runs and big notes, but what didn’t you see? Read on for a view from inside…
1. He’s often in attendance but not always seen among the throngs of exciting audience members, but Idol creator and XIX Entertainment founder Simon Fuller was most certainly in the house for the final four, part deux.
The ego clash between warring American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj just became more heated. On Thursday, Minaj went public with personal -- and extremely harsh -- insults against Carey, referencing The Hollywood Reporter's scoop last week that Idol execs had sought to replace Carey with Jennifer Lopez.
It was a big week for alumni on American Idol, as season nine winner Lee DeWyze returned to the show along with season 10's Stefano Langone.
Both premiered new singles on April 25 -- DeWyze's "Silver Lining," from his forthcoming album on Vanguard Records, and Langone's "Yes to Love," from his debut for Hollywood Records -- and got to take a quick, if stressful, stroll down memory lane.