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'American Idol' Recap: Ugh, Lazaro Arbos Is the New Sanjaya

'American Idol' Recap: Ugh, Lazaro Arbos Is the New Sanjaya

It's official: Lazaro "I Forgot the Lyrics" Arbos is the new Sanjaya Malakar. Not only is the Florida ice cream scooper of questionable talent, but his mere presence in this self-serious competition seems like a cruel joke.

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'American Idol' Rocks the Classics: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Rocks the Classics: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

American Idol’s top 7 were ready to rock on Wednesday night, as the show kicked out some old-timely jams -- and one Evanescence song -- for its theme this week. Most handled the challenge competently, which could make Thursday’s results slightly less predictable. Until that riveting moment, 15 things you didn’t see on TV to hold you over…

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'American Idol' Recap: Rock Night Brings Pinched Nerves, Broken Toes and 'Crack Juice'

'American Idol' Recap: Rock Night Brings Pinched Nerves, Broken Toes and 'Crack Juice'

After weeks of R&B balladry, American Idol’s top 7 wanted to show the nation they were ready to bring the rock.

But wasn’t this week's theme billed as a “ballad free week?” How is “What About Love” by Heart not a ballad? How did Amber Holcomb get away with this? Also, why tease us with Rush’s “Limelight” in the opening segment? 

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MAR
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Eliminated 'Idol' Devin Velez Headed Back to Starbucks? 'I Don't Know if I’ll be Writing on Cups or Signing Autographs'

Eliminated 'Idol' Devin Velez Headed Back to Starbucks? 'I Don't Know if I’ll be Writing on Cups or Signing Autographs'

America said goodbye to Devin Velez on Thursday night's American Idol, leaving only Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor as season 12's two remaining guys. But it didn't come as much of a surprise to Velez himself, who told reporters on Friday, "I got a feeling of going home."

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MAR
28
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'American Idol' Detroit Tribute: 7 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Detroit Tribute: 7 Things You Didn't See on TV

The top eight finalists paid tribute to artists from Detroit on Wednesday night, which was a new way to salute Motown but also include hometown heroes like Madonna and Aretha Franklin. The hits kept on coming if you were viewing American Idol at home. But here’s what you missed if you weren’t sitting in the audience on Stage 36 at CBS:

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MAR
27
2 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: Nicki Minaj Bashes Janelle Arthur, Hits on Smokey Robinson

'American Idol' Recap: Nicki Minaj Bashes Janelle Arthur, Hits on Smokey Robinson

Drama on Detroit Music Night! 

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MAR
21
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'American Idol' Takes on the Beatles: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Takes on the Beatles: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

If you were watching American Idol at home Wednesday night, you saw the top nine finalists sing the songs of the Beatles. But you had to be in the studio audience to see all the action off-camera. As always, The Hollywood Reporter was there and taking notes. Read on for a front-row view of 10 things TV viewers didn't see on the March 20 show.

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MAR
20
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'American Idol' Recap: Beatles Night Is Not a Total Disaster

'American Idol' Recap: Beatles Night Is Not a Total Disaster

When I heard American Idol was doing Beatles Night, the side of me that loves to hate-watch the show kicked in: grab the popcorn this could end in total disaster!

[EVIL LAUGH.]

However, most of the remaining nine finalists proved me oh-so-wrong on Wednesday -- in particular, Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur, who gained back some frontrunner buzz with her sweet and soothing performance of "I Will."

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MAR
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Curtis Finch Jr. On His Post-'Idol' Plans: I Want to Go On 'Glee'

Curtis Finch Jr. On His Post-'Idol' Plans: I Want to Go On 'Glee'

Nobody could accuse Curtis Finch Jr. of not giving his all during his run on American Idol.

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MAR
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'American Idol': Nicki Minaj Protests Curtis Finch Elimination, Nearly Walks Off Set

'American Idol': Nicki Minaj Protests Curtis Finch Elimination, Nearly Walks Off Set

Tonight we say goodbye to a guy who never really had a chance. What's his name again? I forgot it already! No I didn't. For real now: The first goner from American Idol's top 10 to fade back into obscurity is Curtis Finch Jr., a singer of immense talent felled by a stale song choice. 

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MAR
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'American Idol': Nicki Minaj Arrives Late for Live Show; 5 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol': Nicki Minaj Arrives Late for Live Show; 5 Things You Didn't See on TV

It was performance night Wednesday on American Idol, and the first live show of the season produced some surprises that you didn’t see at home -- at least one of which had the producers in the dark (we're looking at you, tardy-for-the-party Nicki Minaj). Here are five noteworthy sights from the Idol-Dome on top 10 night, when the finalists had to sing songs by winners from the series’ first 11 seasons:

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MAR
13
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'American Idol' Recap: Where in the World Is Nicki Minaj?

'American Idol' Recap: Where in the World Is Nicki Minaj?

With the top five women and top five men vocalists finally decided, Wednesday night’s American Idol began the competition proper. But when the house lights came on, judge Nicki Minaj was MIA.

"We are coming to you live and on time," host Ryan Seacrest said before telling the cheering audience to “keep that energy going for three of your four judges who are here tonight." 

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MAR
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'American Idol' Reveals Season 12's Top 10: What You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Reveals Season 12's Top 10: What You Didn't See on TV

After three weeks in Las Vegas, American Idol returned to its home turf of Los Angeles on Thursday, just in time for the first live show of season 12. You saw the big results reveal, but what didn't make the broadcast? Read on …

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MAR
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'American Idol': Top 10 Revealed Amid Brutal Eliminations

'American Idol': Top 10 Revealed Amid Brutal Eliminations

After weeks of highs and lows in which the girls outsang the guys, prompting predictions that a female winner might finally prevail this year, American Idol has revealed the top 10 finalists for season 12.

For the first time this week, the two gender-divided performance nights in Vegas were open to viewer voting. The show returned to L.A. for Thursday's results round, with Ryan Seacrest announcing that almost 39 million votes had been cast to determine the lineup.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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