AmericanIdol ushered in its share of changes in 2014, including a new judge (HarryConnickJr.), a new set and a new production team. Season 13 also crowned a new Idol in CalebJohnson, but it was the show's alumni that grabbed the biggest headlines. From career victories to slip-ups, major life milestones and one tragic death, Idol Worship counts down the 14 most-talked-about Idol stories of the year.
First Ryan Seacrest announced that Jena Irene would compete in the season 13 finale of American Idol. Then, in a climactic moment on Thursday’s results show, the series' longtime host revealed that the other contestant going into the finale was Caleb Johnson.
American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips and other celebrity guest vocalists will take the stage for next week's season finale, revealed host Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday night's performance episode.
Seacrest made the announcement along with the season's top 13, who humorously gave The Hunger Games salute for the program's 500th episode.
The top six finalists were a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll on Wednesday night's AmericanIdol episode, but on Thursday night's results show, RyanSeacrest promised that one contestant was "going to be grumpy," as he cradled the show's special guest, Grumpy Cat, in his arms.
I might not fit into what is now the stereotypical American Idol fangirl demographic, but growing up on the show that changed the face of television keeps me tuning in. So on Wednesday, for the first time, I got to experience the singing competition live.