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MAR
15
3 YEARS

'American Idol's Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone Get Ringing Endorsement from 'X Factor's' Chris Rene (Video)

'American Idol's Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone Get Ringing Endorsement from 'X Factor's' Chris Rene (Video)

"Whhhhaaat?" and "Daaayum!" was how X Factor finalist Chris Rene reacted after seeing Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone perform on American Idol during Whitney Houston week. Although brand-loyal to the show that launched his career, the 29-year-old Santa Cruz native was so impressed with the girls' singing chops, he's become a vocal fan and insisted THR pass along a video message.  

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FEB
28
3 YEARS

'American Idol' Recap: Top 13 Guys Compete; Jennifer Lopez Looking to Punch Someone

'American Idol' Recap: Top 13 Guys Compete; Jennifer Lopez Looking to Punch Someone

Tuesday night’s episode of American Idol, which followed what seemed like the longest audition process ever, with endless emergency room visits, flu bouts, and even a peek at Steven Tyler’s derriere, we finally got to hear the first live performances from the top 25.

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FEB
17
3 YEARS

Simon Cowell's Latest Brainstorm: Pit Winners of 'X Factor,' 'American Idol' and 'The Voice' Against Each Other

Simon Cowell's Latest Brainstorm: Pit Winners of 'X Factor,' 'American Idol' and 'The Voice' Against Each Other

With Simon Cowell, out of sight certainly does not mean out of mind.

Take, for example, the current brouhaha over who might be the next X Factor judge -- Mariah Carey? Janet Jackson? Katy Perry? Pink? It seems to be all people want to talk about, while the American Idol gang looks, well, idle.

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FEB
7
3 YEARS

Nigel Lythgoe: 'The Voice' is 'Feeding' off 'American Idol'

Nigel Lythgoe: 'The Voice' is 'Feeding' off 'American Idol'

Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer on American Idol, blames the show's ratings downturn in part to competition from NBC's The Voice and fellow Fox series The X Factor.

"With The X Factor sitting there, it feels like two Idol seasons on Fox," Lythgoe said Tuesday in a telephone press conference.

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FEB
2
3 YEARS

'American Idol's' Randy Jackson on the Show's Future, Softer Ratings and Crazy Hollywood Auditions

'American Idol's' Randy Jackson on the Show's Future, Softer Ratings and Crazy Hollywood Auditions

American Idol judge Randy Jackson admits that ratings for the singing competition show aren’t as high as they once were, but he still believe in the show.

"Idol’s in its 11th season, it's still the number one show on television, not by the huge margins it was before," he said.

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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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JAN
18
3 YEARS

10 Top 'American Idol' Game Changers of All Time: Adam Lambert, David Cook, Clay Aiken

10 Top 'American Idol' Game Changers of All Time: Adam Lambert, David Cook, Clay Aiken

With American Idol season 11 (!) kicking off tonight, it feels fitting to take a look back at how we got here: to a show anchored by superstar judges and a tireless host, a dream maker and taker and a platform like no other.

Indeed, it’s been a long road that launched with meager beginnings – a makeshift judges’ table and the Texas-sized voice that could: Kelly Clarkson. She set the bar high but plenty have moved it along the way. From the first time a runner-up outsold a winner to the first eye-popping moment when Adam Lambert turned up the heat to 11, Idol has seen many game-changing contestants and performances in its decade on the air. Here, our picks for 10 that stand the test of time:

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JAN
12
3 YEARS

'American Idol' Wins People's Choice Award

'American Idol' Wins People's Choice Award

The people have voted, and they prefer American Idol above all other reality contests -- even without Simon Cowell.

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JAN
8
3 YEARS

TCA: 'American Idol' Judges, Producers Bash the Competition

TCA: 'American Idol' Judges, Producers Bash the Competition

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest along with the show’s three judges, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, executive producer Ken Warwick, Fox Alternative Programming head Mike Darnell and FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz took the stage at the 2012 Television Critics Association to talk about America’s No.

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JAN
5
3 YEARS

'Celebrity Apprentice's' Clay Aiken Says Donald Trump Scarier Than Simon Cowell

'Celebrity Apprentice's' Clay Aiken Says Donald Trump Scarier Than Simon Cowell

American Idol Season Two runner up Clay Aiken found it easier to face notoriously crabby former Idol judge Simon Cowell than Donald Trump, whom he takes on in the new season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.

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NOV
3
3 YEARS

'X Factor': What the 'American Idol' Alums Think of Simon Cowell's New Show

'X Factor': What the 'American Idol' Alums Think of Simon Cowell's New Show

Among the 12 million viewers who are watching The X Factor every week is a select group of people who know better than anyone what the contestants on the freshman series are experiencing: the American Idol alumni, who have gone through a very similar experience themselves. (According to an insider, a few Idol grads even tried out for X Factor this year, among them: season 6's Lakisha Jones and Haley Scarnato and season 7's David Hernandez.) 

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SEP
23
3 YEARS

'American Idol's' Nigel Lythgoe Slams Twitter Followers Over 'X Factor'

'American Idol's' Nigel Lythgoe Slams Twitter Followers Over 'X Factor'

Though Simon Cowell and American Idol co-creator Simon Fuller have been in a very public feud for years and most recently over the U.S. broadcast of The X Factor, Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has managed to steer clear of the drama for the most part.

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JUL
13
3 YEARS

'The X Factor' Takes Aim at 'American Idol' in First Promo

'The X Factor' Takes Aim at 'American Idol' in First Promo

A kinder, gentler Simon Cowell? Don't let that pink sweater fool you.

If the new promo for The X Factor proves anything, it’s that the gloves are most certainly off when it comes to Fox’s slate of competing singing contests. How else do you explain Cowell’s not-so-subtle digs at American Idol, the TV show that made him an international star?

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JUN
15
4 YEARS

Jennifer Lopez and 'Idol': 35 Million Reasons Why She Might Not Be Back (Analysis)

Jennifer Lopez and 'Idol': 35 Million Reasons Why She Might Not Be Back (Analysis)

How about we just call it like it is: Jennifer Lopez’s recent admission to the BBC that she’s “on the fence” about returning to American Idol next season is likely nothing more than a ploy for a pay hike. Lopez’s current salary: a reported $12 million. How high could her demand ultimately go? Another $23 million, if the Simon Cowell budget is your barometer.

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