Series was built on being mean. But a special sort of meanness was reserved for auditioners that fell into the queer end of the spectrum
Over 15 seasons, many of show's might-have-beens went on to even more successful solo careers than the winners
The ‘Idol’ star is running for Congress. Can he pull off a huge upset?
Singer details impoverished past and political goals in campaign video
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Where Are They Now?
Crooner launches holiday tour, readies next record
He transformed a number-two finish on "American Idol" into instant stardom. Now he talks about the trauma that turned him into a survivor