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  • Ex-Idol Danny Noriega Lip-Synchs Paula Abdul for Paula Abdul

    April 16, 2014 10:10 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" diehards surely recognize Danny Noriega as the hair-flipping, Simon-sass-talking Azusa teen from that show's Season 7. "RuPaul's Drag Race" diehards know him better as flawed-but-fabulous drag queen and self-described "punk-rock mermaid" Adore Delano. And when original "Idol" judge Paula Abdul guest-judged "Drag Raçe" this week, she recognized Danny/Adore right away, despite the fact that Adore was wearing a Hannibal Lechter-style mask, waist-length crimson wi...  | More »

  • Video: James Durbin's Acoustic Set at Yahoo Music

    April 9, 2014 5:48 PM ET

    James Durbin made a name for himself on "American Idol" as Season 10's resident rocker — screaming for vengeance with Judas Priest, grandly brandishing a Gothic cane while covering Muse, covering Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" movie theme, and coining the widely obeyed catchphrase "give metal a chance!" [Photos: James Durbin Takes Over Yahoo Music's Instagram] But there's a softer side to James, as evidenced by his new toned-down look, the poppier sound of his sophomo...  | More »

  • Ranking ‘American Idol’s’ 5 Saved Contestants

    April 7, 2014 2:35 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Once a season on "American Idol," the judging panel can rescue an at-risk contestant via the Judges' Save, a "Get Out of Jail Free" card of sorts. When the Save was implemented back in Season 8, it was inspired by past robbed contestants like Jennifer Hudson and Michael Johns, and it was supposed to be reserved for a truly shocking elimination night — for a finalist with a real shot of winning whose low vote tally that week was clearly just some crazy fluke. But "Idol" history has ...  | More »

  • Jake Bugg Still a Bit Bugged By TV Talent Shows

    April 3, 2014 8:43 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Back in his native England, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg has been quite vocal (no pun intended) about his disdain for singing competitions like "The X Factor." So his fans may have been surprised when he accepted Keith Urban's personal invitation to perform on a recent "American Idol" results show. However, when Jake recently spoke to Yahoo Music at South By Southwest, he explained that he had agenda when he hit the "Idol" set. "My instinctive opinion was to say no, of course," the 20-...  | More »

  • Kris Allen: “I Thought I’d Never Play Again”

    March 24, 2014 3:50 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    For "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, the past couple of years have been more dramatic than an entire season's worth of elimination nights. In 2012, he issued his second post-"Idol" album, "Thank You Camellia," only to receive little promotion and part ways with both 19 Management and RCA Records shortly after its release. Then in 2013, he experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. He became a father, but he also shattered his wrist in a head-on car crash; after multiple wris...  | More »

  • Lee DeWyze Gets All Dolled Up for Adorable “Fight” Video

    March 20, 2014 10:35 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Season 9 "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze once memorably surprised everyone by having a kilt-clad bagpiper join him on live TV. But it turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his creativity — as evidenced by his adorably inventive, doll-tastic new video for "Fight," which he wrote and directed with Nickelodeon graphic artist Andrew Michael Golden. "When making this video, I wanted something people haven't seen before. I wanted it to be whimsical, heart-w...  | More »

  • Silver Bulletpoints: 11 Things We Just Learned From Taylor Hicks

    March 7, 2014 4:55 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Season 5 "American Idol" winner-turned-Vegas entertainer Taylor Hicks is one busy guy. On a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to play this Sunday's fourth annual "Salute to the Stars" Oscar party, the Soul Patroller took in an "Idol" taping and starred in a funny skit on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"… but he also took the time to visit Yahoo Music, where he colorfully dished about everything from his famous silver hair to his equally famous purple velvet jacket. And the in...  | More »

  • See It First: Terry McDermott Steps It Up With “Hi Steppin”

    February 28, 2014 12:19 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "The Voice" Season 6 premieres this week on NBC. But let's go back in time, not long ago, to arguably the best installment of the series, Season 3, which was largely dominated by the large lungs of rockin' Scotsman Terry McDermott, who made it all the way to the finale. [Related: Terry McDermott Performs Live at Yahoo Music] Post-"Voice," Terry has kept on rockin' with his band the Bonfires, via the epic power ballads "Pictures" and "Lose This Feeling." But with his propulsiv...  | More »

  • CeeLo Green’s 10 Most Magic ‘Voice’ Moments

    February 25, 2014 9:00 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    CeeLo Green announced last week that, after serving as a coach for four of the past five "Voice" seasons, he is stepping down — presumably to pursue other activities like touring with Lionel Richie, voicing "American Dad's" hot tub, and releasing his first solo album in four years. While CeeLo did seem emotionally checked-out during last fall's Season 5, indicating that he was already planning his exit and that this development is for the best, I confess, I'm going to mis...  | More »

  • ‘American Idol’ Season 13 Contestants Who Inexplicably Disappeared

    February 20, 2014 3:39 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" actually won an Emmy for Best Editing in Season 7, but don't expect even a nomination in that category for Season 13, a season that so far has been packed with continuity fails. [Related: "Idol" Season 13 Recaps on Reality Rocks] Since the season debuted last month, we've witnessed one awesome audition after another — only to never see or hear from those contestants ever again, or at least not get any definitive answers as to why those contestants were cut in...  | More »

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