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  • Born to Do It: The 'American Idol' Top 5 Talk Musical DNA

    April 28, 2014 10:10 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last year on "American Idol's" rival show "The X Factor," a contestant named Bree Randall claimed she was "literally born to do this! — a semantically incorrect sentence that was ultimately her undoing. But when it comes to the current crop of contestants on "Idol" Season 13, there's actually some truth to that statement. Music truly seems to be in their DNA. [Related: Season 11 'Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Premieres New Video] Alex Preston has the most famous mu...  | More »

  • First Listen! Jedward Grow Up on New Single 'Free Spirit'

    April 21, 2014 11:25 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Although Jedward, aka "double divas of Dublin" John and Edward Grimes, were considered novelty contestants when they placed sixth on "The X Factor U.K." in 2009, they've managed to carve out quite a career for themselves since, with endorsement deals, several television shows, two competitive performances at Eurovision, and three albums to their credit. [Related: Exclusive Jedward Interview] But now at age 22, they're ready to really be taken seriously, as they prepare to releas...  | More »

  • Losing to Win: Remembering the Real Stars of 'Star Search'

    April 18, 2014 1:25 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Ten years ago this month, "Star Search" went off the air for good. The pioneering TV talent competition, which had its heyday during its Ed McMahon years from 1983 to 1995, underwent an Arsenio Hall-hosted reboot in 2003, but by that time, a little show called "American Idol" had come along and stolen its thunder. But truth be told, no talent show, not even "Idol," ever spawned as many superstars as "Star Search" did. Many hugely successful singers got their start on the charmingly cheesy ...  | More »

  • 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 »

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