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  • Video: Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus, “Gone”

    October 8, 2013 1:13 PM ET

    Allison Iraheta, who four years ago made a massive impression as the 16-year-old rocker chick with the old-soul voice on "American Idol" Season 8, is finally back — and this time, she's all grown up and making an even more massive impression on tastemakers like Duran Duran's John Taylor, the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, Slash, DMC of Run-DMC, her old "Idol" pal Adam Lambert, and even the legendary Paul Williams, all of whom have sung the pr...  | More »

  • Video: Ne-Yo & Cher Lloyd Team Up

    September 23, 2013 6:55 PM ET

    R&B impresario Ne-Yo and "X Factor U.K." breakout star Cher Lloyd recently paired up for the duet "It's All Good," a song written in celebration of the launch of new Fruttare Fruit Bars with lyrical input posted on social media by fans. The duo performed the tune for the first and only time at the Village at this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas, and afterwards they sat down with Yahoo Music's Reality Rocks for a chat that was full of good stuff. Speaking about h...  | More »

  • ‘X Factor’ Standout Lillie McCloud Addresses Backlash

    September 16, 2013 7:20 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    It happens almost every season, on every talent show: A promising singer is presented by producers as being a fresh-off-the-turnip-truck total unknown, but it only takes a few YouTube or Wikipedia searches to uncover that contestant's illustrious professional past — and the public cries foul. Such "scandals" surrounded "American Idol" contestants Carly Smithson and Joanna Pacitti, who'd had major-label deals as teens, and "The X Factor" Season 1's Stacy Francis, who beca...  | More »

  • Simon Cowell: “The Days of Squawking Judges Are Over!”

    September 12, 2013 5:55 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    While "The X Factor U.K." has launched stars like Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Little Mix, Olly Murs, and of course the world-dominating One Direction, the American version of the singing show has so far struggled to establish itself in a market dominated by "American Idol" and "The Voice." But the show's creator and lead judge, Simon Cowell, believes the third U.S. season, which premieres Wednesday night, will be the charm. How? By focusing on the CONTESTANTS, not on superstar judges. This...  | More »

  • Exclusive: Cher Will Mentor Team Blake on ‘The Voice’!

    September 9, 2013 4:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On the upcoming fifth season of "The Voice," Christina Aguilera's team will be advised by Ed Sheeran, Adam Levine's contestants will work with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, and Team Cee Lo's guest mentor will be Miguel. But three-time winning "Voice" coach Blake Shelton will have the biggest superstar of all in his arsenal: the one, the only, the awesome…Cher. Yes, Cher. Cher!! CHER!!!! [insert Moonstruck-style slap here] Snap out of it! Seriously, this is very excit...  | More »

  • Nigel Lythgoe on ‘Idol’ Judge News

    September 3, 2013 7:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On Tuesday, it was officially announced that the judging panel for "American Idol" Season 13 will be Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban. Ironically, this was actually the "dream team" suggested by longtime "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, before he was fired from the show earlier this year. So Nigel got his way in the end — but it was all too little, too late. On Tuesday evening backstage at his other Fox franchise, "So You Think You Can Dance," Nigel was candid when spea...  | More »

  • J.Lo, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban Officially Join ‘Idol’

    September 2, 2013 7:30 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    The new "American Idol" judges will make their first joint public appearance Tuesday, at the Season 13 audition tapings held at Boston's Copley Square Hotel. America, it's time to meet your "new" judging panel: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and last-minute recruit Harry Connick Jr. "'American Idol' has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom, and personality to ...  | More »

  • Joshua Ledet’s New Song Deserves a Standing Ovation

    August 26, 2013 5:35 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" third-placer Joshua Ledet received so many standing ovations during his spectacular Season 11 run, I lost count. (I think it was at least a dozen. Maybe 13?) He impressed the judges, millions of viewers, and even his own idol Fantasia Barrino with his interpretations of classics by other artists like James Brown, India.Arie, and Percy Sledge...but now he deserves another round of applause, applause, applause for his new original track, "Here to Die."   Joshua uploaded...  | More »

  • Judge Not: Celebrities Who Turned Down 'American Idol'

    August 23, 2013 6:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" has lured A-listers like MariahCarey, Jennifer Lopez, Ellen DeGeneres, and Steven Tyler…but apparently notevery celebrity wants to be an "Idol" judge. Here are a few whowalked away from one of the biggest job offers in television. Are you surprisedthat they turned "Idol" down…or that they were even in the running inthe first place? Kanye WestAccording to Us Weekly, Yeezus was offered a spot on next season's "Idol" panel, but declined because "he didn't...  | More »

  • Video: Hollie Cavanagh Performs Live at Yahoo!

    August 12, 2013 6:30 PM ET

    Since placing fourth on "American Idol" last year, Hollie Cavanagh has relocated permanently to Los Angeles (she's through to Hollywood, dawg), where she's been hard at work on her debut album. Yahoo! Music recently premiered her first music video, "Outer Limit," and we were delighted when she came by the Y! office to perform that track unplugged, along with another new tune, "Girlfriend."   Hollie also sat down to chat about what she's been up to since "Idol," and wha...  | More »

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