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Nikki Reed steps out for first time since split from Paul McDonald

Nikki Reed steps out for first time since split from Paul McDonald

March 31 (UPI) -- Nikki Reed is getting back to her normal routine following her split from Paul McDonald.
Veronica Linares
Jennifer Lopez drops F-bomb on 'American Idol'

Jennifer Lopez drops F-bomb on 'American Idol'

March 27 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez accidentally dropped the F-bomb on Wednesday during her critique of an "American Idol" performer.
Annie Martin
'American Idol' winner David Archuleta returns from 2-year Mormon mission

'American Idol' winner David Archuleta returns from 2-year Mormon mission

March 25 (UPI) -- In 2008, Archuleta was "American Idol's" seventh-season runner-up.
Kate Stanton
Jennifer Lopez helped Leah Remini after scientology exit

Jennifer Lopez helped Leah Remini after scientology exit

March 21 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez opened up about standing by Leah Remini after she left the church of Scientology while appearing on "The Ellen Show" on Friday.
Veronica Linares
Harry Connick Jr. criticizes smiling singer during 'provocative' song on 'American Idol'

Harry Connick Jr. criticizes smiling singer during 'provocative' song on 'American Idol'

March 21 (UPI) -- Why was "American Idol" contestant Jessica Meuse smiling during her performance of song about a school shooting?
Danielle Haynes
Brittany Kerr, Jason Aldean's mistress, dating him after cheating scandal

Brittany Kerr, Jason Aldean's mistress, dating him after cheating scandal

March 18 (UPI) -- Country singer Jason Aldean appears to be dating the woman with whom he was caught cheating on his wife Jessica Ussery back in 2012.
Veronica Linares
Jennifer Lopez debuts sexy 'I Luh Ya Papi' music video that 'objectifies' men

Jennifer Lopez debuts sexy 'I Luh Ya Papi' music video that 'objectifies' men

March 14 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez debuted a sexy new music video for "I Luh Ya Papi" Thursday night on "American Idol" that features plenty of male models and her signature looks.
Annie Martin
Adam Lambert to join Queen for summer tour

Adam Lambert to join Queen for summer tour

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- "American Idol's" Adam Lambert will front Queen for a summer tour.
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Simon Cowell a father for the first time

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Former "American Idol" and "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell says his girlfriend has given birth to their first child together, a boy named Eric Cowell.
Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert to return to 'American Idol'

Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert to return to 'American Idol'

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Chris Daughtry said he and fellow "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert are returning to the U.S. reality series to serve as mentors.
'X Factor' canceled after three seasons

'X Factor' canceled after three seasons

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. talent competition series "The X Factor" has been canceled after three seasons, the Hollywood Reporter said Friday.
Ray Chew named new 'Dancing with the Stars' music director

Ray Chew named new 'Dancing with the Stars' music director

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Ray Chew has been named the new music director and composer for "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles, ABC announced Friday.
Clay Aiken officially launches bid for Congress

Clay Aiken officially launches bid for Congress

CARY, N.C., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- We know him from his days competing on American Idol, but Clay Aiken wants the world, or at least part of North Carolina, to know he's more than just a singer.
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Entertainer Clay Aiken tosses hat into Democratic ring in N.C.

Entertainer Clay Aiken tosses hat into Democratic ring in N.C.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- "American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nod to challenge Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina.
Scotty McCreery: 'You won't see any twerking from me'

Scotty McCreery: 'You won't see any twerking from me'

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Scotty McCreery says he clings to faith to avoid temptations while on the road.
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American Idol (also known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar) is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, which began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002. Part of the Idol franchise, it is a spin-off from the UK show Pop Idol. The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists, and has since become one of the most popular in the history of American television. As of January 2011, it is the most-watched TV series in the Nielsen ratings and is the only program to have been number one for six consecutive seasons, surpassing All in the Family and The Cosby Show, which were both number one for five consecutive seasons.

The program aims to discover the best singer in the country where the winner is determined by the viewers. Through telephone, Internet, and SMS text voting, viewers have chosen as winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze (listed in chronological order).

The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The original three judges were Grammy Award-winning record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, Grammy Award-winning pop singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul and award-winning music executive and music manager Simon Cowell. Since January 2011, the judging panel currently consists of Jackson, award-winning singer/actress and record producer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Steven Tyler. For all seasons the show has been hosted by radio disc jockey Ryan Seacrest.

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