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Devin Velez eliminated from 'American Idol'

Devin Velez eliminated from 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- Devin Velez became the latest contestant sent home on the singing competition series "American Idol" in Los Angeles.

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Nigerian author Chinua Achebe dead at 82 ... Bon Jovi discusses daughter's heroin use ... Harper to guest star on 'Hot in Cleveland' ... Paul Jolley booted from American 'Idol ... News from United Press International.
Paul Jolley booted from American 'Idol;' 8 contestants remain

Paul Jolley booted from American 'Idol;' 8 contestants remain

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Paul Jolley, a 23-year-old Tennessee native, has been eliminated from Season 12 of "American Idol" in Los Angeles.

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Country singer Jack Greene dead at 83 ... Curtis Finch Jr., first Top 10 contestant, eliminated from 'Idol' ... Howard Stern says he's not interested in 'Late Night' gig ... TV's Jillian Barberie Reynolds to divorce Grant Reynolds ... News from United Press International.
Curtis Finch Jr., first Top 10 contestant, eliminated from 'Idol'

Curtis Finch Jr., first Top 10 contestant, eliminated from 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Curtis Finch Jr. was the first Top 10 contender eliminated from "American Idol" in Season 12.

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Idol's Iraq story was 'all lies'

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- "American Idol" season 12 contestant Matthew Farmer said he lied about receiving a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.
Steven Tyler does' 'Idol' in drag

Steven Tyler does' 'Idol' in drag

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judges said they weren't fooled when former judge Steven Tyler took the stage in drag during this week's auditions for talent show in Oklahoma.
Urban tried to stay neutral in 'Idol' fray

Urban tried to stay neutral in 'Idol' fray

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Country music star Keith Urban says he tried to stay neutral when his fellow "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj got into a spat.
Report: Carey and Minaj warring on 'Idol'

Report: Carey and Minaj warring on 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- "American Idol" auditions in Charlotte, N.C., were halted for a day after Nicki Minaj verbally abused her fellow judge Mariah Carey, TMZ reported.

Minaj, Urban take 'Idol' judging seats

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban will join Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey as judges on the 12th season of "American Idol," Fox Broadcasting said.
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Minaj, Urban near 'Idol' deals

Minaj, Urban near 'Idol' deals

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Pop star Nicki Minaj and country singer Keith Urban are close to inking deals as judges for season 12 of "American Idol," The Hollywood Reporter reported.
Nick Jonas up for 'Idol' gig

Nick Jonas up for 'Idol' gig

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Pop singer Nick Jonas has confirmed via Twitter he is in the running to be a judge on "American Idol."

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Phillip Phillips named new 'American Idol'

Phillip Phillips named new 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (UPI) -- Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner on "American Idol" in Los Angeles Wednesday.
Willpower key to Randy Jackson's diabetes

Willpower key to Randy Jackson's diabetes

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson says a new and healthier world opened up for him after he got the news he had diabetes.
Report: Lopez not planning 'Idol' return

Report: Lopez not planning 'Idol' return

LOS ANGELES, May 17 (UPI) -- Singer, actress, model and producer Jennifer Lopez will not serve as a judge on TV's "American Idol" for a third season, a source told UsMagazine.com.
Hollie Cavanagh gets the boot on 'Idol'

Hollie Cavanagh gets the boot on 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) -- Hollie Cavanagh, an 18-year-old British-born singer living in Texas, was voted off "American Idol" in Los Angeles.
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Skylar Laine gets the boot on 'Idol'

Skylar Laine gets the boot on 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 3 (UPI) -- Skylar Laine, an 18-year-old aspiring country singer from Brandon, Miss., has been eliminated from the competition on "American Idol."

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Colton Dixon voted off of 'Idol'

Colton Dixon voted off of 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Colton Dixon was eliminated from the competition on "American Idol" in Los Angeles Thursday.
Jennifer Lopez saves Sanchez from 'Idol' elimination

Jennifer Lopez saves Sanchez from 'Idol' elimination

LOS ANGELES, April 13 (UPI) -- Judge Jennifer Lopez used her one-time-only "save" option to keep Jessica Sanchez from being eliminated on "American Idol."
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