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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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'Bodies' warms up weekend box office ... Idol's Iraq story was 'all lies' ... Directors guild honors Ben Affleck ... Celebrities in New Orleans for Super Bowl ... News from United Press International.

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.
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Randy Jackson arrives for the Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson (born June 23, 1956) is an American bassist, singer, record producer, music manager, A&R executive, and television personality. He is best known as a judge on American Idol and executive producer for MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Jackson has won a Grammy Award as a producer.

Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, His first marriage, to Elizabeth Jackson, was dissolved in 1990; they had one daughter named Taylor. In 1995, Jackson married Erika Riker, with whom he has two children; a 14-year-old daughter named Zoe and a 12-year-old son named Jordan. In 2003, Jackson lost 114 pounds (52 kg) following gastric bypass surgery. He stated in a February 2008 television commercial that he has type 2 diabetes.

Jackson played in bands with Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. In the early 1980s he played on three albums for Jean-Luc Ponty and with the rock band Taxxi. From 1986 to 1987 he was a session musician for the rock group Journey. Jackson played on Journey's 1986 album Raised on Radio. He moved to Italy in the late 1980s and played on a record by Italian pop star Zucchero. The record, Zucchero and the Randy Jackson Band, was produced by Corrado Rustici who played guitar with Jackson on many albums in the early 1980s. He also played with Billy Cobham.

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