American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.

Curtis Finch shockingly cut as 'American Idol' judges can't agree on save

"American Idol" - Curtis Finch, Jr. sings R.

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Lazaro Arbos and Angela Miller are next up on "American Idol" to learn their fates -- and, as expected, Miller joins Candice Glover and Kree Harrison in the top three. It's the same top three as when I ranked the performances last night.

It is then revealed that Arbos finished fourth overall and is safe. In fifth place is Amber Holcomb, who definitely deserves to stay. In sixth place,...

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'American Idol' top 10 finalists to perform music of the 'American Idol's

Jon Bon Jovi and his band will perform

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The theme for Wednesday is Music of the American Idols and includes songs that the past winners -- Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips -- covered on the show and their post-Idol music.

The first number for  contenders -- Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Curtis...

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'American Idol' season 12 premieres tonight

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy

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“American Idol” premieres tonight on Fox for its 12th season, featuring a panel of three new judges — Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban — who will join resident judge Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest in what promises to be a very interesting season.

Let’s see if the hyped controversy among the female judges is as hot as rumors suggest.

Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips’ first...

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'American Idol' season 11 rocks the Nassau Coliseum

Joshua Ledet, left, Phillip Phillips, center, Colton Dixon,

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The “American Idol” top ten of season 11 delivered upbeat, current, fast moving performances at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale last evening.  

My two daughters, my granddaughter Alex and I were lucky to score front-row seats – making it easy for Alex to have a clear view of the stage and her favorite idol, Elise Testone.

Alex, at five-years-old, is a veteran...

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Phillip Phillips tops Jessica Sanchez to win 'American Idol' season 11

Finalists Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and host Ryan

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Jessica Sanchez or Phillip Phillips is about to win "American Idol" season eleven -- I think it should be the vocally astonishing Sanchez, but Phillips has had a huge fan base all year that I don't think she'll be able to overcome.

They do a last duet, Joe Cocker's "Up Where We Belong." Bit cheesy, but it lets their voices soar, and both look like champs.

And then Ryan Seacrest reveals the winner, after 132 million votes, is... Phillip Phillips!


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No surprise there. He's been the top vote-getter all season long. Sings the song he'll release as his first single, "Home." Confetti comes flying down, big hugs all around.

Wasn't a particularly memorable finale; guest stars weren't as big as they've been in years past -- this year's batch included Rihanna, Aerosmith, Jennifer Holliday, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Lopez, Neil Diamond, Reba McEntire, Chaka Khan and John Fogerty.

Oh, and former contestant Ace Young proposed to Diana DeGarmo, who also competed on the show, live on stage. It was a moment that was partially hokey but also oddly compelling, with a shaking Young thrilled when DeGarmo said "yes!"

Holliday's duet with Sanchez on "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was by far the musical highlight of the night. It was a searing display of divahood, two singers with huge voices letting their emotions go.

But in the end, it was steady Phillips who took the crown, becoming the fifth guy in a row to win (you've got to go back to season six and Jordin Sparks to break the trend.)

It was a pedestrian end to a season with probably the most vocally talented group of finalists. The show was undermined by uninspired judging and little real suspense as Phillips' huge fan base kept him out of the bottom three week after week, no matter how similar his performances.

Ultimately I think Sanchez -- like season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, who topped the Billboard charts this week -- will be the one we remember from this season.

But Wednesday night was Phillips' night, as he became the 11th winner of what's still television's most dependable venue for finding future musical stars.

Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter using #ndidol.

Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet team with their inspirations on 'American Idol'

Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips split 130 million votes on "American Idol" last night Ryan Seacrest tells us as the final finale show starts.

Phillips and sweet-voiced John Fogerty team for a fun version of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain." Nothing fancy, just a good song sung well. Phillips then takes the lead on "Bad Moon Rising," which again brings nobody...

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Is Phillip Phillips the next American Idol?

It’s unanimous! Phillip Phillips will be the next “American Idol” if our psychics are correct.

 

All nine agree that Phillip easily snatched the crown from Jessica Sanchez last night, especially after getting a standing O from all three judges when he performed what would be his first single, “Home”—which came complete with a superfluous marching band backing Phillip during his...

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Jessica Sanchez shows off fashion flair; Phillip Phillips, not so much

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez get ready for

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"American Idol” finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips had one more night to leave millions of viewers with a lasting impression – from a musical and visual standpoint. Sanchez worked the fashion angle to the max. Phillips, as has been is MO the whole season, did not.

As Jennifer Lopez, encased in a one-shoulder sequin emblazoned dazzler and leggings, aptly put it when critiquing...

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Jessica Sanchez likely can't overcome Phillip Phillips for 'American Idol' crown

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez are the two

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Phillip Phillips most likely beat Jessica Sanchez for the "American Idol" title with a blockbuster version of "Home" -- complete with a troupe of drummers on stage -- to close the show, bringing the judges to their feet.

"Dude, I loved the song, I loved you, I loved the marching band production," yelled a perhaps over-the-top Randy Jackson, who ended by calling...

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Phillip Phillips may have won 'American Idol' with final song

Phillip Phillips singing "Home" for his third song on the "American Idol" finale, the song he'd release as his first single if he won.

There's a nice urgency to the song; audience is into it, clapping along. Bunch of kids playing drums come out on stage to join him, whole thing is fun to listen to. I think he just won "American Idol" with this performance -- it...

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