American Idol

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

Mariah Carey gets her pretty on; tube top goes to Hollywood

San Antonio contestant Savannah Votion auditions on "American

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Yeah, yeah we’ve been grousing about Mariah Carey’s dowdy fashion in the past few episodes of American Idol, but on Wednesday night she returned to diva-licious status (a good thing) with one of her get-ups.  An ethereal one-shouldered luscious pink frock looked stunning on her, and uber-glam with long, diamond chandelier earrings.  

That said, she had her share of misses too. ...

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Sanni M'Mairura, Rachel Hale, Briana Oakley mix unique stories with strong voices on'American Idol'

Contestants wait for their chance to audition in

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"American Idol" found some unusual stars in San Antonio and on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., as Sanni M'Mairura, Rachel Hale, Briana Oakley, Micah Johnson, Adam Sanders and Matt Farmer mixed unique stories with strong voices.

Below's how I ranked them; put your thoughts in the comments, below.

1) Charismatic Sanni M'Mairura , whose mom's from Tanzania and...

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Happy Rachel Hale, bullied Briana Oakley get big smiles on 'American Idol'

Rachel Hale next on "American Idol," Southern girl with an unstoppable smile and "big accent." Singing "People Get Ready" -- big, soulful voice with a twang of emotion in there, simple but nice to listen to.

"Little Wynonna Juddish," says Keith Urban. "Really pretty, really striking, such a good energy," says Nicki Minaj. Yeah, big likeability;...

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Ex-soldier Matt Farmer and his 'strong pipes,' shocking Micah Johnson star on 'American Idol'

Shubha Vedula kicks off the Long Beach, Calif. audtions of  "American Idol" -- which are being held on the Queen Mary -- with "Something's Got A Hold On Me."

She can sing; strong start to the show, gets Randy Jackson and Keith Urban to send her though. With Mariah Carey stuck in traffic and Nicki Minaj honoring a prior committment, two votes are all she needs.

Brian...

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Adam Sanders leaves 'American Idol' judges standing, Sanni M'Mairura leaves them smiling

Sanni M'Mairura next up on "American Idol," he's got a huge smile and right off seems like he could be special. His mom's from Tanzania, his dad's from Kenya; as Ryan Seacrest says to his family, "he has an incredible presence." 

Singing Michael Jackon's "Who's Loving You," got all the judges smiling big. "Your runs were pretty and all your riffs ended...

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'Theatrical' Papa Peachez, Victoria Acosta sneak through to Hollywood on 'American Idol'

Victoria Acosta next on "American Idol," singing Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry." Bold and brassy; with nice tone on the soft parts but not fantastic overall.

Judges aren't quite sure; Randy Jackson asks her to sing some mariachi, and it's a lot livelier; they vote, and put her through.

"Papa Peachez," who says he's "just a big black woman"...

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Cristabel Clack powers through, Ann Difani slips through on 'American Idol'

Cristabel Clack next up on "American Idol," she's a worship leader who's singing "If I Ain't Got You." Earnest, good voice; lots of power and feeling on the chorus.

"I loved it," says Keith Urban, who felt the runs she threw in fit well. "I know you, I get you, I love you," says Mariah Carey. She's through easily to Hollywood.

Ann Difani next,...

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'Big-voiced talent' Savannah Votion, 'amazing' Vincent Powell impress on 'American Idol'

Vincent Powell first up as "American Idol" goes to San Antonio, doing "Rock Me Baby." Lot of grit and soul in his voice, has the judges sighing in appreciation. 

Nicki Minaj calls his voice "amazing," says it "gives people chills." Mariah Carey thought he was "fantastic," and he's going back to Hollywood (where his trip ended last year.)

Goofy...

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Compelling Burnell Taylor and gentle soul Paul Jolley soar on 'American Idol'

"American Idol" Baton Rouge auditions: Contestant Burnell Taylor,

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"American Idol" found two especially memorable singers in Baton Rouge -- Burnell Taylor and Paul Jolley -- and for one night at least there was no sniping between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

Below's how I rated everyone; put your thoughts into the comments, below.

1) Burnell Taylor 's heartfelt, compelling "I'm Here" from "The Color...

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Burnell Taylor gets standing ovation, Dustin Watts goes classic country on 'American Idol'

Firefighter Dustin Watts next on "American Idol," singing "She's Every Woman." Deep, classic country voice; Keith Urban likes his "style and confidence"; Nicki Minaj says "you look like a country star."

Burnell Taylor closes out the Baton Rouge show, singing "I'm Here" from "The Color Purple." Interesting choice but a nice urgency...

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