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

Clifton Duffin, Mariah Pulice, Lazaro Arbos and Kez Ban emotionally captivate on 'American Idol'

"American Idol? season 12 features host Ryan Seacrest

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Emotional, captivating performances from four singers outshone even the Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey "feud" as "American Idol" sent 46 people to Hollywood out of the high-powered Chicago auditions. 

Sure, Minaj and Carey sniped at each other a few times, again; but it felt like play-acting as each had fun being the diva, rather than real animosity.

Minaj dominated...

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Lazaro Arbos, who stutters, steals judges' hearts on 'American Idol'

Lazaro Arbos closes the Chicago auditions, has a really bad stutter. Originally from Cuba, his parents say when they got to the U.S. it got a lot worse; he says he had no friends at school.

His dad says that's probably why music is his entire life. Seems like a really decent kid, sincere; his occupation is listed as, "ice cream scooper."

Sings "Bridge Over Troubled...

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'Captivating' Kez Ban surprisingly advances on 'American Idol,' as does Johnny Keyser

Ieisha Cotton next on "American Idol," she seems shy but says she's a professional dancer and then gets Nicki Minaj going with some quick moves.

Sings "I Want To Say Thank You," it's not good and gets Randy Jackson to say, "Baby, you're tone deaf, you can't even really hear the notes." They advise her to stick with the dancing.

Johnny Keyser is back...

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Clifton Duffin gets Keith Urban teary on 'American Idol,' Brandy Neely and Josh Holiday also impress

Brandy Neely kicks off day two of the Chicago auditions on “American Idol” with “Your Cheatin' Heart.“ Classic, powerful country voice — nothing fancy, just well-sung with strong emotion.

Keith Urban loves it, as does Nicki Minaj -- "I think that you're super, super special.“ Mariah Carey gives her an “A+ amazing” for the song choice, with Randy Jackson saying he loved it “from note one.“


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Mariah Pulice leaves Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj in tears; Curtis Finch lifts up 'American Idol' judges

Curtis Finch, Jr. next on "American Idol," he's a tutor who's singing Smokie Norful's "God Is Able." This man can sing; nothing fancy, just gospel-like voice, emotion. "O-M-G" says Nicki Minaj, they send him on, quickly.

"You are so blessed," Minaj quietly says to him afterward. 

Mariah Pulice next, she says she's recovering from anorexia,...

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Isabelle Parrell charms, Griffin Peterson gets by on his looks on 'American Idol'

Isabelle Parrell up next on "American Idol," gets Keith Urban to join her on "Baby It's Cold Outside." She has a classic tone to her voice, the kind you'd hear in a small club with a piano.

Even gets Mariah Carey to join in a bit; says she has a "sweet quality," which is exactly right. Could be a bit kooky, but has charisma even though she's just in high school....

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Gabe Brown screams his way through 'American Idol'

Gabe Brown shows up next on "American Idol" bearing cookies, screams out "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones.

Mariah Carey asks him if he can do something more "mellow," so the rocker does "We All Die Alone," which starts out softer but then he starts screaming again.

"I actually really like you, man," says Randy Jackson. Nicki Minaj...

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Kiara Lanier -- who sang for Obama -- and Mackenzie Wasner star on 'American Idol'

Mackenzie Wasner is up first as “American Idol” brings its auditions to Chicago; her dad plays piano and keyboard for Vince Gill. Singing Gill's “Whenever You Come Around" -- has a good voice, seems like a nice person too.

“I loved her voice and I think she's beautiful,“ says Mariah Carey.

Nicki Minaj says “someone like you walks into the room once every few years.“ Off she goes...

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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey: Dueling 'Idol' fashion styles

"American Idol" judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and

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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey seemed far from BFF's on the “American Idol” Season 12 opener Wednesday night and their styles were polar opposite as well.

Minaj boasted her signature, cartoony look -- a kaleidoscope that included the cotton candy-clown wigs, bubble gum pink lips, sparkly eye shadow and the equally kooky ensembles, which in one case featured a feathered majorette hat.


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Frankie Ford, Sarah Restuccio shine as Nicki Minaj dominates 'American Idol' premiere

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy

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"American Idol" teased everyone with clips of fights between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, but in the end singers Frankie Ford and Sarah Restuccio stole the show as the New York City auditions kicked off Season 12 of the long-running Fox show.

Minaj was fantastic as a judge and got, by far, the most airtime. Her comments were pithy, spot-on, original and showed a passion...

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