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Paula Abdul, Idol Settle Sex Assault Case

She's to face alleged attacker Nigel Lythgoe at a trial set for next year

(Newser) - Paula Abdul has tentatively settled her sexual assault and harassment claims with the production companies behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance—but not with alleged attacker Nigel Lythgoe, whom she is to face at trial. Abdul sued in December , alleging producer Lythgoe groped her in an...

American Idol Alum Found Dead in Nashville

No word on cause of death for 47-year-old Grammy winner Mandisa Hundley, on show's Season 5

(Newser) - A singer who performed on the fifth season of American Idol nearly 20 years ago died Thursday in Tennessee's capital. "We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased," a rep for the singer says in a statement, per People . "At this time...

Competing on American Idol: Loretta Lynn's Grandkid

Perhaps not surprisingly, Emmy Russell made it through to Hollywood

(Newser) - Sunday night's episode of American Idol featured a singer named Emmy Russell—and while you may not have heard of her, you've almost certainly heard of her grandmother: Loretta Lynn. "She's one of the biggest country music singers of all time, but to me she's...

American Idol Gets a Royal Surprise
American Idol
Gets a Royal Surprise

American Idol Gets a Royal Surprise

King Charles and Queen Camilla join live show by videoconference with judges Perry, Richie

(Newser) - American Idol was live on Sunday night as the singing competition reality show kicks into high gear, though two of the regular judges played their part from across the pond. Katy Perry and Lionel Riche videoconferenced in from England's Windsor Castle, where they'd just performed at the coronation...

Katy Perry Gets Emotional at School Shooting Survivor

'Our country has f---ing failed us,' she tells man auditioning for 'Idol'

(Newser) - The audition by a survivor of the 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting left American Idol judge Katy Perry in tears on Sunday night's episode. After singing "Stone" by Whiskey Myers, Trey Louis, 21, told the judges about his experience on the horrific day: "I was in...

American Idol Champ Accused of Creepy Crime

Laine Hardy allegedly hid a listening device in bedroom of his ex-girlfriend

(Newser) - An American Idol winner is facing criminal charges that could put a serious dent in his music career. Laine Hardy, who won the competition in 2019, is accused of planting a listening device in the bedroom of his ex-girlfriend, reports USA Today . The 21-year-old's ex found a device that...

American Idol Contestant Makes 'One of the Hardest Decisions'

Frontrunner Kenedi Anderson, 18, says she's dropping out of show 'for personal reasons'

(Newser) - She could've won it all. Just as she was becoming a household name thanks to American Idol, Kenedi Anderson is leaving the show "for personal reasons," she announced Monday on Instagram . "This has been one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, but...

American Idol Finalist Charged in Fatal DUI Crash

Caleb Kennedy, 17, is being charged as an adult in South Carolina man's death

(Newser) - A country music singer who was a finalist on TV's American Idol has been charged with driving under the influence resulting in death, South Carolina authorities said Wednesday. Caleb Andrew Kennedy, 17, drove his pickup truck onto a private driveway and struck a residential building in Spartanburg County on...

American Idol Alum's Stepdaughter Killed
Chris Daughtry's
Hanged Herself


Chris Daughtry's Stepdaughter Hanged Herself

Family reveals Hannah Price committed suicide

(Newser) - Update: Hannah Price, the stepdaughter of American Idol alum Chris Daughtry, died by suicide, according to a new statement from her family cited by People . The 25-year-old was under the influence of narcotics when she hanged herself, her family says. From the time she was young, Price struggled with her...

Clay Aiken Wants to Make History With 2nd Run for Congress

'American Idol' star would be first openly gay lawmaker from the South

(Newser) - Reality TV star Clay Aiken is taking another shot at running for Congress—and this time, if he wins the Democratic primary, he'll have a strong chance of making it to Washington. The 43-year-old of American Idol fame said Monday that he is planning a run in North Carolina'...

American Idol Finalist Exits After Video Scandal

Caleb Kennedy says video does not actually show what it appears to show

(Newser) - The American Idol top five is down to the top four after a disturbing video of former finalist Caleb Kennedy surfaced on social media. In the Snapchat video, which the New York Post has, Kennedy is seen sitting next to someone wearing what appears to be a KKK hood. Though...

American Idol Contestant Speaks Out After Surprise Exit

Wyatt Pike posts on Instagram that he left show for 'personal reasons'

(Newser) - Paula Abdul coming back as a guest judge hasn't been the only recent surprise on American Idol. On Monday, during the ABC program's first live show of the season, host Ryan Seacrest made an unexpected announcement that one of the singing competition's lead contenders, Wyatt Pike, who'...

Idol Premiere Features a High-Profile Audition

Claudia Conway will be on Sunday's show

(Newser) - It's official: Claudia Conway will appear on the upcoming season of American Idol, a teaser for which was released Monday. The trailer features Conway, the daughter of former President Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway and Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway, introducing herself to judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel...

She Finished 3rd on the First Idol, Now Dead at 42

Nikki McKibbin had an aneurysm last week, donated her organs

(Newser) - Nikki McKibbin, the third-place finalist from the first season of American Idol, died Sunday at age 42. "The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday," her husband Craig Sadler posted on Facebook on Saturday. "She would already be gone, but she's an...

Katy Perry Under Fire for Forcing Kiss on Idol Contestant

Some are calling the move 'predatory'

(Newser) - Katy Perry is in hot water for forcing a kiss on an American Idol contestant—and not just any kiss, but his first ever. Benjamin Glaze of Oklahoma, now 20, was 19 when he auditioned for Idol last October and revealed to judges before starting in on his song that...

Familiar Face Officially Returns to American Idol

Ryan Seacrest will again serve as host

(Newser) - A familiar face is officially returning to American Idol when it re-launches on ABC . The network has confirmed Ryan Seacrest will be back to host the reality competition, USA Today reports. Seacrest hosted the show on Fox from its launch in 2002 to its retirement in 2016, Deadline reports, calling...

Less Than a Year After It Left, American Idol Is Back

It's on a different network this time, though

(Newser) - Turns out all that fanfare over the end of American Idol was a bit premature. The singing competition is coming back after all, just not on its original network. ABC will revive the show next season after reportedly outbidding NBC and Fox (which canceled it last year due in part...

After 15 Years, American Idol Crowns Final Winner

Obama had message for series finale

(Newser) - The first American Idol finale in 2002 was a battle of the sexes, with Kelly Clarkson the victor over Justin Guarini. The last contest settled the score as Trent Harmon defeated La'Porsha Renae for the crown, the AP reports. Harmon tumbled to the stage in surprise as host Ryan...

Mariah Carey Says Idol Was 'Worst' Thing She's Done

So no, she won't be back

(Newser) - To say Mariah Carey did not love her experience as an American Idol judge would be a bit of an understatement. "That was the worst experience of my life," Carey said in a recent interview on Australia's Kyle and Jackie O radio show picked up by ETOnline...

Show's Over for American Idol

The coming 15th season will be its last

(Newser) - Fox is lowering the curtain on American Idol, ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood. The network announced today that the reality competition will go off the air after its 15th and final season...

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