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Kelly Clarkson Too Pregnant For The Grammys


American Idol Kelly Clarkson

The first-ever winner of the U.S. talent show is expecting her second child, and has been open about how her severe morning sickness has affected her ability to make public appearances.

And before she welcomes a baby boy this spring (16), Nashville, Tennessee-based Clarkson is heading back to Los Angeles to serve as a guest judge on American Idol for its 15th and final season, a decision which was both easy and difficult for her to make.

"I was going to do the Grammys and Idol... but I just have such hard pregnancies, flying back and forth to L.A., like if they were closer together, I would’ve done both, but I had to kind of choose one," she tells Houston, Texas radio station 96.5. "I obviously chose Idol because it’s ending and I was the original winner, so it’d kinda be weird if I wasn’t there.

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Kelly Clarkson Returning To Guest Judge American Idol


American Idol Jordin Sparks Kelly Clarkson

The pop star was crowned the first-ever Idol in 2002, and she'll be back for the programme's 15th and final season - but this time she'll have a seat at the judges' table, alongside Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

"We're really happy she wants to be a part of this," says American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane. "The show has meant a lot to her, and despite being pregnant, she wants to be a part of this."

Clarkson, who is expecting her second child with husband Brandon Blackstock, will serve as a guest judge for this season's first live show, which is scheduled to air in the U.S. on 25 February (16). Due to her pregnancy, she is still unsure whether she will be able to join other Idol alumni at the series finale, which is due to air on 5 and 6 April (16).

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Clay Aiken Criticises American Idol Judges


American Idol Jennifer Lopez Keith Urban Clay Aiken Harry Connick Jr.

The singer, who came second on the show in 2003, tuned into the premiere of the fifteenth and final season on Wednesday night (06Jan16) and took to Twitter.com to blame lacklustre viewing figures on the panelists, branding them dull in comparison to original judge Simon Cowell.

"Watching @americanidol for the first time in a decade. You never know what you've got til it's gone.... Well... now I know why the ratings are down," he tweeted before adding a 'snoring' emoticon.

"Oh good Lord... those boring a** responses from the judges!? Where is Simon when you need him!?... It's VERY clear now that @SimonCowell was the reason @AmericanIdol was a hit. I've watched root canals more entertaining than these judges."

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Singer Angie Miller Engaged


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The former American Idol finalist had a lot to be thankful for on America's Thanksgiving holiday (26Nov15) when her musician boyfriend David James Williams popped the question.

Miller took to Instagram.com on Friday (27Nov15) to share a photo of the moment he asked her to marry him on the rooftop of the Revere Hotel in her native Boston, Massachusetts.

She added the caption, "this picture was taken after he knelt down and I started crying. pretty sure I stood frozen for what felt like a minute in complete shock. yesterday was the best day of my life - and from now on i'll be spending it with @notdjwilliams #engaged."

Simon Cowell And Paula Abdul To Return To American Idol


American Idol Paula Abdul Randy Jackson

The trio discovered singers including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood during their eight-season stint on the judging panel from 2002 until Paula left in 2010.

The show was cancelled due to dwindling ratings, and will bow out following the 15th and final season, which begins in January (16) with returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

Long-running host Ryan Seacrest has confirmed the new judges will be joined by the original line-up during the series, but their roles on the show have yet to be decided.

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Carrie Underwood Describes 'American Idol' Experience As "The Most Horrifying Thing"


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Country star Carrie Underwood has described her time on ‘American Idol’ as, “the most horrifying thing.” The 32 year old shot to fame after winning the fourth season of the reality series in 2005, but says the experience of competing on the Fox show was scary, as she was all by herself for the first time.

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood has described her time on ‘American Idol’ as “the most horrifying thing.”

Speaking to Parade magazine, Underwood said, “Idol was probably the most horrifying thing, because I had never been away from my hometown like that before. I was in L.A., of all places, by myself, putting myself out there, which is a scary thing for anybody to do."

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Constantine Maroulis Exits Los Angeles Musical


American Idol Constantine Maroulis

The former American Idol finalist signed on to lead the cast of Breaking Through at the Pasadena Playhouse, starting on 27 October (15), but on Monday (19Oct15), it was announced he had decided to leave the production for unspecified reasons.

The news comes after he was arrested in August (15), following allegations he kicked girlfriend Angelina Reed during an argument. After posting bail, he denied the claims, insisting he was acting in self-defence, and subsequently won an order of protection against his now-ex partner, who was told to stay away from the house they once shared with their four-year-old daughter, Malena.

Maroulis, who was also slapped with a restraining order by Reed, was busted days later for allegedly ignoring the no-contact ruling and copying Reed on an email intended for his lawyers.

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Carrie Underwood Used Diet Pills To Stay Slim


American Idol Carrie Underwood

The singer reveals she had never been completely happy with her figure during her youth and when she started receiving compliments after losing a few pounds, she decided to keep it up.

"I knew that I weighed more than I had ever weighed before," she tells America's People magazine. "But then as soon as you start making little tweaks, people immediately go, 'You look so great!' Then you start wondering, 'How bad did I look before?' Then it's like, 'Well, I guess I should keep on going.' Then you start eating less."

The 32 year old soon started taking weight-loss supplements to help keep her figure trim and she now realises how unhealthy her lifestyle had become: "I was taking things with (herbal medicine) ephedra in it. It wasn't the best way. If I could go back and talk to myself I'd be like, 'Here's how you do it the right way.'"

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Harry Connick, Jr. Lands Chat Show


American Idol Harry Connick Jr.

The Independence Day star is currently a judge on American Idol, but he will appear in his own series after the reality show's final season wraps up next spring (16).

Harry is set to premiere in September, 2016 and feature interviews, musical performances, and parodies, according to a statement from bosses at TV company NBCUniversal.

"I'm a lucky guy. I get to be a husband to a wonderful wife, a father to three incredible daughters, and an entertainer to the most amazing fans," Connick, Jr. says. "And now, I'm honoured to be able to put smiles on people's faces on a daily basis... Harry will be an hour filled with fun, music and laughter. Fasten your seat belts - it's gonna be one heck of a good time!"

Former American Idol Contestant Arrested


American Idol Paula Abdul

The aspiring singer was taken into custody in Yuma, Arizona on Wednesday night (23Sep15).

He was subsequently booked for felony domestic violence, in addition to charges of aggravated harassment and failure to comply, reports TMZ.com.

The nature of Clark's relationship to the alleged victim was unclear as WENN went to press.

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BBooth Launches American Idol Auditions At Culver City Mall

Josh Tryhane , Jennifer Tapiero - bBooth launches American Idol auditions at Culver City Mall in Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 15th August 2015

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American Idol and Darla Fox
American Idol, Nikia Lee Provenzano, Quigley, Jennifer Tapiero and Josh Tryhane
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American Idol and Quigley

2015 American Idol XIV Grand Finale

Graham Sierota, Noah Sierota, Sydney Sierota and Jamie Sierota of Echosmith - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 American Idol XIV Grand Finale which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Wednesday 13th May 2015

Echosmith, Graham Sierota, Noah Sierota, Sydney Sierota and American Idol
Echosmith, Graham Sierota, Noah Sierota, Sydney Sierota and American Idol
Echosmith, Graham Sierota, Noah Sierota, Sydney Sierota and American Idol
Echosmith, Graham Sierota, Noah Sierota, Sydney Sierota and American Idol
Echosmith, Graham Sierota, Noah Sierota, Sydney Sierota and American Idol
Echosmith, Graham Sierota, Noah Sierota, Sydney Sierota and American Idol

KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2015 - Arrivals

American Idol Contestants - A variety of stars from the music industry were snapped as they arrived at KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2015 which was held at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, United States - Saturday 9th May 2015

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American Idol Contestants Leave A Medical Building

Daniel Seavey and Maddie Walker - American Idol contestants leave a medical building in Beverly Hills wearing surgical masks - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 16th March 2015

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American Idol, Daniel Seavey and Maddie Walker
American Idol, Daniel Seavey, Quentin Alexander and Maddie Walker
American Idol, Quentin Alexander and Maddie Walker
American Idol, Quentin Alexander and Maddie Walker
American Idol, Quentin Alexander and Maddie Walker

American Idol XlV Finalists Party

Nick Fradiani - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the American Idol XlV Finalists Party which was held at The District in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 12th March 2015

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Clark, Singers (in Alphabetical Order) Quentin Alexander, Joey Cook, Sarina-joi Crowe, Adanna Duru, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Qaasim Middleton, Daniel Seavey, Maddie Walker, Rayvon and American Idol
Clark, Singers (in Alphabetical Order) Quentin Alexander, Joey Cook, Sarina-joi Crowe, Adanna Duru, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Qaasim Middleton, Daniel Seavey, Maddie Walker, Rayvon and American Idol
Clark, Singers (in Alphabetical Order) Quentin Alexander, Joey Cook, Sarina-joi Crowe, Adanna Duru, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Qaasim Middleton, Daniel Seavey, Maddie Walker, Rayvon and American Idol
Clark, Singers (in Alphabetical Order) Quentin Alexander, Joey Cook, Sarina-joi Crowe, Adanna Duru, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Qaasim Middleton, Daniel Seavey, Maddie Walker, Rayvon and American Idol
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