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'American Idol's' Alex Lambert Not Homeless, Just Hustlin'

by Hilary Rothing, posted Jan 19th 2011 1:00PM
Don't worry kids, little Alex Lambert from last season of 'American Idol' and, ahem, his reps from 'Idol' production company, 19 Entertainment want us to know that the soft spoken Texan is not actually homeless, in the Ted Williams sense of the word.

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Former 'American Idol' Contestant Alex Lambert Is Homeless ('Kinda,' Maybe)

by Hilary Rothing, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:04PM

Alex Lambert'American Idol' season 9 semi-finalist Alex Lambert is now homeless and living on the street, according to his Twitter account.

If we're to believe the unverified "TrueAlexLambert" is indeed the mullet-sporting Texas crooner, he's fallen on some pretty hard times after appearing on the web series 'If I Can Dream,' which was created by 'Idol' executive producer Simon Fuller.

"Ever since IICD ended I've been kinda homless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings. I have a choice to stay and persue my career or go," tweeted @TrueAlexLambert.

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'American Idol' Contestant Andrew Garcia on 'Bromance' Buttons and Meeting Paula Abdul

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 15th 2010 2:00PM
Andrew Garcia'American Idol''s Andrew Garcia wowed viewers early on this season with his awesome acoustic cover of Paula Abdul's 'Straight Up' during Hollywood Week. Though his buzz eventually faded, Garcia became an early favorite to win the title and eased his way into the Top 10, where he ultimately finished in ninth place.

Since then, Garcia has started rehearsals for this summer's 'Idols Live' tour -- beginning July 1 in Auburn Hills, MI -- and also is working on writing songs for his debut solo album.

Last week, Garcia spoke to TV Squad while he was at tour rehearsals with his 'Idol' cohorts, one of whom couldn't help but interrupt our conversation.

In our exclusive interview, find out which season 8 contestant Garcia wants to collaborate with on his upcoming record, what it was like for him to meet Paula Abdul and his thoughts on the 'Bromance' buttons that are currently being sold on the 'Idol' website.

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'American Idol' Contestant Didi Benami on Her Tattoo, Writing New Songs and Brooke White

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 14th 2010 4:00PM
Didi BenamiIt's not everyday a reporter gets to talk to an 'American Idol' contestant, let alone a car full of them.

But that's exactly what happened late last week when TV Squad chatted with 10th-place finisher Didi Benami, who was on her way to rehearsals for the 'Idols Live' tour -- which kicks off July 1 in Auburn Hills, MI -- with some of her former competitors, who couldn't help but interject.

Benami, a beautiful singer/songwriter who showed off many different vocal personalities, spoke to TV Squad about which of her fellow contestants might snore on the tour bus, writing songs for her upcoming album, meeting her 'Idol' doppelganger Brooke White and what really goes into a "Didi Martini."

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Interview: 'American Idol' Winner Lee DeWyze -- He Did It His Way

by Kim Potts, posted May 28th 2010 11:07PM
That Lee DeWyze is one chatty dude. Sure, winning 'American Idol' is probably gonna put you in a good mood, but as he gave lengthy, well thought out answers about his past, present and future in a press conference call earlier Friday, one thing became clear: If the 'Idol' producers want to know one thing they should improve upon next season, it's giving viewers the chance to get to know the contestants a little better.

In seasons past, we had a good feel for the contestants' personalities, especially as the Top 12 got smaller and smaller and each singer got more screen time. In season 9, not so much, which is why almost every post-elimination night interview with the contestants this season ended with almost all of them proving to be much savvier, more engaging, more confident and more interesting than they ever appeared to be on the 'Idol' stage.

Food for thought 'Idol' producers ...

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Crystal Bowersox on Breaking Up With Her Boyfriend and Predicting Lee's Victory

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 28th 2010 6:45PM
Crystal BowersoxCrystal Bowersox, a 24-year-old single mom from Ohio, was the clear front-runner for most of season 9, with such memorable performances as 'People Get Ready' (tear!), 'Me and Bobby McGee' and 'Come to My Window.'

But in the end, she was defeated by another 24-year-old guitarist: Lee DeWyze, a paint salesman from Chicago.

Still, Bowersox made a lasting impression on America, and even though she didn't take home the title on Wednesday, she still feels like a winner.

Earlier today, talented and driven mama talked to the press about her intuition that DeWyze would win the 'Idol' crown, her struggle with diabetes and her break-up with her boyfriend the day of the finale.

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SomethingPitchy Broadcast: The DeWyze Choice?

by Andrew Scott, posted May 27th 2010 4:51PM
Lee DeWyzeIt was a long and grueling season, but SomethingPitchy made it all the way to the end to see paint salesman Lee DeWyze be crowned the next 'American Idol.'

Did Lee actually deserve to win? That's just one of many hot-button topics on the table in this final episode of the season. Also up for discussion: Simon's farewell, the return of Paula Abdul and whether season 9 really was 'Idol''s worst season ever.

Watch the video after the jump, then be sure to check back next week for a very special bonus episode of SomethingPitchy, with 'American Idol' runner-up David Archuleta.

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Alex Lambert's Guest Blog: 'Idol' Finale and Second Chances

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 27th 2010 4:20PM
Alex LambertAlex Lambert finished in the Top 24 on this season of 'Idol.' Many viewers were shocked by his elimination and felt he'd gone too early -- enough to gain the attention of Simon Fuller, who offered Lambert a spot in the 'If I Can Dream' house.

'IICD,'
which airs 24/7 or in segments on Hulu.com, centers around a group of actors, musicians and models living together while honing their crafts and searching for fame.

Lambert, who joined
Something Pitchy's podcast last week, guest-blogged about attending the 'Idol' finale and what life has been like for him post-'Idol.'

It's been a month and a half since my run on 'American Idol' ended. Just enough time for me to be able to be there at last night's 'Idol' finale and really enjoy it without feeling too much regret.

A lot of great stars performed last night. A couple of the highlights for me, personally: I really liked Bret Michaels. I thought he was amazing, and his performance with Casey [James] was great. Janet Jackson was super hot, and it was so great to see her perform live. Also, the red carpet was legit! I got to meet a lot of people I've been dying to meet!

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Simon Cowell Receives Fond Farewell at 'Idol' Finale

by Andrew Scott, posted May 27th 2010 9:40AM
Simon CowellLee DeWyze may have won the season 9 crown last night, but it was departing judge Simon Cowell who ultimately stole the show.

From the beginning, 'Idol' made it clear that the two-hour-plus finale would be all about the notoriously candid judge, who announced at the beginning of this year that season 9 would be his last.

The show kicked off with a few pre-taped segments that chronicled Simon's best, worst and most infamous moments on the show. On tap to honor Simon were fellow-'Idol' cohorts Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres and, yes, even Paula Abdul, who recalled everything from their panel feuds to their staged kiss during a previous finale.

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Where Was David Cook Among the 'American Idol' Winners?

by Andrew Scott, posted May 26th 2010 10:40PM
Departing judge Simon Cowell was supposed to be the center of attention in the 'American Idol' season 9 finale. But ironically, it was the former 'American Idol' winners who stole the show during his special farewell tribute segment, which also featured the return of former judge Paula Abdul.

In a true show-stopping moment, winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen took to the stage to sing 'Together We Are One' by Delta Goodrem, during which they were joined by a revolving door of 'Idol' finalists that included everyone from Kimberly Caldwell to Constantine Maroulis and, yes, Justin Guarini.

Noticeably absent, though, was season 7 winner David Cook -- the only 'Idol' winner who did not take part in the group performance. According to Twitter, Cook was attending a charity event for cancer in Kansas City. An official word from Cook's camp has yet to be released.

Check out the clip after the jump.

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'American Idol' Winner 2010 Is Lee DeWyze

by Donald Deane, posted May 26th 2010 10:00PM
Who won 'American Idol' season 9? After 17 weeks of 'Idol' performances, Lee DeWyze captured the 'American Idol' crown in the finale over Crystal Bowersox.

Some fans may be mystified that DeWyze took the crown as the next 'Idol,' especially after his performances Tuesday night, where he often sang out of tune, looked uncomfortable onstage and mustered only a negligible amount of energy. Bowersox, on the other hand, did everything right and sounded terrific. And yet, DeWyze garnered the popular vote and emerged victorious.

Watch the reveal after the jump.

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Paula Abdul Returns to Bid Simon Cowell Farewell

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 26th 2010 9:33PM
Paula AbdulTonight, former judge Paula Abdul -- who left the show after last season -- returned to 'Idol' to give departing judge Simon Cowell an official goodbye.

Abdul joked a bit at the beginning, claiming the real reason she didn't return as judge was a surprised pregnancy. "There's a baby backstage with Simon's haircut, and baby, it's your turn to feed him," she quipped to Cowell.

But, she did have a few affection words for the surly British judge. "Look Simon, my darling Simon, I've worked with a lot of people over the years ... but, if I'm being truly honest, none of them holds a candle to you, my friend."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' Season 9 Finale Predictions: Who Will Win?

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 26th 2010 10:47AM


Well, the end is finally here.

The dust has settled, the last notes have faded away and Ryan Seacrest has delivered his final witty bon mot. But while there's still plenty of pomp and theatrics still to come as the show welcomes its usual array of guest performers and bids farewell to Simon Cowell, for most fans, there's only one question left: Who will win?

Of course, last night's performances would seem to favor Crystal Bowersox, who turned in some of her best work of the season while Lee DeWyze ... well, did the best he could with some songs that didn't necessarily showcase his strengths. Crystal's rendition of 'Up to the Mountain' was one of the highlights of the year, which is saying something considering Crystal has been consistently excellent right from the get go.

But we all know that the best performances don't necessarily translate into the most votes. So who has the edge?

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MJ's Take: The Final 2: It's Crystal Bowersox in a Knockout

by MJ Santilli, posted May 26th 2010 9:08AM
Let's have a moment of silence for ... the big cheesy coronation single. The biggest surprise this very last week of Idol? Instead of being handed a brand new (always awful) song to sing, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox were given the opportunity to sing a cover in competition, with the eventual winner releasing that song as the winner's single.

I complain about the dreck-filled cliche-ridden coronation singles every year. Now that they're gone? Hm. I might be missing them a little! Well, maybe not. Heh.

Crystal chose Patti Griffin's 'Up to the Mountain' -- a gorgeous song that Kelly Clarkson famously performed with Jeff Beck on the very first 'Idol Gives Back' show in season 6. Crystal nailed it, took it to church, hit it out of the ballpark. You name the cliche--she killed it. Easily the moment of the season. And, in a perfect world, that performance would seal the win for Crystal.

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'American Idol' Season 9 Finale to Have "Something ... for Everybody"

by Anna Dimond, posted May 25th 2010 10:44PM
Who will America choose? On Wednesday, 'American Idol' will crown its winner in the season 9 finale, which pits all-American Lee DeWyze against vocal powerhouse Crystal Bowersox.

With the annual red carpet glamour kicking things off Wednesday (May 26, 6PM ET on Fox), the extravaganza will feature requisite group performances with the entire top 12, as well as duets, guest performances and a bevy of other acts that have yet to be revealed.

As the flurry of preparation picks up pace, the gurus responsible for orchestrating the season's last show are working overtime to make the magic happen. "It's like summer camp," said Michael Orland, the associate music director for 'Idol.' "It is really my favorite time(of the season), because you bond so much with all the contestants, and they all go so quick. Now they're back, and it's almost like they never left."

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