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Toby Keith is 'American Country Awards' Artist of the Decade (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:15AM
Toby Keith, 'American Country Awards'It was a big night for Toby Keith at the 'American Country Awards' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX), as he took home honors not just for work he's done in the past year, but over the past decade. Co-hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth were on hand to bestow upon Keith the Artist of the Decade Award, but Keith's good buddy Stephen Colbert couldn't miss out on the opportunity, sending kudos from his desk at 'The Colbert Report.'

It was only the second year of the fan-voted country music competition, but the stars weren't shy at showing up to the sophomore event. Fan support certainly helped former 'American Idol' contestants from the first season to now.

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Nigel Lythgoe Says No Big Changes Planned for 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 8:00AM
With the Season 11 premiere only a few weeks away, 'American Idol' boss Nigel Lythgoe has released a new promo video (watch it after the jump) and talked about his plans for the show.

After all the upheaval surrounding Season 10 after the departure of Simon Cowell and the most of the judging panel, Lythgoe says he's done changing the show around. He told the AP "I think we made a lot of tweaks last year. I'm not sure that we want to make too many more tweaks this year."

Lythgoe acknowledged that the biggest change he made to the show in Season 10, which was to stop making contestants sing in styles other than their own, had been a game-changer. It produced the first country winner since 2005, and made it possible for contestants like Casey Abrams to go further in the competition than they might have done otherwise.

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Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Flub Their Lines on Thanksgiving (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 5:30AM
Scotty McCreery, 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade This year, we're betting that 'American Idol' stars Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are mostly thankful that turkey day is firmly behind them. The Season 10 winner and runner-up both had pretty bad experiences yesterday.

An estimated 50 million viewers were watching as country crooner McCreery was revealed to be lip-syncing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Meanwhile, Alaina can now join the pantheon of singers -- yes, we mean you Christina Aguilera, Cyndia Lauper and ... um ... Scotty McCreery -- who've flubbed the national anthem on live TV.

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Taylor Flirts With 'Idol' Alum Ace Young at Daughter's Party on 'Real Housewives' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:30AM
Ace Young, 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'Taylor and Russell certainly spared no expense for Kennedy's fifth birthday on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Mon., 9PM ET on Bravo). It's a good thing the cameras were rolling, too, because I certainly don't remember my fifth birthday party.

If you're going so far as to have a former 'American Idol' alum write a song for her, you want her to be able to remember it. Or at least stick in the DVD and rewatch it.

Taylor seemed to enjoy Ace Young's presence at the festivities even more than she loves his song -- and she cried the first time she heard that. "If you were any cuter," she started. "You're killing me right now!"

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Simon Cowell Explains 'The X Factor' Tutor Phase (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 12th 2011 6:15PM
Now that 'The X Factor' has moved past its 'Idol'-inspired laugh-at-the-weird people stage, it's beginning its 'The Voice'-inspired mentor phase, where the contenders will be split into 4 groups, each to be tutored by one of the show's judges. On 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 7AM PT on FOX) Cowell explained what the show is looking for in its champion.

"You've got to find somebody and you've gotta show how you can turn them into a real winner in the real world. Not within a competition, 'cuz someone's always going to win a show, somebody you can say ... we helped make this person into a star," he explained.

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'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Brings His Southern Twang to 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 3rd 2011 5:00PM
Reigning 'American Idol' champ Scotty McCreery may not be turning 18 for another week, but he's already got the deep Southern twang of a seasoned country star. McCreery made an appearance on 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) to talk about the upcoming milestone and performed his song 'The Trouble With Girls.'

In the next few months, McCreery will be singing the National Anthem at Game 1 of the World Series and going on the road with Brad Paisley. Five days after his CD comes out, he turns 18. "We're actually going to have a big concert, CD release birthday bash," he told Ann Curry.

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Casey Abrams Acknowledges He Was Too Weird for 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Sep 28th 2011 5:00PM

'American Idol' fan favorite Casey Abrams checked in with 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) to talk about the 'Idols Summer Tour' and perform a very 'Casey' interpretation of the Rob Thomas/Santana song 'Smooth.'

He reported that all of the former 'Idol' contestants were getting along well on the tour. "More than you'd imagine," he said. "James Durbin got us into wrestling ... watching it, we weren't doing it."

Casey's eclectic style, which is a little rock and a lot of jazz, got him all the way to the Top 6 in Season 10, but he didn't connect with everyone. When Dorothy Lucey asked him if he thought he was too weird for 'Idol,' he concurred. "I feel ... yes, yeah. A little too much, you know?"

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Pia Toscano Says She and Mark Ballas Are 'Good Friends,' Performs 'This Time' on 'GDNY' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 24th 2011 3:00PM
Former 'American Idol' contestant Pia Toscano on 'Good Day New York'Former 'American Idol' contestant Pia Toscano released her debut single, 'This Time,' in July, but what the 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) crew mainly wanted to talk to her about was her relationship with musician and 'Dancing With the Stars' pro Mark Ballas. It's been rumored the pair are dating, but they've denied it.

Toscano said she and Ballas were busy, and just friends. "I'm on tour right now, he's starting his season, we're both very supportive of each other, he's got a wonderful album out," she said. "We're just doing out thing, we're focusing on our careers and we're good friends."

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'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Announces Debut Album Title & Release Date

by AOL Music Staff, posted Aug 13th 2011 3:00PM
Scotty McCreery'American Idol' fans, make sure to pencil in a very important event on Oct. 4: AOL TV sister site The Boot reports that's the day 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery will release his debut album, 'Clear as Day.'

Though a track list has not yet been revealed, we do know that Scotty's breakout hit, 'I Love You This Big,' will be on the album. The tune made Billboard history earlier this year, leaving the North Carolina native pleasantly shocked.

"That's very humbling for me," he told The Boot. "Just a week after 'Idol,' I heard about it in an interview and I was taken aback. I'm looking forward to what else I can do, if I can work my tail off to get there! If I can break another record, we'll see, but I've gotta just work, work work."

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Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery Dish on Life After 'Idol'

by The Boot Staff / Wire Services, posted Aug 7th 2011 8:00AM

Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreeryAfter this year's 'American Idol' finalists Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery made the top two, life has changed for the teenagers in the last few months. Scotty was named this year's 'American Idol' winner, and Lauren the runner-up, and both have been focusing entirely on their careers ever since. First, they kicked off the American Idols LIVE! Tour with fellow finalists from the year, and now they're working on their debut albums. AOL TV's friends at The Boot sat down with both Scotty and Lauren before the Nashville stop of the trek to get the scoop on their rapid rise to fame, along with Lauren's recovery from her big fall.


Where were you this time last year?
Scotty: At this time last year, I would have been on the baseball field. We have spring ball for the school, and summer ball, getting ready for the school. So, I would have been on the baseball field pitching away.

And where are you a year later?
Scotty: Yesterday, I was in the studio, working away and recording some songs for the new album. We've got two or three done. I've definitely been writing. For this album, I don't think any of my original stuff will be on it, because it's happened so quick for me, and it's rapid-fire. We're definitely still writing and jamming out on the bus.

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Jordin Sparks Talks About Her Post-'Idol' Career with Kathie Lee and Hoda (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 27th 2011 1:40PM
Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Jordin Sparks on 'Today'Jordin Sparks hasn't had much time to sit back and reflect on her 2007 'American Idol' win. She's been too busy releasing albums, touring large venues with other pop acts, and appearing in the Tony-winning Broadway musical, 'In the Heights.' But Sparks came up for air long enough on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to look back on the wild ride she's been on for the past four years.

"It seems like forever, but at the same time, it seems like only yesterday," she said. "And I think about it and it's like, almost five years, and I'm just like, I can't believe it." Sparks said she loved working on Broadway and would do it again if the right project popped up. Of course, she'd have to fit that in between tours to support her music. "I just finished in July, but it's like, I'm just like the Energizer bunny," she said, "I just keep going and going and going and going and going. It's insane."

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Clay Aiken Takes the Stand in a Mail-Order Bride Scam on 'Drop Dead Diva' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 25th 2011 3:10PM
Clay Aiken guest stars on 'Drop Dead Diva'Former 'American Idol' finalist Clay Aiken got to try out his acting chops Sunday on 'Drop Dead Diva' (Sundays, 9PM on Lifetime), playing a witness in a case of a mail-order-bride scam. Aiken played Tyler, the former husband of Irina, the mail-order bride in question. Grayson and Kim were representing Hank the Bailiff, who once had a crush on Jane and was dumped by Irina.

Grayson and Kim were suspicious when they interviewed Tyler, finding out that he left Irina on good terms. She didn't max out his credit cards and returned the engagement ring. "I felt terrible, but after a couple of months I just realized she wasn't right for me," said Tyler.

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Jennifer Lopez Close to Renewing Her 'American Idol' Contract

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 25th 2011 6:45AM
Jennifer LopezIt seems as though the game of cat and mouse that Jennifer Lopez has been playing with 'American Idol' execs all summer may soon be at an end.

According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' Lopez is close to signing a deal that will bring her back to the 'American Idol' judging panel for at least one more season.

When Lopez's original one-year contract -- estimated at $12 million -- expired back in May she said she was "on the fence" about committing to the series for another season, and she's been pitching her own TV talent show to networks.

'Idol' execs, in return, then let it be known that they were lining up possible replacements should they be unable to lure her back.

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'American Idol' Creator Sues Over 'The X Factor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 2:00PM
Simon Cowell, Simon FullerFirst a booted judge and now a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The drama with 'The X Factor' has reached new heights -- before the show even premieres. Simon Fuller, creator of 'American Idol,' is suing Fox and Fremantle North America -- producer of both shows -- for a stake in 'The X Factor.'

"Today Simon Fuller filed a legal complaint against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantle in the State of California over their refusal to honor a 2005 contract that granted Mr. Fuller an executive producer credit and fees on the 'X Factor' television program in the US. Mr. Fuller has prudently attempted to settle this matter privately but the other parties have refused to honor the original contract leaving him no other choice but to pursue legal action," Fuller's publicist said in a statement to Deadline.

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Clay Aiken's Son Won't Let Him Sing in the House (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 18th 2011 6:45PM
Clay Aiken says his son doesn't like ot hear him sing on 'The Talk'Enough people liked Clay Aiken's singing in 2003 to make him the runner up on 'American Idol.' If his son Parker had been born then, it sounds like he would have voted for Ruben Studdard. Aiken said Monday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, Syndicated on CBS) that Parker, who turns three in August, doesn't like it when his dad sings around the house. And it kind of hurts his feelings.

"If I sing in the house he gets upset and tells me to be quiet," said Aiken. "Or if I sing along with the TV, 'Don't sing.'" The odd part is, when they get into the car, Parker loves to hear his dad's CD. "Which is so much more miserable for me," said Aiken. "I would rather sing than have to hear myself. I don't want to listen to myself. But he's very insistent, so I listen to myself a lot more in the car than I care to."

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