Life After ‘Idol’: Ousted Contestants Naima, Thia Move On

The end is really the beginning. As last night’s eliminated contestants Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia reiterated in this morning’s exit press conference, losing on “American Idol” can turn out to be a winning proposition. In fact, the two will immediately appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” this evening. This will begin a […]

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Lauren Alaina Breaks Down Between ‘Idol’ Breaks

If you watched “American Idol” closely Thursday night, you saw a tear-drenched Lauren Alaina crying hysterically when Paul McDonald was deemed safe and Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia were sent packing in the double elimination. But, what you didn’t see was that Lauren’s waterworks started 15 minutes earlier and were quite dramatic, with several people […]

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‘American Idol’: Motown Night Earns Contestants Respect

Now, it’s up to you, America. The 11 remaining “American Idol” finalists acquitted themselves pretty well in tonight’s Motown salute, with even such seemingly left-field performers as James Durbin, Scotty McCreery and Paul McDonald tackling the soul classics with remarkable aplomb. Tomorrow night will eliminate one contestant, which is important because this summer’s live tour […]

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‘American Idol’: Karen Rodriguez Says Adios!

Karen Rodriguez went out with the same class she brought to her “American Idol” run, reprising her bilingual version of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and just missing a save from the judges’ panel, and her biggest supporter, Jennifer Lopez. The Miami-born, N.Y.-raised Rodriguez has been singing most of her life, having attended N.Y.’s Laguardia High School […]

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