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American Idol Lowers Entry Age

Ryan Seacrest

American Idol is getting younger.

Beginning with Season 10, contestants can be between 15 and 28 years old, a year younger than in previous seasons, Fox announced Monday.

Bret Michaels, American Idol apprentice?

"A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16," executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said. "Lowering the age limit allows us to ... read more

Poll: Should Bret Michaels Replace Simon Cowell on American Idol?

Bret Michaels

Is Bret Michaels heading back to American Idol — as a judge?

The Poison rocker told the crowd at his Biloxi, Miss., show Friday that he was in the running to replace Simon Cowell.

Bret Michaels to appear on American Idol finale

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Lee DeWyze's 5 Techniques of Winning American Idol

Lee DeWyze

While he may have been assailed as a play-it-safe type, Lee DeWyze went on to be crowned American Idol's Season 9 winner. Backstage after the finale, DeWyze shared his five techniques to make it through the competition:

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Idol's Crystal Bowersox: "I Feel Like I've Won Because Lee Won"

Crystal Bowersox

American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox still feels like she won.

American Idol finale: And the winner is ...

"I feel like I've won because Lee [DeWyze] won, and I have such respect for him as an artist and a human being," Bowersox said backstage after the finale. "Both of us are going to have very successful careers and... read more

American Idol Alums Say Farewell to Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

After nine seasons at the judges' table, Simon Cowell said goodbye to American Idol on Tuesday's finale. His snarky critiques and cheeky British candor captured the attention of... read more

Bret Michaels to Appear on American Idol Finale

Bret Michaels

Celebrity Apprentice winner Bret Michaels will make a surprise cameo on the American Idol season finale, a source tells

Michaels, 47, beat Holly Robinson Peete for... read more

Paula Abdul May Return for American Idol Season Finale

Paula Abdul

Nearly a year after her last appearance on American Idol, Paula Abdul may return.

A network source told it's likely that the former judge will return for... read more

Eliminated Idol Aaron Kelly: My Age Wasn't a Factor

Though the judges pointed out repeatedly that Aaron Kelly was the youngest American Idol finalist, the 17-year-old singer insists that it didn't affect his chances in the competition.

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"I don't feel any different than any of the other contestants going in there," says Kelly, who attended high school classes while being on the show.

Unfortunately, Sinatra Week was Kelly's downfall when he couldn't connect with Old Blue Eyes' "In Other Words." (He says even mentor Harry Connick Jr. didn't understand the lyrics.)

Eliminated Idol Tim Urban: I created a perfect storm

For Kelly's thoughts on how to save Idol, watch our video Q&A below:

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Eliminated Idol Tim Urban: I Created a Perfect Storm

Tim Urban, American Idol

Tim Urban knows he was the butt of a lot of jokes this season, and the recently eliminated American Idol singer is OK with that.

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Urban, who was cut during Hollywood Week but brought back when another semifinalist was disqualified, says cynics and bloggers had their stories written for them before he even finished his first — as Simon Cowell would say, dreadful — performance.

"I feel like I created the perfect storm for Internet buzz," Urban tells "I was the alternate who went out the first week and just tanked it. ... I created a storyline right there at the start."

But Urban says it was the drive to change that storyline that helped him make it to the finals and all the way to a seventh-place finish ... read more

American Idol's Top 10 Hit the Road This July

American Idol Top Ten

American Idol is still a month away from crowning the Season 9 champ, but the top 10 finalists' summer tour is already taking shape.

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The dates for the "American Idols Live!" tour... read more

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