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Idol's Kara DioGuardi Marries, Calls Wedding "Unbelievable"

Kara DioGuardi with Mike McCuddy

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi married teacher-turned-general contractor Mike McCuddy on Sunday afternoon.

The couple, who got engaged on December 8 while vacationing in Mexico, exchanged vows in front of about 30 guests at the United Methodist Church in Prospect, Maine.

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"What was most unbelievable about the experience was when I looked out at the church and saw all these people that were so important to me and Mike," DioGuardi told ... read more

Idol Rich: Is Simon Cowell Worth $144 Million a Year?

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell could command a salary of $108 million to $144 million if he continues with American Idol beyond the coming season, according to a British newspaper.

Cowell, who serves as the most polarizing — and thus the most entertaining — judge on the Fox hit has been offered "three to four times" his current annual appearance fee of $36 million, a source close to Idol executive producer Simon Fuller tells the U.K.'s The Guardian.

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Adam Lambert Speaks Out Against Pre-Idol Recordings

Adam Lambert

Before you download Adam Lambert's new single, "Want," on iTunes, there's something the American Idol runner-up would like you to know.

"Back in 2005, when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else," Lambert said in a statement. "I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on."

"Want" — which leaked on the Internet last week — will be packaged with other old tracks and released as an album this summer titled On with the Show. The 11 tracks were recorded ... read more

Ryan Seacrest: Keeping American Idol Pitch-Perfect Isn't Easy

Ryan Seacrest

For four months out of every year, Ryan Seacrest acts as ringmaster of TV's No. 1-rated program, American Idol. And while he makes the hosting of a twice-weekly live show watched by tens of millions seem easy, make no mistake: There's a method to managing the madness. As the July 16 announcement of Emmy nominations nears — Seacrest scored a nod during last year's debut of the Reality Host category — invited the Atlanta native to share a look inside his Idol world.

We've got the results of his Q&A... right after this jump. read more

Idol's Carly Smithson Teams Up with Ex-Evanescence Members

Carly Smithson

Chris Daughtry turned down Fuel. Adam Lambert turned down Queen (for now). But Carly Smithson said yes to Evanescence — or to most of them, at least.

The Season 7 American Idol finalist has teamed up with three former members of Evanescence to front a new rock band called The Fallen, the Los Angeles Times reports. The lineup includes Ben Moody, Rocky Gray, John Lecompt — all of whom were in Evanescence — and Marty O'Brian, who was not in the group.

"I'm excited to be able to ...
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Idol's Seacrest: I Have Every Confidence Paula and Kara Will Return

Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has every confidence that both Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi will ink new deals to continue on as judges for Season 9.

"I do. I don't have any reason to believe otherwise," Seacrest told on Thursday.

After all, is it even really Idol without unpredictable Paula? "For me, no," Seacrest said. "I love having Paula on the show. She has become a very good friend."

In recent weeks, Abdul has been juggling exploratory meetings about headlining a Las Vegas show ... read more

Terri Seymour Wins Restraining Order Against Idol Attacker

Terri Seymour and Simon Cowell

Terri Seymour won a restraining order against the woman who choked her after the American Idol finale.

After a hearing in Santa Monica, court records show that a judge granted Seymour, Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend, a three-year order ... read more

Idol's Bo Bice Expecting Baby No. 3

Bo Bice and Caroline Merrin Fisher

American Idol alum Bo Bice has great expectations for the new year — namely the arrival of this third child with his wife, Caroline.

"American Idol has a new ...
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Kris Allen "Flattered" By Adam Lambert's Crush

Kris Allen and Adam Lambert

American Idol champ Kris Allen says he is "flattered" that runner-up and former Idol roommate Adam Lambert found his good looks "distracting."

"I'm flattered," Allen told People. "And think it's hilarious."

In the same Rolling Stone interview in which he said he's gay, Lambert described his reaction to the news that he would be rooming with Allen: "I was like, 'Oh, s--t, they put me ...
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Idol's Allison Iraheta Signs Record Deal, But What About Gokey?

Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert

And on the third day, 19 Recordings signed... the fourth-place finisher. Following Monday's and Tuesday's one-two punch of record deals for American Idol champ Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert, Idol top 4 finalist Allison Iraheta landed one of her own with 19/Jive Records on Wednesday.

"I think I'm still in shock that ...
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