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American Idol Rocks Out

American Idol turned the amps up to 11 Wednesday night, with the Top 7 finalists performing classic rock songs. And the best part of the evening? No ballads allowed! The night also included cute, funny videos of the contestants describing each other, which gave us these fun tidbits: Kree Harrison is the mom of the group, Burnell Taylor's laugh probably damages his vocal chords, and Angie Miller may hold the world record for speed-clapping when she's excited. The contestants seem to be coming together like one big happy family, but of course this is still a competition at heart, so let's get to the performances:

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American Idol: Why Lazaro's Got to Go

The reality show gods bestowed a gift upon American Idol this season, and his name was Lazaro Arbos. A chronic stutterer who grew up a bullied loner because of his speech pattern, but whose voice is smooth as butter when he sings, the handsome 21-year-old's backstory is the type of reality producers' dreams...read more

Nicki Minaj to Eliminated Idol Contestants: Be Gracious

Even after contestants are sent home from American Idol, they apparently still get feedback from judge Nicki Minaj.

Minaj went on a Twitter rant Friday after Devin Velez was eliminated Thursday night because the judges opted not to use their one save of the season on him. "America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over. "Saves" are bullsh-- and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year," Minaj tweeted Friday.

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Curtis Finch Jr: Road to Hollywood
Josh Jada Davila: Road to Hollywood
Andrew Jones: Road to Hollywood
Dan Wood: Road to Hollywood

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Year Title Description
2013 Access Hollywood: Episode Episode, Performer
2002 American Idol TV Show Series, Reality Cast Member

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American Idol: Who Was Sent Home?

The girls continued their domination on another American Idol elimination night Thursday, and the judges actually had to debate at length for once about whether or not to use their save. Did someone get sent home? Keep reading to find out.

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American Idol: Which Contestant(s) Were Told to "Get Off the Stage"?

Have the guys just given up on American Idol? After all, judge Nicki Minaj has said publicly that the guys have no shot at winning, and Randy Jackson has hinted as much during the shows. And a group number by the three remaining guys in the competition — Lazaro Arbos, Devin Velez and Burnell Taylor — to close the evening could only be described as an act of resignation.

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American Idol: Another Finalist Eliminated, and Jimmy Iovine Scolds the Judges

The field of finalists was narrowed to eight on American Idol Thursday, but before any of the results were read, mentor Jimmy Iovine had some feedback of his own for the judges, whom he essentially said were being way too soft on the contestants at this stage in the competition.

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American Idol: Is the Pressure Getting to Lazaro?

Wednesday was Lennon/McCartney night on American Idol, with the Top 9 hopefuls choosing songs from the Beatles' songbook to perform. Aside from making us feel like dinosaurs because several of the singers had never heard the songs they were performing before (Kids these days!!), the theme night gave the contestants the difficult task of putting their own spin on songs many viewers (of a certain age) hold near and dear to their hearts.

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American Idol: Who Was Sent Home?

The first elimination of American Idol's Season 12 happened Thursday night, after much fluff and fanfare wrangled into order by host Ryan Seacrest. Who was sent home? Keep reading to find out.

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