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Which American Idol Alums Will Perform This Season?

Adam Lambert

American Idol will welcome several former contestants as guest performers on the show's March 15 episode. Among them? Season 8's Adam Lambert, season 10's James Durbin, and runner-up Lauren Alaina, and season 5's Chris Daughtry.
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American Idol's James Durbin Marries

Heidi Lowe and James Durbin

American Idol Season 10 finalist James Durbin wed longtime girlfriend Heidi Lowe on New Year's Eve, People reports.

The couple exchanged vows in front of 85 guests — including... read more

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Oprah

Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular (Monday-Tuesday, syndicated, check tvguide.com listings)
You didn't think the queen of daytime talk would leave the stage without a flourish, did you? In a two-episode gala taped last week at Chicago's United Center, Oprah Winfrey's historic domination of the daytime-TV landscape is celebrated with an all-star tribute that includes Aretha Franklin singing "Amazing Grace," Tom Hanks serving as... read more

American Idol's James Durbin: "Not Everything Works Out the Way You Expect it"

James Durbin

He had the most inspirational run of the season. Sensitive, soulful and passionate rocker James Durbin, 22, who was diagnosed in middle school with Tourette's syndrome and high-functioning autism, let the stage be his safe haven as he rocked his way to fourth place on American Idol. It was a shocking ouster for a contestant who's been a frontrunner from the start. Durbin's mastery of the stage was a victory over two neurological diseases that make it hard for him to socialize and control his face from twitching. It was a victory over the hurts from the outside world that used to cause him so much pain. "As I was getting older, at school, people would tell me, 'Cut that out, stop that.' I was like, 'I can't,'" Durbin said on his audition tape. "I always got made fun of and beat up. I was just lost."

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American Idol Backstage Report: James Durbin's Painful Goodbye

James Durbin

It wasn't supposed to happen this way: James Durbin, standing on the American Idol stage, in tears because he was being sent home. Before tonight, if you asked anyone on the production staff who they thought would win the whole thing, the answer would almost invariably be James. And if you asked any of the press who cover the show in person, or studio audience members, week after week, who they thought would be in the finals, James would always be one of the two names.

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American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 3 Revealed

Ryan Seacrest

A record-setting 72 million votes were cast to determine which three American Idol singers would be become hometown heroes and which singer would, in the immortal words of Ryan Seacrest, "just be going home." But that poor, non-heroic person was a bit of a shock. So, who is headed home as the shame of his or her hometown? (Seriously, producers, let's not pretend that all of these kids aren't famous, OK? ) Let's find out... read more

American Idol Backstage Report: James Durbin's Not Gaga for Gaga

James Durbin

It was a night of hot tempers and one very uncomfortable close encounter: James Durbin, who was less than thrilled at being man-handled by Lady Gaga.

Preparing at the recording ...
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American Idol Episode Recap: The Final Four Perform

Hayley Reinhart

Wednesday's American Idol reminds us that this week's vote will decide which singers get to go "home as heroes." I personally think they'll all go home pretty famous, but I won't get into that now. In any case, to win those all-important votes, the singers must sing songs that inspire them before diving into the songbook of Leiber and Stoller, who wrote many hits in the post-World War II era. And who is the best person to guide the wannabes through that classic song book? Lady Gaga! Yeah, I don't get the connection either, but Gaga is in the house. So, who was the best? Let's find out.... read more

Lady Gaga to Mentor Idol's Final Four

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga will mentor the remaining four American Idol finalists next week, Fox announced Friday.

Gaga will join Jimmy Iovine in the studio to help Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart prepare to sing songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Reinhart performed the singer's unreleased track "You and Me" on Wednesday.

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American Idol Backstage Report: James Durbin's Emotional Night

James Durbin

During American Idol rehearsals this week, James Durbin had no trouble keeping his emotions in check singing the emotionally wrenching "Without You." Doing several takes, he brought out the gentle side of his voice and then hit the high notes hard. It was moving, but rehearsed in a very professional, matter-of-fact ...
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