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American Idol Alum's Stepdaughter Killed
Chris Daughtry's
Hanged Herself


Chris Daughtry's Stepdaughter Hanged Herself

Family reveals Hannah Price committed suicide

(Newser) - Update: Hannah Price, the stepdaughter of American Idol alum Chris Daughtry, died by suicide, according to a new statement from her family cited by People . The 25-year-old was under the influence of narcotics when she hanged herself, her family says. From the time she was young, Price struggled with her...

Clay Aiken Wants to Make History With 2nd Run for Congress

'American Idol' star would be first openly gay lawmaker from the South

(Newser) - Reality TV star Clay Aiken is taking another shot at running for Congress—and this time, if he wins the Democratic primary, he'll have a strong chance of making it to Washington. The 43-year-old of American Idol fame said Monday that he is planning a run in North Carolina'...

American Idol Finalist Exits After Video Scandal

Caleb Kennedy says video does not actually show what it appears to show

(Newser) - The American Idol top five is down to the top four after a disturbing video of former finalist Caleb Kennedy surfaced on social media. In the Snapchat video, which the New York Post has, Kennedy is seen sitting next to someone wearing what appears to be a KKK hood. Though...

American Idol Contestant Speaks Out After Surprise Exit

Wyatt Pike posts on Instagram that he left show for 'personal reasons'

(Newser) - Paula Abdul coming back as a guest judge hasn't been the only recent surprise on American Idol. On Monday, during the ABC program's first live show of the season, host Ryan Seacrest made an unexpected announcement that one of the singing competition's lead contenders, Wyatt Pike, who'...

Idol Premiere Features a High-Profile Audition

Claudia Conway will be on Sunday's show

(Newser) - It's official: Claudia Conway will appear on the upcoming season of American Idol, a teaser for which was released Monday. The trailer features Conway, the daughter of former President Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway and Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway, introducing herself to judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel...

She Finished 3rd on the First Idol, Now Dead at 42

Nikki McKibbin had an aneurysm last week, donated her organs

(Newser) - Nikki McKibbin, the third-place finalist from the first season of American Idol, died Sunday at age 42. "The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday," her husband Craig Sadler posted on Facebook on Saturday. "She would already be gone, but she's an...

Katy Perry Under Fire for Forcing Kiss on Idol Contestant

Some are calling the move 'predatory'

(Newser) - Katy Perry is in hot water for forcing a kiss on an American Idol contestant—and not just any kiss, but his first ever. Benjamin Glaze of Oklahoma, now 20, was 19 when he auditioned for Idol last October and revealed to judges before starting in on his song that...

Familiar Face Officially Returns to American Idol

Ryan Seacrest will again serve as host

(Newser) - A familiar face is officially returning to American Idol when it re-launches on ABC . The network has confirmed Ryan Seacrest will be back to host the reality competition, USA Today reports. Seacrest hosted the show on Fox from its launch in 2002 to its retirement in 2016, Deadline reports, calling...

Less Than a Year After It Left, American Idol Is Back

It's on a different network this time, though

(Newser) - Turns out all that fanfare over the end of American Idol was a bit premature. The singing competition is coming back after all, just not on its original network. ABC will revive the show next season after reportedly outbidding NBC and Fox (which canceled it last year due in part...

After 15 Years, American Idol Crowns Final Winner

Obama had message for series finale

(Newser) - The first American Idol finale in 2002 was a battle of the sexes, with Kelly Clarkson the victor over Justin Guarini. The last contest settled the score as Trent Harmon defeated La'Porsha Renae for the crown, the AP reports. Harmon tumbled to the stage in surprise as host Ryan...

Mariah Carey Says Idol Was 'Worst' Thing She's Done

So no, she won't be back

(Newser) - To say Mariah Carey did not love her experience as an American Idol judge would be a bit of an understatement. "That was the worst experience of my life," Carey said in a recent interview on Australia's Kyle and Jackie O radio show picked up by ETOnline...

Show's Over for American Idol

The coming 15th season will be its last

(Newser) - Fox is lowering the curtain on American Idol, ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood. The network announced today that the reality competition will go off the air after its 15th and final season...

Randy Jackson Leaving American Idol

Only original cast member left is Ryan Seacrest

(Newser) - Fox and the producers of American Idol say Randy Jackson is leaving the show after 13 seasons. In a statement yesterday, the network and producers call Jackson a key part of the singing contest and say he'll be welcomed back as a visitor. Jackson, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul...

'American Idol' Contestant, 32, Dies of Cancer

Joanne Borgella fought endometrial cancer

(Newser) - Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died yesterday at the age of 32, after a lengthy fight with endometrial cancer, reports Fox . Her family lamented her "great loss" via a Facebook post: "At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since...

American Idol Alum Dead at 35
 American Idol 
 Alum Dead at 35 

American Idol Alum Dead at 35

Aussie Michael Johns competed in 2008

(Newser) - Michael Johns, the Australian singer who appeared on the seventh season of American Idol, has died at the age of 35, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Johns was voted off the show in what the AP calls an "eighth-round stunner" in 2008, having never finished in the show's bottom...

China Rations 'Vulgar' Foreign-Inspired Shows

Idol out, 'morality-building programs' in

(Newser) - Television in China is about to take either a great leap forward or a big step backward, depending on how you feel about reality TV. Shows inspired by the likes of American Idol are massive hits for satellite broadcasters in China but authorities are bringing in tough new regulations limiting...

New Idol Judges: Connick, JLo
 New Idol Judges: Connick, JLo 
fox confirms rumors

New Idol Judges: Connick, JLo

Fox confirms casting rumors

(Newser) - After a weekend's worth of rumors , Fox announced today that Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez will join Keith Urban as judges for the 13th season of American Idol, in the hopes that that line-up will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did...

Randy Jackson Leaving Idol After 12 Years

His 3 fellow judges might be joining him

(Newser) - Jackson out. Randy Jackson, the lone original American Idol judge, says he won't be returning to the Fox talent competition. "To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol, I have decided to leave after this season," Jackson said...

The 10 Most Loaded Reality Stars

Obviously, Kim Kardashian is on the list

(Newser) - If you just hate the idea that someone can let a camera crew follow them around and end up a millionaire, do not read on. Celebuzz rounds up the 10 richest reality stars:
  • Kim Kardashian: Not only is she one of the richest reality stars, she's also the second

Ex-Idol Hopefuls to Feds: Show Is Racist

Contestants seek equal-opportunity investigation: lawyer

(Newser) - Nine former American Idol contestants say race was a factor in their exits from the show—and they're asking federal officials to investigate. Hopefuls ranging from the second season's Corey Clark to the ninth season's Chris Golightly are involved in the request. They say the show highlighted...

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