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'American Idol' exit Q&A with Elise Testone: 'I really didn't expect to go today' -- VIDEO

Elise Testone, the 28-year-old rock and soul crooner from South Carolina, had mixed feelings about being eliminated Thursday night. On the one hand, she told EW that she was surprised to be sent home after her rendition of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Bold as Love.” “I felt completely successful [with] that performance in every aspect,” said Testone, “[including] the outfit, the singing, and having my bandmate onstage with me.”

On the other hand, Testone wasn’t about to dwell on her elimination. “I accepted what happened to me as soon as it happened,” she said. “I just thought, ‘What’s next? What am I going to do now?'” To hear about Testone’s plans for the future, check out EW’s video exit Q&A with the singer below.

As for the results show itself, the most memorable moment actually occurred during a commercial break. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' scoop: Coldplay to perform on May 3 results show

This week, the American Idol finalists paid homage to Queen, arguably the original arena rock band. Next week, another band known to pack in an arena or two will take to the Idol stage for the first time: Coldplay.

EW has learned the British foursome will perform during the May 3 results show (Fox, 8 p.m.). They’ll almost certainly play a song from their latest album, the day-glo Mylo Xyloto, and frontman Chris Martin will almost definitely spastically dance around the stage. So watch those hands, swaybots!

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Next Wednesday (April 25), Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen will perform in a group number with the top 6 finalists on a Queen-themed performance show.  Season 5, the year of Taylor Hicks, was the last time American Idol featured Queen songs. On next Thursday’s results show, the official touring Queen tribute, The Queen Extravaganza, will perform the classic hit “Somebody to Love.” Katy Perry and season 10 alum Stefano Langone will also appear. (Listen to Langone’s new single “On A Roll,” featuring New Boyz and Rock Mafia, at


Current American Idol champ Scotty McCreery has been nominated for two Billboard Awards, including Top New Artist and Top Country Album, for his platinum selling debut, Clear as Day.  Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is set to perform. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' exit interview: 'I was expecting it' -- VIDEO

When American Idol fan favorite Colton Dixon placed in the bottom three for the first time, the rowdy room that had party rocked with LMFAO minutes earlier fell silent. You could hear pins drop (the ones so recently used to pop balloons from the group number). Next jaws dropped, followed by gasps, boos, a supportive sister’s tears, and the swish of Jennifer Lopez’s ponytail as she shook her head in disbelief. Rumor has it a journalist let out a scream in the press room when her favorite was revealed as the lowest vote getter of the final seven. Even former winners Kris Allen and Taylor Hicks informed us afterwards that they didn’t see Dixon’s fall from favor coming.

One person who wasn’t shocked? Colton Dixon himself. He knew much earlier that he was in trouble. He nodded knowingly toward Phillip Phillips when Ryan Seacrest called Skylar Laine and Elise Testone to the center of the stage to announce which songstress would fill the second stool of shame. Anyone in the audience who wasn’t watching the girls on their way to judgment could have seen the deflation in the 20-year-old’s body language. READ FULL STORY

Ryan Seacrest will host 'Fox's 25th Anniversary Special' on April 22

Fox announced today that Ryan Seacrest — American Idol host, national radio personality, television producer, celestial mouthpiece, and soon-to-be Olympics team member — will host Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, airing Sunday, April 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

House‘s Hugh Laurie, The Simpsons‘ Kelsey Grammer, and In Living Color‘s Tommy Davidson will be joining a slate of previously announced Fox family members for the two-hour special that the network promises “will showcase our hits, our misses, and everything in between.”

It’ll be reunion time for the casts of That ’70s Show, Married…With Children, Beverly Hills, 90210, and The X Files. Also slated to appear: All three American Idol judges (expect Randy Jackson to yell “Ryan’s gotta have it, Ryan!” during the show), all three Wayans brothers, Kiefer Sutherland from 24 and Touch, Ally McBeal‘s Calista Flockhart, and Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad.

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The Week in 'American Idol': New Daughtry video, a Lee DeWyze preview, Stefano Langone coming home, and more

It’s another homecoming for an American Idol season 10 alum: Stefano Langonereveals to E! Online, that he’s scheduled to perform his new single,  “I’m On A Roll” on the Thursday, April 26 American Idol results show. “I’m a little nervous but so excited for the opportunity,” says Stefano about his return. “It will be almost a year to the day since I was last on.” The single drops on iTunes April 24. Hollywood Records is planning to release Stefano’s debut album this summer.


Daughtry’s new single, “Outta My Head” now has a brand new music video (embedded below), which features frontman, and season 5 Idol alum, Chris Daughtry stalking a beautiful woman across town. (Hey…isn’t the guy married?) Don’t be alarmed— the video concludes with a very cute twist. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' exit Q&A with DeAndre Brackensick: 'I have a lot of love for Jimmy' -- VIDEO

Minutes before he was kicked off of American Idol, DeAndre Brackensick was dancing with fellow bottom-two dweller Elise Testone as if he hadn’t a care in the world. Backstage after the show, he repeatedly told press that he had a feeling he might go home, and he chose to sing Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster” because he wanted to go out with an upbeat number that let him end things quite literally on a high note. (You can check out EW’s video exit Q&A with the golden-maned teenage crooner below.)

It was that kind of night at American Idol in general — breezy and untroubled and maybe a little rote. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' week in news: Haley Reinhart sings opening day national anthem, Scotty McCreery heads off to college


Fall behind keeping up with headlines on Twitter? Never fear, has your round-up of this week’s biggest American Idol news.

Baseball stadiums across the nation are hosting opening day for their respective teams, and that means you may see one of your favorite Idol alums out on the field singing the national anthem. On Thursday, that honor went to season 10 Idol, Haley Reinhart, who sang a beautiful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” before the Detroit Tigers home opener against the Boston Red Sox. (Click on the photo below to see her performance.) READ FULL STORY

Kellie Pickler set for 'American Idol' return

Just when American Idol fans believed they would have to be content with a performance from Brit boy band The Wanted, and the premiere of J.Lo’s “Dance Again,” there’s news that Idol alum Kellie Pickler will bring her special brand of spunk to this week’s Idol results show. Kellie excitedly tweeted the good news to her fans on Twitter yesterday: “…I’LL BE SINGING ON THE STAGE THAT IT ALL STARTED ON, AMERICAN IDOL!! YEEE-HAW!! :) :) :)”

The season 5 Idol will perform “Where’s Tammy Wynette” from her critically acclaimed third studio album, 100 Proof on the Fox show, this Thursday. EW‘s Ray Rahman, called 100 Proof  her “meatiest, most adventurous output yet.”

“Packing for American Idol…so excited! :-),” Pickler tweeted today. Will her travel list include her red high heels?

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Ryan Seacrest joins NBC team for Olympics coverage

In an expected move, Ryan Seacrest announced this morning on Today that he’d be part of NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage.

As for other announcements? Say, Seacrest’s possible future at the morning talker, the American Idol host was as cagey as you might expect, joking that there had been “conversations” about possibly filling in for Al Roker as weather man. “I see you doing this as long as you want to,” he said when Matt Lauer asked if he saw a possible future at the Today show. “So maybe the question is how long will you be on the Today show? Because fans and I think you should be here for years to come.”

“I think you’d be great at this job,” Lauer added.

Regardless of his future plans at NBC, Seacrest said he plans to stay with American Idol and expects an official announcement soon.

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Official: Fox orders 'Take Me Out' dating show from 'Idol' producers

Fox will debut its new dating show called Take Me Out on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The show, from producers behind American Idol and The X Factor, is adapted from a U.K. original. It follows 30 women looking for the man of their dreams in front of a studio audience. (No pressure!) In four rounds, the ladies meet a slew of suitors and can choose to keep a light on, signifying their spark for the guy is still there, or turn it off when the attraction fizzles. News of the deal was first reported by

After several rounds, the bachelor with the most women still interested in him gets to turn the tables, asking two women one make-or-break question. The winning woman immediately joins her suitor for a romantic getaway while the remaining 29 ladies stick around for another week and another chance at love. No host has been announced.

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'American Idol' week in news: Kelly Clarkson takes requests, Scotty McCreery goes platinum, and more

Fall behind keeping up with headlines on Twitter? Never fear, has your round-up of this week’s biggest American Idol news.

Season 7 Idol alum, and Smash star, Katharine McPhee, recently headed to Africa with the charity Malaria No More. She traveled to Ghana and then to Burkina Faso to distribute bed nets. During her stay, she visited a school in Ouagadougou that her own outreach project, McPhee Outreach, helped build.

Can’t wait for more music from season 10 alum Haley Reinhart? The third-place finisher performed a new song, “Now That You’re Here,” at a recent radio event in Worcester, Mass. The new tune is from her upcoming album, Listen Up, due in stores on May 22. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' exit Q&A with Heejun Han: 'It's bittersweet' -- VIDEO

I wish I could handle bad news with the levity that Heejun Han displayed last night. Heejun, the 22-year-old Korean American from Flushing, N.Y., was eliminated Thursday night after the judges chose not to save him. About an hour and a half after the show, Heejun strolled into the media room pretending to sob into a white handkerchief. “No questions!” he shouted dramatically.

Thus began a series of interviews during which Heejun deadpanned one witty remark after another. “I’m going to try out for The Voice next year,” he joked to one reporter. When one journalist asked Heejun about the outfit he was wearing, he replied, “These are my Thursday elimination clothes.” And Heejun said he was willing to consider any post-Idol gig offered to him, save for doing an adult film or singing at your wedding.

By the time I got to interview him, Heejun had seemingly exhausted his comedy material. Instead, we discussed the advice that Randy Jackson gave Heejun after the show, his brief acting career in a 2007 gangster indie called West 32nd, and his bromance with Phillip Phillips. Click through for the video interview with Heejun, plus my on-the-scene observations from last night’s results show: READ FULL STORY


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