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Shhh! Alejandro Aranda did change “American Idol” not just with original songs but also by guarding his privacy

Shhh! Alejandro Aranda did change “American Idol” not just with original songs but also by guarding his privacy
Katy Perry was right that Alejandro Aranda, the 25-year-old humble homie from Pomona, California, did change “American Idol” forever by side-stepping singing cover versions of other people’s hits and instead presenting his own music. Over the course of Season 17, he sang seven of his self-penned tunes, more than any contestant ever. He felt authentic as he put his heart and soul into both his musicianship and his vocals.

But while his insistence on singing his own originals could be seen as an act of rebellion on a reality competition built upon what Katy labeled “a karaoke show” premise, I would suggest Alejandro’s most brazen act was letting his music speak for him and refusing to divulge intimate details of life. We found out about Jeremiah Lloyd Graham‘s struggle to come out as gay to his religious parents. We learned about Wade Cota‘s abusive dad and his
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Laine Hardy can’t wait to ‘get started working on music,’ he tells Kelly and Ryan after ‘American Idol’ triumph [Watch]

Laine Hardy can’t wait to ‘get started working on music,’ he tells Kelly and Ryan after ‘American Idol’ triumph [Watch]
In one of his first interviews since winning “American Idol” Season 17, country singer Laine Hardy just told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that he can’t wait to “get started working on music.” Laine took the red eye from Los Angeles to New York City in order to appear on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in the wee hours of Monday morning. “I slept like three hours on the way here,” the 18-year-old mumbled to the morning hosts while donning his flowered suit jacket. Watch the interview above, which also includes Laine’s performance of his original song “Flame.”

SEEEven though he lost ‘American Idol,’ Alejandro Aranda just changed the game. Forever.

When Kelly asked Laine what’s next for him, he responded, “I’m gonna go see my family at home” in Livingston, Louisiana. As for whether his victory over musician Alejandro Aranda and pop singer Madison VanDenburg has sunk in yet,
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She’s baaack! Singing sensation Shayy performs ‘Rise Up’ with Andra Day during ‘American Idol’ finale [Watch]

She’s baaack! Singing sensation Shayy performs ‘Rise Up’ with Andra Day during ‘American Idol’ finale [Watch]
One of the most viral contestants of “American Idol” this season was someone who didn’t even make it to the live shows: Shayy. This 18-year-old high school student from Midlothian, Va recently lost her vision due to a brain tumor, which the doctors were only partially able to remove. Shayy’s initial audition of Andra Day‘s “Rise Up” was the most-watched audition of Season 17, which is why it was so shocking to see her eliminated in the Hawaii showcase round. The good news for “American Idol” fans is that Shayy returned during Sunday’s season finale to perform “Rise Up” with — who else? — the original singer herself. Watch the video above.

SEERate ‘American Idol’ winner Laine Hardy’s new single ‘Flame’ [Poll]

“As we traveled across the country searching for talent we heard the moving and emotional stories of contestants across the nation,” host Ryan Seacrest declared during the live episode.
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American Idol Finale Recap: Did the Right Singer Win Season 17?

American Idol Finale Recap: Did the Right Singer Win Season 17?
American Idol wrapped its 17th season on Sunday, delivering a three-hour extravaganza filled with live music, familiar faces and, as always, crippling disappointment.

In addition to the three remaining contestants — Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg — a number of eliminated singers also returned to perform in the finale. Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon joined forces with Katy Perry, while Laci Kaye Booth shared the stage with Luke Bryan. Dimitrius Graham also came back to sing with Adam Lambert, while Alyssa Raghu performed with Kane Brown, and Uché got his dance on with Kool & the Gang.

We even got a triple-decker of
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‘American Idol’ finale recap: Who won Season 17 – Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg? [Updating Live Blog]

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‘American Idol’ finale recap: Who won Season 17 – Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg? [Updating Live Blog]
The “American Idol” finale airs live from coast-to-coast on May 19 beginning at 8 p.m. Et/5 p..m. Pt. Each of the Top 3 will perform three songs in the hopes of winning season 17. Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg will start off the three-hour live telecast with a number dedicated to their respective childhood hometowns. Each of them will then reprise one of their songs from a previous episode. And they will collaborate with a guest musical artist.

As with the previous four episodes of “American Idol,” this one is being broadcast live nationwide. Voting begins at the start of the broadcast on Sunday and viewers can cast votes for their favorites by three different methods: by app, online or via text. Midway through the evening, Ryan Seacrest will reveal the artist with the fewest votes who will be eliminated immediately, leaving just the Top 2 to fight it out for the championship.
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Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ duet with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is the ‘American Idol’ finale moment you’ll be talking about

Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ duet with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is the ‘American Idol’ finale moment you’ll be talking about
American Idol” fans are in for a treat on Sunday, May 19 when the Top 10 contestants reunite in the Season 17 finale to sing with each other, the judges and music superstars aplenty. (See Gold Derby’s exclusive song list for the finale.) One performance we’ll all be talking about the next day will be judge Katy Perry‘s duet of her song “Unconditionally” with sixth-place finisher Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Jeremiah’s jaw-dropping elimination two weeks ago shook “Idol” nation to the bone, especially since Katy, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan opted not to save him. Are you excited to see the 26-year-old former church janitor back on the show? Sound off down in the comments section.

See‘American Idol’ video recap: ‘We all think someone else is going to win!’ Will it be Alejandro, Laine or Madison? [Watch]

Jeremiah found himself in the bottom two with Laci Kaye Booth during the
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‘American Idol’ winner predictions: Laine Hardy gains on Alejandro Aranda, but what about Madison VanDenburg?

Laine Hardy could well win “American Idol” on Sunday according to our poll of viewers. He has narrowed the gap with frontrunner Alejandro Aranda to just seven points (48-41). Right after the Top 3 were revealed on the May 12 episode of “American Idol,” Alejandro enjoyed a 10-point advantage. In the intervening week, the third finalist, Madison VanDenburg, has slipped even further behind, with just 11% support.

This trip of talent made it through to the final on May 19 based on their votes from the public last Sunday. Just missing out on a place in the Top 3 were Laci Kaye Booth and Wade Cota (Was one of them robbed of a place in the final?) On that Top 5 episode, each of them sang three songs: one from the Elton John catalog, another in honor of Mother’s Day, and a third chosen by mentor Bobby Bones.

If you haven’t made your “American Idol” winner predictions,
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Listen up, ‘American Idol’ fans! Check out this song list for Sunday’s 3-hour gangbusters finale [Exclusive]

We who idolize “American Idol” already know which artists will perform on this Sunday’s live finale starting at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pt alongside Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg — the Top 3 contestants who are vying for the Season 17 title. They include all three judges — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

But Gold Derby — along with “Billboard” magazine — has scored an exclusive look at what actual songs will be done by the participating performers, included singers previously eliminated on the show. Here is the line-up of grand finale numbers, which could be expanded or changed by showtime:

See ‘American Idol’ Winners: Where Are They Now (Seasons 1 – 16)?

Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert will perform his new single “New Eyes” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Dimitrius Graham. Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood will make a special appearance during her Cry Pretty Tour 360 to sing her new hit single “Southbound” live on the “Idol” stage.
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‘American Idol’ finale: Who is performing on Sunday, May 19?

‘American Idol’ finale: Who is performing on Sunday, May 19?
The “American Idol” finale airs live nationwide on ABC beginning at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et Sunday, May 19. The Top 3 contestants still in the running for the season 16 title are Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. Each of this trio of hopefuls will perform three songs on the three-hour final.

We expect that the first will be in tribute to their hometowns, which they returned to this week; the second will be an encore of a performance that went well earlier in the season; and the third will be their respective winner’s singles. But those nine tunes won’t be the only music you hear that night.

Each of the judges will raise their voice in song. Katy Perry will sing with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, who made it as far as the Top 6. Lionel Richie will be backed by the Top 10. And Luke Bryan will duet with Laci Kaye Booth,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Wade Cota

Since he first took to the American Idol stage with his emotional rendition of George Ezra’s Blame it on Me, Wade Cota has gone from strength to strength. His raspy, heart-wrenching vocals have won him the praise of Idol’s judging panel, and a firm place in the nation’s hearts. He may have lost out on a place in the season finale, but it’s unlikely this will be the last we’ll be seeing (or hearing) of the talented singer. Of course, no one is guaranteed success, but if the reception to Cota’s run of outstanding performances on this season’s Idol are

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Wade Cota
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‘American Idol’ winner predictions: Alejandro Aranda widens lead over Laine Hardy, but what about Madison VanDenburg?

‘American Idol’ winner predictions: Alejandro Aranda widens lead over Laine Hardy, but what about Madison VanDenburg?
On the May 12 episode of “American Idol,” the Top 5 sang three songs apiece: one in honor of Mother’s Day, another picked by mentor Bobby Bones, and a third from the Elton John back catalog. Only three of the five contestants made it through based on their votes from the public: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. This result meant the end of the road for Laci Kaye Booth and Wade Cota (Was one of them robbed of a place in the final?)

We asked for your predictions as to which of the three finalists will go all the way to win season 17 on May 19. “Idol” fans remain divided between two of the artists: Alejandro has 49% of the viewers vote as of this writing and Laine is at 39%. Each is up by eight points from last week, as they split the support for Wade. The third contender for the season 17 title,
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‘American Idol’: Wade Cota was robbed of a place in the Top 3, say 56% of season 17 viewers

‘American Idol’: Wade Cota was robbed of a place in the Top 3, say 56% of season 17 viewers
On Sunday’s “American Idol,” two of the Top 5 contestants were eliminated: Laci Kaye Booth and Wade Cota. Although they performed at the top of their game, in the end their three rival finalists got more of America’s votes. That leading trio of vote-getters as revealed by Ryan Seacrest are: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. (Vote in our ‘American Idol’ winner poll.)

This result meant that Laci and Wade fell just short of making the Top 3. We asked you which of these two talents to be sent home was robbed of a place in the finale next Sunday (May 19). By a margin of 56% to 44% “(as of this writing), “American Idol” viewers favor Wade over Laci.

Wade, a 27-year-old musician from Phoenix, had never been in the bottom 2 before. Conversely, Laci — a 23-year-old college student from Livingston TX — only made it to the semi-final after she inspired Luke Bryan,
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Lionel Richie compares Madison VanDenburg’s voice to a deadly weapon on ‘American Idol’: Can she ‘knock everybody out’? [Watch]

Lionel Richie compares Madison VanDenburg’s voice to a deadly weapon on ‘American Idol’: Can she ‘knock everybody out’? [Watch]
“You’re coming to this competition with a bat to knock everybody out,” Lionel Richie told Madison VanDenburg about her powerful voice during the live Top 5 show of “American Idol.” Following Madison’s performance of Elton John‘s “Your Song,” the superstar judge continued, “You understand me? It’s so amazing. Just take us on the journey because your star is shining bright.” Do you think Madison has done enough to win Season 17 of “American Idol”? Make your predictions at Gold Derby before next Sunday’s finale.

SEELuke Bryan jokes on ‘American Idol’ that Laine Hardy is ‘lookin’ like a whole snack’ after ‘Hey Jude’ performance [Watch]

Fellow judge Katy Perry asked Madison, “Have you ever had a cheeseburger with no ketchup and no mustard?” When Madison responded that she had “once or twice,” Katy added, “It was fine, it was good, it tasted nice. But you just gave us the ketchup and the mustard!
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Luke Bryan jokes on ‘American Idol’ that Laine Hardy is ‘lookin’ like a whole snack’ after ‘Hey Jude’ performance [Watch]

Following Laine Hardy‘s performance of The Beatles‘ “Hey Jude” during the live Top 5 show of “American Idol,” Luke Bryan joked that the season’s heartthrob was “lookin’ like a whole snack” in his shiny pink suit jacket. Fellow judge Katy Perry, who last week had to be physically subdued from chasing after Laine, exclaimed, “A whole snack? I love it!” Do you think Laine has done enough to win Season 17 of “American Idol”? Make your predictions at Gold Derby before next Sunday’s finale.

SEEKaty Perry praises Alejandro Aranda on ‘American Idol’ for finally deciding to ‘play in this competition’ [Watch]

“Great job, Laine,” Luke told the 18-year-old country singer from Livingston, Louisiana. That’s when Lionel Richie chimed in, “I’m gonna say just two little phrases. One, I think that is my jacket. And number two, vote, you guys. America, vote.”

Katy added, “Hey Laine, that was just super cool,
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Katy Perry praises Alejandro Aranda on ‘American Idol’ for finally deciding to ‘play in this competition’ [Watch]

Katy Perry praises Alejandro Aranda on ‘American Idol’ for finally deciding to ‘play in this competition’ [Watch]
For much of this season of “American Idol,” the judges were concerned that Alejandro Aranda wasn’t necessarily “in it to win it,” as former judge Randy Jackson often said. However, following Alejandro’s Top 5 performance of Elton John‘s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” Katy Perry proudly declared, “You’ve decided to actually play in this competition, and it shows.” Fellow judge Lionel Richie echoed her sentiments by proclaiming, “It shows.” Do you think Alejandro has done enough to win Season 17 of “American Idol”? Make your predictions at Gold Derby before next Sunday’s finale.

SEEWho will win ‘American Idol’ season 17: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg? [Poll]

“When I was growing up, music was the thing that spoke the language of all of my feelings,” Katy told the 25-year-old musician from Pomona, California. “It comforted me, it gave me joy. That song was so sad.
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American Idol Eliminated Laci Kaye Booth & Wade Cota Tonight, May 12, 2019

Tonight, May 12, 2019, the remaining final 5, American Idol contestants did indeed hit the stage to do another set of performances for America's vote. And unfortunately, two of them just did not make the cut. They performed three song tonight. Since there's less people in the competition, they had enough time to do so. Of course, all the judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were on hand. Wade Cota was the first performer of the night. He sang, "You Are The Best Thing" by Ray Lamontagne. Afterwards, Katy said, "I'm so happy that contestants are pushed past their comfort zones. You met that challenge. I want you to let go even more." Luke said, "I like that you didn’t over do it. You were very easy to listen to." Lionel said, "Just enjoy this ride. Relax a little." Next, Laci Kaye Booth hit the stage to sing, "The House
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Who will win ‘American Idol’ season 17: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg? [Poll]

Who will win ‘American Idol’ season 17: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg? [Poll]
We are down to the final three on season 17 of “American Idol.” On May 12, the Top 5 took to the stage to sing a trio of tunes: one chosen by their mentor Bobby Bones, another in honor of Mother’s Day and a third made famous by Elton John. After the results of the public vote were revealed by Ryan Seacrest, the trio of contestants still standing are: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. (Of the eliminated artists — Laci Kaye Booth and Wade Cota — who was better?)

Which of the finalists do you think will be crowned winner of “American Idol” on May 19? After reviewing the rundown of all the songs they’ve sung to date in this reality competition, cast your vote in our poll. And be sure to sound off with your thoughts on this revival of “American Idol” in the comments section.

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Which of the ‘American Idol’ Top 5 was robbed of a place in the season 17 finale: Laci Kaye Booth or Wade Cota? [Poll]

Which of the ‘American Idol’ Top 5 was robbed of a place in the season 17 finale: Laci Kaye Booth or Wade Cota? [Poll]
The May 12 episode of “American Idol” showcased the Top 5. Each of the finalists sang three songs: one in honor of Mother’s Day, another chosen by mentor Bobby Bones, and a third from the Elton John back catalog. As with the last three Sunday shows, this episode aired live nationwide. America got to vote for their favorites in real-time, with the results revealed by host Ryan Seacrest at the end of the episode.

The top three vote-getters — Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg — will contend in the final next week. And the bottom two — Laci Kaye Booth and Wade Cota — were bounced from the competition.

Which of this pair do you think was robbed of a place in the Top 3? Take a look at the list of songs they’ve sung throughout the competition and then cast your ballot for the artist you will miss most as season 17 of
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American Idol Recap: Which Three Singers Are Headed to the Finale?

Proving that Sunday night can also be alright for fighting, American Idol pit its final five contestants — Wade Cota, Laci Kaye Booth, Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg — against one another, setting the stage for a Sophie’s Choice of a season finale.

The episode kicked off with a round of performances chosen by everyone’s favorite Dancing With the Stars winner Bobby Bones

Wade Cota (Ray Lamontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing”) | Well, this was a boring fine way to kick things off. Don’t get me wrong, he sounded great — but after some light Mother’s Day drinking,
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'American Idol': Top 3 Revealed

'American Idol': Top 3 Revealed
The final five contestants on American Idol became the final three after a night of live performances on Sunday. Alejandro Aranda, Wade Cota, Laine Hardy, Madison VanDenberg and Laci Kaye Booth all sang three songs on Sunday night, including an Elton John selection, a song chosen by the season’s mentor Bobby Bones and a song relating to Mother’s Day. Booth was the recipient of last week’s save from judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, and no more saves remain for the rest of the season. Results came in live at the end of the episode.

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