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'I Will Always Love You': Jordin Sparks or Jennifer Hudson or Jessica Sanchez - which 'American Idol' did it best?

For the Whitney Houston tribute at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks sang Whitney's biggest hit, "I Will Always Love You." So, let's find out - which "Idol" has done the iconic song the best? Jennifer Hudson took on the big number for the 2012 Grammys tribute to Whitney, while "Idol" Season 11 finalist Jessica Sanchez performed it during Whitney Houston week on the show this year."Idol" third-place finisher Syesha Mercado performed the song during Season 7, while earlier in Season 11, Ashley Robles auditioned with "I Will Always Love You" in San Diego. Which lady do you think did it best?All versions are embedded below except for Jordin Sparks, whose video we'll post just as soon as we have it. But for now, vote in our poll! (Is it total blasphemy that we actually think Sanchez has done the song best out of this group?) 'I Will Always Love You':... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/i-will-always-love-you-jordin-sparks-or-jennifer-hudson-or-jessica-sanchez---which-american-idol-did.html

Lisa Marie Presley on 'American Idol': 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet'

On the "American Idol" Top 3 results show, music royalty Lisa Marie Presley took the stage to perform "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," the debut single off her latest album, titled "Storm & Grace." The above video isn't great quality, but the sound is good if you haven't heard the song before. What did you think? We thought it was a little maudlin, but it certainly made us curious as to the other songs on her album. Spinner described the album as "the strongest album of her career" and "a moody masterpiece, exploring the demons and angels of her life to the tune of country-spiced downbeat pop."Other track titles include "Over Me," "Weary," "Close to the Edge" and "Soften the Blows." Has anyone checked it out? We're curious what you thought, so be sure to let us know in the comments below.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/lisa-marie-presley-on-american-idol-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet.html

American Idol Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe on the Top 2 and What It Will Mean if Jennifer Lopez Doesn’t Return

The Top 2 American Idol finalists have finally been revealed! With the finale just around the corner, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe shared his thoughts about this season during a media conference earlier today. The British TV impresario addressed a range of topics, from Jennifer Lopez’s possible departure from Idol to his best advice for finalists Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/wXXGiftItKk/american-idol-executive-producer-nigel-lythgoe-on-the-top-2-and-what-it-will-mean-if-jennifer-lopez-doesnt-return

American Idol 2012 Spoiler: The Finale Song Themes Revealed

During May 22’s grand finale, the Top 2 finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips will be belting out numbers from three themes, American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe has revealed. Nigel shared the three themes on Twitter today, and they are (drum roll please!): 1.    His or her favorite song from the whole series 2.    One song selected by Idol creator Simon Fuller 3.    His or her individual "new" single Lythgoe also made... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/z7SyXt_3DpM/american-idol-2012-spoiler-the-finale-song-themes-revealed

'American Idol' Finalist Phillip Phillips Requires Emergency Surgery: Doctors

  American Idol  finalist  Phillip Phillips , who has suffered from ongoing kidney problems throughout the competition, has been ordered by doctors to undergo "immediate" surgery. The singer refused treatment when he returned to his hometown of Leesburg, Ga., last weekend in order to adhere to the show's rigorous shooting schedule. And sources inside the production tell  The Hollywood Reporter  that Phillips has been experiencing pain "so severe" that he's been granted permission to sit out the weekly high-concept (and physically exhausting) Ford video shoots for several weeks now. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/mXc9FFwVndI/american-idol-phillip-phillips-emergency-surgery-326685

'American Idol': Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler Assess the Final Two (Video)

  After Thursday's elimination episode of  American Idol , judges  Steven Tyler  and  Randy Jackson  greeted reporters to share their thoughts on the final two as well as discuss the show's impact and what the panel might look like next year (was  Jennifer Lopez 's press conference absence a sign of things to come?).   Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/swxWC6nIi6E/american-idol-randy-jackson-steven-tyler-finale-326675

'American Idol' Finalist To Get Kidney Surgery

Phillip Phillips -- one of the finalists on "American Idol" -- has been URGED by his personal doctor to get surgery immediately ... but Phillip wants to work through the pain and the risk so he can win next week. Multiple "Idol" sources tell us ... when Phillip went back home to Georgia last Saturday ... his family doctor spent almost the entire stay by his side and was alarmed by what he saw -- Phillip wasn't eating and looked horrible. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/wXZ87eMB8pU/american-idol-star-phillips_n_1528480.html

American Idol's Joshua Ledet: "I Felt Relieved"

Joshua Ledet was determined to stay stoic, even after Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez were announced as American Idol 's Season 11 finalists and his own journey came to an end. But after the lights dimmed on his final performance — and a tearful Jennifer Lopez threw her arms around his neck — Ledet could no longer keep his emotions in check.  "Honestly I didn't think I was going to cry," Ledet told reporters after the show. //www.tvguide.com/News/American-Idol-Joshua-1047696.aspx?rss=breakingnews

TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' season finale scores but 'American Idol' leads the night

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 17, 2012"Grey's Anatomy" posted some of its best numbers of the season with Thursday's finale, which in turn gave a boost to the season finale of "Scandal." FOX had the night's biggest show, though, as the "American Idol" results improved some on lasts week's ratings.Elsewhere, the season finale of "Person of Interest" on CBS was up a little in viewers but down in adults 18-49 compared to last week, while a triple bill of "Community" on NBC was more or less in line with recent episodes.CBS led the night in viewers, drawing 11.4 million people and a 7.1 rating/12 share in households. FOX (11.1 million, 6.8/11) was close behind in second. ABC (8.4 million, 5.6/9) finished third. NBC drew only 2.5 million viewers and a 1.6/3 to finish fourth. The CW (838,000, 0.6/1) trailed.Thanks to "Idol," FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.0 rating. ABC, 2.5, narrowly... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/tv-ratings-greys-anatomy-season-finale-scores-but-american-idol-leads-the-night.html

'American Idol' finale: What will Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez sing?

When Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez take the Nokia Theater stage for the "American Idol" Season 11 finale performance show on Tuesday, May 22, we don't know exactly what songs they'll be singing. But thanks to "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, we now know what the theme is. Lythgoe says on his Twitter account that the final two singers will perform "1.Their favorite song of the series. 2. A song chosen by Simon Fuller. 3.Their individual #new-single."While we can't even begin to speculate what Fuller will pick and we have no idea what the post-"Idol" singles will sound like, we can go through each finalist's body of work to figure out what they'll perform at the finale.For Jessica, a big diva number is the way to go. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" would be a great choice, except she sang that just two weeks ago and it might be overload. Same with Phillip's... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-finale-what-will-phillip-phillips-and-jessica-sanchez-sing.html