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'American Idol' Finalist Joshua Ledet Meets Michelle Obama (Video)

  During  Joshua Ledet ’s American Idol  hometown visit, the season 11 finalist giddily exclaimed: "People are acting like I'm  Barack Obama !" Ledet got a chance to stand in for President Obama in New York City on Wednesday morning when he met First Lady Michelle Obama  on a media stop backstage at  Live! With Kelly.  The 20-year-old Louisiana native  tweeted a picture  to his followers immediately after their photo op. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/jUQCWJZ-bng/american-idol-joshua-ledet-michelle-obama-330954

'American Idol' Tour Plans Unchanged Despite Phillip Phillips' Kidney Surgery

  Less than a week after the season finale, the health of winner  Phillip Phillips  remains at the center of the  American Idol  discussion. The 21-year-old singer underwent eight surgeries during his time on the series to treat a buildup of kidney stones. Caused by a congenital condition, the stones have rendered his right kidney largely ineffective, prompting him to temporarily rely on a stint and the need for an operation that would bring about a more permanent solution. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/aOCJ_QwGXPo/phillip-phillips-surgery-american-idol-tour-dates-330408

Jessica Sanchez’s Contract States She Is Not Guaranteed a Record Deal: Report

Not only are American Idol’s ratings at an all-time low, but the payout for runner-up Jessica Sanchez to record her own music may be much lower than what previous years’ second-placers have received. According to the The Washington Post, a closer look at this year’s Idol contracts revealed that for the first time, Idol’s runner-up might not receive a guaranteed $175,000 advance to record an album. Reportedly, the record company involved in Idol finalists’... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/BNpu4bSw-5U/jessica-sanchezs-contract-states-she-is-not-guaranteed-a-record-deal-report

'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips Had 8 Kidney Surgeries on His Way to Victory

"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips had kidney surgery eight times during his journey to victory, his father revealed after Wednesday's finale. And he's not done with the doctors just yet. Phillips was plagued by kidney stones as he strummed and sang his way to the "Idol" title, though his chronic health issues nearly knocked him out of the running. //thewrap.prod.acquia-sites.com/deal-central/tv/article/american-idols-phillip-phillips-had-8-surgeries-way-victory-41676

'American Idol': Jennifer Lopez uncertain about return

Now that "American Idol" has crowned its new winner in Phillip Phillips, it's time for the singing competition to begin making plans for next season. And the biggest unknown remains the status of judge Jennifer Lopez.During an interview on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Thursday (May 24), Lopez says that she's not certain what her fate holds as it relates to the show. The singer/actress/producer explains that her schedule remains the impediment."You know what, I love this show," Lopez says. "I love it, I love it. We'll have to see how everything falls, but it's not because I don't want to be here. It's not that."She then says that her children, 4-year-old twins Emme and Max, may take priority over working on the highly-rated TV show."It's a lot of weighing and balancing and deciding," she adds.Lopez has previously said that stories she's definitely quitting the show are untrue. "All I said was I haven't decided... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-jennifer-lopez-uncertain-about-return.html

'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Almost Quit the Show to Get Kidney Surgery

The singer, who beat out Jessica Sanchez on 'Idol' finale, admits he nearly had to drop out of the competition because of his health issues, but his doctors helped him through it. //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00050879.html

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez Says Her Next Single Will Be '100 Percent Me'

  If  Jessica Sanchez  has learned anything from her loss to  Phillip Philips , it's the value of a really good song. While her would-be  American Idol  coronation song, "Change Nothing," fell flat in the judges' eyes -- she didn't like it, either -- Phillips' selection, "Home," was a hit -- and could partly be responsible for his victory Wednesday night. Another advantage: the fact that he's -- to put it bluntly -- a cute, broody male singer-songwriter with legions of female fans. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/-Tqy6ZCDVgY/american-idol-jessica-sanchez-phillip-phillips-329275

'American Idol' Finale Tops Four Social Media Records

  While Fox may not be pleased that Wednesday’s  American Idol  finale scored its  lowest season-ender viewership of the series' run , the network can find comfort in the news that the episode broke four social media records. According to  Mashable, social media analysts at Bluefin Labs found that the finale that awarded Phillip Phillips  the big prize instead of  Jessica Sanchez  created a big stir among social media users. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/dpWy23rKs4E/american-idol-finale-ratings-social-media-329285

Jimmy Iovine on Jessica Sanchez’s “Bomb” of a Coronation Song and Why Phillip Phillips Won — Red Carpet Scoop!

The always candid Jimmy Iovine spoke with us immediately following last night’s American Idol finale, and he gave us his take on why Phillip Phillips won, what kind of careers the finalists will have, and what happened with Jessica Sanchez’s final song. Jimmy also addresses that looming question about whether he’d ever join the Idol judging panel, should there be an opening next season. Why do you think Jessica won over Phillip?   Jimmy Iovine: They’re both great... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/11RNadL7Ewo/jimmy-iovine-on-jessica-sanchezs-bomb-of-a-coronation-song-and-why-phillip-phillips-won-red-carpet-scoop

Phillip Phillips, Movie Star? Steven Tyler Says “I Look at His Face and I See James Dean” — Red Carpet Scoop!

Following last night’s American Idol, we caught up with judge Steven Tyler (minus the sloth) to get his reactions on the big finale. The legendary rocker talked about how he thinks runner-up Jessica Sanchez will do in the music industry, and why he thinks winner Phillip Phillips just might have a future in the movies. What was your reaction to Phillip winning?   Steven Tyler: He's real. We watched him go from a guy that was pulling himself out of his soul to a guy who can sing a... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/8rZIDNAKXn8/phillip-phillips-movie-star-steven-tyler-says-i-look-at-his-face-and-i-see-james-dean-red-carpet-scoop