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'American Idol' Top 7 interviews: Are Amber Holcomb and Burnell Taylor dating?

One of the biggest things to come out of the Top 7 performances of "American Idol" Season 12 had nothing to do with the singing. During a production package, Burnell Taylor confessed to having a crush on his fellow contestant, Amber Holcomb. We had a chance ask to the two singers -- and some of their fellow Top 7 competitors -- about their relationship after the show.So are Burnell and Amber dating?Alas, no one was quite ready to spill the beans on this one -- not directly anyway. Most of the answers we got from the singers came in the form of vague statements and a lot of giggling. Neither Amber nor Burnell would say anything definite about their relationship, but both did hint that there were at least some feelings there."I had an idea. I had a little idea," Amber said when asked if she expected to hear about Burnell's crush. "He's a... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/american-idol-top-7-interviews-are-amber-holcomb-and-burnell-taylor-dating.html

'American Idol' Top 7 interview: Janelle Arnold wants her boots back from Nicki Minaj

Country singer Janelle Arthur wore some truly amazing cowboy boots for the Top 7 performances of "American Idol" on Wednesday (April 3). The bejeweled footwear was so incredible that even a quirky fashionista like Nicki Minaj wanted to wear the boots herself.Nicki got her wish when Ryan Seacrest brought those boots out right after Janelle's solo. Just one problem -- Nicki kept the boots on throughout the show, and Janelle wants them back!As it turns out, the sparkly boots were made especially for Janelle by Mia Girl, a designer who's also a fan. "A lady sent them to me," Janelle explained after the show. " She saw me on the show, and I think she knew people who knew me through different systems and stuff, so she contacted them and was like, 'I want to make boots for Janelle.'"Not that Janelle got to keep her boots for very long once the rest of the... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/american-idol-top-7-interview-janelle-arnold-wants-her-boots-back-from-nicki-minaj.html

American Idol Rocks Out

American Idol turned the amps up to 11 Wednesday night, with the Top 7 finalists performing classic rock songs. And the best part of the evening? No ballads allowed! The night also included cute, funny videos of the contestants describing each other, which gave us these fun tidbits: Kree Harrison is the mom of the group, Burnell Taylor 's laugh probably damages his vocal chords, and Angie Miller may hold the world record for speed-clapping when she's excited. The contestants seem to be coming together like one big happy family, but of course this is still a competition at heart, so let's get to the performances: //www.tvguide.com/News/American-Idol-Rocks-Out-1063568.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'American Idol': Amber Holcomb takes Heart on 'What About Love'

Amber Holcomb - What About Love - American Idol... by IdolxMuzic"American Idol" took on rock 'n roll for the Top 7 theme and Amber Holcomb decided to try on some Heart for size -- and she absolutely nailed "What About Love?" It was a superb vocal, our favorite of the night. The judges agreed. "Wow. Great, great song choice ... key change was killer. I thought that was really great, baby," says Keith. Nicki adds, "I just really don't even know where to begin ... the first line of the song just completely melted me. You believed what you were singing."And Randy echoes our thoughts exactly with, "What I love is you didn't lose Amber in there ... you really found yourself in there. I can still hear the little Houston-isms in there, the Whitney-isms."So good. Will you be voting for Amber, "Idol" fans?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/american-idol-amber-holcomb-takes-heart-on-what-about-love.html

'American Idol' Top 7: Lazaro Arbos is lagging behind and needs to go home

It's Classic Rock Night here at "American Idol" -- if Kree Harrison doesn't do some Heart, we're going to be upset. Oh, and Orianthi is there to play guitar with the Idols. That's cool, she's terrific.1. Burnell Taylor, "You Give Love a Bad Name," Bon JoviHuh. Not what we were expecting from Burnell. And this is ... not working for us. It's almost as though Burnell has too much soul for this. Too much soul, not enough rock, you know? Burnell would be stronger on maybe some Lenny Kravitz? That sound would suit his voice much, much better. Either way, this left us really cold. Yikes. And case in point, Keith Urban's first comment is, "I'm going to assume rock 'n roll's not your thing ... I've never seen you look more uncomfortable." Yeah, that about sums it up. Nicki babbles some stuff about Teddy Ruxpin -- this is not a contest for who we... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/american-idol-top-7-lazaro-arbos-is-lagging-behind-and-needs-to-go-home.html

'American Idol': Kree Harrison gets her Janis Joplin on

Kree Harrison - Piece Of My Heart - American... by IdolxMuzicFor rock 'n roll week on "American Idol," Kree Harrison took on Janis Joplin with a bluesy, country version of "Piece of My Heart" -- she managed to find a great middle ground between Joplin's rasp and Faith Hill's pop-country version. The judges loved it."I love seeing this bluesy side of you ... there's all sorts of inflections, all sorts of music ... this girl can sing," says Randy. And Mariah gushes, "Incredible. You have an innate ability to choose your songs and I think that really shows a true artist. When it's time for you to make your record, you're going to be so involved."Nicki adds, "That was magnificent, Miss lady. If I were tuning in and I were on my Idol app, you would get all 50 of my votes right now."She definitely got some of our votes. What do you say,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/american-idol-kree-harrison-gets-her-janis-joplin-on.html

American Idol: Why Lazaro's Got to Go

The reality show gods bestowed a gift upon American Idol this season, and his name was Lazaro Arbos . A chronic stutterer who grew up a bullied loner because of his speech pattern, but whose voice is smooth as butter when he sings, the handsome 21-year-old's backstory is the type of reality producers' dreams... //www.tvguide.com/News/American-Idol-Lazaro-1063477.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Nicki Minaj to Eliminated Idol Contestants: Be Gracious

Even after contestants are sent home from American Idol , they apparently still get feedback from judge Nicki Minaj . Minaj went on a Twitter rant Friday after Devin Velez was eliminated Thursday night because the judges opted not to use their one save of the season on him. "America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over. "Saves" are bullsh-- and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year," Minaj tweeted Friday. //www.tvguide.com/News/Nicki-Minaj-Twitter-Devin-Velez-Be-Gracious-1063402.aspx?rss=breakingnews