1. Scotty McCreery Wins 'Idol' Coin Toss, Defers to Lauren Alaina

    May 20, 2011 8:23 AM EDT It's down to the final two on "American Idol." Haley Reinhart was eliminated on Thursday night's show, meaning Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina will battle it out next week for the "Idol" crown. Haley Reinhart Eliminated on 'Idol,' Scotty McCreery to…

  2. Haley Reinhart Eliminated on 'Idol,' Scotty McCreery to Face Lauren Alaina in Finale

    May 19, 2011 11:45 PM EDT Get ready for an all-country music showdown on the "American Idol" season finale. Raspy-voiced hopeful Haley Reinhart was eliminated from the singing competition on Thursday night (May 19), leaving fresh-faced Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina to duke it out next week. Before…

  3. 'American Idol' Top 3 Visit Hometowns, Judges' Choice Songs Revealed

    May 15, 2011 11:25 AM EDT When it comes to "American Idol," the homestretch is homecoming week, a yearly tradition since season 1 and the moment for which every finalist pines. This year's trio -- Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart -- like 27 before them, had one whirlwind weekend as they…

  4. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition, Continued

    May 13, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  5. James Durbin on 'Idol' Elimination: 'I Haven't Failed At All'

    May 13, 2011 2:38 PM EDT James Durbin's impressive run on "American Idol" ended last night (May 12) in a shocking elimination that left the rocker visibly upset. While Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina move on to the Top 3, Durbin, who had never entered the Bottom 2 during the show'…

  6. James Durbin Voted Off 'American Idol,' Enrique Iglesias, Jordin Sparks Perform

    May 12, 2011 10:41 PM EDT In "American Idol's" biggest shocker since Pia Toscano was eliminated five weeks ago, rocker James Durbin was sent packing on the elimination episode tonight (May 12). Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart remain and make up season 10's top three contestants.…

  7. 'American Idol': Lady Gaga Mentors the Top 4, Haley Gets 'Reinharted'

    May 12, 2011 1:17 AM EDT "You never know what to expect from Lady Gaga ." That was James Durbin -- tonight's opener and closer on "American Idol" top 4 performance night -- admitting that he was a little bit anxious before meeting the round two mentor, the Mother Monster herself. Gaga…

  8. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition

    May 06, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  9. Lady Gaga To Mentor 'American Idol' Finalists

    May 06, 2011 12:35 PM EDT L ady Gaga is coming to "American Idol." The Grammy-winning singer will mentor the final four contestants on the May 11 episode. James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina will perform songs written by Leiber and Stoller, who wrote most of Elvis Presley 's…

  10. Jacob Lusk Voted Off 'American Idol,' J.Lo & Lady Antebellum Perform

    May 05, 2011 10:44 PM EDT On tonight's (May 5) "American Idol," gospel and R&B singer Jacob Lusk was eliminated from the competition, which is now down to its top four contestants. Lusk was eliminated following his performances of Nazareth's "Love Hurts" and Jordin Sparks and Chris…

  11. 'American Idol': Haley Reinhart Rises to the Top After Lady Gaga Setback

    May 05, 2011 12:30 AM EDT It's not just the "American Idol" top 5 who are "in it to win it" -- it's the whole dang show, which gave us its best performance night in weeks, thanks to a talent pool that is finally rid of bearded pranksters and misguided dance moves (well, almost). Tonight&…

  12. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  13. Casey Abrams Denies Dating Fellow 'Idol' Singer Haley Reinhart

    April 29, 2011 2:45 PM EDT "American Idol" lost one of its most unique voices during the elimination episode last night (Apr. 28), as Casey Abrams received the least votes and was sent packing. After the judges used their only save of the season on the growl-happy jazz musician five weeks earlier, Abrams bid…

  14. Casey Abrams Voted Off 'American Idol,' Bruno Mars Performs

    April 28, 2011 9:50 PM EDT After being dramatically saved by the judges five weeks ago, Casey Abrams was voted off "American Idol" on the elimination episode tonight (Apr. 28). Season 10's Top 5 contestants -- Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin -- remain and will…

  15. 'American Idol' Season 10 Tour Dates Announced

    April 28, 2011 1:35 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N.Y., it was announced today (Apr. 28). Featured…

  16. 'American Idol': James Durbin, Scotty McCreery Spring Forward on Carole King Night

    April 27, 2011 11:30 PM EDT "American Idol" claimed its relevancy last week with a "Songs from the 21st Century" theme, but tonight, the show decided to hop back in the Delorean and dig into the catalog of classic pop songwriter Carole King . Now, don't get me wrong -- I love Carole King's…

  17. 'American Idol': 25 Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 22, 2011 11:27 AM EDT The Top 7 elimination episode was an emotional roller coaster if ever there was one -- from the exuberance that comes with hearing a Coldplay song on the "American Idol" stage to the highly anticipated debut of David Cook 's new single (score!) to the sad reality that somebody…

  18. 'American Idol': Lauren Alaina Flies, Casey Abrams Kisses J.Lo

    April 21, 2011 1:04 AM EDT There's a common complaint lobbied by "American Idol" junkies over the years, and it goes something like this: why, oh why, must the contestants often perform songs that were hits when our grandparents were in high school? Or in other words, not exactly what's hot on Top…

  19. Ask Billboard: From 'S&M' To Disney Acts

    April 15, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  20. Paul McDonald: 'Guys Definitely Have An Advantage' On 'Idol'

    April 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Although he was eliminated from "American Idol's" season 10 competition last night (Apr. 14), Paul McDonald is still smiling (and showing off those perfect white teeth) a day later. After performing Bob Seger 's "Old Time Rock 'N' Roll" on Wednesday&…

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