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Keith Urban Close to ‘American Idol’ Deal

So, will Keith Urban take the plunge and join the Idol machine? Sorry Kanye West. Here's the latest from Taste of Country's Billy Dukes.

Keith Urban is very close to reaching an agreement to judge ‘American Idol’ next season. The country superstar admitted he had talked to producers about the vacant seat on the panel for 2013, but now the Hollywood Reporter is reporting he’s close to signing a $3 million to $4 million contract.

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Keith Urban Is Leading Contender for ‘American Idol’ Judge Spot, Insider Says

Another day, another "Who's going to be one of the new 'American Idol' judges?" story. This time, Amy Sciarretto from Taste of Country tells us country hunk Keith Urban is in a good position, but will he get it?

Keith Urban already has experience as a reality show judge, having served as a coach on the Australian version of ‘The Voice.’ Now, Urban may be lured to a competing show’s lair, since sources are indicating that ‘American Idol’ producers would like a country star on the revamped panel and that Urban their No. 1 choice to fill that genre-specific slot.

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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Would Love to Be the Next ‘American Idol’ Judge

Many hats have been thrown into the 'American Idol' judges race, and surprisingly, many are country stars, and now one more expresses an interest. Here's more from Taste of Country's Billy Dukes:

Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood… add one more country name to the list of potential ‘American Idol’ judges. Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus believes he’d be a good fit to fill Steven Tyler‘s empty chair when the show begins next year.

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‘American Idol’ to Hold Small Town Auditions For Season 12

Season 12 of American Idol is trying something a little different for their upcoming season - they are holding auditions is smaller towns in states like Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. Plus starting August 1st they are accepti

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Brad Paisley Potential ‘American Idol’ Judge

‘American Idol’ is revamping its judging panel, having hired Mariah Carey this week. While season one winner Kelly Clarkson feels season four winner Carrie Underwood would be a great judge, execs at Fox are also thinking country, but have a totally different superstar targeted for a spot and it’s none other than Brad Paisley.

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Who’s Going to Win American Idol? [Video]

 
 
 

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest says it will be one of the closest finales in Idol history.  Jessica Sanchez versus Phillip Phillips!  And last night, both contestants laid it all out on the line for your votes.  So, who won the night?  Who SHOULD win the title of American Idol? Let's turn to our Idol expert Steve Thompson, who was tuned in and ready to call the race!

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Montage of American Idol Champions Seasons 1-10 [Video]

Tonight is a HUGE night for American Idol fans and our two Season 11 finalists!  This is the night that Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips battle it out at the mic for one of music's greatest titles.  This is the night one of them will earn enough votes to be crowned the next American Idol

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Jessica Vs. Phillip: American Idol Finale is Set

Team Josh Fans like Moon and me are not happy campers this morning.  Last night, on the American Idol results show, Joshua Ledet, the pride of Westlake, Louisiana, was voted off the show and wrapped up Season 11 in third place.  Two contestants remain and the Idol finale is set.  Phillip Phillips will battle Jessica Sanchez for the crown and our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, has the inside scoop on the voting and who he thinks will be the next . . . American Idol!  

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IDOL: Tonight the Finalists Will Be Revealed! [Video]

And then there were three left on American Idol.  By the end of tonight's results show, there will be just two left standing . . . your Idol finalists who will battle it out at the mic next week for the Season 11 title.  Last night, Jessica, Joshua and Phillip each tackled three songs a piece:  a song of their own choosing, a judge's choice, and a song selected by Idol mentor, Jimmy Iovine.  So, who was the star of the night with a choke-hold on the finale?  And who will fill that second spot?  WBKR's Idol expert Steve Thompson shares his predictions!

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WBKR Reviews Idol’s Final Four Showdown [Video]

Last night on American Idol, our final four contestants hit the stage trying to earn a spot in the Top Three and those coveted trips home with Idol crew in pursuit.  Who took the stage and owned the night?  Who fell short and possibly faces elimination tonight on the results show?  WBKR's Idol expert Steve Thompson shares his thoughts and ranks the performers.  Take a look!

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Skylar Laine Booted Off American Idol [Audio]

Shocker last night on American Idol!  Skylar Laine, who was equal parts Reba and Miranda, was voted off the show and finishes the season in 5th place.  This morning on The WBKR Waking Crew, our Idol expert Steve Thompson and I chatted about Skylar's suprise exit and what it means as we get down to the nitty gritty!  It's Final Four time, Baby!  And Steve and I share our thoughts about who's going to take the Idol crown.  Listen . . .

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Idol Expert Steve Thompson Weighs in on Top 5 [Video]

Last night on American Idol, our remaining Top 5 contestants sang for the Final Four.  Each had to tackle two different genres:  Songs of the 60's and The British Invasion.  WBKR's Idol expert, Steve Thompson, was tuned in and shares his thoughts about who won the night and who's in big trouble.  As Steve explains, an early favorite could be sent packing after a very mediocre night.

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