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I’m going to make this short and sweet for now as I have to head out for a birthday dinner. Until I write my commentary, check out all the performances on the American Idol series finale. It was an epic trip down memory lane with all the original judges reuniting for one last time. Check out all the action below. I’ll upload missing vids later.

watch all the performances after the jump

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The end is almost here. American Idol bids adieu in just a couple of weeks. Hopefully, the network plans to send the show off in style. After all, the singing competition did chance the face of television.

FOX begins the three-night extravaganza with a 90-minute retrospective titled American Idol: American Dream on Tuesday, April 5. It’ll feature Ryan Seacrest, judges including Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and more, along with alums walking down memory lane to share their personal memories and tell never-before revealed stories.

The two-night finale then starts on April 6 with the show crowning its final Idol on April 7 live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The big Thursday show will feature group and solo performances from a whackload of former contestants including Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Carrie Underwood and Fantasia.

I’m personally looking forward to seeing LaToya London, Kimberley Locke, Tamyra Gray and Jessica Sanchez the most. They even have Sanjaya on deck. Sadly, Jennifer Hudson isn’t included in the list. What’s up with that? Check out the lineup below.

check out the full list after the jump

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Let Girls Learn is an initiative from Michelle Obama to give access to education to 62 million girls around the world who don’t have any. FLOTUS presented the song at the opening keynote address at SXSW Music in Austin earlier today.

This is For My Girls” was penned by Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren and produced by AOL Makers. An all-star team was recruited for the empowering track. Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Jadagrace, Chloe & Halle and Missy Elliott joined forces for the movement.

Give it a listen below. It has an early 2000s R&B vibe. Think Amerie meets vintage Destiny’s Child.

listen after the jump

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Her sixth studio album (seventh if you count the holiday album Wrapped In Red) was pretty much dead. I was already counting down to her next era. Thanks to an emotional performance on American Idol that went viral, the title track and the album has found a second wind.

The day after her watercooler performance, Kelly Clarkson headed to the studio to record the song again but with the same piano arrangement she used the night before. As a result, “Piece By Piece” cracks the Top 10, settling in at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It probably would’ve been higher but her American Idol video didn’t count. These days, video views and streams are factored in to Billboard’s algorithm but the Idol clip wasn’t categorized as “music” so therefore the views don’t contribute to their chart. Damn technicalities.

She also created Billboard history this week. Find out what below.

learn her new feat and listen to new single after the jump

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Someone was in the mood to spill the tea. And that someone is Kelly Clarkson.

Previously, the 33-year-old singer was cryptic regarding the Dr. Luke-Kesha situation. “Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke,” she tweeted. The American Idol winner clearly was in a more sharing mood today about Dr. Luke who produced “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

He’s not a good person to me. We’ve clashed, but I can’t really say anything other than that,” Kelly dished to Australia’s Kyle and Jackie O radio show.

When asked about the Kesha situation, she explained, “Obviously I wasn’t in the room. But I can remark on his character. Unfortunately when you have that poor of character, like so many artists don’t like you and don’t like working with you. You know, that’s not normal. I get along with everybody I work with. He’s just not a good guy for me.”

check out the entire interview after the jump including talking about being blackmailed to work with him

Kelly Clarkson Slays American Idol Appearance

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Can we just crown Kelly Clarkson again? The show tirelessly attempted to find the perfect winner to bookend American Idol. I like a couple of the contestants on Season 15 but let’s face it, no one can live up to the original.

The 33-year-old singer did double duty on the FOX show Thursday night. She sat alongside the judges on the panel and also performed a sensational performance of “Piece By Piece.” Just like “A Moment Like This” on the Season 1 finale, Clarkson got emotional and cracked while singing. Pregnancy hormones I suppose.

Watch Kelly slay it below. Speaking of slayage, Clarkson was stellar with all her critiques after each contestant’s performance. It sucks that producers never went with an all-alum judging panel. Had Clarkson been joined by Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert, I believe Idol could’ve lasted a couple more years.

watch after the jump

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Just in time for the Grammys, Jimmy Kimmel staged another installment of his hilarious self-deprecating Mean Tweets segment. It never fails to provide a few laughs.

The special all-music edition featured the likes of Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Rita Ora, Lionel Richie, Kelly Clarkson, One Direction and more reading their haters not-so-kind words. The one above featuring Meghan Trainor was one of my favorites. Check out the rest below.

watch after the jump

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With American Idol beginning its farewell season, Forbes decided to crunch some numbers to determine the top earning alums to come from the FOX reality show. It’s a bit surprising who topped the list in 2015.

Adam Lambert didn’t even win Season 8 but tops the annual list for the first time. He surpasses Carrie Underwood who held the title the past two years. The Storyteller singer has to settle for second place with $8 million. Poor little rich country girl 😉

According to the publication, Glambert earned an estimated $10 million which mostly came from playing arena shows fronting the legendary rock band Queen. It’s not like The Original High flew off the shelves. None of the album’s tracks, including “Ghost Town,” became hits. It truly is a shame. Definitely underrated.

Surprisingly, Kelly Clarkson tied for fifth place with $4 million. Forbes reveals that only three of her concert shows were eligible during the scoring period of their rankings. Check out the Top 5 below.

check out the Top 5 of 2015 after the jump

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