2008 – American Idol: ‘I thought, ‘OK, wait a second, I’m not going home, and they’re having a good laugh,’ ‘ the soulful singer says of Ryan Seacrest’s tease.
2006 – Jay-Z tops the charts with Kingdom Come, his first post-retirement disc. The second highest new entry is American Idol winner Daughtry, whose self-titled disc bows at No. 2.
2006 – Chamillionaire tops the U.S. singles chart for a second straight week with “Ridin’.” The highest new entry is American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry’s cover of Bon Jovi’s 1987 hit “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” in at No. 43.
2006 – American Idol contestant Derrell Brittenum surrenders to the Georgia police. Along with his twin brother Terrell, Brittenum performed on the hit show while being wanted on theft and forgery charges. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum caught in new ‘American Idol’ controversy By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2008 One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn’t enough for Terrell […]
2006 – The body of 1970s teen idol Barry Cowsill is discovered in a New Orleans morgue. The Cowsills bassist, who performed on the family act’s hits like “Hair,” is believed to have died when Hurricane Katrina struck the city in 2005.
2005 – American Idol judge Paula Abdul appears on Saturday Night Live in a (weak) sketch poking fun at claims she slept with a contestant. On the same show, System of a Down manage to get the F-word past the tape delay during a performance.
2005 – Mario Vazquez becomes the first American Idol contestant to drop out by choice. The front-runner cites “personal reasons” (as opposed to “contract disputes”) for his decision.
2004 – Sir Elton John calls American Idol voters “incredibly racist” after black singer Jennifer Hudson is knocked out of the competition.
2004 – as the third season of American Idol was aired on US TV a memo was leaked showing a list of songs banned from being performed at this year’s auditions that included, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind’ and ‘Fallin’ by Alicia Keys. Also all songs by Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, R. […]
2004 – American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken donates $20,000 to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and performs during halftime at a men’s basketball game there.