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'American Idol' 2016 - Top 24 Contestants Revealed!

The top 24 was just revealed on the final season of American Idol and it sure is an extremely talented bunch!

As the judges – Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr. – have pointed out that it has been a “girls season” so far throughout the audition rounds, it is no surprise that there are more girls than boys advancing in the competition.

Make sure to tune in next week to watch the top 24 perform. Ten contestants will reportedly be cut next, with 14 singers going to the live shows.

Click through the slideshow to meet American Idol’s final top 24…

Watch American Idol's Final Audition Ever (Video)

The audition rounds of the final season of American Idol are officially over and you can watch the last audition ever on the show right here!

The final contestant to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood was Manny Torres, a 20-year-old Chicago-based Puerto Rican singer. He performed Maroon 5‘s song “This Love” for his audition.

“The last ticket!” Harry Connick Jr. exclaimed when Manny received the three “yes” votes from himself and fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

Make sure to tune in for the Hollywood round next week!


Manny Torres – Audition – AMERICAN IDOL

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Watch 'American Idol' Contestant MacKenzie Bourg Do a Medley of the Judges' Songs!

The auditions are winding down on the final season of American Idol and one of the standouts during tonight’s (January 20) episode was MacKenzie Bourg!

The 23-year-old Louisiana native, who was also a contestant during season three of The Voice, performed a medley featuring songs by all three judges – Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr.

MacKenzie sang Keith‘s “Stupid Boy” and “Making Memories Of Us,” J.Lo‘s “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” and “Come By Me” by Harry.

He won them all over and is headed to Hollywood. Watch below!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of MacKenzie Bourg’s audition?


MacKenzie Bourg’s American Idol Audition

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Simon Cowell Will Be Part of the 'American Idol' Finale

Simon Cowell is all smiles before heading to judge Britain’s Got Talent auditions on Friday afternoon (January 16) at the Liverpool Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England.

The 56-year-old music executive was joined on the carpet by fellow judge David Walliams, who was dressed as a Beatle.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Simon Cowell

It was revealed during the TCA panel for Simon‘s former show American Idol, that he would be returning during the show’s finale.

Executive producer Trish Kinane said, “I appreciate Simon’s part in the history of the show. He’s an important part. There are huge conflicts with Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent. The most we can expect is for Simon to be at the finale.”

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Jennifer Lopez Weighs In On 'American Idol's Last Season: 'It's Possible' It Might Not Be

Jennifer Lopez leans over Keith Urban to chat with Ryan Seacrest on the American Idol panel at the FOX portion during the 2016 Winter TCA Tour held at the Langham Huntington Hotel on Friday afternoon (January 15) in Pasadena, Calif.

The two judges and host were joined by Harry Connick, Jr. and mentor Scott Borchetta as well as several Idol alums.

Season 10′s runner-up Lauren Alaina and winner Scotty McCreery, Season 14′s Nick Fradiani, Season 8′s Kris Allen, Season 7′s David Cook, Season 6′s Jordin Sparks, and Season 2′s Ruben Studdard also joined the discussion.

On the panel, all three judges and Ryan were quick to say that this current season may not be its’ final.

“You never know with a format like this – it’s possible,” Jennifer shared during the debate of whether season 15 was the “final” or “farewell”. “Whether they’re making a mistake, if that’s the feeling, right now, that’s their feeling…At the end of the day you never know.”

Ryan added, “I was just speaking to Gary and Dana [cochairs/CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman] before the session. The numbers look great this season and we’re all pleased people are watching, and some are coming back to watch…Does that mean it’s the end? I’m not so sure.”

FYI: Jennifer is in a Lover dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.

30+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez, and more, from the American Idol panel… More Here! »

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Clay Aiken Slams 'American Idol' & Criticizes 'Boring' Judges

Clay Aiken is not a fan of the show that made him famous.

The 37-year-old singer, who placed second in season two of American Idol, took to Twitter to complain about the final season premiere.

“Well… now I know why the ratings are down,” Clay tweeted. “Oh good Lord… those boring ass responses from the judges!? Where is Simon [Cowell] when you need him!? That guy need a hook to pull him off stage.”

He added “It’s VERY clear now that @SimonCowell was the reason @AmericanIdol was a hit. I’ve watched root canals more entertaining than these judges.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of the season premiere and Clay’s response?

Former 'American Idol' Host Brian Dunkleman Finally Speaks!

Brian Dunkleman, who co-hosted American Idol alongside Ryan Seacrest in the show’s first season, has finally spoken up about his life after Idol.

The 44-year-old recently told CNN that his decision to leave the show to pursue acting just before Ryan shot into superstardom left him feeling “very upset about it for a long, long time.”

“I don’t even know who I would be if I was still on that show… I knew that if I had stayed, I wouldn’t have had a chance (to pursue acting),” Brian said. “Of course, when it comes to the financial aspect, of course there are regrets. I wouldn’t be human if I said no.”

Brian said he has chosen to let it go, stating, “You got to make up your mind that either you are going to be that angry guy for the rest of your life, or you gotta move on. It’s taken me a long time to get there.”

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