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Phillip Phillips Sued by 'American Idol' Producers for $6 Million

Phillip Phillips is being sued for $6 million by one of the producers of American Idol for breach of contract.

The 25-year-old singer, who won the eleventh season of the singing competition series, tried to get out of his contract with management company 19 Entertainment back in January 2015.

Phillip alleged that 19 manipulated him into accepting jobs. Now, 19 claims that the singer is holding onto $1 million of the company’s money and that he should also have to pay “at least $5 million for repudiating and breaching various agreements,” according to THR.

Phillips has refused and insists that he will continue to refuse to perform pursuant to the Agreements, thereby causing Plaintiffs additional damages,” the complaint states. “The amount of the additional damages from these continuing breaches is not presently calculable with precision but will be presented at the time of trial and will exceed $5,000,000.”

Here is how Phillip‘s lawyer responded: “19′s new complaint is a blatant attempt to evade California’s jurisdiction and thwart its fundamental public policies crafted to protect artists. 19 cannot murder its parents, then seek mercy as an orphan.”

Ryan Seacrest Explains His 'For Now' Goodbye on 'Idol' Finale

Ryan Seacrest is opening up about the cryptic way he signed off on the American Idol finale earlier in the week.

While the finale was supposed to be the show’s series finale, the 41-year-old host ended the episode by saying, “Good night, America… for now.”

Ryan took to his Twitter account the next day to seemingly explain that cryptic statement.

“I didn’t want to say goodbye last night. Thank you for 15 amazing seasons #IdolFinale,” Ryan tweeted.

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Idol's White Guys With Guitars Perform David Bowie Tribute!

Kris Allen hits the stage for a performance during the finale of American Idol on Thursday night (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 30-year-old season eight winner was joined for a David Bowie tribute performance by four other winners – season 14′s Nick Fradiani, season 11′s Phillip Phillips, season 7′s David Cook, and season 9′s Lee DeWyze.

The five guys are all in that “white guy with guitar” category and producer Nigel Lythgoe opened up to THR about the performance.

“I promise you, if they went out on tour, and each did 20 minutes in their own right and 20 minutes together, this is a sell-out tour, they’re so good together. The ‘WGWG’ tour,” he said.

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Kelly Clarkson's Daughter Says Bye to 'American Idol' (Video)

Kelly Clarkson wasn’t able to attend the finale of American Idol, so she watched at home with her daughter River!

The 33-year-old singer posted an adorable video of the baby girl saying “goodbye” to the show and it was super cute.

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River wanted 2 say bye #AmericanIdol #IdolFinale,” Kelly captioned the video on her Twitter account.

Make sure to check out all of Kelly‘s live tweets and watch her amazing pre-taped finale performance of “A Moment Like This” and more.

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Scotty McCreery & 'Idol' Country Stars Perform at the Finale

Scotty McCreery leans in as he performs with a group of American Idol‘s best country singers during the series finale on Thursday night (April 7).

The 22-year-old singer was joined on stage by Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler and Diana DeGarmo.

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Other performers included Skylar Laine, Kree Harrison, Bucky Covington, Ace Young and Constantine Maroulis.

The group performed songs including Taylor Swift‘s “You Belong With Me” and The Band Perry‘s “Done.”

Check out the group’s entire performance below…

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William Hung Sings 'She Bangs' on 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

William Hung puts his arms out in a victory moment while on stage at the American Idol series finale on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old infamous contestant gained notoriety back in 2004 when he sang Ricky Martin‘s “She Bangs” on the third season of the show.

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While he obviously didn’t make it to Hollywood, William became an American sensation for his audition. During the finale, he sang a few lines from that same song. Watch the video below!

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Carrie Underwood Gives Stunning Final Performance on 'American Idol' Finale (Video)

Carrie Underwood belts out a song in her final performance on the American Idol stage on Thursday (April 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old singer, who won season four of the singing competition series, performed her song “Something in the Water” for the final musical moment of the night.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Carrie Underwood

Earlier in the night, Carrie joined judge Keith Urban for a performance of his new song “The Fighter” and she also walked the carpet in a chic sheer dress.

FYI: Carrie is wearing a Monique Lhuillier iridescent blue embroidered tulle gown.

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