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Justin Guarini Explains Why He's Glad He Didn't Win 'American Idol'

Justin Guarini came in second place to winner Kelly Clarkson on the first season of American Idol and now he’s explaining why he’s glad he didn’t win.

The 38-year-old entertainer has gone on to have a successful career on Broadway and he’s currently starring in the new musical In Transit.

“I think my life would have gone differently had I won,” Justin told People. “I was not ready, and I was just naive. I believed I was going to work hard and people would take care of me — and that’s not how the business works. You have to create your own brand and be the loudest trumpet for yourself. There’s a way you can do it with grace and class, but I don’t know if I would have learned those things had Idol gone differently.”

Click inside to read what else Justin Guarini said on the subject… More Here! »

VIDEO: Clay Aiken & Ruben Studdard Reunite for First TV Performance Together in 13 Years!

Clay Aiken was the runner-up to Ruben Studdard on the second season of American Idol and the longtime friends just reunited for their first television performance in 13 years!

The guys sang the holiday classic “This Christmas” during an appearance on The View on Thursday morning (December 15) in New York City.

Clay and Ruben said that they speak to each other on FaceTime at least once a week and they didn’t rule out the possibility of getting into the studio together again one day.

Watch the full performance video below!


Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard Perform “This Christmas” on ‘The View’

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VIDEO: Relive Emotional Live Performance That Earned Kelly Clarkson a Grammy 2017 Nomination!

The 2017 Grammy nominations were revealed today – and there’s one particular nomination lots of fans are pretty excited about!

You may remember back in February, Kelly Clarkson broke down while singing her song “Piece By Piece” on American Idol while she was eight months pregnant. The song had the whole audience in tears – including the judges.

“SO EXCITING!! Can’t believe it?! So honored to be nominated with such a talented group of artists! #grammys2017 #piecebypiecelive,” Kelly wrote on Twitter, reacting to the news that the live performance was nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category.

Relive the amazing performance below!

Kelly Clarkson Remembers 'American Idol' Win 14 Years Later

Can you believe it’s been 14 years since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol?!

The 34-year-old “Piece by Piece” singer took to Twitter to honor the day she won the first season back in 2002.

“14 yrs ago 2day @AmericanIdol opened a door w/such amazing opportunities & experiences 4 me! I am 4ever grateful & blessed! #heresto14more 🎉” Kelly wrote.

In case you don’t remember, Kelly beat Justin Guarini with 58% out of 15.5 million votes cast.

Since then, she’s won three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards.

Not to mention, Kelly has sold over 25 million albums worldwide!

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'American Idol' Alum Jax Reveals She's Battling Cancer

American Idol alum Jax just revealed that she’s been battling thyroid cancer.

The 20-year-old singer, who competed on the show’s 14th season, opened up about her battle while making an appearance on a New Jersey 101.5 radio show on Monday morning (August 8).

Jax explained that in April she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a condition in which one’s immune system attacks the thyroid and shortly after it was discovered there was 18 tumors on her thyroid, 12 of which were cancerous.

“People don’t realize how important the thyroid is. It’s more important than the actual brain. It was messing me up emotionally, putting me in a strange place,” Jax explained.

In a Facebook post she added, “I didn’t want to publicize what I was going through, but my team and family insisted that it was something I should share with the people that have stuck by me all this time. I know I have been totally MIA for a few months and I do owe you guys an explanation. You have been with me through thick and thin.

All the tumors were successfully removed and she is undergoing iodine treatments. She says her doctors expect a full recovery.

Our thoughts are with Jax during this difficult time.

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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