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'American Idol' Alum Chris Sligh Reveals He Has Double Pneumonia Amid Coronavirus Battle

Chris Sligh is battling a coronavirus diagnosis.

The 42-year-old singer-songwriter, who placed within the Top 10 on American Idol Season 6, confirmed to People on Tuesday (July 7) that he tested positive amid the pandemic.

His wife, Sarah, and their two kids, Keira, 9, and McCartney, 7, have also tested positive, but the kids have “completely recovered” and Sarah is “doing wonderful in her recovery.”

Chris was admitted to the hospital on July 6 after 2 days of symptoms becoming more serious. He was diagnosed with double pneumonia and is at home recovering. The Sligh family is grateful for the outpouring of love and prayer from friends and fans, and want people to understand how serious this disease is. Wear masks, social distance and vote Donald Trump out of the White House in November,” the family said in a statement.

We are wishing the best to Chris in his continued recovery.

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'American Idol' Winner Laine Hardy Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Has 'Mild' Symptoms

Laine Hardy, the winner of 2019′s season of American Idol, has confirmed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 19-year-old singer updated fans on social media over the weekend.

“This wasn’t what I expected on the first day of summer. My doctor confirmed I have Coronavirus, but my symptoms are mild and I’m home recovering in quarantine. Y’all stay safe & healthy!” he wrote on Facebook.

Laine was supposed to go on tour in the spring, but he went on a virtual tour instead when the tour was canceled because of the pandemic.

Laine had originally auditioned for the first season of ABC’s American Idol reboot, but only made it to the top 50. He accompanied a friend on her audition for the second season and the judges convinced him to give the show another shot. He ended up winning!

See who won the latest season of the show.

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Carrie Underwood Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary of 'American Idol' Win

Carrie Underwood is reflecting on a milestone in her career!

The 37-year-old “Before He Cheats” singer celebrated the 15th anniversary of her American Idol win in 2005 on Twitter on Monday (May 25).

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Carrie reacted to a sweet fan video celebrating her victory.

“WOW, I cannot believe it’s been 15 years since my @americanidol win!!! It’s been an incredible ride and I couldn’t have made it through without all of you guys!! THANK YOU so much for this sweet video!!” she wrote.

Back in 2005, Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of American Idol Season 4, beating out runner-up Bo Bice and launching her career with debut single “Inside Your Heaven,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

She also just showed off her swimwear line in a cute selfie.

Check out Carrie Underwood‘s reaction…

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'American Idol' Winner Just Sam Reveals the Advice Katy Perry Gave Her That She Lives By Now

Former subway singer Just Sam won the third season of ABC’s American Idol this weekend and she’s opening up about her big win!

The 20-year-old New York native told Billboard that she didn’t expect to win the season.

“I was kind of setting myself up to just congratulate my friends, because I feel like nobody’s more deserving than the other, but they all have worked so hard,” she said. “I was ready to congratulate them. I didn’t expect to even make it this far, so I definitely didn’t expect to win.”

Sam also opened up about the advice she received from the judges, including Katy Perry.

“All of them have said things to me that I am going to hold on to for the rest of my life and probably give the same advice to my children someday. When Katy told me to remember where I came from and sing to where I want to go, that stuck with me throughout this entire competition,” Sam said. “It’s something I had to say to myself before I walked on stage in Hawaii. I had to tell that to myself before performing in front of an iPhone. That has really has stuck with me and I think about it every day: Sing to where you want to go, Sam.”

Read about the big controversy from the finale of Idol.

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Ryan Seacrest Did Not Have a Stroke During 'American Idol' Finale, Rep Confirms

Fans believed Ryan Seacrest may have suffered a medical emergency during last night’s American Idol finale when his eye looked swollen and his speech became slightly slurred.

However, a representative for the 45-year-old TV personality spoke out about these fan concerns, saying, “Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night. Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home.”

Rumors became even more fueled when Ryan took this morning off from Live with Kelly & Ryan.

The rep continued (via People), “Between Live with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and the Disney Family Singalong specials, he has been juggling three-four on-air jobs over the last few weeks and he’s in need of rest. So today he took a well-deserved day off.”

You can watch the clip that had fans tweeting their concern. We’re so glad to hear that Ryan is okay and taking a well deserved break today.

Ryan Seacrest Absent From 'Live' After Fans Express Concern For His Health During 'American Idol' Finale

UPDATE at 1:00pm ET: Ryan Seacrest‘s representatives have released a statement confirming he did not have a stroke – here’s what his reps said has been happening.


Ryan Seacrest was absent from Live! with Kelly & Ryan on Monday morning (May 18), and some fans are expressing concern for his health.

Kelly Ripa was joined by her husband, Mark Consuelos, for co-hosting duties and said the reason why Ryan was absent today was due to the fact that he was up late for the American Idol finale.

During last night’s American Idol finale, tweets began pouring in after it appeared as if Ryan‘s right eye might have been a little swollen on air.

Ryan did send out a tweet as the finale of American Idol was ending and wrote, “Congrats to our Season 3 winner, @CoJustsam! #IdolFinale.”

Ryan has not posted anything on Twitter or Instagram since last night.

Find out how Ryan recently did his part to help in the fight against Coronavirus.

See photos of Ryan Seacrest from the finale…

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Katy Perry Gives First Performance of 'Daisies' During 'American Idol' Finale - Watch!

Katy Perry is performing her new song for the first time!

The 35-year-old pregnant singer performed her new song “Daisies” during the virtual finale of American Idol on Sunday night (May 17).

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Later in the show, Katy helped crown the new winner of American Idol!

During a recent interview, Katy explained why she has decided to release her new album this summer instead of waiting until 2021 when the pandemic is hopefully over.

You can watch Katy Perry strip down and bare her baby bump in the “Daisies” music video here!