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'American Idol' Finalist Oliver Steele Speaks Out Amid Katy Perry Bullying Rumors

Oliver Steele is speaking out.

The 25-year-old American Idol finalist addressed rumors that judge Katy Perry bullied contestants on the TV show.

“I’ve seen a lot of rumors going around the internet about Katy Perry possibly leaving Idol and I don’t necessarily know what’s true and what’s not. Here is what I know about @katyperry,” he began.

Katy is not a bully, nor does she shame people. I remember being nervous at my audition, nervous during Hollywood week, hell even nervous throughout various points in the competition. Katy has an incredible ability to not just tell what emotional state you’re in, but to be able to tell what’s holding you back,” he continued.

“I love all the judges, but Katy always seemed to be able to look into my soul and tell exactly what was troubling me, or what it was I was struggling with. It’s one thing to teach someone to believe in their ability, which the judges are fabulous at. Katy reminded me to believe in who I am as an artist. She challenged me to push myself, to take on challenges that made me uncomfortable. I’m a better musician and artist after Katy Perry pushed me to believe in my potential, and to exceed my limitations.”

“@katyperry I dunno if you’ll see this, but I hope you stay on American idol. You’re a guiding light, an incredible teacher. And you made me believe that I am my own hero. Thank you for everything. ❤️” he concluded.

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'American Idol' Season 21 Runner-Up Megan Danielle Addresses 'Rigged' Allegations

Megan Danielle is speaking out amid allegations that American Idol Season 21 was “rigged” in favor of winner Iam Tongi.

The show’s runner-up addressed the allegations in an interview with the New York Post.

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Whoopi Goldberg Explains The Reason Why She Thinks 'American Idol' Began The Downfall of Society

Whoopi Goldberg is not happy where society is at right now.

The 67-year-old The View host blamed the reality TV show American Idol as the “beginning of the downfall of society.”

“I think that we, as a society, love to watch stuff to judge folks. I’ve always thought that the beginning of the downfall of society was with, what’s the name of that show?” Whoppi asked, before a producer answered, “American Idol?”

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Katy Perry Reveals the Entertainer She Wants to Join 'American Idol' Judges Panel

Katy Perry is sharing her thought on the future of American Idol.

The 38-year-old “Teenage Dream” singer joined the ABC revival of the hit singing competition series for season 16 in 2018.

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For the past five seasons, Katy has served as a judge alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

Following the season 21 finale, Katy revealed in a new interview the female entertainer she wants to join her on the judges panel.

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'American Idol' Winner Just Sam Shares New Subway Singing Videos, Three Years After Winning Virtual Season

Samantha Diaz, who used the stage name Just Sam while competing on American Idol in 2020, is once again performing in the New York City subways just three years after winning the show’s virtual season during the pandemic.

The 24-year-old singer previously made a living as a subway singer before appearing on Idol, but is now back to seeking donations from subway riders.

“Back in 2021, I was super embarrassed to be going back to the trains,” Sam wrote in a post on Instagram, though the comment seems to have been deleted. “I didn’t want people to know that I legit needed the money. I didn’t want people to know that it wasn’t optional. I was disappointed in myself for allowing myself to fall so low after winning Idol, but then I had to take it easy on me and remember that I started my journey with Idol at 20 years old.”

Sam added, “Since then, I have learned so much and I’ve been able to take my experiences and share them with other artist in hopes that they don’t experience the same things that I did when It comes to making it in This life.”

Sam previously said last year that they went broke while paying off their record label.

If you didn’t know, Sam won the 2020 season of American Idol, which ABC aired through virtual performances due to the pandemic.

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Katy Perry Speaks Out After 'American Idol' Season 21 Finale & King Charles Coronation Ceremony, Addresses Whether She'll Return for Season 22

Katy Perry is dishing about her American Idol experience.

The 38-year-old Witness singer spoke out in an interview with Extra following the Season 21 finale, which took place on Sunday (May 21) and crowned a new winner: Iam Tongi.

Now, she’s opening up about her time at the King Charles coronation ceremony, the Idol finale, as well as her fate on the show.

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'American Idol' Crowns [SPOILER] As Season 21 Winner!

American Idol has crowned its’ newest American Idol!

Colin Stough, Iam Tongi, and Megan Danielle were the final three singers in the competition, with each performing a handful of new songs on the stage ahead of the big announcement.

During the season finale, the rest of the season’s top 12 – including Haven Madison, Marybeth Byrd, Lucy Love, Oliver Steele, Tyson Venegas, Warren Peay, Wé Ani, Zachariah Smith, and Nutsa - returned for performances.

Former Idol contestants Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, as well as James Blunt, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Ellie Goulding, Pitbull, and TLC were also there.

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