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Since its debut in 2002, ‘American Idol’ has become one of the most important vehicles for discovering new musical artists across all genres. First season winner Kelly Clarkson has flirted with country music, but season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is by far the biggest country star the show has launched, scoring 14 No. 1 hits and winning CMA, ACM and even Grammy awards for her work. Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is also a fast-rising country star now, but in addition to the winners, a number of runners-up have gone on to successful country careers, including Bucky Covington, Kellie Pickler, Casey James and Lauren Alaina. Keith Urban joined the show as a judge in season 12, further cementing its connection to country music.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta: ‘Great Art Doesn’t Come From Vanilla’

Joey Cook’s departure from American Idol last week was overshadowed by the drama between judge Harry Connick Jr. and Queintin Alexander. Mentor Scott Borchetta said after that he supported Alexander. On Wednesday, he explained why.

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Keith Urban Says ‘American Idol’ Judges Have No Regrets About Using Save Early

When Joey Cook was sent home last week, fans started to wonder what would have happened if the three American Idol judges still had their save. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. used it in Week 2, to rescue Qaasim Middleton. Urban says he has no regrets.

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Rayvon Owen Performs Surprising Willie Nelson ‘Always on My Mind’ Cover on ‘American Idol’

Rayvon Owen took on a country classic on Wednesday night's (April 15) episode of American Idol. Although the choice was unexpected, Owen performed an incredible rendition of "Always on My Mind."

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Rayvon Owen’s Willie Nelson Cover Is Unexpected

This week on American Idol, contestant Rayvon Owen will take on a Willie Nelson classic. Mentor Scott Borchetta says the choice was unexpected.

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Keith Urban Is the Best ‘American Idol’ Judge, Isn’t He?

Keith Urban has three seasons (almost) under his belt as a judge for the hit show, American Idol, and he's got at least one big fan.

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Florida Georgia Line to Act as Mentors for Top ‘American Idol’ Contestants

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will share their musical savvy on this season of American Idol. The talented duo will appear on reality singing competition for a special mentoring session with the final eight contestants.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Nick Fradiani Starting to Show His Country Side

When Maddie Walker was booted from American Idol, country fans may have thought it was a season lost for the format. All may not be lost, however. Mentor Scott Borchetta says tonight, Nick Fradiani's country side will begin to show.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Leaders Starting to Emerge

American Idol viewers are still getting it right, Scott Borchetta says. After fan votes left country singer Maddie Walker and Adanna Duru on the side of the road last week, the show's mentor says the best and brightest stars are moving on safely week to week.

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You Think You Know ‘American Idol’?

Since American Idol debuted in 2002, there have been over two dozen country contestants, but only two winners. This You Think You Know Country? answers the question ... "What the heck happened to them all?"

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Judges May Regret Using Their Save

Viewers were surprised when Qaasim Middleton was voted off American Idol last week, but they were shocked when the panel of judges voted to save him. Mentor Scott Borchetta tells Taste of Country Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. may come to regret that decision.

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