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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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‘American Idol’ Finalist Josh Gracin Loses Half of Music Rights in Divorce

American Idol alum Josh Gracin, who finished in fourth place on the second season of the hit reality show, recently lost half of his music rights in an embroiled divorce battle.

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Bucky Covington Turns to ‘The Doctors’ for Help With Daughter’s Medical Condition [Watch]

Bucky Covington and his fiancee appeared on a recent episode of The Doctors, hoping to find treatment for their infant daughter.

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‘American Idol’ Hopefuls Pay Tribute to Kelly Clarkson [Watch]

American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson has come a long way since her 2002 victory on the reality singing competition, but young hopefuls are still paying homage to the first Idol more than a decade later.

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‘American Idol’ Alum Seeks Crowdfunding for Life-Saving Surgery

A former Top 20 finalist on 'American Idol' is asking fans for their help so she can pay for a life-saving brain operation.

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Aww, Snap … ‘American Idol’ Audition Ends With Keith Urban Getting ‘Slapped’ [Watch]

It's not clear if 'American Idol' contestant Samuel Prince earned praise for his singing, but his acting was pretty good. Harry "Henry" Connick, Jr. does a nice job in this video, as well ... maybe too nice a job for Keith Urban's liking.

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Carrie Underwood Named Top-Earning ‘American Idol’ of 2014

For the second year in a row, Carrie Underwood was the highest-paid 'American Idol' alumnus in 2014.

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Tim McGraw Is Happy Keith Urban Is Representing Country Music on ‘Idol’

'American Idol' kicks off a new season Wednesday, with Keith Urban once again representing country music in a judge's chair. Tim McGraw considers Urban a friend, and insists his buddy is a great representation of the genre.

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‘American Idol’ Hopeful Priscilla Barker Covers Miranda Lambert During Audition

Priscilla Barker’s acappella version of Miranda Lambert’s ‘More Like Her’ is bringing the ‘American Idol’ hopeful early attention. The new season doesn’t begin until January 7, but a clip of Barker’s audition was released to YouTube, giving country fans something to be excited about.

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‘American Idol’ Contestant Is Crazy for Keith Urban in Season 14 Trailer

The new season of 'American Idol' is right around the corner, and Keith Urban may be judging one of his biggest fans this year.

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Keith Urban’s Reality Competition Past Helps Him Empathize With ‘American Idol’ Contestants

Keith Urban is one of the most popular judges in the history of 'American Idol,' and he says he has a special connection to the contestants on the show.

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