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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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Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler Comment on the End of ‘American Idol’

American Idol has helped launch the careers of some of country's biggest stars, and two of the show's country veterans are bidding it a fond farewell.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta on If He’ll Return for Season 15, Plus Advice to Finalists

When the press release announcing the end of American Idol was sent on Monday, Scott Borchetta's name was missing. The Season 14 mentor says he could come back, but it depends on how serious the show's producers are about searching for talent.

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‘American Idol’ Canceled, Season 15 Will Be the Last

After 15 seasons, American Idol will end next year. FOX announced that the 2016 season will be the reality show's final season.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Nick Fradiani Could Go Country

If Nick Fradiani wins Season 14 of American Idol, mentor Scott Borchetta says he may steer him towards country radio. The Connecticut native wasn't promoted as the next Nashville hitmaker when the show began, but in recent weeks he's shown his country side.

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Steven Tyler to Debut Country Single on ‘American Idol’ Finale

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has revealed some of the details for his forthcoming debut country single.

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Clark Beckham Draws Criticism With ‘Your Man’ Performance on ‘American Idol’

Clark Beckham performed a country song on American Idol Wednesday night (April 29) — only, not really.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Clark Beckham to Perform ‘Your Man’ by Josh Turner

For country fans of American Idol, Josh Turner's "Your Man" is like "Amazing Grace." It's a song Scotty McCreery used to launch his music career four years ago, and one that will forever be tied to the show's folklore.

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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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