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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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Adam Lambert Fills in for Keith Urban at ‘American Idol’ Auditions in NYC

Keith Urban is taking some time off from work in light of the unexpected death of wife Nicole Kidman's father.

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Friends Fear Suicide After ‘American Idol’ Singer Josh Gracin Posts Alarming Note

A cryptic message posted to country singer Josh Gracin's personal Facebook page late Thursday afternoon (Aug. 14) put fans and friends in a frenzy, concerned the singer may be preparing to take his own life.

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Keith Urban Plays Guitar While ‘American Idol’ Contestant Woos J. Lo [Watch]

One 'American Idol' hopeful had an epic time auditioning in Nashville, Tenn. recently. While country star Keith Urban provided backup vocals with Harry Connick, Jr. on Sam Smith's hit 'Stay With Me,' the contestant slow danced -- yes, slow danced -- with Jennifer Lopez and sang the ultra-romantic song.

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5 Things We Learned at the Nashville ‘American Idol’ Auditions

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. stopped to chat with Taste of Country at the Nashville 'American Idol' audition stop on Monday (Aug. 4). The trio took turns gushing on the show and each other before answering serious questions about collaborations and the weirdos. OK, they almost got serious.

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Keith Urban Returning to ‘American Idol’ for Another Season

Country fans, breathe a sigh of relief! Keith Urban will indeed be returning to the judges table on 'American Idol' for another season -- and his friends Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. will be joining him!

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Will Keith Urban Return to ‘American Idol?’

Now that Season 13 of 'American Idol' has wrapped up and crowned its new champion, everyone's wondering about next season's judging panel. And country fans specifically are asking if Keith Urban will return to 'American Idol.'

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Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum + Darius Rucker Perform During ‘American Idol’ Finale

'American Idol' was brimming with country music during its Season 13 finale on Wednesday (May 21). Lady Antebellum and Jennifer Nettles showed viewers how it's done, by performing a few of their hits.

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Lady Antebellum to Perform ‘Bartender’ on ‘American Idol’

Lady Antebellum is bringing their newest song 'Bartender' to the 'American Idol' stage.

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Keith Urban Prepares to Perform ‘Good Thing’ on ‘American Idol’ [Watch]

Keith Urban is performing on 'American Idol' Thursday night (May 1), taking a break from his judge's chair to show fans why he's won four Grammy Awards.

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Ousted ‘Idol’ Contestant Dexter Roberts Has Sights Set on Nashville

'American Idol' may no longer have Dexter Roberts after he was eliminated from the show on Thursday night (April 17), but Nashville is getting a new resident in the singer.

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