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American Idol receives Governors Award from TV Academy

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American Idol is singing one last victory anthem.

The series will receive this year’s Governors Award, the Television Academy announced Friday. The prestigious award, which honors achievement in television “beyond the scope” of a traditional Emmy Award, has previously gone to the “It Gets Better” project, Comic Relief, and Masterpiece Theater.

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American Idol's Jax reveals she's battling thyroid cancer

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.

Jax left everything she had on the American Idol stage each week when she competed on the show’s fourteenth season, but for the last few months, the singer has been secretly battling cancer.

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American Idol's La'Porsha Renae releases Olympic remix of 'Battles'

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American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae will release her Gold Medal Mix for “Battles” Friday just in time for the start of the Olympic Games in Rio.

The Idol runner-up’s song will serve as the anthem for the U.S. women’s gymnastics squad. The song offers an inspiring message that will resonate with team and fans watching at home. The singer offers up powerful lyrics: “Some days, it feels like you could run a million miles/Some days, you feel like you can’t move/Some days, it feels like you could start a wildfire/Some days, the fire’s burning you.”

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American Idol alum John Stevens hit by van

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.

John Stevens, a former American Idol contestant, was struck by a van while jogging in Chelsea, Massachusetts, last week.

Stevens — who was later treated at Massachusetts General Hospital before being taken to Buffalo, New York, to recuperate with his parents — suffered a fractured skull, broken arm and deafness in his right ear.

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American Idol alum Rickey Smith dies in crash with alleged drunk driver

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

American Idol finalist Rickey Smith has reportedly died in a car crash in Oklahoma. He was 36.

Smith, who was featured on the singing competition’s second season, was killed early Friday morning in a wrong-way wreck by an alleged drunk driver, NewsOK and KOCO report.

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See Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae judge the American Idol judges

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America and the American Idol judges have spoken, crowning Trent Harmon as our final American Idol over runner-up La’Porsha Renae, but now it’s their turn to do the judging. The two singers dropped by EW to let us know what they think — in just one hashtag — about judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and host Ryan Seacrest.

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Simon Cowell makes surprise American Idol return — and almost apologizes for being mean

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

Simon Cowell made a surprise return on the American Idol finale, after all — and the show’s legendary bad-boy finally offered up a little contrition for all the mean things he said to contestants over the years. 

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American Idol finale pays tribute to David Bowie

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American Idol went out with a bang featuring various performances from Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Lopez.

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Carrie Underwood performs 'Something in the Water' on Idol finale

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Fresh off a stomping performance at the ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood took the stage during the American Idol finale on Thursday and performed “Something in the Water” from her 2014 Greatest Hits album.

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Kelly Clarkson performs show-stopping medley on American Idol finale

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Kelly Clarkson already brought fans to tears during the last season of American Idol, but the show’s inaugural winner performed a medley of her greatest tunes during the series finale on Thursday night, effectively shutting the book on the show that made her famous.

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