American Idol, Tragic News Former Contestant Killed In Crash

American Idol, such sad news. Tragic news has been reported by TMZ, a former 2003 contestant, thirty-six-year-old Rickey Smith was killed the morning of May 5, 2016, from multiple blunt force injuries, by a driver, who was allegedly drunk driving the wrong way the street plowing into the car in which he was in. It was the second season of the singing talent show in which Smith appeared on being beating out by winner Ruben Studdard, who left him a tribute

Smith was traveling on the I-240 freeway outside of Oklahoma City just after 3 a.m. when another driver, identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as Gerardo Cerda Jr., collided head-on with Smith’s Honda Accord. Cerda, 27, who was traveling west in the eastbound lane in a GMC pickup truck, was treated at a local hospital following the crash. He was then transferred to jail after members of the patrol detected an odor of alcohol in Cerda’s truck.

At this time, the crash is still being investigated, reported Smith and Cerda were both wearing seatbelts at the time

Clay Aiken said, Friday

“Suffice it to say my heart is truly breaking today,”Heaven’s choir has a new beautiful voice. I love you and will miss you, Rickey.”

Many other tributes are pouring in, such sad heartbreaking news for his fans, family, and American Idol contestants who knew Smith. Before Idol Smith was a teacher.

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American Idol Brian Dunkleman Former Host Jokes About Cancellation

Brian Dunkleman jokes American Idol cancellation. He used to be part of the duo hosts Ryan Seacrest and himself until he left the Reality show after the first season. Dunkleman, who is a comedian and actor departed in 2002, took to Twitter to express his thoughts about its cancellation on May, 11.

“I knew American Idol would never last without me #CANCELLED,” Dunkleman, who served as co-host on the hit competition show for only one season, tweeted following the news that Idol’s upcoming 15th season will be its last.

During a press conference with reporters, Chairmain and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden joked about a possible Seacrest/Dunkleman reunion during the series’ final run. “Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him,” Walden joked after being asked about Dunkleman’s possible return.

The show had a thirteen-year run, but now it is done following it’s fifteen final season this January on FOX”. This is what the network wrote,
“A season-long celebratory event, American Idol XV will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final Idol superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols.”

Fellow Fox CEO and Chairman Gary Newman said it was “not an easy decision” to make during the call.

“American Idol had been such a vital part of Fox for its run and we spent a lot of time talking with the producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we all arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end,” Newman explained. “Next year we’re announcing it as the final season and it is going to be a true season-long celebration. We’re already talking about surprises we can have for the fans to make it feel special and to send it off in a way that is as significant as the run it’s had on our network,” he added.

The show gave a lot of artists there break including, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson.

Dunkleman went on to appeared on Celebrity Fit Club and had a small guest role on Las Vegas.

Forty-three-year-old Dunkleman, also once admitted that his leaving the show was a bad move on his part, because Ryan Seacrest went on to become a multi-millionaire superstar.

“Listen, I’d like to say I was just young and stupid, but the truth is, I really wasn’t that young,” he said. “I mean listen, I was a comedian and an actor… What I wanted to do with my life is be an actor and that’s going great,” he joked while giving the thumbs-up.

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Phillip Phillips Suing ‘Company Behind American Idol’ Feels Manipulated (Video)

Phillip Phillips is suing ‘American Idol’ bosses for freedom 3. American Idol is one of my favorite Reality Shows to watch. Phillip Phillips won the eleventh season, and his hit song Home is one of my favorite,and now I hear he is suing the company which is behind ‘American Idol’, his wants to be released from recording, management and merchandising deals linked to the TV talent music show.

Phillips won season 11 of the hit series and signed off on a deal linked to his future success – but now he wants out of the agreement with 19 Entertainment bosses, claiming he feels “manipulated”.

In his lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the Home singer writes, “I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol. The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.

“I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

Phillips is also saying that he,

had no idea what the title of his latest album would be before it was released.

More on Phillips, he is from Albany, Georgia, he went to college and graduated with a major in Industrial Systems Technology and before he won the talent show, he worked in his family’s. When he was fourteen he started playing music, particularly the guitar.

Watch Video! Home!

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‘American Idol’ Finalist Caleb Johnson Apologizes For Slur.He Said

Caleb Johnson apologizes for slur. He is an American Idol finalist on the thirteenth season and he is getting some feed back as one of his post show interviews has gone viral. He is also lead singer of a rock ‘n’ roll band known as Elijah Hooker and as he spoke to After Buzz TV last week about his opinion of social media, he said that he resented that he had to perform the song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, a song in which he said he dislikes. He gave feed back to his followers who supposedly regularly spam his Twitter feed with unwelcome song suggestions.

To dis his superfans (i.e., the people most likely to SuperVote for him) was foolish enough. But his politically incorrect wording made the situation much, much worse.

“[Twitter] gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me,” Caleb said, astonishingly. “I don’t really enjoy having to see somebody telling me what song I have to sing. I think at this point of the competition, I can pick and choose my own songs and represent me. I don’t need 10,000 people saying, ‘You should sing this, you should sing that. Listen to me!’ Fortunately, guys, I’m going to listen to myself, whether you like it or not.”

Obviously, the use of the dreaded “R-word” under any circumstances would have been offensive and unacceptable. But the fact that Caleb seemed to be directing this slur at engaged, well-meaning fans (as opposed to “haters”) was simply baffling… and it was possible career suicide, with the finale and a record contract only three weeks away.

Although Areosmith’s hit didn’t go well for him, he did very well with Whitesnake’s ‘Still of the Night’ a fan request, he even a good remarks by Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale — on Twitter!) However with the remark he made, fans took to Twitter to vent their anger and disappointment over what Caleb had said.

On Saturday afternoon, Caleb addressed this controversy on his Facebook page (but not on Twitter), posting:

“For the record that juvenile comment I made in the interview was not directed towards my fans but to the wackos that send hundreds of hate messages a day to me! You guys are amazing and I cannot thank you enough for your support. Sorry if it offended anybody it was the wrong choice of words. Also I greatly appreciate it when you guys give me song suggestions but it gets really overwhelming at the volume it comes in so please understand ! Rock on !:)”

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American Idols Ace Young & Diana Degarmo Married!

Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo have married. She is a singer-songwriter, who had appeared on the reality show American Idol and Young is an American singer-songwriter also from the Reality Show. the couple were joined by friends and family. They said their vows together on Saturday evening at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles, PEOPLE confirms.

“Today was the best day of my life,” Young, 32, tells PEOPLE. “Diana and I are in it forever. She’s my best friend.”

Twenty five year old Degarmo was wearing a form-fitting Sareh Nouri gown with pearls and rhinestones.

“It was the first dress she tried on,” says Renée Strauss, the LA-based luxury bridal expert who organized the wedding. “She knew immediately that it was the perfect dress for her.”

The dress was accessorized by a beaded belt, custom veil, and blue cowboy boots. “If you didn’t know better, you’d think the dress and boots were made for each other,” says Strauss. Adds DeGarmo: “Believe it or not, the boots totally worked!”

The wedding colors were purple and yellow. Young wore a custom-made box suit with a crest designed by Strauss: the couple’s monogram with “Forever Young” emblazoned underneath.

“They wanted to put their personal touch on the wedding,” says Strauss, who has also coordinated weddings for Heather Locklear and Valerie Bertinelli. “We all worked together to make sure every detail was special.”

The ceremony began with six flower girls – all nieces of DeGarmo and Young – walking down the aisle with baskets of flower petals. Each basket had a different word on it, spelling out a message to the groom: “Hey Ace. Here Comes Your Bride.”

A harpist played the Wedding March as DeGarmo walked down the aisle. The wedding was officiated by music writer Fred Bronson. After the couple exchanged vows that they wrote themselves, they walked back up the aisle to the strains of Led Zeppelin’sAll of My Love.”

Their were two hundred and fifty guests in attendance, which include Idol finalists Elliot Yamin, Michael Johns and Kevin Covais. Several of DeGarmo‘s costars from The Young and the Restless also attended, including Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman.

Following the ceremony, the guests headed to the reception. On the menu: filet mignon, chicken, salmon or pumpkin ravioli. There were two wedding cakes: a traditional vanilla, and a banana chocolate chip. The couple recorded an original song entitled,

 ”I Do” for their first dance.

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Kree Harrison Expreses American Idol Winner Candice Glover ‘I’M Proud Of Her’

Kree Harrison reveals I’m so proud of American Idol 2013 winner Candice Glover. Harrison had been the runner up of the reality show and does say that there is no jealousy between the pair. Harrison just had kind words to say about Glover.

Stating that she was “so proud” of Candice, who impressed the judges week after week with her performances, Kree gushed to HollywoodLife:

“You know what, we’re both standing there and the beauty of Candice and I is that we are both totally different artists. We are both so driven for each other’s careers and I just felt like it was the beginning.

“This is not the end of the road for any of us. I’m so proud of her and I am proud of myself for getting this far and I couldn’t believe I was standing there with her at the finale.”

How sweet!

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