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10 black, disqualified Idol contestants sue for $250+ million

Ten American Idol contestants cut from the show for various reasons are suing, asking for $25+ million each in damages because the show has systematically engaged in disqualifying contestants who are black. The lawsuit’s claims, as first reported by TMZ, are fascinating. The lawyer representing the contestants, James H. Freeman, earlier asked the U.S. Equal …

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Kelly Clarkson endorses Ron Paul: record sales down 40%, downloads up 232%, media tries to connect them

Original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s support for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul resulted in reaction from her fans and speculation from the media that it helped her sell more records last week. Kelly Clarkson’s note of support for Ron Paul caused significant enough reaction that she apologized “if I have offended anyone” and added, …

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American Idol producers: “we have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning”

The producers of American Idol released a statement today promising that they’ve never distorted the vocals of contestants using Auto-Tune or other technology. That statement comes in the wake of a scandal in the UK, where The X Factor has admitted manipulating vocals of its performers. “We have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning …

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Kelly Clarkson tops all American Idols in sales and radio play; all-time top 24 ranked

Billboard has ranked the top 24 American Idol contestants based on their sales of albums, singles, and radio play, and the first winner remains on top. Kelly Clarkson beat #2 Carrie Underwood thanks to sales of singles and radio play, which is nearly double Carrie’s. Chris Daughtry is a distant but still strong number three, …

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