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Zoanette Johnson Doesn’t Lip-Sync the National Anthem But Forgets the Words on ‘American Idol’

Zoanette Johnson was a confident, room-filling diva who wore a color-blocked outfit and sang the national anthem on tonight's (Jan. 31) Oklahoma City edition of the 'American Idol' auditions. She forgot the words. She messed up the melody, but at least she didn't lip-sync a la Beyonce. We'd have rather watched Bey fake it than hear Zoanette live, but she still got a pass to the next round because she was memorable.

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Kayden Stephenson Doesn’t Let Cystic Fibrosis Stop Him, Sings ‘I Wish’ on ‘American Idol’

Kayden Stephenson, 16, looks like your typical teenage boy. Cute, blonde hair, a billion dollar smile. The Tulsa-based teen auditioned on tonight's (Jan. 31) episode of 'American Idol' in Oklahoma City, revealing that he has been singing since he was four and that this is his dream. Standard 'Idol' stuff, right? Not even close, since he suffers from cystic fibrosis.

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Nate Tao, Son of Two Deaf Parents, Sings Beautiful Version of ‘For Once in My Life’ on ‘American Idol’

Nate Tao delivered an effortlessly beautiful rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'For Once in My Life' on tonight's (Jan. 31) audition episode of 'American Idol,' which took place in Oklahoma City. Tao, who is from Virginia, was unique not just because of his melodious voice, but because he is the son of two deaf parents. So he communicates with his hands as effectively as he does his voice.

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Halie Hilburn Ditches Oscar the Puppet + Wins Judges Over With ‘More Than Anyone’ on ‘American Idol’

On 'American Idol,' the gimmicks don't always work. Texas beauty Halie Hilburn learned that lesson on tonight's (Jan. 31) audition episode, which took place in Oklahoma City. Hilburn is a ventriloquist and she took the stage with Oscar, her hand puppet. He held her back, since they dueted and she yodeled on '(I Want to Be) A Cowboy's Sweetheart.' She was inches from dismissal when she ditched Oscar and sang Gavin DeGraw's 'More Than Anyone,' proving she can sing. Boy, can she sing.

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Kelly Clarkson Is Forbes’ Top Earning American Idol of 2012

Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson is the richest 'American Idol' alum, according to Forbes, which places her yearly earnings at $8 million.

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Past ‘American Idol’ Contestants Deny the Show Is Racist

By now, you've probably heard about the seriously scandalous story of nine former 'American Idol' contestants suing the show because they believe it's a racist attempt at a ratings boost.

Well, some other former 'Idol,' four as a matter of fact, recently came out to defend the show that projected them into the limelight, claiming that it's not the least bit racist.

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Nicki Minaj Talks Nicknames + ‘American Idol’ Feuds and Performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Nicki Minaj took over 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' last night (Jan. 25), not in the Matt Damon way, but in the simultaneous musical guest and major interview guest way. Not only was the Harajuku Barbie supremely entertaining, but she also revealed just how the 'American Idol' panel works together.

Hint: She doesn't think Mariah Carey is a big fan of hers.

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Former ‘American Idol’ Contestants Suing Show for Being Racist

Nine former 'American Idol' contestants are suing the singing competition, claiming that they were forced off the show in a racist attempt to boost ratings.

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Who Is Isabel Gonzalez From ‘American Idol’?

Isabel Gonzalez just about charmed the pants off of the ‘American Idol’ judges during Wednesday night's audition episode (Jan. 23). At only 16, she has a rich and powerful voice is undeniably easy on the ears. Where on earth did this talented singer come from?

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‘American Idol’ Baton Rouge Audition Recap: Injured Beauty Queen + Singing Doctor Belt Soulful Classics

On tonight's (Jan. 24) audition episode of 'American Idol,' Season 12 headed to judge Randy Jackon's hometown of Baton Rouge, La. The "dawg" looked extra beautiful on camera, with Mariah Carey doing his makeup. On this ep, we met an injured beauty queen with a belter's lungs and a singing doctor with a butter smooth voice. There was more good than bad, including an awkward teen who uses music to communicate and bridge the gap between himself and the outside world.

Here's the PopCrush recap of the Baton Rouge auditions on Season 12.

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