Trying Times: Clay Aiken, 'Tried & True'

In the years since he finished as runner-up on the second season of “American Idol,” Clay Aiken has carved out a niche as a singer of singerly songs — an artist more famous for how he sings than what he sings. His first post-“Idol” album, 2003’s “Measure of a Man,” topped the charts with its […]

DeWyze Choice: Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

Much was made this year about Lee DeWyze’s humble beginnings as a paint salesman with a guitar and a dream. Now, he’s got a smile firmly shellacked on his face — he’s the ninth American Idol. Below, a recap of how he got there — a tale of celebrities, surprises, a former Laker girl and […]

The Gang's All Here: 'American Idol' Alums Prep for the Finale

The final episode of “American Idol’s” ninth season isn’t just a big deal for finalists Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze and departing judge Simon Cowell, it’s also a chance for all those Idolites of yesteryear to gather and kibbutz and, yes, tweet about the occasion. Here’s some of what they’re saying: » Kris Allen, winner, […]

Bowersox vs. DeWyze: Who Will Win the 'American Idol' Title?

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze have survived months of stress, rehearsals, competition, judgment, questions, poking and prodding. Next week, both of them will see their “American Idol” journey end — but only one of them will walk away with the coveted “Idol” title. Who will win? Our panel of judges — former contestants Chikezie (top […]