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American Idol has come to an end… for now… and I, for one, am sad. Last night, Trent Harmon was named the Season 15 winner, and the “bookend” to Kelly Clarkson. Today, both Trent and La’Porsha Renae signed major record deals, however. Both well deserved.

As an American Idol super fan (and I’m not ashamed to admit it), I loved every minute of the finale, though I did feel a little bad for this season’s finalists, who were reduced to singing backup and rolling a gift for Ryan Seacrest onto the stage. Instead of the usual finalist & artist pairings, we were treated to non-stop performances by past American Idol contestants, including Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and more. Sadly, a very pregnant Kelly wasn’t able to attend, but she did pre-tape a medley of her greatest hits, ending with an acappella “A Moment Like This.”

Notably missing (to me anyway) were Adam Lambert, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, Crystal Bowersox, and a mention of late Michael Johns. But, still, it was a great two hours of television. That I may or may not have watched twice already. 😉 Look below for pictures from the American Idol series finale.

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Yolanda Foster vault

Our favorite reality TV stars cannot get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to social media to share even more of their lives with us. And we would not have it any other way. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite snapshots and selfies from this week. Enjoy.

Above: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster shared this “vault,” adding, “The vault was not a threat but rather a reminder that I know a lot of things about all the cast members that I would never dare to expose! The vault in my culture means: a safe and vulnerable place in our hearts where we share a certain integrity and keep our friends well being as our first priority. I don’t feel the need to share private matters of other women or their families because I care for them as human beings. Exposing private matters to the public would just make me feel like a distrustful human being. We don’t need to put others down in order to build ourselves up. I am not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we’re all successful…. in whatever our personal journey might be…. #RHOBH #TheVault #EnoughIsEnough #DrawingALineInTheSand.”

Below you will find pics from Meghan Edmonds, Khloe Kardashian, Ramona Singer, Alexis Bellino, Leah Messer, Teresa Giudice, and more.

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Reality TV Stars Birthdays Phaedra Parks

It’s a new month (and pumpkin season!) so it’s time to wish a Happy Birthday to some of our favorite reality TV stars from Real Housewives of Atlanta, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Duck Dynasty, Marriage Boot Camp, The Voice, and more. See which reality stars celebrate a birthday in October:

Peter Thomas – October 1, 1960
Gwen Stefani – October 3, 1969
Kathy Wakile – October 4, 1965
Simon Cowell – October 7, 1959
Toni Braxton – October 7, 1967
Nick Cannon – October 8, 1980
Sharon Osbourne – October 9, 1952
Bella Hadid – October 9, 1996
John Luke Robertson – October 11, 1995
Erica Dixon – October 12, 1983
Bill Klein – October 13, 1974
Usher Raymond – October 14, 1978
Rachel Reilly – October 16, 1984
Rebecca Robertson – October 17, 1988
Witney Carson – October 17, 1993
Kim Kardashian – October 21, 1980
Mariah Huq – October 22, 1978
Korie Robertson – October 24, 1973
Phaedra Parks – October 25th, 1971
Keith Urban – October 26, 1967
Mendeecees Harris – October 26, 1978
Kelly Osbourne – October 27, 1984
Caitlyn Jenner – October 28, 1949
Trista Sutter – October 28, 1972
Harry Hamlin – October 30, 1951
Gretchen Rossi – October 30, 1978

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Mariah Carey performs during a live taping of the 'Live! with Kelly and Michael'

Mariah Carey is keeping it real in a recent interview with Australian KIIS FM hosts Kyle and Jackie O on Thursday. Real nasty, that is! When asked about her time as a judge on American Idol, Mariah bluntly described the show as “so boring and so fake.”As a judge on season 12 of the show along with Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and (on-screen nemesis!) Nicki Minaj, Mariah says she “felt forced to make up stuff about the contestants and their performance to keep the show going,” according to Page Six. 

Adding a halfhearted apology before another insult, Mariah added, “I’m sorry, I just think it’s … when I say it’s fake … I mean like you have to make up things to say about people.” Claiming that, at times, the judges don’t have a whole lot to say about the performers, she explains, “Half the time the performances are good, you just be like ‘it was good’ and you feel like ending it there: ‘You were really good.’” 

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2015 American Idol XIV Grand Finale

I have a confession. I love American Idol. In 13 years, I haven’t ever missed an episode, and it’s one of the few shows I watch the night it airs. Not live, mind you, because I need the power to fast forward. I constantly try to fast forward the commercials if I watch a show live. The struggle is real.

On Wednesday, I was pleasantly surprised when Nick Fradiani was named the winner of American Idol 14. Quentin Alexander was my favorite contestant this season. After he was eliminated, I was rooting for Nick, but I thought Clark Beckham had it in the bag.

“Everybody was saying I was kind of the underdog, and I think that’s true,” said Nick. He added that expected Clark or Jax to win. “Nobody had me pegged as the winner. I wasn’t doing anything that was really impressing people. Then something clicked the last six weeks or so. I got hot at the right time.” Check out pictures from the Season 14 finale of American Idol below.

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It’s a sad day for American Idol fans (and for the bank accounts of the judges!), after 15 seasons, the show will come to an end!  Fox has renewed the show for one more season, which will air next January with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban at the judges’ table for the farewell.

The final season will be a regular competition like always, but will include plenty of surprises and tributes to the seasons past.  I feel a lot of cameos and surprise guest appearances coming on!

Reality TV Stars Farrah Abraham

Our favorite reality TV stars cannot get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to social media to share even more of their lives with us. And we would not have it any other way. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite snapshots and selfies from this week. Enjoy.

Above: Farrah’s boyfriend, Simon Saran, shared, “Having a blast in L.A. with Farrah Abraham. #LA #SD”

Below you will find photos from Andy Cohen, Cynthia Bailey, Mike Shouhed, Brandi Glanville, Carole Radziwill, Scheana Marie, and more.

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American Idol Top 12

After weeks and weeks and weeks of auditions, the American Idol top 12 were announced last night. The top 10 – based on votes – were Maddie Walker, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Sarina Joi-Crowe, and Joey Cook for the girls and Qaasim Middleton, Nick Fradiani, Daniel Seavey, Clark Beckham, and Rayvon Owen for the guys. The wild cards went to Adanna Duru and Quentin Alexander.

I was under the impression that I was the only person in America still watching American Idol, but, um, apparently not. There is no way in hell Daniel, who’s fresh from his mother’s womb, and Qaasim, who’s a seizure waiting to happen, would have made it to the top 24, let alone the top 10, based on my votes. I’m shocked Daniel and Qaasim were voted in over Quentin Alexander and Mark Andrew. Thankfully, the judges saved Quentin (and the season for me) with a wild card, but I mourn the loss of Mark. This competition needs Quentin.

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