‘American Idol’ Finalist First Appeared On Charlotte Singing Contest

A young woman from Stanly County is a finalist on ‘American Idol’. But before she ever made it to ‘Idol’, Kellie Pickler was a finalist in Channel 9’s ‘Gimme The Mike! Charlotte’ contest. WSOC TV 9 Eyewitness News reporter Laura Palka explained why she didn’t win in Charlotte and what she needs to do in Hollywood. The video report at wsoctv.com has since been removed.

‘Idol’ Says Goodbye To Four

February 24, 2006 – On ‘American Idol’ Thursday night, viewers’ voted and booted the bottom two of each sex — Becky O’Donohue, Stevie Scott, Bobby Bennett and Patrick Hall. Host Ryan Seacrest said on Thursday’s telecast that the show had received some 40 million votes from its viewers.

Tension Between Simon And Ryan Gets Serious?

February 24, 2006 – Wednesday night in front of 30 million fans, ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell appeared less than happy after host Ryan Seacrest challenged him to do something other than criticize the contestants. “I do this for a living,” Cowell snapped. “I don’t play at it like you.”

‘Idol’ Chats With WBLI

February 23, 2006 – Levittown’s ‘American Idol’ contestant Kevin Covais was on the line with local pop radio station 106.1 WBLI in Long Island. The show’s geekiest looking contestant spoke with Steve Harper, Dana DiDonato, and Big Randy about getting phone numbers from girls on the show, how he is getting along with the other contestants, Paula Abdul’s jewelery gifts, and “being himself”. Big Randy then closed with a cheer for Covais. WBLI.com has since removed the audio.

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