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Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
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Paul Jolley Wins a Golden Ticket Singing Rascal Flatts’ ‘I Won’t Let Go’ on ‘American Idol’

Honoring his late grandfather, 22-year-old Paul Jolley auditioned for Season 12 of 'American Idol' by singing the Rascal Flatts hit 'I Won't Let Go,' wowing the judges with his polished vocal skills and genuine spirit.

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Ashley Smith Auditions With Carrie Underwood’s ‘Cowboy Casanova’ on ‘American Idol’

In perhaps one of the more surprising auditions so far in season 12 of 'American Idol,' a young African-American singer named Ashley Smith stunned the panel of judges by singing a note-perfect version of Carrie Underwood's hit 'Cowboy Casanova.'

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Ray Price Attacks Blake Shelton for Comments About Classic Country Fans

Legendary country star Ray Price is not happy with reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton, and he's not afraid to say so in public. In a Facebook post today, the 87-year-old entertainer took issue with comments Shelton made to GAC, in which he derided old country fans for not understanding the music of the new generation.

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Jimmy Smith Makes It to Hollywood Singing Rascal Flatts’ ‘Bless the Broken Road’ on ‘American Idol’

25-year-old aspiring singer Jimmy Smith used his good looks and vocal ability to win his way to a golden ticket, moving on to the next round in Hollywood on Wednesday night's (Jan. 23) episode of 'American Idol.'

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Contestant’s Wife Has a ‘Hall Pass’ for Keith Urban on ‘American Idol’

At the Charlotte auditions for 'American Idol,' tragedy turned to triumph for one contestant and his family. 27-year-old Brian Rittenberry wowed the judges with his performance, while his wife got to fulfill her wish to meet her not-so-secret crush, Keith Urban.

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Scotty McCreery Makes His Return to ‘American Idol’ This Week

Obviously, Scotty McCreery is no stranger to 'American Idol.' The 19-year-old singer was crowned the winner in the show's tenth season, and has since embarked on a successful recording and touring career as a country artist. This Wednesday (Jan. 23), he will return to the show for an appearance during the audition rounds in Charlotte, in his home state of North Carolina.

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Sarah Restuccio Wins Her Way to Hollywood With ‘Mama’s Song’ by Carrie Underwood on ‘American Idol’

Seventeen-year-old aspiring country singer Sarah Restuccio auditioned for 'American Idol' by singing Carrie Underwood's hit single 'Mama's Song,' and despite some uncertainty among the judges, she won her way to Hollywood.

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Keith Urban Also Feuding With Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol’ Season 12

Keith Urban may sometimes serve as the referee between warring fellow 'American Idol' judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, but that doesn't mean it's all sweetness and light for the country superstar. In fact, 'Idol' producer Nigel Lythgoe says Urban has sparred with all of the judges on the panel, including a huge blow-up with Minaj.

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