American Idol celebrated its 500th episode on Wednesday.

Now, following many months of competition, two finalists have an even bigger reason to celebrate: They are one week away from possibly winning it all!

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American Idol celebrated a milestone last night:

The Fox competition aired its 500th episode, an impressive accomplishment that resulted in so much back-patting that the first performance of the evening didn't even take place until 16 minutes into the episode.

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A night after singing about love, the remaining four finalists on American Idol found out whether viewers had any love for them.

For a change, however, the contestants actually did want to get sent home... as in, their actual home. For next week's hometown visits.

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Let the debate over a fresh judging panel begin anew...

Fox announced this morning that American Idol has been renewed for Season 14, a move most expected the network to make despite the series suffering through its worst ratings in history this year.

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American Idol brought out some big names for its Top 5 performance show last night.

Ariana Grande, Zooey Deschanel and Jason Mraz all showed up during the two-hour broadcast, but the episode, of course, centered on a quintet of singers who one hope to strike it big:

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]