American Idol is back for an eighth season! Here's an early look at a few of the more talented singers from the show's earliest auditions.
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American Idol's eighth season premieres on January 13, 2008. Here's a funny clip from one of the opening audition episodes.
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Paula Goodspeed was a contestant on season five of American Idol. She never made it past the original round of auditions and, tragically, showed up dead outside Paula Abdul's house years later, an apparent suicide victim.
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Here's a listen at David Archuleta's first single. The American Idol finalist released "Crush" in the summer of 2008.
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Here's a video of David Cook winning American Idol and then singing the song "Time of My Life." It was this season's cheesy, winning ballad. Thoughts on the performance?
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For the second time in the competition, David Archuleta sang the John Lennon classic "Imagine." The judges went crazy for it.
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Here's David Cook singing "The World I Know" during the American Idol finals. Simon Cowell said it was a bad song choice.
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David Cook needs to be crowned American Idol champion. He's the best entertainer the show has seen in years.
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Syesha Mercado is seen here singing the National Anthem before a Tamba Bay Rays game. It worked. The team won again at home.
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David Cook sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame in front of Kansas City Royals fans. The performance took place a couple days before the semifinals of American Idol.
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Take a look and a listen at David Archuleta singing the National Anthem. The American Idol crooner wowed the crowd in Utah before a Jazz/Lakers playoff game.
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What do you think of David Cook's rendition of Hungry Like a Wolf? We love pretty much anything out of this guy's mouth.
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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]