Idol

Queens native Nicki Minaj to join ‘American Idol’ as judge: report
Queens native Nicki Minaj to join ‘American Idol’ as judge: report
Entertainment Billy Rennison 8/20/2012 at 3:37PM

Queens rapper Nicki Minaj will be joining the judges table on “American Idol” for the singing competition’s upcoming season, according to reports. Sources confirmed to “Us Weekly” that the “Super Bass” singer will take one of the spots vacated when Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced their departure prior to the popular show’s 12th season. [...]

Heejun Han sent home on ‘American Idol’
Heejun Han sent home on ‘American Idol’
Arts & Music Billy Rennison 3/30/2012 at 10:17AM

For the second straight week, Heejun Han found himself in American Idol’s bottom three. This time though, neither viewer votes, nor the judges were able to save him. Han was joined in the bottom three last night by Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh, but it was Han whose Idol dreams were ended. After host Ryan [...]

Heejun Han receives standing ovation from judges on ‘American Idol’
Heejun Han receives standing ovation from judges on ‘American Idol’
Arts & Music Billy Rennison 3/29/2012 at 10:02AM

A week after the American Idol judges were on Heejun Han’s back for not taking the competition seriously, the Flushing-native had them on their feet with his rendition of “A Song For You.” The top 9 Idols performed songs from their personal musical icons with Han choosing the Donny Hathaway classic. The song, which was [...]

Heejun Han survives the bottom three on American Idol
Heejun Han survives the bottom three on American Idol
News Billy Rennison 3/23/2012 at 9:38AM

Queens’ Heejun Han found himself in American Idol’s bottom three vote getters for the first time this season, but survived to advance to the show’s top 9 and keep his Idol dream alive. Han was joined by DeAndre Brackensick and Erika Van Pelt as the bottom three vote getters with Van Pelt being sent home. [...]

The Accidental Idol: Heejun Han talks with The Courier
The Accidental Idol: Heejun Han talks with The Courier
News Alexa Altman 3/21/2012 at 4:59PM

Heejun Han landed in “American Idol’s” Top Ten by accident. The 22-year-old from Flushing auditioned for the show as a means to propagate his organization – a group called Milal that assists special needs children. He sought to spread the word, hopefully help the kids he adored. He never thought music, something previously regarded as [...]

Two Queens contestants make it to American Idol’s top 24
Two Queens contestants make it to American Idol’s top 24
Arts & Music Billy Rennison 2/26/2012 at 11:13AM

Hundreds of thousands of “American Idol” hopefuls were narrowed down to 24 over the past month, with two Queens crooners making the cut. Heejun Han, of Flushing, and Astoria’s Creighton Fraker both withstood the auditions, Hollywood and a trip to Las Vegas to make it to the shows semifinals round, and now have the opportunity [...]