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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. [...]

Heejun Han performs Billy Joel’s “My Life” on American Idol
Heejun Han performs Billy Joel’s “My Life” on American Idol
News Billy Rennison 3/22/2012 at 10:59AM

Queens’ Heejun Han lit up the American Idol stage with the bright personality he has become known for, though the judges felt his vocals were lacking luster. This week, the Idol top 10 tackled the songs of Billy Joel. Han previously performed Joel’s “New York State of Mind” last month in his final performance before [...]

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 [...]

Heejun Han performs “Right Here Waiting” on American Idol
Heejun Han performs “Right Here Waiting” on American Idol
News Billy Rennison 3/15/2012 at 11:21AM

After American Idol’s dozen finalists were narrowed down to 11 before the show even began, Heejun Han took the stage to mixed review from the judges. Host Ryan Seacrest opened the show by announcing that “with the cooperation of law enforcement we discovered information that left us with no choice but to eliminate one of [...]

Heejun Han cruises into American Idol top 12
Heejun Han cruises into American Idol top 12
News Billy Rennison 3/09/2012 at 9:08AM

Queens crooner Heejun Han has cruised into American Idol’s top 12. Viewer votes chose the bottom guy and girl and the judges chose who to send home. The choice came down to Jeremy Rosado and Elise Testone. The judges ended Roasado’s journey. On Wednesday’s episode, Han performed Stevie Wonder’s “All In Love Is Fair.” The [...]

Heejun Han sings Stevie Wonder in American Idol’s top 13
Heejun Han sings Stevie Wonder in American Idol’s top 13
News Billy Rennison 3/08/2012 at 11:15AM

Heejun Han continued on his American Idol journey Wednesday night impressing judges and winning over fans. Each contestant took on a Whitney Houston or Stevie Wonder tune on the singing competition’s 400th episode, with the Flushing native performing Wonder’s “All In Love Is Fair.” The judging triumvirate was impressed. “Fantastic,” said Steven Tyler.  “I love [...]