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Katie Stevens Wanted To Be Known For More Than Just American Idol

Katie Stevens Wanted To Be Known For More Than Just American Idol

Do you remember when Katie Stevens was on American Idol?

If you don’t, you’re missing out because she was insanely good.

Katie spoke to THR recently about her time on the reality show and how she moved past just being “Katie from Idol”, and onto a really amazing acting career.

“I was getting discouraged in music,” she revealed after her stint on the show. “I started auditioning…I was trying to network with anybody that I possibly could. I was taking two acting classes a week and auditioning.”

Katie continues, “I didn’t necessarily hit rock bottom, but I was working at Sprinkles Cupcakes and trying to make money, not wanting to tell anybody that I was getting a job because other people that I knew from Idol were like, ‘Why aren’t you singing places and making money off of the Idol name?’ And I was like, ‘Because I don’t only want to be known for that.’”

And now, she isn’t. She’s known for Faking It, and her own music, and The Bold Type, and there’s even more she will be known for.

Katie still has nothing but love for Idol though: “American Idol gives people really wonderful opportunities, and they shouldn’t take flack for what people do with that opportunity after they leave the show.”

“A lot of casting rooms I was in, that was the only thing on my résumé, and people would just be like, ‘Oh, here’s Katie Stevens. Another American Idol girl who thinks she could be an actor,’” she remembers.

Katie is proof that anyone coming from American Idol can do big things.

Charlie Puth Might Be an 'American Idol' Judge!

Charlie Puth Might Be an 'American Idol' Judge!

Charlie Puth is one step closer to being an American Idol judge!

The 25-year-old performer is a front-runner for a spot on the judging panel on the show’s upcoming revival.

Charlie is reportedly in advanced talks with the series, along with Lionel Richie.

The duo would be joining fellow judge Katy Perry, as well as Ryan Seacrest, who recently signed on to host.

ABC is also debating whether to have four judges on the panel.

Other candidates for the spot includes Luke Bryan and Idol veteran Keith Urban.

Sofia Richie's Dad Lionel Might Be New 'American Idol' Judge

Sofia Richie's Dad Lionel Might Be New 'American Idol' Judge

Sofia Richie‘s famous father, Lionel, may be headed to American Idol!

The 18-year-old model’s dad is a five-time Grammy winner and a frontrunner to sit on the judges’ panel for the ABC reboot, according to TMZ.

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He would join Katy Perry, who has confirmed her role on the show.

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest is close to signing a deal to return as host too.

Pictured: Sofia rocks an all-red ensemble while out to lunch with a friend on Monday (June 19) in West Hollywood, Calif.

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'American Idol' is Officially Returning, But on ABC

'American Idol' is Officially Returning, But on ABC

Is 'American Idol' Coming Back Already?

Is 'American Idol' Coming Back Already?

It sounds like an American Idol reboot is very likely happening!

According to Variety, NBC is in talks to bring the show back after they were pitched a reboot.

Currently, its in the process of figuring out where to fit the singing competition into the schedule.

One option being tossed around is to cut The Voice from two seasons a year to just one.

Still, no official deal has been made yet.

American Idol ran from 2002-2016 on Fox.

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Jax From 'American Idol' Reveals She's Battling Thyroid Cancer

Jax From 'American Idol' Reveals She's Battling Thyroid Cancer

Former American Idol contestant Jax just shared that she’s currently battling thyroid cancer.

The 20-year-old singer, who finished third on the show’s 14th season, talked about her battle for the first time during a NJ 101.5 radio show appearance on Monday morning (August 8).

Jax explained that in April she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a condition in which one’s immune system attacks the thyroid and shortly after it was discovered there was 18 tumors on her thyroid, 12 of which were cancerous.

“People don’t realize how important the thyroid is. It’s more important than the actual brain. It was messing me up emotionally, putting me in a strange place,” Jax explained.

In a Facebook post she added, “I didn’t want to publicize what I was going through, but my team and family insisted that it was something I should share with the people that have stuck by me all this time. I know I have been totally MIA for a few months and I do owe you guys an explanation. You have been with me through thick and thin.

All the tumors were successfully removed and she is undergoing iodine treatments. She says her doctor’s expect a full recovery.

Our thoughts are with Jax during this difficult time.

David Archuleta Explains Why He Didn't Perform at 'American Idol' Finale

David Archuleta Explains Why He Didn't Perform at 'American Idol' Finale

David Archuleta has taken to Instagram to explain why he wasn’t performing during the American Idol finale this past week.

Read what the 25-year-old former Idol runner-up shared with his fans:

“Hey y’all, I know a lot of you were bummed I didn’t sing in the idol finale and asked why I didn’t sing. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to. I’m way bummed I wasn’t able to be more a part of it!! :( :( :( but it wasn’t because they wouldn’t let me. It was simply that I thought I wouldn’t be able to until a few days before. I’m glad I was able to be there and still be on stage for a moment with everyone. We sometimes wish things would have gone differently, but life doesn’t always go the way we hope it to at first.

“I’m so glad I could be there! I was reminded of the stressful and overwhelming moments that broke me down a lot of times, but also of the many good people that helped me get back up. I was reminded of the moments that changed my life on the show. I’m glad I got to be a part of it all throughout the years. I’ll write a blog in the next couple of days to share more thoughts with y’all.

“I will say not being stressed and having so much attention, I was able to enjoy the time backstage saying bye to everyone and meeting the people that worked behind the scenes. I love meeting the people who are also a part of the show in both big ways and small ways that no one else ever sees or hears about.

“Thank you all for your concerns. Yeah, I am sad I didn’t sing but also happy I was there. Really, if I had sung I would’ve taken someone else’s spot and I think it worked out how it needed to. Someone else needed to give out what was in their heart this time. It was Trent and La’Porsha‘s time to shine most anyway. (And boy, did they shine. What a great final finale!) No worries, I will keep finding ways to sing up ahead as long as y’all keep supporting. Thank you for your continued support and concern! It’s nice to know people still care enough to ask.”