By George Stark and Lucy Thackray. He was The publication reports that the cause of death is understood to be a blood clot in his ankle after he had twisted it. Michael leaves behind a wife, Stacy Vuduris, whom he married back in Scroll down for video Tragic: American Idol contestant Michael Johns - seen here in - has died at According to TMZMichael was in a 'great amount of pain' after injuring his ankle.
He apparently visited a doctor on Thursday after the 'swelling and bruising had made their way up his leg. The singer allegedly was cleared to go home, but was found dead the following afternoon on his friend's couch. He reportedly died in his sleep.
He is the first American Idol finalist to have died, and had planned to release new album later this year called Reckless. During his time on the show, Michael got the chance to rehearse with legendary singer Dolly Parton.
The administer of his website, tweeted on Saturday: 'It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns. No other details will b avail at this time. Members and admin of mjohnsonline pass on their prayers'. His family also released a statement: 'Our family is devastated by the passing of our beloved Michael, a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend.
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We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe. Meeting an Idol: Michael got the opportunity to rehears with the legendary Dolly Parton on the talent show. American Idol, Fox and two of the series' producers, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, said they were 'deeply saddened by the news of his passing,' calling him an 'incredible talent.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,' they said in a statement. Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell paid tribute to the singer in a tweet on Saturday, calling him a 'truly great guy. He lived in Perth until the age of 18, when he moved to the United States. Whilst in Perth, he sang in bands and was active in the musical theatre community, performing at Regal Theatre and His Majesty's Theatre. He told me if I wanted to make something happen, I had to go to the States.
Michael Johns, rest in sweet peace, my friend. You will be greatly missed. Tour inbefore releasing his own material. He released his original song Another Christmas in December that year, and in he released his debut album Hold Back My Heart, which went on to sell 20, copies. Argos AO. Latest Headlines U.Former American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen, famous for her defiance of the show's judges, was killed in the early morning Saturday in Seaside Heights after being hit by a car, police said.
Cohen, 25, was found lying unconscious on Dupont Avenue at about 4 a. Efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful, he said.
Cohen twice auditioned for the popular television show American Idol as a singer, and was rejected both times. Cohen, who likened herself to Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Pat Benatar, referred to herself as a "glitter girl" and dressed the part. During her audition in front of Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, Cohen appeared with shoulder-length curly blonde hair, wearing large star-shaped earrings, jeans, and a black t-shirt with a design made from colorful glitter.
I like to dress up, I like things that shine," she said in a YouTube video. She won a wide following for her tirade against the show's notoriously acidic judge Simon Cowell. After leaving the stage, following her first performance, and with cameras still running, she lifted both her middle fingers and swore.
Cohen, a resident of Allentown, Pa. Autopsy reports show her death was caused by injuries to the head, abdomen and chest, he said. Her death has been listed as vehicular homicide. Nobody is in custody," he said.
Cohen's car was found parked in a free parking lot near Mathis Bridge and Route 35, roughly yards from where she was found.
Dupont Avenue is a busy street, and at least 15 bars are located within blocks of where Cohen was killed, Mohel said. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. All rights reserved About Us. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.
Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Ad Choices. Like our work? Want to help?Paula Julie Abdul born June 19,  is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 and later became the head choreographer for the Laker Girlswhere she was discovered by The Jacksons.
Her debut studio album Forever Your Girl became one of the most successful debut albums at that time, selling 7 million copies in the United States and setting a record for the most number-one singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot chart: " Straight Up ", " Forever Your Girl ", " Cold Hearted ", and " Opposites Attract ".
Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. Abdul was born in San Fernando, California to Jewish parents. Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in balletjazzand tap. She attended Van Nuys High Schoolwhere she was a cheerleader and an honor student. Inshe graduated from Van Nuys High School. During her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls.
Within a year, she became head choreographer. Abdul was discovered by The Jacksonsafter a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. InAbdul used her savings to make a singing demo. Although she was a skilled dancer and choreographer, Abdul was a relatively untrained singer, and worked with various coaches and record producers to develop her vocal ability, with her vocal range defined as mezzo-soprano.
I want to do an album. Here's someone with a personality and she's gorgeous, and she can dance. If she can sing, she could be a star. So she went into the studio and cut a demo record and she could sing. A remix album, Shut Up and Dance: Mixeswas also released and reached number seven in the United States, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date.
Abdul saw continued success with her second studio album Spellboundwhich saw two additional number-one singles: " Rush Rush " and " The Promise of a New Day ".
A third single " Blowing Kisses in the Wind " reached number six for three consecutive weeks. After her initial period of professional success, Abdul's career entered a brief hiatus while she sought treatment for personal and physical issues. Its accompanying Lawrence of Arabia -inspired music video was played in theaters across the world as a prologue to the film Clueless. To date, Head over Heels has sold overcopies in the United States. InVirgin Records, with whom Abdul was already no longer affiliated,  released the first of two compilation albums by Abdul, Paula Abdul: Greatest Hits.
Abdul co-produced the pilot for Skirtsan MTV television series about a high school cheerleading squad; Abdul was also set to appear as the head coach.
The pilot never aired. She seemed especially kind compared to fellow judge Simon Cowellwho was often blunt in his appraisals of the contestants' performances. When she realized that Cowell's over-the-top judging style was heartbreaking for many young contestants, Abdul was horrified and she considered leaving the series.
Although their differences often resulted in extremely heated on-air exchanges and confrontations, Cowell says he played a major role in convincing Abdul not to leave the series.
A second compilation album, Greatest Hits: Straight Up! That year, Bravo began airing a reality television series centered around Abdul, Hey Paulawhich followed her through her day-to-day life. InPaula Abdul Jewelry launched its nationwide consumer debut on QVCwith the tagline "fashion jewelry designed with heart and soul. The moderate success led to reports of Abdul beginning work on a new album, but this never materialized. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in JulyAbdul's manager David Sonenberg told the newspaper that, "Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol.
In August, after numerous contract negotiations, Abdul confirmed that she would not be returning to Idol for its ninth season. Abdul claimed her departure from Idol was not about money, but that she had to stand on principle. In JanuaryAbdul began appearing on the short-lived CBS reality competition series Live to Dancewhere she was also an executive producer. Abdul was present as a permanent member of the judge's panel for all episodes of this season.
She later became a permanent judge of the American version starting with its twelfth season. In JuneAbdul made a cameo appearance on the Australian soap opera Neighbours and shared scenes with established character Karl Kennedy Alan Fletcher.All major celebrity deaths make the news, but there's a different caliber of fame for reality show contestants.
Although they're not household names, they're often beloved by the show's fans -- even years after their seasons have wrapped. Unfortunately, a number of past reality show competitors have passed away at young ages due to very odd circumstances. From random acts of gun violence to mysterious deaths still shrouded in secrecy, several people who briefly found fame on shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" have met tragic ends.
Brandon Rogers, a standout contestant on "America's Got Talent," passed away just weeks before his episode was slated to air.
The year-old doctor wowed producers without even auditioning: He occasionally posted singing videos on Instagram, and his incredible voice caught their attention. He tragically died in a car accident. Michael Johns was a Top 12 "American Idol" finalist in He passed away in at age 35 due to a blood clot in his ankle. The Australian-born singer was well-liked by the judges and received their posthumous recognition: "A truly great guy.
Too soon. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. He was found dead in his apartment at age 34 in under what police deemed "suspicious circumstances. After spending a few years pursuing music in Los Angeles, he had returned to his home state of Oklahoma, where he unfortunately passed away.
I feel awful and don't know how to cope. If life's not enjoyable, why stick around? Five years later, inhe was in Chicago when a gunman shot him three times in the head. He was the president of a local Chicago music academy and was killed just outside the school.
He was Two years later, at age 22, she was shot and killed by an obsessive fan after a concert in Orlando, FL. The shocking murder stunned the globe, and "The Voice" formally mourned her loss in April with a special performance from Adam Levine. A contestant on season 8 of "The Voice," Anthony Riley was an instant frontrunner after his voice elicited the fastest four-chair turnaround in the history of the show.
He dropped out of the show to enter rehab and later died of an apparent suicide at age 28 in See Gallery. More from AOL. If you change your mind, here's how to allow notifications:. Stay in the loop!
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Rickey Smith, a contestant on "American Idol" during its second season, was tragically killed in a car crash at age 36 in May Jano Fuentes was a popular contestant on the Mexican version of "The Voice" in A woman who killed herself near American Idol judge Paula Abdul's home was a would-be contestant who was savaged during her audition, it emerged today.
Police said that Paula Goodspeed, whose rendition of "Proud Mary" was roundly criticised by judge Simon Cowell and rejected by Abdul and judge Randy Jackson, appeared to have taken an overdose. Her body was found on Tuesday evening in a car near Abdul's Los Angeles home.
Her parents had reported her missing hours earlier and feared she might hurt herself. A police spokeswoman said officers responded to a call about 6pm on Tuesday and arrived in the Sherman Oaks area to find the body. Ms Goodspeed's audition was aired during the season that began in January She told the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, that she was a huge fan of Abdul and created life-size paintings of the singer and former Laker Girl; she also called Abdul "beautiful" after Cowell said he noticed a resemblance between her and Abdul.
But Cowell also made light of Goodspeed's braces and bloggers trashed her appearance, which she noted in a MySpace posting months after the show aired. A police spokesman said relatives had not seen the woman since about 11 pm on Monday and were concerned she might try to hurt herself. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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For the first time ever, "American Idol" aired live coast-to-cast so that every time zone could vote live as the show was airing. Votes were captured until the final commercial break so that decisions could be made in real time as to which three contestants would get the boot, and once again America mostly rejected diversity with its picks. Regardless, it was an impressive night of performances and truly a showcase of the best of the best. There was not a bad number on the night, meaning it was a choice between great and slightly less great.
I can't remember a Top 10 this consistently strong from top to bottom.Arrest made in American Idol Contestant Alexis Cohen Death (7/27/09)
I even had former front-runners in my picks dropping to the bottom, which isn't to say that they were bad tonight, but just less on point than those ahead of them, either in voice, emotional connection or overall passion. Perhaps no moment was quite so passionate as when Katy Perry found out that her newest crush on the show was actually smitten with a fellow contestant.
All we can say is Gabby Barrett better watch her back as she and Cade Foehner explore their feelings for one another, because there's a cougar on the loose and she is table-throwing upset. Welcome to the family, indeed!
With only three judges, you stand as the fourth, as your votes will certainly have a lot to say about who wins. I'll proudly stand beside you. Well, I spent nearly a decade of my life sweating and bleeding to the music as a dancer, performing with the St. Louis Ballet Company. During this time, I was also a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a gymnast, writer and cartoonist.
I had a lot more energy in my younger years. And I've spent the last sixteen years analyzing and critiquing reality competition shows for various media publications. I've got this.
But I might be nicer, too. For now, I'll just keep ranking 'em from bottom to top, and tonight we'll see who emerges in my Top 7. Idina gave Ada some great advice, suggesting she reign in the diva high notes and offer more of that equally impressive lower register, which offers more of the warmth in her voice.
Ada struggled to connect with America last week, despite the biggest range and most powerful voice in the competition. Thus, the problem must be in the emotional connection with the lyric and the audience, and she struggled a bit in these areas. Ada goes big and broad in almost everything she does, and while it's technically impressive, it's not going to win a competition where you have to let people in and have them feel connected with your journey.
She did a better job of connecting on an intimate level with the song, but I worry viewers will still see it as passionless riffs and vocal tricks. Michael J. Woodard 20 "Beauty and the Beast," "Beauty and the Beast".
Michael dropped the work-uniform style for a hideous sweater and then he over-enunciated the opening lines of the song, really disconnecting me from what he was doing. Michael has long been one of my favorites to win this competition, but I did not like the way he opened the song. Thankfully, he picked it up as we moved along. He nailed and held a beautiful note forever. It was a great middle and end to a classic song with very little vocal range or dynamism. And yet, it was his worst performance yet Idina helped her find a bigger range in her voice, which she used sparingly and wisely in this upbeat indie-style song that otherwise sat right in the pocket of what she does so well.
As the first vocalist of the night, Maddie needed to make sure she stood out in a hugely memorable way so she could hang onto votes throughout the broadcast. Smartly, she chose to break it down and show off vocally in the final moments of the song, which she turned into a classic Maddie jam. I've not been on board the Michelle train for a while now, but the times she really connected with me were when she embraced her bilingual roots, because those seemed to be her strongest and most emotional vocals.
Michelle seems to try and distance herself from her roots to fit in better in America, but it is those roots that define her. Once again, she was more comfortable, confident, and most importantly, she sounded better than she has in weeks.Cowell humiliated Paula Goodspeed by laughing at her braces as she attempted to impress the judging panel.
You have so much metal in your mouth," he said. When fellow judge Randy Jackson interjected that braces were perfectly normal, Cowell sneered: "That's like a bridge It must have gone crazy.
The public slating following the January show made Goodspeed a national laughing stock, and she was upset by the criticism. Posting on her MySpace page after the audition, she said: "It's very hard reading such awful things being written about yourself or hearing things being said The year-old is believed to have committed suicide by taking an overdose in her car outside Abdul's Los Angeles home.
Police found Abdul CDs and pictures in the vehicle, along with prescription drugs. She was reported missing by her mother and her body was recovered on Tuesday night. LAPD Captain James Miller said police had been called to Abdul's home many times because Goodspeed was causing a "disturbance" outside, although there were no court records of a restraining order.
Goodspeed reportedly had a history of mental illness and her death has raised the question of whether television talent shows are unnecessarily cruel to vulnerable performers.
Before going in to see the three judges, Goodspeed told host Ryan Seacrest that she was Abdul's biggest fan, and showed off life-sized drawings of the star which she had been creating "ever since I was a little kid". Clearly nervous, she was thrilled when Cowell told her that she bore a remarkable resemblance to Abdul. The other judges were also negative in their comments. On learning of the death, Abdul issued a statement saying: "I am deeply shocked and saddened at what transpired.
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