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Life after 'American Idol': C.J. Harris arrested, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Fradiani, Simon Cowell

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By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Saturday, October 8, 2016

Season 13 contestant C.J. Harris was arrested earlier this week in an undercover sting operation for allegedly selling oxycodone and pot, according to TMZ.

Harris was hit with 3 counts of felony distribution of a controlled substance. We're told he's still in custody and is being held on a $90k bond.

He's a bluesy singer from Birmingham. Alabama was an unusually ripe state for "Idol" contestants, including season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, season 5 winner Taylor Hicks and runner up Bo Bice (who now lives in Covington.). He finished in sixth place. The major critique was he was limited in his approach and he tended to wander off key.

As we've learned, being a contestant on "Idol' gave singers huge opportunities the first 11 seasons but over the final four, "Idol" has not been able to truly generate any stars. It's fair to say Phillip Phillips from season 11 was the last person to have any real impact.


Kelly Clarkson at Lakewood in September, 2015, pregnant with her second child Remi. She was still in her first trimester but had announced the baby August 19. The baby came in April. This was her last show she was able to do given complications regarding her pregnancy. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Kelly Clarkson does not want any more babies after two difficult pregnancies. She even had her husband Brandon Blackstock go through a vasectomy to ensure it doesn't happen again.

She had her son Remi in April. River, her first son, was born in 2014. She is not a woman to sugarcoat things. She said she wanted River to have a companion and assumed her second pregnancy would be easier than her first. It wasn't.

"It's horrible," Clarkson told Jenny McCarthy on her SiriusXM radio show, The Jenny McCarthy Show. "Nothing is beautiful, nothing is magical. Whatever, you're that person that gets that pregnancy, good for you. But I will remind my children every day of their lives what I [went through]."


Nick Fradiani hurricane album

Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani will be an opening act for Q100's upcoming pre-Halloween concert Moon Shine Grind Thursday, October 27, 2016. The concert will be held at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and the headliners are OneRepublic and Flo Rida.

Tickets are available here starting at $21.

After a minor hit with "Beautiful Life" after he won "Idol," his first two tracks from his album "Hurricane" failed to gain traction. "Get You Home" peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard adult pop chart. The follow up landed at No. 44.

He recently covered the Weeknd's 'Starboy" using a guitar, wine glasses and spice bottles. Hey, why not?


NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Simon Fuller, manager of Andy Murray of Great Britain watches his men's singles semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic on Day Thirteen of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

"Idol" creator Simon Fuller has sold his home in Beverly Hills for $14.6 million. He purchased it for $5.6 million in 2005, according to the Los Angeles Times.


Simon Cowell joins the 11th season of "AGT" as a judge. CREDIT: NBC

Simon Cowell has tightened security at "X Factor U.K." after Kim Kardashian's reported robbery.

“You have to nowadays. It’s just gone a bit nuts. There’s a really dark side out there and Christ you’ve got to be careful," he revealed to the U.K. Daily Mirror.


MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Model Adriana Lima walks the runway at the Bottega Veneta show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 24, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Ryan Seacrest is supposedly dating model Adriana Lima, according to E!


And we know how much Clay Aiken loves Donald Trump:


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