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Life after 'American Idol': Jax has cancer, Danny Gokey, Fantasia, Mariah Carey

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Thursday, August 11, 2016

Season 14 runner-up Jax was diagnosed in April with thyroid cancer and had her thyroid and nearby lymph nodes removed,  according to .

The story said she suffered respiratory and exhaustion issues on the show and tour before she found out she had cancer. She kept her condition under wraps for months.

"I'm a total insomniac and professional over-thinker/crazy person so this is hard for me either way. Cancer is a tricky topic," she said. "The doctors are very optimistic about a full recovery. They have actually been a lot of fun. One of them even made me homemade hummus. I was really lucky to score with such an awesome surgical/nuclear medicine team at Cornell. I was even luckier that so many of them watched my season of 'American Idol.' I go into the hospital every time with a smile on my face. Things could always be worse."

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Danny Gokey has received four Dove Award nominations.

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, for “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again”

Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year

Short Form Video of the Year

Christmas Album of the Year


Fantasia definition

Fantasia's album's "The Definition Of..." debuted atop the Billboard R&B chart.

It sold 30,000 copies. In this day and age, that's not bad. Her last album in 2013 opened with 91,000 copies. The R&B album chart is only three years old. She has opened  in the top two for all five of her albums on the R&B/hip-hop chart.

She opened at No. 22 on the overall chart.

The lead single "No Time For It" was her 10th top 10 hit on the R&B chart. Her second single "Sleeping With the One I Love" is at No. 16.


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03: Mariah Carey speaks onstage at the 'Mariah's World' panel discussion during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Mariah Carey continues to malign her time on "American Idol" season 12. At the Television Critics Association promoting her upcoming  E! reality show "Mariah's World," she said  "it was the most abusive experience."

Kind of harsh, eh? Surely, dealing with Nicki Minaj is probably what drove her nuts.

"Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has a sense of humor about it now, telling Billboard: "I'm looking forward to Mariah's new series and wondering if Nicki Minaj may guest."


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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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