American Idol

See Diana DeGarmo's Engagement Ring!

May/24/2012 at 10:30 AM ET

Diana DeGarmo Ace Young Engagement Ring
Courtesy David Webb; Inset: Frank Micelotta/Picturegroup

What a gem! For his surprise proposal on American Idol Wednesday night, Ace Young selected an 18-karat yellow gold, platinum and diamond engagement ring to present to longtime girlfriend Diana DeGarmo.

The David Webb sparkler, which features a 1-carat fancy yellow center stone, also boasts two side diamonds weighing .2 carats.

Young helped to design the ring, after hearing DeGarmo drop a hint. “A month ago, she said, ‘Gold needs to come back,'” Young told PEOPLE after Wednesday’s finale. “I was like, ‘I agree,’ so mental note. Her favorite thing is a sunflower and she loves yellow, so one of our dear friends [helped me] put together a ring that has a yellow diamond, a gold band and two smaller diamonds on the side that are clear, so it’s like a sunflower.”

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The New Summer Essential: A Pink Blazer

May/18/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Pink Blazers
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Perfect for warm weather and surprisingly versatile, a pink blazer is quickly becoming the season’s latest must-have. Just this week we spotted two of our favorite stylish celebs rocking the feminine piece: Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria.

Lopez (left) looked chic in a pastel version paired with matching trousers, a white top and silver accessories while completing her judging duties on this week’s American Idol.

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What Inspired Adam Lambert's Latest Hairstyle?

May/18/2012 at 04:30 PM ET

Adam LambertFrank Micelotta/PictureGroup

Along with releasing his sophomore album this week, Adam Lambert also debuted a new silver-streaked hairdo.

“I wanted it to look like sunrise,” Lambert told PEOPLE Thursday night at the American Idol results show. “My hairdresser and I have a lot of fun. Both of us get bored very easily — so it’s like, ‘What are we going to do now?'”

The American Idol alum, who stopped by his old stomping ground to perform his single “Never Close Your Eyes,” was also in better shape than ever before.

Lambert said he lost weight the old-fashioned way — by watching what he eats. “Oh, you know, just being a little bit smarter with the junk food,” the singer revealed to reporters. “Skipping the ice cream that I love so much!”

Ice cream isn’t the singer’s only vice — he has a weakness for other dairy products, too. “I miss cheese,” he joked. “I really like cheese, but I haven’t been eating so much of it.”

–Jennifer Cress, with reporting by Jessica Wedemeyer

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Chic Clicks: David Beckham for ELLE, What Happens to Lost Luggage

Apr/10/2012 at 01:30 PM ET

David Beckham bodywear for h&m
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David Beckham is going to be the first man to cover ELLE UK — and you can get the latest from his photo shoot on the magazine’s Twitter feed today [ELLE UK/Twitter]

–What happens to lost airline luggage that’s never claimed? The answer may surprise you [Stylelist]

–See The Hunger Games‘s Katniss Everdeen as a seriously butt-kicking Barbie [EW.com]

–A day in the life of the American Idol costumer [FASHtrack]

–Miranda Kerr gets a heavenly gift from pal Ellen DeGeneres [PEOPLE]

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Jenny Has a Rock: Jennifer Lopez Wears a $2.1 Million Ring on 'American Idol'

Apr/05/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

Jennifer LopezFrank Micelotta/PictureGroup; Inset: Courtesy Cora

We’re not fooled by this rock: on Wednesday’s episode of American Idol, Jennifer Lopez seriously caught our eyes with her fancy yellow-diamond ring by Cora jewelers — a sparkler that comes with a $2.1 million price tag.

The 50.40-carat bauble — set in 18-karat yellow gold and ebony wood — will soon be available for purchase on the jeweler’s site. (Any takers?) The gem itself came from Africa; after it was found it was flown to New York where experts carefully sculpted and polished the diamond, preparing it for certification from the Gemological Institute of America.

According to Cora, colored diamonds are quite rare — especially in such a large size. So once the stone was perfected, jewelers chose to mount it on ebony, something that was “also from nature,” just like the gem, a Cora rep tells PEOPLE. And then, it ended up in Los Angeles — and on Lopez’s right hand Wednesday.

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All About 'American Idol' Star Erika Van Pelt's Drastic New Do

Mar/22/2012 at 11:00 AM ET

Erika Van Pelt
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Usually Erika Van Pelt rocks the American Idol stage with her voice, but Wednesday night, she made an equally lasting impression — with her hair.

Before delivering a rousing rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” she debuted a dramatic new look. Under the guidance of the show’s new image advisor, designer Tommy Hilfiger, she shed her long blonde and red-streaked locks for a short, jet-black hairdo.

“I knew I wanted to do something drastic with my hair,” she told PEOPLE after the show. “I get this sense of liberation when I get my hair cut. It’s a stress reliever for me, to be honest.”

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'American Idol' Launching a Clothing Line

Mar/21/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

American Idol clothing
Courtesy Kohl’s

American Idol just got a lot more stylish.

Fresh off the news that designer Tommy Hilfiger is joining the show as an image advisor, the show today announced plans to launch an exclusive clothing collection at Kohl’s stores. The line — Authentic Icon (AI) — will debut in April 2012 and feature separates for young men and women.

The clothes will be on shelves through June — to coincide with the run of the show — and according to a rep for Kohl’s, contestants will wear the looks in upcoming episodes.

“It was a natural extension to partner on a line of American Idol-inspired apparel that captures the essence of our rich music, style and performance heritage,” David Luner of FreemantleMedia Enterprises (the show’s production company) said in a release. Added Rick Darling, president of LF USA (which is helping to create the clothes), “The American Idol collection will build upon the powerful influence of music and entertainment on today’s fashion-conscious consumers.”

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