2013 American Idol finale: from the red carpet to the after parties (EXCLUSIVE photos)

2013 American Idol finale Nokia Theater

May 16, 2013 — American Idol finale. Inside Nokia Theater. photo credit: Ifelicious

(POST UPDATED MAY 18, 2013 at 11:28pm ET.)

I had the great fortune of attending FOX’s 2013 “American Idol” Season 12 finale live show taping at the Nokia Theater in downtown LA. Great fortune continued in my favor as I was able to attend the official after party in a tent outside Nokia Theater as well as a private after party that had many more celebrity sightings at the W Hotel in Hollywood. I walked away with some fun swag like custom “American Idol” finale silkscreen t-shirts that were printed on the spot and fun “American Idol” throw pillows.

Congratulations to Candice Glover for being voted Season 12’s American Idol! Many of you know that I was long since a Kree Harrison fan for the win, but I honestly would’ve been happy either way as both young ladies are exceptionally talented in their own right. The fact that there was no clear leader coming out of their last round of competition was proof positive of that.

PHOTOS

All I had was my iPhone and a point and shoot digital camera, but I worked my magic and made sure to take as many pics as possible so that fellow fans and Ifelicious readers could get an insider glimpse of the night’s festivities.

Through the course of the night, I met and/or photographed this year’s top 10 finalists: Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur, Lazaro Arbos, Devin Velez, Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, and Curtis Finch, Jr. I also met several other Idol such as: Adam Lambert (Season 8 runner up), Danny Gokey (Season 8), Haley Reinhart (Season 11), Casey Abrams (Season 11), Taylor Hicks (Season 5 winner), Scott MacIntyre (Season 8), and Blake Lewis (Season 6). Some seemed to blossom with all of the fan and media attention like Lazaro Arbos. Others shied away from it like Adam Lambert. Most were very friendly and willing to talk to fans, take photos, and sign autographs.

You’ll also see some photos of former “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez who surprised me with a new track “Live it Up” featuring Pitbull and Korean pop sensation Psy who performed “Gentleman” at the finale. Sadly, I was not able to get any photos of the judges, but maybe next year, right?

Without further ado…

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Here are some of my favorite photos:

Candice Glover American Idol Season 12 winner

May 16, 2013 — Season 12 American Idol winner Candice Glover at the finale after party. Nokia Theater. Los Angeles. photo credit: Ifelicious

American Idol finale W Hotel Hollywood

May 16, 2013 — American Idol Season 12 runner up and birthday girl Kree Harrison at the private finale after party. W Hotel. Hollywood. photo credit: Ifelicious

American Idol Curtis Finch Joshua Ledet Burnell Taylor

May 16, 2013 — American Idol finalists Curtis Finch, Jr. (Season 12) left; Joshua Ledet (Season 11) center; Burnell Taylor (Season 12) right at private finale after party. W Hotel. Hollywood. photo credit: Ifelicious

Angie Miller Janelle Arthur American Idol

May 16, 2013 — Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur. American Idol finale after party. Nokia Theater in LA. photo credit: Ifelicious

Adam Lambert American Idol party

May 16, 2013 — Season 8 runner up Adam Lambert. American Idol finale after party. Nokia Theater in LA. photo credit: Ifelicious

 

Psy Gentlemen American Idol finale Nokia Theater

May 16, 2013 — Psy performs “Gentlemen” at the American Idol finale. Nokia Theater. Los Angeles. photo credit: Ifelicious

Jennifer Lopez performs American Idol Los Angeles

May 16, 2013 — Jennifer Lopez performs at the American Idol finale. Nokia Theater. Los Angeles. photo credit: Ifelicious

 

Taylor Hicks Season 5 American Idol red carpet

May 16, 2013 — Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks on the red carpet. American Idol finale. Nokia Theater. Los Angeles. photo credit: Ifelicious

Danny Gokey American Idol Season 8 red carpet

May 16, 2013 — Season 8 finalist Danny Gokey on the red carpet. American Idol finale. Nokia Theater. Los Angeles. photo credit: Ifelicious

Scott MacIntyre red carpet American Idol

May 16, 2013 — Season 8 top 10 finalist Scott MacIntyre on the red carpet at the American Idol finale. photo credit: Ifelicious

Candice Glover Kree Harrison American Idol red carpet

May 16, 2013 — American Idol top 2 Candice Glover and Kree Harrison give red carpet interview. American Idol finale. Nokia Theater. Los Angeles. photo credit: Ifelicious

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Comments

  1. Great pics Ife…Congrats!!!

  2. Tameka- thank you! 🙂

  3. How awesome. Yes, you did work your magic and got great pictures. The private after party!! Girl, I want to be you when I grow up 🙂 It looks like it was a fun time.

  4. Sharon- Thank you! Oh please, we’re both out here doing our thang. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment! 🙂

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