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Katharine McPhee's Divorce Is Officially Finalized — Yeah, The One From Two Years Ago!

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Katharine McPhee and Nick Cokas

Katharine McPhee's divorce is officially over.

The Scorpion star and her husband of six years Nick Cokas filed for divorce back in May 2014 after having been separated for a year prior.

According to court docs filed on Monday, the 31-year-old must pay Cokas $102,616 within the next few days — and he will thereafter receive spousal support of up to $400,000 a year, or a prorated $33,333 a month, depending on her income.

Dang!

Related: Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie Are Officially Divorced

Miz McPhee will keep the furniture, artwork, various bank accounts and insurance policies, and the 2013 Mercedes M Class SUV. Cokas will keep his 2013 Jeep Wrangler and a percentage of his ex's music and TV show royalties from when they were together.

The former flames first met in 2005 before McPhee's rise to fame on American Idol. They were engaged two years later and tied the knot in 2008 in Beverly Hills.

Signs that their relationship had gone south became apparent when Kat was pictured kissing her (also married) Smash director Michael Morris in the fall of 2013.

Since the official separation, the singer has been linked to her Scorpion co-star Elyes Gabel. Most recently, the pair hit up the Super Bowl together:

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American Idol Alum Pia Toscano Engaged To Jennifer Lopez Backup Dancer!

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Pia Toscano & Jimmy R.O. Smith engaged

Holy smokes, talk about an attractive couple!!!

It only makes sense that they found each other on Jennifer Lopez's tour!

American Idol fans were shocked when Pia Toscano was sent home after placing ninth on the tenth season of the singing competition show.

Related: Mark Ballas Is Over Pia!

After her time on the FOX hit, the now-27-year-old became a background singer for the one and only J.Lo — which is how she met her love and dancer Jimmy R.O. Smith!

Everything happens for a reason!

In fact, the two lovebirds are performing alongside Jenny From The Block during her All I Have Vegas residency!

The future Mr. and Mrs. Smith were actually engaged over two months ago, and haven't been shy about flashing that huge rock on Instagram!

In our first close up of the gem, the NY native shared:

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Here's The Last American Idol Audition EVER — Can The Judges Hold It Together??

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Realistically, the winner has to come from this episode, right?

In a sentence we never thought we'd utter, American Idol started wrapping up on Thursday as it aired its final audition episode ever.

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ryan Seacrest were all on hand as the FOX singing competition tried one last time to recreate the Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood magic.

Related: Idol Judges Don't Actually Think The Show Is Ending

But aside from the music, the real emotional part of the night was the judges' realizations that they were at the end of an era.

The trio got pretty honest about watching the former juggernaut come to an end after 15 years, saying:

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Is American Idol ACTUALLY Ending?! The Judges Don't Seem Convinced…

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Plus find out which of Idol's famous faces will return to the show!

Well, this is an interesting opinion.

On Friday, American Idol exec Trish Kinane appeared at the Television Critics Association alongside the popular program's famous faces to discuss the farewell season of FOX's flagship show.

She explained that, even though the network pulled the plug on the singing competition, the premiere of its fifteenth installment had the best year-to-year retention in six years!

Related: Clay Aiken Puts Idol On Blast!

She said:

"It's been an amazing run and it's still a healthy show."

So healthy, in fact, that it doesn't seem like the judges are entirely convinced that it's actually ending! When a reporter referred to this season as the "final" season, Harry Connick Jr. was quick to correct, clarifying:

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It Is Almost Over! Celebrate The Final Season Of American Idol By Ranking The Best Idols Of ALL TIME!

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It's the beginning of the end!

In January, American Idol will premiere its 15th and FINAL season! Whoa.

It's hard to imagine a world without the singing competition that gave us household names like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Tragic.

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Still, after so many winners have taken the title since the reality TV program initially aired back in 2002 — we're curious at who will walk away as the ULTIMATE 'Idol'?!

What do you think?! Are you certain you know who America's favorite superstar is??

Be sure to cast your vote for your fave (below)!

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Ryan Seacrest Thinks Carrie Underwood Is The Best American Idol Winner Ever — Sorry, Kelly Clarkson…

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She ain't no Kelly Clarkson.

In news we never thought we'd have to report, the final season of American Idol kicks off tonight with the Denver and Atlanta auditions, which means there are only a few hours left to attract as many viewers as possible.

So in honor of the big night, Ryan Seacrest stopped by TODAY Wednesday morning to promote the premiere… but he may have accidentally started a feud instead!

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That's because when he was asked which Idol winner was his favorite, he instantly picked Carrie Underwood.

While that's not so bad in itself, the real drama happened when he was given the opportunity to complement Kelly as well, but stuck with his original choice, saying:

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