Maura Johnston

‘American Idol’ Sets Up Its Final Showdown

Tonight’s ‘American Idol‘ elimination episode narrowed down the final two, and the interesting action didn’t take place during the recaps of each remaining contestant’s hometown visit, or during the Internet-ballyhooed appearance of Canadian teenpop sensation Justin Bieber. Instead, all the intrigue happened during the softball-filled opening interview segment, when Ryan Seacrest posed a bunch of […]

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Simon Cowell Plays ‘American Idol’ Puppetmaster One Last Time

Tonight’s ‘American Idol‘ showcased the Top Three, with each of the remaining finalists performing two songs and getting some face time both with Ryan and in their hometowns. This night had lots of guitars, lots of emotion, and a healthy dose of Simon Cowell trying to manipulate America into picking a winner before the Top […]

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‘American Idol’ Loses Its Shirt At The Movies

Tonight’s ‘American Idol‘ focused on songs from the movies, or at least songs from movies’ officially licensed tie-in soundtracks. Leading their charge this evening was the night’s mentor Jamie Foxx, who presented each contestant with a dilemma involving T-shirts, artistry, and their desire to break through and put their actual mark on the competition. It […]

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‘American Idol’ Loses Its Heart Of Glass

Well, after all that preseason hype about this season of ‘American Idol‘ being all about the ladies, the show is exactly where it was a year ago at this time — namely, with a Top Five that’s 80% male, and the probability of a guy taking the title for the third straight year probably even […]

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‘American Idol’ Tries To Impress Shania Twain

Tonight the six remaining ‘American Idol‘ hopefuls worked their way through the catalog of Shania Twain, the Canadian country singer who actually hasn’t released much new music in the past few years. But her turn as a guest judge during this year’s auditions got a fair amount of buzz — thanks in large part to […]

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Why Is ‘American Idol’ Slipping In The Ratings?

Early returns have this week’s performance episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ which aired on Monday night and featured the contestants jiving and twirling to songs from the movies, beating the overall ratings of Tuesday night’s ‘American Idol‘ performance episode, which showcased the singers’ inspirational sides, for better or worse. ‘Idol’ has long been a […]

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