Elise Testone, Colton Dixon and Hollie Cavanagh on American Idol (Michael Becker / FOX.)

‘American Idol’ Says Goodbye to One More Singer in Surprising Elimination

Fifty-three million votes were cast last night for “American Idol,” and all of them, apparently, were for different people. Not in recent memory has the voting public been so fickle as this year, when newbies have been landing in the bottom three each week. Last week Jessica Sanchez just scraped by via the judges’ save, […]

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Jessica Sanchez  "American Idol" (Fox)

‘American Idol’ Recap: Seacrest Remembers Clark, Singers Go For Two

The “American Idol” judges seemed especially happy tonight. Maybe it was because their save (conspiracy?) of Jessica Sanchez seemed to accomplish making her more popular than ever. Maybe it was because the Venetian blinds in Jennifer Lopez’s silver-gray “Blade Runner”-inspired outfit were open in just the right places. Whatever it was, I spotted lots of […]

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Josh Ledet, Elise Testone and Jessica Sanchez on American Idol (Carin Baer / FOX)

‘American Idol’ Elimination Shocker: Who Did the Judges Save?

As is standard procedure this season, tonight’s episode of “American Idol” began with a heavy-handed video about the intensity of this process for the contestants, in which everyone speaks in clichés like, “It’s anyone’s game,” and “Gotta kill it,” and “The pressure’s on.” That all segues in to Ryan Seacrest’s opening monologue, in which he […]

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Phillip Phillips on "American Idol" (FOX)

‘American Idol’s’ Ode to Billy Joel: Who Was a Big Shot and Who Felt the Pressure?

Billy Joel is the perfect songbook for “American Idol.” Easily adaptable to almost any voice, and firmly rooted in the ’70s/’80s-lite-rock-balladry that “Idol” contestants can’t resist. As Steven Tyler said at the top of the night, “If you can’t sing Billy Joel, then you can’t sing at all.” Overall it was the best night of […]

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