Hollie Cavanagh and DeAndre Brackensick on American Idol (FOX)

‘American Idol’ Results: Split Decision Leaves Lucky Seven

A mother knows. Last night, my “American Idol” recap gave some ink to my mother Roberta, who has formed the habit of emailing me after each and every performance with a little nugget of punny criticism that rivals that of Jimmy Iovine. (After “Islands In the Stream,” she wanted to drown Colton Dixon and Skylar […]

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Hollie Cavanagh on "American Idol" (FOX)

’80s Night on ‘Idol’: Off-Key Songs Have Two Contestants Livin’ On a Prayer

Last week Jimmy Iovine pointed out one of the major problems with the “American Idol” voting public—that it’s mainly made of up young girls who only vote for cute boys. While that was a helpful dose of reality, he neglected to mention one other powerful voting group—moms. And so, to honor the other great consumers […]

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American Idol's Top 8 (FOX)

‘Idol’ Elimination Leaves Eight As One Gets Shown the Door

Warning, Spoilers Ahead!! Heejun Han: Hollywood Week funnyman, newly eliminated “American Idol” contestant. Tonight, voters kicked off the class clown who outstayed the circus. Despite an improved performance over last week’s horror show, Heejun couldn’t muster enough votes to keep him in for another week of painful Bolton-esque balladry. In his commentary, Jimmy Iovine said […]

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Jessica Sanchez on "American Idol" (FOX)

‘American Idol’: Five Singers Draw Standing Ovations

Stevie Nicks was the guest mentor on “American Idol,” and drew things out of the contestants that even the most cynical watcher (me) didn’t know they could do. Many of the performances were legitimately emotional, and with a cast of characters who mostly do monster ballads without even a hint of connection, that was a […]

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Erika Van Pelt and DeAndre Brackensick on American Idol (Michael Becker / FOX)

‘American Idol’ Results: Nine Move On and Someone’s Movin’ Out!

Now that the remaining “American Idol” contestants are all going on tour, there’s really very little motivation to keep working hard (see Heejun Han). It’s not like coming in third or whatever will do a whole lot for your career (see: Haley Reinhart). So, to sweeten the deal, all those who made it through to […]

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‘American Idol’s Top 15 Highlights

“American Idol” entered its 10th with a bunch of question marks for returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. The show had been losing ratings steam the last few years, but even more importantly, water cooler relevance. Lythgoe was faced with freshening up the format—and challenges from new competition like Mark Burnett’s “The Voice” and ex-“AI” judge […]

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‘American Idol’s Final Three Pull Out All The Stops

From 120,000 contestants, we are down to three finalists for “American Idol,” with this week’s two-hour, three-song challenge doing little to separate the remaining three, with front-running teenage country heartthrob Scotty McCreery hanging on to a slim lead over Lauren Alaina and hard-charging Haley Reinhart. It was time to throw caution to the wind, as […]

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