A Look Back at 6 Memorable Asian American Contestants in ‘American Idol’ History

The two-part series finale of “American Idol” — the popular singing competition that debuted in 2002 and kicked off the careers of the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and more — began on April 6 and will conclude April 7. The series finale promises to not […]

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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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Eliminated American Idol contestant Heejun Han (Michael Becker/Fox)

Heejun Han Wants to Prove ‘Idol’ Mentor Jimmy Iovine Wrong

“American Idol” is like “The Hunger Games”— “just not killing each other,”  said Heejun Han in today’s eliminated contestant conference call. “Why do we always have to be so serious when only one person is going to survive?” he asked. “So you might as well have fun and have a thick skin and stay true […]

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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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Erika Van Pelt and Shannon Magrane on American Idol (FOX)

‘American Idol’ Drops to 10: Who Went Home?

Tonight, America righted one of its most common wrongs when voters ousted Shannon Magrane from “American Idol.” Girls like Shannon go very far in the competition–innocent, pretty, blonde and oh so naive girls who choose huge, emotional songs they couldn’t possibly relate to. This season, we had two such girls (we’re looking at you, Hollie […]

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