Jessica Sanchez on "American Idol" (FOX)

‘Idol’ Recap: Is It Now a Two Horse Race?

Think you know what’s going on with “American Idol“? I don’t, either. One minute, I’m like, “That Jessica Sanchez, so pageanty and robotic and calculated, she gives me the creeps.” The next minute she kills, KILLS “And I Am Telling You”—and even did the service of acknowledging that the song had a life before Jennifer […]

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Elise Testone, Joshua Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh on American Idol (Michael Becker / FOX)

‘American Idol’ Drops Down to Final Five, Who Got Cut?

Finally, poor Elise Testone has been put out of her misery. After weeks of landing in the bottom three, “American Idol‘s” oldest contestant was sent home. The Band-Aid was ripped off. But not before one final humiliation—Elise getting coached by TMZ about how not to look like she is frowning at all times. (This after […]

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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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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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