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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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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