Articles for American Idol Season 10

The most interesting and exciting change for season 10 of American Idol was the announcement of the new judges. It was necessary to revitalize the show, and you‘ll never hear me complain about losing Kara, or having three judges instead of four. I will miss Simon, though. Simon became an icon and created a template for other reality show judges to measure up to. "Who‘s the Simon of the bunch?" we would ask ourselves when presented with a new panel of judges.But FOX is telling us that no one is the new Simon. No one can be, but where will the brutal honesty come from? Who will sit there like they‘re completely over the whole thing? Who‘s going to tell auditioners they should never open their mouths again? So maybe it‘s not such a bad thing Simon‘s leaving ... Read more »
Finally, there‘s a way to play along with the American Idol auditions! The audition process can last a while, and some people skip them all together. But you won‘t want to miss the auditions this season, because BuddyTV is providing you with American Idol Audition BINGO!Get your daubers out, or you can use spare change, M&Ms, whatever you want! Start the episode with a chip or mark on Justin Guarini‘s face and watch the auditions to line them up and win!* If you‘re feeling extra crafty, you can make up your own categories, or print out the board and mix up the spaces so that everyone at your viewing party has a board.*You don‘t technically win anything, just the satisfaction of yelling "BINGO!" or, if you prefer, "RUBEN STUDDARD!" as loudly as possible. Read more »
The shows being featured at this year‘s Paley Festival have been announced, and they read like a list of my favorite obsessions. Every year the festival holds a series of panels to discuss television. This year‘s will run March 4-17.  Read more »
"Every superstar has a dream," and that dream begins today! Finally we get to enjoy all the highs and lows of a new season (with ample changes). I‘ve been so nervous/excited about it that it feels like I‘M auditioning! The opening sequence, complete with news stories and editing like there‘s some sort of Idol pandemic, tells us that it is, in fact, OUR story. Oh my god, the pressure!As though we didn‘t know who the judges were, we spent what felt like hours hyping up Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Oh, Randy. He can‘t even hold a candle to that scene in Enough where Jennifer Lopez tapes up to get revenge on the man who did her wrong. Then Ryan tells us that they "scoured" the country (and they unearthed the vocal grime of America). They also found "some of the best talent we‘ve ever seen." Then they showed us a preview of the American Idol classic: those awful auditions, which we either loathe or live for.  Read more »
Rumors of American Idol‘s death have been greatly exaggerated. While some critics were ready to predict the show‘s demise following the exit of Simon Cowell, the season 10 premiere proved that Idol is still a force to be reckoned with.The show debuted with 26.1 million viewers, increasing more than 2 million from the first hour to the second. While it‘s a bit down from last season‘s premiere of 29.8 million, it‘s still enough to make it the highest-rated show of the week.  Read more »
The auditions got off to a somewhat lazy start in New Jersey. I‘m anxious to see what New Orleans brings, and to see it in just an hour (2-hour "supersized" shows make me want to crawl under the couch and cry.) Was it just me or did the premiere seem to be more about the judges than anything? There didn‘t seem to be any contestants who were head and shoulders above the rest, unless you give them further consideration like Henrik‘s Honor Roll (Caleb Hawley is my current favorite!) Some of you said you didn‘t even notice the judges. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I think it‘s nice when everyone gets along and we don‘t have to deal with a squabble between Simon and Paula‘s joke writer. But if we don‘t have Simon, and Jennifer Lopez can barely get rid of people who suck at singing, who‘s going to provide the contestants with brutal, biting honesty? Is Randy trying and we just haven‘t noticed?  Read more »
You mean it‘s the new season of American Idol already? Never thought it would come.Well, here we are again -- five months of looking for the next big thing, or whatever closely resembles it nowadays. And, in my case, being disappointed that it isn‘t the person I wanted it so badly to be. There‘s also the bit about all the new furniture -- the judges, the rounds -- there‘s just a lot of things moving that I can‘t quite wrap my head around them yet!Good thing is, after watching last night‘s Idol premiere, I wasn‘t thinking about all those changes. Heck, I didn‘t even pay that much attention to Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. (They didn‘t stick out like a sore thumb, which is a good sign in my book.) That means enough time to do what I did last year: find the standouts, dig up more about them, and devote a few column inches to the cause.Read our recap of the American Idol auditions in New Jersey Read more »
Tonight American Idol goes to New Orleans and opens by making fun of a guy who didn‘t make it to Hollywood. I guess if the judges won‘t be mean, the producers will? Never mind him, let‘s talk about fun stuff like Mardis Gras and French and jazz! Good news, Randy Jackson is ready to be tough as nails tonight, and the judges are sitting at a hot pink table.Seriously, that is one hot pink room. In terms of talent, it turned out to be red hot! New Orleans blew New Jersey away, and we only saw about half the people who made it through to Hollywood. Here are the standouts, the weirdos and stuff that was just startling. Read more »
The good news is, the American Idol auditions in New Orleans were much better. The bad news is, it makes me feel really, really old.Though, it really shouldn‘t. I mean, teens have always made it to Hollywood, to the Top 12 and even to the finale. (My favorites in the past two years have been younger than me. I think the last favorite who‘s older than me was David Cook.) Things haven‘t really changed this time around -- at least until you remember that the age limit has been dropped to 15, presumably to capitalize on the popularity of a certain kid named Justin Bieber. Having that fact hovering around is making me feel really old, even if I‘m still watching people who are the same age as, say, Allison Iraheta was when she was on the show.Read our recap of the American Idol auditions in New Orleans Read more »
This is the dawning of the age of Randy Jackson, as he comes out of the woodwork as a judge. How much do we know about Randy, really? It‘s time for us, and Randy, to find out just exactly who he is. Welcome to Randy Jackson Personality Watch Season 10, in which we examine Randy Jackson‘s ever-evolving personality as a judge on American Idol. This is Week 1."What about me?" seemed to be Randy‘s mantra for the first two audition episodes of American Idol Season 10. He kept interrupting Jennifer and Steven (can I call them that yet?) and getting offended when contestants would gush over either of them. But is "desperate" a personality? Was he going for "authoritative"?   Read more »
Nights 3 and 4 of American Idol auditions air this Wednesday and Thursday. I think they‘re going to Austin and Nashville (cue banjo music, probably!) and hopefully Idol will continue to showcase audition talent, rather than the people with the worst voices and craziest costumes.Here‘s what I predict we‘ll see:More talented 15-year olds. Nigel is all about them in the video below. Read more »
American Idol drama! Well, sort of. Here are the flies buzzing around American Idol‘s head:Devyn Rush Loses Singing Waitress JobRemember Devyn Rush? She‘s jazzy and we love her and she worked as a singing waitress. She even gave her restaurant a free plug! Well, that restaurant isn‘t taking her back after Hollywood Week (if she returns, we don‘t know yet!) The diner told her they had to fill her spot because Hollywood Week fell during their "busy season." But wouldn‘t you want to keep someone on who was on national television? I don‘t get it. They are still trying to reach "an amicable resolution." [TMZ]  Read more »
Remember that girl who fell down the stairs on American Idol last week? Well, she went to the hospital. [TMZ]But enough about her, she‘s so last week! This week we‘re all about the Milwaukee and Nashville auditions on Wednesday and Thursday night, respectively. Here‘s a sneak peek at the talent (or lack thereof) Nashville has to offer.Sometimes people can‘t hear themselves when they sing. This Italian Chris O‘Donnell guy is one of them. Read more »
I know I‘ve already mentioned this, but I really like the new American Idol graphics. It looks like a generic city is being abducted (or destroyed?) by aliens. It‘s in keeping with traditional Idol mythology, in which the skies opened up and Randy Jackson shot forth from a laser. Anyway, Idol is going to Milwaukee, because it is home to Danny Gokey. GOKEY! Randy Jackson announces, "Milwaukee: Let‘s be about it." Agreed, Randy!Since Wisconsin is so central-ish, contenders are coming from all across America. But make no mistake, we‘re still going to be about Milwaukee. Randy‘s orders. Milwaukee brings big talent, a back-handspring into a camera and Randy Jackson accidentally slapping a girl in the face. Sold! Read more »
Two seasons ago, I was getting really annoyed at the American Idol audition episodes. Now, I‘m actually enjoying them. It must be the British sense of editing. Maybe it‘s all the water behind the judges‘ desk. Maybe it‘s the new judges, but we‘ve got that covered already. Oh, right, yes, the fact that we actually have a bunch of really interesting singers. Different styles, different tones, different ages -- fine, they‘re mostly teenagers, but that‘s beside the point: After watching last night‘s episode, I had too many candidates for the Honor Roll.I mean, I could go for the soul of Jerome Bell, or the complete package that is Naima Adedapo, or the unusual hybrid that is Thia Megia, but I‘m looking for that someone who‘ll pop. (This is where we probably won‘t agree.) And I found them. And I‘m still left with three names. Milwaukee, you are not doing me any favors!Read our recap of the American Idol auditions in Milwaukee Read more »
So we all know that Milwaukee TURNED IT OUT for the American Idol auditions. 53 people came out of it with tickets to Hollywood, and every 15-year old who auditioned went through (according to the omniscient voice of Ryan Seacrest.) Naturally, everyone is talking about Chris Medina, the great singer with a sad story. But who "won" Milwaukee? Here are my almost completely arbitrary choices:Civil War Enthusiast Nathaniel Jones  Read more »
Thanks for welcoming us to Nashville, the land of "hopes and dreams," Ryan Seacrest! I‘d like to visit some day, will you be there? I‘ll text you. I will also text Carrie Underwood, so it won‘t be weird.The Nashville auditions are being held in the Ryman Auditorium, which makes this a little bit more like So You Think You Can Dance. Christine McCaffrey, introduced with "boomp be doomp bee" music, walks in singing like a total crazy person. Then she finished us all off with a version of "I Hope You Dance" that makes us never want to dance again. At least she thinks Steven Tyler said yes to her. Let the auditions begin!  Read more »
Sometimes I wish what Randy said two nights ago -- that this season of American Idol is "the unassuming season" -- would come true.In a way, yes, it has. Maybe it‘s just me, but there certainly have been a lot of hopefuls who don‘t look like they‘d impress but end up doing more than that. A part of me wants to blame it on the proliferation of classical instruments in indie music. But I realize not everybody is into it, so we‘ll end up with pop upstarts who‘ll slightly border on brash. Now, I‘m not saying it‘s a bad thing: We do need our Katy Perrys and our Lady Gagas, but we need a little variety too.See our recap of the American Idol auditions in Nashville Read more »
There isn‘t a full Moon over Hollywood, is there? Because there‘s a lot of crazy making the TV rounds lately. And I‘m not sure if anything else -- ignoring the obvious explanations of drugs and insanity -- can fully explain what‘s been coming out from Charlie Sheen, Tracy Morgan and Steven Tyler. Read more »
This is the dawning of the age of Randy Jackson, as he comes out of the woodwork as a judge. How much do we know about Randy, really? It‘s time for us, and Randy, to find out just exactly who he is. Welcome to Randy Jackson Personality Watch Season 10, in which we examine Randy Jackson‘s ever-evolving personality as a judge on American Idol. This is Week 2.Maybe I was a little hard on Randy last week. He‘s probably not a dick. Please understand that I watch Randy so closely out of love, or maybe an Ali-Larter-in-Obsessed-like fascination. So until Beyonce kicks me down the stairs or lets me drop through a hole in the attic onto a glass coffee table two stories below, I will continue to love Randy Jackson. (What do you mean you haven‘t seen Obsessed? It‘s on Netflix Instant Watch! You have no excuse!) Read more »
You may already have some American Idol favorites, and we‘ve definitely been told who to keep an eye on based on who the show has chosen to feature. So if we had to pick a Top 10 right now, who would be in it? Who has the best shot based on exposure? Even though we‘re only halfway through the auditions, here are my picks for who we might see in the Top 10 this year. Click on their names for a link to their audition video, in case you forgot who they were or want to re-live it.Lauren AlainaShe is one of the most obvious choices for "one to watch," because she was "the last audition of the day," (how does it always work out that way?) and she has that special, Kelly Clarkson essence. The Nashville auditions ended with her whole family in the room as she sang "Don‘t Want to Miss a Thing" for all to enjoy. Then Steven Tyler made a comment about having "found the one" on his way out. HMM! Read more »
American Idol is going to Austin, Texas, where I may or may not live. Please don‘t come after me, just come over for some chips and queso! Let‘s take a look at what Austin, the Live Music Capitol of the World, has to offer in Wednesday night‘s auditions!Singing, Yes, Romper, NoThis girl has an awesome voice and the judges are loving it, but that hopefully that romper will stay in Austin and not make the trek to Hollywood. Maybe if it were in a different color? Not that it matters; this is a singing competition and this girl can SING. And check out J. Lo‘s bun! She couldn‘t rock the big Texas hair?  Read more »
American Idol is going to Texas, which means Ryan Seacrest is at the ready with an arsenal full of "Keep Austin Weird" and "Everything‘s Bigger" comments. Not that Texans would be offended, because they have big, weird, state pride. Plus, not everything is bigger, as this episode fits neatly into an hour. Thank you, Idol! So let‘s, "saddle up," "take the bull by the longhorns," and get "a little bit country," we‘re in Austin! Do you think that phone call Ryan was making to his "dad" was real? Do you think Marc Anthony is real? Did you know they made plaid shirts in chiffon? So many unanswered questions here in Austin. Read more »
Tonight (Thursday at 8/7c) American Idol goes to L.A., where they don‘t need to give tickets to Hollywood, just some gas money. People move to L.A. for a shot at their dreams, so it‘s only fitting that dream-maker American Idol pay the city a visit. But, let‘s be honest, some of these dreams should die. Let‘s take a look at some of the auditions we can expect to see (or not see?) tonight in L.A. and a sneak peek at some judge attitude. Read more »
First off, a shout out to Steven Tyler, who made the best quip on last night‘s American Idol. At least I think this is exactly what they said.Contestant: "I‘m a test subject for pharmaceutical tests."Steven: "We have something in common, then!"Second place goes to John Wayne Schulz‘s dad, who had a choice quip for Ryan Seacrest. Unfortunately it requires a long explanation.Read our recap of the American Idol auditions in Austin Read more »
American Idol: where couples might not actually be couples, tragedy strikes often, and J. Lo wants you to celebrate your inner sparkle and outer fabulous. Here‘s the scoop!Contestant House FireYou may not remember Wendy Taylor, because her audition didn‘t air, but it‘s the first of the auditions in the Austin preview here. She has a great voice, belting out Melissa Etheridge‘s "I‘m the Only One." In a sad turn of events, Wendy almost lost her house in a fire recently. TMZ has the story and photos from the fire. Read more »
American Idol is going to L.A., Ryan Seacrest‘s natural habitat. I feel betrayed that they didn‘t use "California Love" or at least have a montage to "California Gurls." Betrayed. But L.A. is the land of hopes and dreams, the land of aspiring stars! Surely some real talent will come out of Los Angeles, as well as some crazies. Mostly just crazies. Before we settled into LA we got a reminder of Brett Loewenstern, Lauren Alaina, and Casey Abrams. Oh, should we be watching them closely, American Idol? I had no idea (yes I did). Did you guys see that old guy who came out to audition? He‘s probably one of the Myspace picks we‘ll be seeing tonight (because no one uses Myspace anymore).  Read more »
I never thought I could do so many things while watching American Idol. Last night, for instance, I found myself chopping some tomatoes and onions for a quick salsa. I was also watching CNN (in between ad breaks, of course) to catch up on the Egyptian impasse. And I went to the toilet at least four times, since I had at least four glasses of water, because I found myself drifting off...Hey, maybe I should devote today‘s Honor Roll to us Idol fans who sat through the atrocity that was the Los Angeles auditions! I wonder how many people made it to Hollywood? I also wonder why people who went to audition in Los Angeles insist that they‘ll be going to Hollywood with whatever passed off as talent -- when they can just go there and see the sights since they‘re in LA anyway? (I‘m talking to you, Human Tornado guy.)Read our recap of the American Idol auditions in Los Angeles Read more »
This is the dawning of the age of Randy Jackson, as he comes out of the woodwork as a judge. How much do we know about Randy, really? It‘s time for us, and Randy, to find out just exactly who he is. Welcome to Randy Jackson Personality Watch Season 10, in which we examine Randy Jackson‘s ever-evolving personality as a judge on American Idol. This is Week 3.The auditions weren‘t very good this week, and for a while I thought we wouldn‘t make any headway with discovering Randy Jackson. Then Tynisha Roches chased Randy around the room with her microphone. I think Randy is really developing a voice of his own, while simultaneously gelling with Jennifer Lopez much better.   Read more »
The other day, I went shopping and tried on some clothes. When I finished, the fitting room attendant asked me, "any of these work out for you?" and I replied, "It‘s a no for me today." It‘s a no for me today? What a douchey thing to say! I realized, long after the fact, that I‘d been channeling my inner Randy Jackson in a completely inappropriate situation. It was then that I knew American Idol had infiltrated a deeper level of my consciousness (like Inception). But we don‘t all have to be victims!Here are 10 ways to tell American Idol might have taken over your brainwaves:  Read more »
It‘s been a while since we‘ve seen Simon Cowell on TV. Since exiting American Idol in May 2010, the acid-tongued Brit has been lurking in the shadows, preparing to bring his successful U.K. hit The X Factor to the good ol‘ U.S. of A.   The show doesn‘t air until the fall, but I had a chance to speak with Simon during a conference call with other members of the press. He answered the tough questions we Americans really want to know: Will Paula be a judge? Will he still be mean? Will he continue to wear black V-neck T-shirts that are at least one size too small? See what Simon had to say on these and other "important" issues.  Read more »
American Idol is still here, despite all the X-Factor buzz. Don‘t those previews look amazing, though? But this is about American Idol! Find out what "hits" will be on the Greatest Hits compilation, what Simon Cowell had to say about the new judges, and what Taylor Hicks tweeted about Christina Aguilera‘s Superbowl flub. American Idol‘s "Greatest Hits"The compilation CD will be called American Idol 10th Anniversary --The Hits. They‘re putting it together to remind us that some of the popular artists in music today actually came from American Idol! And to sweep less successful "idols" under the rug. Also, maybe if you hear some Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze you like, you‘ll buy their albums? Maybe not. Here‘s the track listing for the CD I wish was compiled by Matt "Big Stats" Frankel: Read more »
You may already have your favorites picked out, but don‘t forget about San Francisco! Wednesday night the auditions will (finally) be wrapping up, and then it‘s on to Hollywood! Will any of these hopefuls make it through?So Much PowerIf you liked this week‘s episode of Glee, you might like this audition! Or you might not. Read more »
It‘s the final night of auditions as American Idol stops by San Francisco. It finally feels like we‘re getting somewhere, (Hollywood!) doesn‘t it? And one more thing about these cold opens, why are they always the saddest, cruelest thing ever? Did that girl really fart during her audition? And if she did, why don‘t we get to see it? Anyway, we‘re in San Francisco, where they found Adam Lambert. Randy promises the new judges it will be "full of surprises," and they agree that Steven Tyler will be "the mean one." They turned out to be right. Still, Ryan is as full of promises as ever: the best talent we‘ve seen on the road! The saddest stories! Bring it on, San Francisco. Read more »
The American Idol auditions are finally over, and I can‘t help but feel a little frustrated. Why are we seeing a lot of bad auditions lately? Or the same old faces from a few weeks back? Or (shudder) sob stories?Oh, right. This is American Idol. The tearjerkers have to be here.Read our recap of the American Idol auditions in San Francisco Read more »
Hollywood Week is finally upon us! I‘m so excited, I think Hollywood Week is my favorite part of the entire American Idol process. There‘s so much drama and emotion, and the cuts happen so fast! Let‘s go ahead and separate some wheat from the chaff, shall we?Randy Jackson, the only name we can trust, promises us that the talent is better than ever this year. It will also be twice as hard because J. Lo and Steven sent twice the amount of people through to Hollywood. But that means twice as many cuts, which is all well and good by me. Read more »
Okay, maybe not. But this week, on a very special Randy Jackson Personality Watch, we will examine Randy‘s finest Hollywood Week moment to date, which I have elected to call, "You‘re Still Not Moving On, Nick Fink." What we learned about Randy this week was very simple: He lays down the law. It started out like any Hollywood Week. Well, no, it didn‘t, because there were twice as many contestants this year. That means that for every person who auditioned and was actually good, another person squeaked by, too. The perfect example of this is "couple" Jacqueline Dunford and Nick Fink.  Read more »
For those of us who were hoping to see a couple more new names when American Idol kicked off its Hollywood auditions, well, we were definitely disappointed. Sorry, no Lilly Scott-style discoveries at the moment.What we got was an hour-long look back at all of our "early favorites." Some of them are favorites, sure, but then there are some who the judges just want around as long as possible -- a reality I‘ve long accepted in my three years of writing about Idol. Anyway, it‘s the Hollywood round, which means less of the mundane and more of the good stuff. But yes, that‘s a bit up for debate.Read our recap of American Idol‘s first two days in Hollywood Read more »
Hollywood Week carries on with the group round in this supersized episode. The group round is one of my favorite times for three reasons: 1) It‘s reminiscent of hellish high school group projects, except this time we don‘t have to shoulder all the work for Too-Cool-For-Tri-Folds Charlie, 2) People get catty and cry a lot and, 3) The producers are forced to show us new faces we haven‘t seen in the auditions as the "early favorites" are lumped into groups with them. New talent! I think I will enjoy this group round in particular because lunatic Ashley Sullivan is still in it!Seacrest promises us that all the drama will "explode on stage" and that "new stars will shine." If he‘s wrong about this, he owes me two hours of my life.  Read more »
CBS can do no wrong. After launching five of the most successful new shows of the fall season, the network has another hit with the Criminal Minds spin-off, Suspect Behavior. The show premiered last night with 12.9 million viewers, beating a new episode of the original Criminal Minds which only had 12.8 million.  Read more »
You mean I was just dreaming? Oh, dang.And I‘m waking up to a two-hour American Idol episode featuring the Hollywood group round? Dang.Thankfully we didn‘t have a Mary Powers. (Heaven knows we don‘t need one right now.) Unfortunately we have Clint Jun Gamboa, who I dislike as much as James Durbin now. More unfortunately, all I can do is watch and write about it.Read our recap of American Idol‘s groups day in Hollywood Read more »
I‘m onto you, American Idol. We all are. We see the way you follow certain contestants around, grooming them for the Top 20, and calling them "early favorites" as if we had any control over it. So, yes, by your design, we are loving Brett Loewenstern, rooting for Jacee Badeaux, obsessed with Lauren Alaina, and marveling at Ashley Sullivan. And against your design, I am just not a James Durbin fan, but that is another topic for another day. I want to give some props to the people who stood out in the group round despite selective editing. Okay, maybe the editing is still favoring them a little bit, but these are faces we haven‘t seen much of so far. Here are our "later favorites":  Read more »
After the hellish but also incredibly delightful group round, the remaining 100 or so American Idol hopefuls must perform in front of the judges solo. This is a make-or-break event for the contestants, as a great performance could really save them for weeks to come (Andrew Garcia‘s acoustic "Straight Up," anyone?). Also, if they‘re not featured tonight, followed by a shot of J. Lo radiating approval, there‘s no guarantee they will get votes from "America."Haley Reinhart is up first with her crackly but girly voice that I am starting to adore. I was expecting to be a lot more critical this season -- and I‘m sure that time will come -- but for now I‘m just enjoying watching all these young people who are more talented than I could ever hope to be.  Read more »
This has become less of a personality monitor, and more of an appreciation of all things Randy Jackson. This week he finished judging in Hollywood, and let the new judges shine a bit by giving the contestants the good (or bad) news, and he even let them sing along to some of the performances (Simon Cowell would never!). Here‘s what we learned about Randy this week:He will not let something awful continue, or go unpunished.  Read more »
It‘s tough to call this "The Best and Worst of Hollywood‘s Solos" when no one was particularly bad this week.Plus, they‘ve done a good job of editing this. Still a bit manipulative, yes, but at least we didn‘t see that many train wrecks.And I even saw someone new today. Anyhow, let‘s get the bullet points rolling.Read our recap of American Idol‘s Hollywood solos Read more »
There is life beyond American Idol, and beyond the Top 20 (24?). Here‘s what‘s happening for former American Idol favorites, and one current contender.Chris Medina Raises $27,000 for His FianceeMany were touched by Chris Medina‘s story of how a car accident left his fiancee partially paralyzed. People were so touched, in fact, that Medina has received thousands of dollars in donations from Idol fans. Chris Medina and his fiancee even received a furnace, donated by a local air conditioning and heating company upon hearing his heater didn‘t work. Win or lose, Medina hopes to perform at the store as payback whenever Idol releases him. [TMZ] Read more »
SPOILER ALERT, OBVIOUSLY! If you don‘t want to know who is making it into the Top 24 (or at least 22 of them), read no further! If you do, you came to the right place.Here‘s the list, from TV Squad, of who will be up for our votes to get into the Top 10 or 12, and how surprised (on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being frozen with shock) we are that they‘re in the Top 24:  Read more »
American Idol Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe just gave us a few more reasons to follow him on Twitter (@dizzyfeet). It seems he‘s the only one allowed to Tweet about anything related to SYTYCD and American Idol and he just tweeted a bombshell. The much-lauded Las Vegas, Beatles stage of the competition has been cut down to an hour, followed by an additional hour of the "Green Mile" part of the episode, in which contestants sit in a chair in front of the judges and learn their fate. Nigel LOVES IT. He loves it so much that we get three hours of that stuff. That‘s really too bad because I was actually looking forward to the Beatles performances. Nigel excitedly tweeted: Read more »
Well, we have a list of the possible Top 24, or at least 22 of them. Check out our spoilers here, then heed this SPOILER ALERT. This article will discuss some of the names that are mysteriously absent from the list, people Joe‘s Place knows have gotten cut, and who might be on the list after all.Stefano Langone fans rejoice, he could still be in it! This guy had a good audition in LA, and has been doing very well from what we‘ve seen in Hollywood. Joe‘s Place has added him to their list of the possible Top 24.  Also making the cut: Ta-Tynisa Wilson, who I don‘t recognize, and Thia Megia, who has been doing really well and many were shocked not to see on the first list. Read more »
It‘s the final round of cuts before the semi-finals! More cuts must be made, and rumor has it J. Lo can‘t handle it. This leads to an additional hour of "Green Mile" programming and an hour less of actual performances. Just what we don‘t want. I‘ve been looking forward to the Las Vegas/Beatles "Love" stage so much. I guess we‘d better cherish it before Jennifer Lopez starts crying about making cuts. Viewers can‘t vote 59 people out week by week, Jennifer, you need to do some of the legwork early on. The smooth, sexy, Venus legwork.  Read more »
The Beatles and American Idol: It‘s an affair we can never avoid. No, I don‘t mean it as a bad thing: those Liverpudlians have made some of the best songs we‘ve ever heard, and some of the most memorable performances on Idol were of those songs. (Case in point: season 7‘s back-to-back Beatle-themed weeks, resulting in David Cook‘s "Eleanor Rigby" and David Archuleta‘s "Imagine." Yes, I know, it‘s not a Beatles song, but it counts.)But whenever that partnership rears its head I can‘t help but feel a bit nervous. These songs are so iconic you‘ll definitely be shamed if you mess it up spectacularly. Factor in the fact that most of this season‘s hopefuls have little idea who the Beatles are, and you have enough reason to be scared.Read our recap of last night‘s American Idol Read more »
Hey Idol fans, are your eyes puffy and blotchy from crying with Jennifer Lopez last night? Mine are, but I still managed to scope some American Idol news.Casey Abrams Hospitalized with Stomach PainsThis is potentially devastating news! Reports say that Top 24 finalist Casey Abrams was hospitalized on Feb. 23rd complaining of severe stomach pains. The Top 24 performances are no longer live, and the Top 12 guys will tape their performances on Friday. Casey Abrams was ordered to stay in the hospital overnight, and potentially longer. If he can‘t make it back in time this could be the end of the road for an early favorite. If he can recover, though, this will make one hell of a clip package. [TMZ] Read more »
On the heels of the announcement that X-Factor plans to implement Facebook voting for its contestants, American Idol revealed its plans to do the same. Idol creator Simon Fuller says, "We have been wanting to do online voting for several years, and now Facebook has offered us a secure solution and we are ready to go."Facebook users will be able to go to a designated site to cast their votes up to 50 times during the designated voting period. The higher-ups at Idol are very excited to introduce online voting to the process. [EW.com] Read more »
Last night on American Idol we got our first extended look at Top 24 finalist Paul McDonald who wowed the judges with his unique voice and style. He‘s definitely not like anything American Idol has produced, but the judges decided to take a chance on this quirky dude.The 26-year-old Alabama native made it in by doing something the show doesn‘t let its contestants do: singing an original song. While everyone might be in awe of how original he is, I was left with one thought: Isn‘t that the guy from Once?  Read more »
Previously, on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez was crying over sending Chris Medina home or whether or not she‘d sent him home the right way. Randy and Steven assured her that she did a good job and told her not to worry -- she‘s still rich, beautiful and famous. Five people have gone through to the Top 24, five people have been sent into the depths of singing hell. Production "has come to a halt," because of J. Lo‘s "emotional crossroads." She‘s questioning everything! But the show must go on ... after a five minute break. And so it does! That was quick.  Read more »
Yes, you heard it here first. We have it on authority that someone will win this season of American Idol. According to Randy Jackson‘s interview on Leno, that person will be a guy OR A GIRL. It could go either way at this point!But can we really trust Randy at this point? Before the "Top 24 Chosen" episode aired, Randy promised us surprises and I don‘t know about you, but I was not surprised. The only surprising thing was Randy‘s amazing shoe choice. Are those blue cowboy boots? Here‘s Randy talking about American Idol, and a few other things that are less interesting. Read more »
This season on American Idol the show made a big deal about lowering the age limit to 15. The goal was to expand the pool of potential contestants, but did it make a difference?Well, there are no 15-year-olds in the Top 24, so that should answer that question. While the average age of the contestants this season is lower than last season‘s Top 24, it‘s not by much. Season 10 of American Idol has two 16-year-olds, just like season 9, and five teenagers, just like season 9.  Read more »
Colton Dixon and Jacee Badeaux fans, rejoice! They both promised we haven‘t seen the last of them on Ellen today, then performed better than some of the people still in the competition. Also, American Idol has announced the song contestants will receive their goodbye montage to: a David Cook cover of "Don‘t You Forget About Me." Oh. Just when I had, in fact, forgotten about David Cook. [EW.com]Ellen had Almost-Top 24 contestants Colton Dixon and Jacee Badeaux on her show today (Thursday) and they both sang very well. Their interviews, on the other hand ... Take a look for yourself: Read more »
Watching American Idol is so much more fun with friends, and if you don‘t have anyone to watch it with, I don‘t either so let‘s watch it together! I‘m so excited that we finally get to see some unedited performances. The stage, the Coca-Cola Red Room, the dramatic sing-pointing, it‘s all really happening. Will Steven Tyler be able to keep himself from singing along with the contestants? What will J. Lo wear? Will James Durbin scream? Will anyone dance? Will the audience try to clap along but screw up that one simple task? All these questions and more will be answered.It‘s been so long since we‘ve seen all the drama of Ryan Seacrest introducing the contestants that I‘ve almost missed it. This time the guys were awkwardly standing on either side of Ryan and he made a big deal about the judges. Not that I mind, because I am all about Randy Jackson! Did you see that person with the "Tourette‘s Rocks" sign? Good work, America. Read more »
The Top 12 Girls have a lot to live up to after the Boys‘ performances last night. The Top 12 Boys produced some stunning, chilling performances, a couple just-okay ones, and one glorious misstep. A few favorites faltered, Scotty McCreery violated us with his eyebrows, and other favorites earned their keep. How will the Top 12 Girls do? Watch with us tonight and find out!Based on the set list alone, I haven‘t been terribly excited about this episode. It seems a little heavy on the ballads; lots of songs about spreading one‘s wings, looking inside your heart, achieving what you never thought you could, etc. Not enough sass or cougin‘ for my taste. We‘ll see if the girls can earn their keep! Read more »
As the Top 10, based on viewer votes, is revealed, we‘ll see how much of an effect the introduction of online voting will have. Is anyone else hoping for an upset, just for the excitement of it all? This week, we had a lot of Idol. First, the Top 12 Boys performed for your votes, and they were mostly great. I predict that we may see Jordan Dorsey, Jovany Barreto and Tim Halperin go home, although I could see Tim Halperin picking up a Wild Card slot.Then, the Top 12 Girls performed, and, like the guys, there were several standouts despite a slew of questionable song choices. I predict we‘ll see Ta-Tynisa Wilson and Rachel Zevita go for sure, with Julie Zorrilla for the possible upset or Wild Card spot. With the online voting and unlimited phone/text voting, it really could be anyone‘s game.  Read more »
Much like Americans, reality TV has a serious obesity problem. While reality programs used to take up just one hour each week, the recent trend has been to super-size any reality series in order to fill time.  Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.Reality TV has always been a home for some very odd people, but now more than ever it seems like absolute crazy people are filling the airwaves, and I‘m not just talking about Charlie Sheen. Reality shows are all featuring crazy stars, and those certifiably insane people are the ones everyone‘s talking about.  Read more »
Hey Idol fans! Still sad that Chris Medina‘s gone? He‘s not! Want Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga to perform on the results shows? You got it! Oh, and if you think that pre-taping the live shows is manipulating American Idol then Nigel Lythgoe thinks you‘re a moron.Chris Medina releases "What Are Words"Chris Medina, who caused Jennifer Lopez a lot of grief when she had to eliminate him from the Top 24, is just getting started. He has released a song, entitled, "What Are Words," recorded by 19 Recordings/Interscope and written by Rodney Jerkins. It is, predictably, about the story that touched everyone in his audition. You can listen to the song here. It‘s pretty!  Read more »
It‘s fair to say that Glee is a hit. Lots of awards, a bunch of imitating shows on the way and oodles of fans make that obvious. But how did we get Glee? There‘s a long history of musicality on television, and every step brought us a bit closer to the crazy success of Glee. Read more »
Well, we have our Top 13 and we‘ve all had a little time to accept it. From this group of individuals, there shall arise a chosen one. He or she may not be the next American Idol, for they will be chosen arbitrarily, by Ryan Seacrest, as the contestant who will receive just a little extra attention. Last year it was Didi Benami. Ryan just couldn‘t stop touching her, holding her hand, leading her around the stage -- he was drunk with power. Some people think that because he‘s dating Julianne Hough now, Ryan won‘t touch anyone, but in Season 7 he chose David Cook, whatever that means. This year‘s Top 13 seems particularly young, and particularly fiesty. Maybe, recognizing the pattern, the contestants are taking their power back this year. After all, Lauren Alaina has already dubbed Ryan Seacrest, "Peaches," and Brett Loewenstern always hugs first. Read more »
The rumors are true. For the first time ever, American Idol contestants will have access to social media (albeit limited access). The Top 13 have American Idol-sanctioned Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace pages to, presumably, interact with fans. It‘s a great idea, and will help us "get to know" the contestants if we feel so obliged.It‘s easy enough to follow your favorites, as their Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace handles all follow the guidelines of [First initial][Last name][AI10]. For example, follow Casey Abrams on Twitter at @CAbramsAI10, and keep up with Pia Toscano on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PToscanoAI10. Get the picture? Read more »
I‘m so excited for this results show because it‘s the first time we get to see how the chips fall and whether people have already chosen favorites. Will this season be more like seasons past with a Tim Urban-like phenomenon, or will it prove to be more like this season of Top Chef: All-Stars, where everyone is so good that one bad dish (song) can send you home? It‘s exciting if you‘re like me and think about it too hard.I think predicting this week will be easier than predicting weeks to come, though. One of the Wild Card picks proved themselves and two did not. I feel like Stefano really rose to the occasion, while Ashthon stayed where she was and Naima gave us something memorable but weird. If the voters weren‘t sure about Naima before, this remixed/blown up version of "Umbrella" may have confused them even more.  Read more »
The real performance rounds are here! "We‘ve" finally narrowed it down to 13 finalists and now we can really get to know them. Except I already feel like I know them pretty well, especially after following them on Twitter, which I‘m starting to regret. Anyway, tonight‘s theme is, "Your Personal Idol," leaving it wide open for any and all genres. No country singers will have to struggle through Motown‘s Greatest Hits tonight.The judges come out, drunk with power and high on life (uppers and downers!), followed by Ryan who asks the audience to shout out their favorite. It was a muddled response, but wouldn‘t it be funny if the entire audience just went, "SCOTTY!" in unison? Read more »
For maybe the last time, we have the list of who‘s singing what and in what order. Rickey.org has the scoop, and also tells us this is the last pre-taped show (to work out some technical kinks) before American Idol goes live for real. This week‘s theme is "Your Personal Idol," and as usual there are some great song choices, some okay ones, and some confusing ones.Let‘s start with this "Your Personal Idol" business. It‘s a very open theme, which Nigel Lythgoe had promised this season‘s themes would be, but the song choices indicate that people had different interpretations of "Your Personal Idol." And, disappointingly, no one is singing "Your Own Personal Jesus." Let‘s get to it: Read more »
I was wondering how American Idol would fill two hours with Ryan Seacrest moving people from stools, to the stage, to chairs, or back to stools again. I was wrong to wonder. The very first live results show was dramatic, stressful, joyful, and agonizing all at once. I feel hung over from it. If anything, I think the show proved that the voters know what they‘re doing, and the judges aren‘t in tune with the viewers yet.Everything started off almost predictably. Ryan would bring two or three people to the stage and we knew whose names were in that little envelope and their fate. Scotty McCreery moved into the Top 10, followed by Lauren Alaina, Pia Toscano, and Karen Rodriguez. Some of us, unknowingly at ease, got up to get a snack, and some of us took a quick trip to Kinko‘s to enlarge this picture of Scotty to poster-size to hang on our wall: Read more »
It‘s been an interesting week. The guys may have had the edge going into the "Wild Card" show, but Randy continues to insist that it‘s anyone‘s game. There were some performances from the Top 12 Girls that secured a few places in the Top 10, and a few that secured a ticket home. Let‘s examine.Here are the girls I think are definitely moving on: Pia Toscano, Lauren Alaina, and Thia Megia. They had the advantage of having the final three spots, and their performances were stellar enough to cement them in the voters‘ brains. Lauren Turner is also a favorite, who I think viewers will want to see more of. I think the fifth spot will come down to Naima Adedapo and Karen Rodriguez.  Read more »
More rumors are cropping up about Season 10 and all its big changes, and this one concerns the judges‘ Wild Card picks (or not-picks). Sort-of SPOILER ALERT: Joe‘s Place Blog is reporting that the judges will not reveal "Wild Card picks" on Thursday night after the Top 10 are announced. Instead, all 14 contestants who America didn‘t choose, will sing AGAIN and the judges will announce their two Wild Cards to round out the Top 12.There may or may not be an "America‘s Choice Wild Card," to make it the rumored Top 13. In any other season, I would be opposed to watching all of the eliminated contestants sing again. As Joe‘s Place put it, "we will have a 90 minute show with the contestants we didn‘t care about enough to vote through." And we don‘t even get to vote next week. BUT this season is bringing so much talent, it will be interesting to see the people who just narrowly missed a spot perform again, and people like Jordan Dorsey seek redemption.  Read more »
You watched them sing, and you may have seen my rankings (and then wildly disagreed with them) but let‘s talk about who will actually be going home. After the Top 12 Boys delivered some of the best semi-finals performances we‘ve seen on Idol, it could still be anyone‘s game. Will being featured in the show‘s audition rounds give anyone an advantage? Will online voting change everything? If there will, in fact, be a Top 5 Guys, here‘s who I think is staying for sure: Paul McDonald and Casey Abrams. In the second tier and the not-everyone-likes-them-but-they-had-great-performances, we have Jacob Lusk and James Durbin going through, and the final guy slot is up in the air, but I think it will go to Brett Loewenstern. Read more »
Hey Idol fans, we have the list of the songs the Top 12 girls will be performing, and in what order, thanks to Joe‘s Place Blog and Rickey.org. The taping was yesterday (Monday), and the performances will air Wednesday night, March 2. Here is the guys‘ set list for tonight, if you‘re curious.Here‘s what the girls will be singing on Wednesday: Read more »
If you just can‘t wait for Tuesday night (yes, Tuesday! Don‘t forget!), we have good news for you. You can find out what the Top 12 boys will be singing here! Thanks to Joe‘s Place Blog, we have inside information from Friday‘s taping. The Top 24 are performing on the real American Idol stage, in front of a real audience. No more small, circular stage surrounded by a pit of close family and friends. It‘s all real.Here is Tuesday night‘s set list, with the order and what songs the guys chose. Read more »
With these results, American Idol will give us our true Top 12, as the voters have done what Jennifer Lopez couldn‘t. We‘ll also get a group number (such trepidation!) and performances from Adam Lambert and Diddy-plus-whoever-and-whatever he‘s tacked onto his name now (Diddy-Dirty Money with Skylar Grey).This week, the Top 13 performed for the first time as finalists, choosing songs by their "personal idols." It was kind of a sleepy show, with lots of ballads, a little over-singing, and a few underwhelming performances. I predict that we‘ll see Ashthon Jones go home, even though I thought she might be Peaches‘ Pet (the contestant Ryan Seacrest will inexplicably touch more than the rest). But at least I overstand what each contestant is all about now. Well, maybe not, but I really wanted to use "overstand." Read more »
This week, I want to re-hash some of the weirder moments that happened in the results show, but first an update on Casey Abrams. People.com reports that Casey Abrams has been in and out of the hospital with ulcerative colitis, a condition that causes abdominal pain and cramping. He received two blood transfusions, but no one is acting like it‘s a big deal yet, particularly Abrams, who tweeted, "Hey guys, thanks for the well wishes, I got some nice fresh blood in me and feeling better." At least he got out of the Ford music video (and the "live" group performance!)If you don‘t know who got eliminated this week, read no further! We‘re going to talk about it! Well, aside from that group performance, which I could watch over and over again, I really want to talk about Ryan Seacrest. Peaches is off his game this week, and maybe this season. If you think you know how results shows go, American Idol wants to show you that you have no idea. And that they have more important things to fill the hour with than re-hashing the contestants‘ performances; important things like the Red Riding Hood premiere and The Dougie.   Read more »
This week‘s theme for the Top 12‘s song selection is "The Year You Were Born." So get ready to hear a lot of songs from the late 80‘s and early 90‘s! I‘m going to love this week. I don‘t know what year exactly the contestants were born, so I‘m guessing by subtracting their age from 2010 (and I‘ll be a year off if their birthday is in January, February, or March). Then I‘m going to look at the Billboard Top 100 from that year, and choose the song I would like them to sing. Let‘s play! (Oh, but before we do, please appreciate the way that Casey Abrams is represented in this Top 12 picture).Casey Abrams, 20Year: 1990Song: How Am I Supposed to Live Without You - Michael BoltonI‘m weirdly attached to this song because it‘s what Zack Attack sang when Zack and Kelly broke up at the costume ball on Saved By the Bell. But I also think it would suit Casey‘s voice nicely, even if it might not be jazzy or hip enough.  Read more »
Hey Idol fans, we‘ve got tons of American Idol scoop coming your way after Monday‘s PaleyFest, plus regular stuff you might want to know.Casey Abrams is Doing FineAfter his second hospitalization and two blood transfusions, Casey Abrams is feeling good. At least, for now! He‘s back and his health is reportedly "improving." Casey is reported saying, "the audience makes me feel really good." [E! Online] Read more »
Last week, we saw Ashthon Jones go home and nobody was surprised about it. Tonight the Top 12 are singing songs from the year(s) they were born, which means that we get to hear hits from the late 80‘s and early 90‘s! I looked over the Billboard Top 100 from each year and made predictions, while also realizing that tonight is going to be so much fun because I love the best of 80‘s, 90‘s, and today. I‘m actually, seriously excited. There were too many dance hits in those years for all twelve of them to sing ballads. And may American Idol never make me do math again. Want more American Idol scoop? Check out our American Idol Insider page on Facebook.  Read more »
The judges seemed to think it was a great week, but I disagree. Maybe it‘s just because I have higher expectations, or was really looking forward to hearing some great songs from the 80‘s and 90‘s and the songs they chose were mostly just okay. While a night this average overall could mean that anyone is going home, there were a few performances that even the judges agreed were not great.I think Karen Rodriguez and Haley Reinhart are on the cusp, having been in the bottom three last week. Karen‘s performance this week was a little boring and didn‘t deliver anything new except better pitch, and Haley‘s performance was a bit divisive. I didn‘t mind Haley, despite an "interesting" song choice. I think Thia Megia could also be in trouble. Read more »
This is definitely the most talented season of American Idol so far, so I don‘t really want to call anyone "dead weight," but ... let‘s just say I don‘t think we‘ll need The Save for a while. This week, the Top 12 performed songs from the year they were born. It should have been great, but it was a little boring. I wasn‘t sure who was the best, but I predicted Naima will be going home. Oh, and pretty much everyone disagreed with my opinions of the performances, which is OK because it‘s American Idol and we have the freedom to vote and choose who will be The Next Lee DeWyze. But I think most of us can agree that Naima will be going home tonight, with one Wild Card down, or maybe it will be Haley, or maybe there will be a delightful upset!  Read more »
Fun, fun, fun, fun, lookin‘ forward to the weekend? Well, it‘s Friday, and in honor of so-bad-it‘s-still-bad YouTube sensation Rebecca Black, listening to this girl say "way-ho," and Karen Rodriguez‘s exit from the show, we‘re putting together a list of ten songs (or types of songs) this season‘s contestants should never sing. My personal theory is that Karen‘s song choices did her in. Is it her fault? The theme‘s fault? We may never know. Even more confusing still, Naima Adedapo has picked mostly awful songs to sing and is still in this. So, let‘s pick 10, shall we? Read more »
The time has come for Season 10‘s Top 11 contestants to go head to head with some truly great music. I‘ve been waiting for less vague themes than, say, "a song from a year of your choosing," and this week I get my wish--the American Idol finalists are singing Classic Motown! For fun, I‘m making predictions of what everyone will sing (or what I‘d like them to sing).Overall, I think this is Stefano‘s week to shine, but you KNOW I‘m looking forward to whatever Scotty will put forth. Also, Haley has been in the bottom two twice in a row now, and I worry that this might not be the week to redeem her. But hey, it could happen (MCWORLD!). There are SO many good Motown songs, but this week also has some great disaster potential. Read more »
It‘s Motown Week! I‘m excited for so many reasons, at least half of them being Scotty McCreery. Motown is fun, and presents a challenge for the remaining contestants. We‘ll see if I got any of my predictions right (probably not). Also, since it‘s a FAMILY show, we‘re watching this episode with my family so if/when the judges say something dull, I will substitute my parents‘ or brother‘s opinions. It will be fun!Jennifer looks like a cupcake tonight. I don‘t have a problem with it. First thing‘s first: Ryan educates us (and some of the contestants) about Motown. Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross--maybe you‘ve heard of them?  Read more »
For a while I‘ve been under the impression that Haley Reinhart had a lot of fans out there, but she‘s been in the bottom three twice now, and just narrowly escaped elimination last week. It seems like only a matter of time before Haley goes, and I‘m not sure this week‘s performance was good enough to save her, despite the judges‘ cries of "Haley‘s back."This is the first week of performances that I felt like really ran the gamut. There were some great performances that gave me chills, some average ones, and some pretty bad ones. I‘m still waiting for a real turd of a performance, from anyone, but there are definitely some contestants who are out-matched.  Read more »
Reality television can be good or it can be bad. More often than not, it falls under the category: so bad it‘s good. Either way, BuddyTV is a big fan which is why we‘re excited to announce a brand new contest! Thanks to Reality Rocks, we‘re giving one lucky reader the chance to win the new SlideHD Flip Cam. To learn more about the upcoming Reality Rocks Expo, the SlideHD Flip Cam and how to enter on BuddyTV, keep on reading.   Read more »
This week the Top 11 faced Classic Motown head on and the results were mostly positive. While it was a good show overall, someone must go home this week, and I think it will probably be another girl. A lot of the guys did incredibly well, with or without guitars, and you know what? The girls did well, too! As much as I love a train wreck, I don‘t think we‘ve had one yet. You may disagree with me!So who will go home tonight? It will definitely be someone, unless there‘s an upset and the judges use The Save, in which case it will be no one. I‘ve got all the facts right here, folks.Did the Idol judges use their only save too soon? Read more »
Ryan Seacrest promised a "shocking result" on American Idol tonight, and he pretty much delivered. We were all writing off Haley Reinhart. But no, she was safe this week. She wasn‘t even in the bottom three, which is good news in a way, but frustrating nonetheless. Instead, Casey Abrams, perhaps one of the stronger contenders this season, got the least amount of votes. He can‘t be going home, right? Of course, he wasn‘t -- from the moment Randy Jackson interrupted his performance, we knew he was going to be saved. And yes, the judges used their only save of the season on him. Read our recap of Idol‘s "shocking" results show Read more »
This week the American Idol Top 11 are performing the songs of Elton John, and you might be surprised to find out that John‘s hits aren‘t exactly all over the history of this show.Back in season 3 the show did its first and only Elton John theme week, but outside of that, American Idol performances of Elton John songs are few and far between. However, there are some valuable lessons from that history.  Read more »
This week the Top 11 are singing songs from the Elton John catalog. I‘m glad Casey Abrams is still in it, and I hope he‘s not one of the two people going home this week. I predict that this will be a pivotal week for Casey and another good week for James. Paul McDonald has done a song by Elton John before and it didn‘t go well, so this could be an interesting night for him. I‘d love to see some of the underdogs come out of the woodwork, and I‘m interested to see what ballad powerhouses Jacob and Pia will do tonight. But that‘s a lot of expectation to place on one episode of American Idol. I just hope it‘s not boring. Maybe tonight we‘ll solve the mystery of Scotty‘s true age? Or the mystery of who keeps styling Pia Toscano like a 40-year-old? Read more »
Elton John week was a little different from Motown week in that there were no true standouts, but some people showed marked improvement. I wonder if Idol voters are so set in their ways that they won‘t acknowledge improvement, or if they‘re going on merit week to week. The Save is out of play, so whoever is in the bottom two is going home for sure. It‘s very exciting!Based on a lot of the comments in last night‘s recap, the poll, and how voters respond to risks that don‘t pay off, I think Naima will be one of the two going home. She will be the one who isn‘t a surprise and they‘ll send her off within the first 30 minutes of show or so. I will miss Naima if she goes home, because even if it was crazy and weird, at least she always tried SOMETHING. Also, I think she has one of the most winning personalities of the bunch. Read more »
Some of the American Idol contestants are really starting to come into their own, and the viewers are choosing their favorites. I do think we‘re still at the point where a good performance can save or destroy a person despite their fan base, though. This week, the contestants sang Elton John songs, and a lot of them had very long titles. Then I ranked them, placing Scotty McCreery in the #1 spot because I just felt like it and it‘s my opinion and this is America and because of that you don‘t have to agree with me ever if you don‘t want to. Finally, I made predictions about who might be going home, but really I have no idea because I‘ve been so wrong so many times already. I did figure out that Paul McDonald sounds like a cross between James Blunt and Adam Sandler singing "Lunch Lady Land," though. It was a small victory. I hope you didn‘t miss the performances this week, because Haley was actually pretty good and James Durbin lit a piano on fire. I said that like anyone only watches the results shows and not the performances. If that applies to you, you‘re doing it wrong!  Read more »
More stars are flocking this month‘s Reality Rocks Expo in Los Angeles. Aside from previously announced celebs from The Bachelor and So You Think You Can Dance, cast members of Big Brother and American Idol will also be in attendance.Win a SlideHD Flip Cam at the Reality Rocks Expo!Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center April 9 and 10, the Reality Rocks Expo will feature performances from several American Idol stars. Season 9 finalists Didi Benami, Michael Lynche and Paige Miles and Andrew Garcia will be there. Joining them are season 4‘s Mikalah Gordon, season 7‘s Michael Johns and Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis. Read more »
UPDATE: Happy April Fools‘ Day! (Of course)With the competition‘s recent loss of its youngest contestant, American Idol has come up with a new way to appeal to a younger demographic."Season 10 is all about changes, and we‘ve come up with a revolutionary new theme for this week that we‘re very excited about," producer Nigel Lythgoe says. Next week, for the first time ever, Idol contestants will sing hits and memes from the internet. "Some of the songs have actually become quite popular," Lythgoe continued, "when it came time to choose their songs, the contestants fought over Rebecca Black‘s ‘Friday,‘ but in the end, Pia [Toscano] prevailed in a game of rock, paper, scissors, and I think she and Jimmy Iovine will make magic with the song." Having struggled with song choice in the past, "Friday" isn‘t the only song choice you may recognize.  Read more »
Earlier on in Season 10 of American Idol, Randy Jackson gave us the shocking information that either a girl or a guy could win this season. If experience has taught him anything, it‘s how to predict things. Nigel Lythgoe even said earlier on that the girls were coming on strong this season, but America isn‘t Nigel Lythgoe. So far, only girls have been eliminated, leaving two contenders and one who has been in the bottom 3 multiple times. The one guy who would have been eliminated (Casey), received The Save. So what gives?I guess we could talk about sexism but I don‘t really think that‘s the issue. And I don‘t want to talk about sexism because blehh, you know? But here‘s where we theorize. Here are some half-baked theories:  Read more »
This week the American Idol Top 9 are taking on songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, chosen for them by Will.I.Am because he may or may not live underneath the American Idol stage. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is vast, and the more I choose songs for the Idols, the more disappointed I become when they choose something else. So instead of choosing songs for the contestants this week, I‘m creating my own Hall of Fame for the Top 9.Without further ado:  Read more »
And by "terrifying waxen faces," I mean that literally. This is (I think?) Steven Tyler next to his wax figure. Nigel Lythgoe tweeted this photo today, saying only,"if you‘re of a nervous disposition, don‘t look!"Um, Ahhhhh!? What is even going on in this picture? There are costumes, one (or more) wax person(s), and all on the American Idol stage. Your best guess is as good as mine. Regardless, have fun and caption this photo!  Read more »
Hey Idol fans! Or are you no longer a fan since they (we) eliminated Thia and Naima? Either way, you know you can‘t just quit this show. No one can. You are powerless to stop watching, as I am powerless to stop looking at this picture of Steven Tyler and Wax Steven Tyler, who looks as though he is rocking the grown-out version of "The Rachel." Here‘s what I know about tonight: the Top 9 are performing songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and, if I‘m reading Nigel Lythgoe‘s tweets correctly, Will.I.Am is picking the songs for the contestants, and Gwen Stefani is dressing them in L.A.M.B. (or at least, the girls). What Will.I.Am has to do with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I may never know, but I‘m starting to wonder if he just crashes on Jimmy Iovine‘s couch, penning a Rio spin-off featuring his character. Read more »
This week, I think almost everyone showed improvement or growth. It may have been difficult for the voters, or we may be at the point where they‘ve picked their favorites and will vote for them regardless. I guess we‘ll see! Either way, my prediction is that Stefano will be the next to go.Stefano has remained consistent throughout the competition, but it‘s starting to feel like other singers, who have demonstrated variety and growth, are starting to surpass him. Stefano‘s performance was good last night, great even, but it‘s hard to differentiate his performances week to week. Read more »
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame week went well, didn‘t it? I think we saw marked improvement in almost all of the contestants, so tonight could really be anyone‘s time to go home. I predicted that we‘ll see Stefano go home tonight, but as far as who else will round out the bottom three, I‘m not entirely sure. A lot of people seem to think Jacob might be in there, especially after his haughty comment about how America needs to look at ITSELF in the mirror and if he‘s in the bottom it‘s only because America refused to do that, not because he might not have done a good job. What a thing to say, really. I saw a promo for tonight‘s episode that said, "if your favorite goes home, blame yourself." So, you have two reasons to hate yourself tonight.For fun, I gave all the Idol contestants awards for their own, yearbook-style Hall of Fame, and John compared them to characters on Glee. Shouldn‘t American Idol do a "songs from Glee" night already? It would be such good cross-branding. They could sing that awful original song for the group number. Will.I.Am and Wax Steven Tyler were also along for the ride this week. Read more »
By now you know, or have heard, that Pia Toscano is the most recent victim of American Idol. If you ask Ryan Seacrest, we only have ourselves to blame. But I‘m not entirely surely that‘s true. So much has changed this season about American Idol, that it‘s hard to pinpoint what feels so fishy about Season 10. It‘s the most talented group we‘ve ever seen, right? And the judges are better than ever, right? So why am I missing Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and yes, even contestants like Sanjaya and Tim Urban, especially this week? Pia Toscano‘s elimination woke me up and made me realize that while it‘s incredibly upsetting to see her go home, it was a bit of drama necessary to keep us interested in the show. With everyone being so talented and so nice this year, it was becoming a bit of a bland season. Even Steven Tyler‘s non-sequiturs aren‘t spicing things up enough. Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.If you watched reality TV last week, you may have been surprised more than usual by some of the eliminations. There were twists, shocks, upsets and some very confusing results on three of America‘s top reality shows.  Read more »
We are but hours away from the fourth week of Dancing with the Stars performances, just enough time to fit in some show news. Today, it‘s all about the pros: In addition to teaching stylish moves to their respective celebrities, some of the DWTS professionals have found time for extracurricular activities. Read more »
All the American Idol news you‘ve ever dreamed of! Or at least, juicy stuff you might want to know. It‘s right here!Despite Uproar, Pia is Fine Without IdolWhen Pia Toscano was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday, everyone was shocked. Except Ryan Seacrest, but he just might not be programmed to love yet. Radar Online reports that the elimination may have been due, in part, to glitches in the online voting system. This is all just speculation, though, and a production source says there were no problems with the voting. Who‘s right? Does it even matter anymore? No. See you on tour, Pia! Read more »
This week is "Songs from the Movies" week, which also means, for me, a week of disappointment. It may disappoint because A) "My Heart Will Go On" and "Unchained Melody" will be out there on the table, B) "Songs from the Movies" doesn‘t just mean "Songs from Top Gun," and Pia isn‘t here to sing "Take My Breath Away," and C) Who will do a tribute to Burlesque? But it‘s time to move on. So, with my limited knowledge of songs from movies, here are my choices for what I‘d like to hear the Top 8 sing.Casey AbramsSong: "Danger Zone" from Top GunI always want someone to sing something from Top Gun, and if anyone could/should do it this week, it‘s Casey. I think he could make some Kenny Loggins work. Anyone who has tried to sing "You‘ve Lost That Lovin‘ Feeling" at karaoke night knows that the range is very difficult and could make you accidentally crap yourself when you‘re trying to hit the higher notes. So "Danger Zone" it is! Or "Footloose" from Footloose. Read more »
It‘s looking like week 4 will be a great time for Dancing with the Stars news items. That is, assuming you like dating gossip and knowledge of injury. But what could possibly be better than that? Read more »
If you‘ve been watching Jennifer Lopez on American Idol this season, then it should come as no surprise to you that People Magazine has named her this year‘s Most Beautiful Woman. She can wear anything! And she can do everything with her hair! And she‘s so nice!You can watch J. Lo talk about being beautiful in this video from People. She emphasizes that, of course, true beauty comes from within. But having external beauty doesn‘t hurt, either. Read more »
It‘s "Songs from the Movies" week on American Idol, which means that this week I will remember that there are other songs to sing besides "Danger Zone" from Top Gun. Maybe Paul McDonald will sing something from the Twilight soundtrack as a nod to his current lady love? Let‘s hope not. Will James Durbin finally take on a song by Aerosmith? Is 2011 the year of the jumpsuit? Will "My Heart Will Go On" be forever banned from singing competitions? All these questions and more will be answered when American Idol goes to the movies. First, with special smoke effects, Idol reminds us that we sent Pia home and it‘s our fault because we didn‘t vote until our fingers bled for all 9 contestants last week. Well, I didn‘t. Maybe you did? Anyway, The Most Beautiful Jennifer Lopez is once again congratulated for being beautiful, and the world is right again. Read more »
"Songs from the Movies" week was a different one. It was a good one, but a different one. I have no idea who is going home this week. I wouldn‘t have guessed that Pia was going home last week, and this week I just hope it‘s not a girl. I do think that tonight we‘ll be able to see what the voters are thinking a little, though. Will they dig Casey‘s jazzy, sometimes scary, version of "Nature Boy"? Will they do as James Durbin pleaded and "give metal a chance"? Has Stefano redeemed himself?If I had to guess, I‘d say yes to all three of those questions. I don‘t think we‘ll see Casey, James, or Stefano go home tonight, although we might see one of them in the bottom three. It‘s hard to place anyone in the bottom three because everyone (except maybe Haley) felt really good about their performance last night. Haley was the only one who received semi-negative feedback, so I guess I‘ll put Haley in the bottom three tonight.  Read more »
We might be in for another surprise tonight, since a lot of contestants changed it up this week. I‘m excited to see the results, because I think they will tell us a lot about how people are voting now. Is it merit- or performance-based week to week, or are people just voting for their predetermined favorites no matter what? I have no idea. Will America "give metal a chance," or will James be in the bottom three for the first time? Was Casey‘s intermittent snarling too scary for voters to get into his performance of "Nature Boy"? Was Stefano‘s performance of "End of the Road" enough to keep him out of the bottom three completely? Will Jacob be penalized for being the only person to listen to mentor Jimmy Iovine this week? MAYBE!  Read more »
Last night‘s bottom three gave us a look at how America is voting. It looks like the performances may affect the voting a little bit from week to week, but in the end people will vote for their favorites from here on out. With the judges rarely providing the most helpful feedback (for the contestants or for the voters), voters have shouldered the burden of narrowing down the field based on their judgment alone. Here are my predictions, based on the voting trends so far (not based on who I think is better or worse):Even though Stefano had a great performance this week, he was still in the bottom two for what, the fourth time? The poor guy can‘t take much more stress! I predict that Stefano will be the next to go (just put him out of his bottom two misery already).  Read more »
This week, the Top 7 will take on songs from the 21st century. Songs from THE FUTURE (nope, the last 11 years). Get out your NOW CDs! I‘m just hoping that by now the Top 7 have enough sense to stay away from auto-tuned songs, or anything by the Black Eyed Peas. Will they feel obligated to? Since Will.I.Am will just be sitting there, staring at them? Here are my suggestions/predictions for the Top 7, which will definitely be wrong.Casey AbramsSong: "Wonderful" by Everclear or "Follow Me" by Uncle KrackerI think Casey has a pretty good ‘90s vibe, so songs from the early 2000s would work for him. He could also surprise us with "Haven‘t Met You Yet" by Michael Buble. Would he? Nahh.  Read more »
There have been rumors for awhile now that Pia Toscano, American Idol‘s big-surprise elimination a couple of weeks ago, has been dating Dancing with the Stars‘ Mark Ballas. Despite both semi-celebrities claiming to be taking it slow, evidence has pointed to a burgeoning relationship.Now, it‘s about to go one step further: Pia Toscano will perform live on next week‘s Dancing with the Stars. And Mark is scheduled to dance to her tune. Read more »
Pia has friends in all the right places, Katy Perry is gracing us with a one-time only performance of "E.T." this Thursday, and some stars are trash-talking American Idol to promote The Voice, but everyone is eager to talk about what they haven‘t seen. It‘s all in a few days‘ work!Pia Toscano to Perform on Dancing With the StarsWhile this may help her career, it might not help the rumors swirling around Pia Toscano‘s alleged relationship with DWTS pro Mark Ballas. Pia is slated to perform on next week‘s results show, and Mark Ballas will be dancing to it. Is this their coming out performance as a couple? Pia Toscano will also appear on American Idol this week as part of a cast-offs reunion. [TMZ] Read more »
This episode will either be really fun, or really bleak, depending on your outlook and how much you choose to let it shape your view of the 21st century so far. Tonight is a big step for the Final 7, though, as their choices from contemporary music will help them communicate what type of artist they‘d like to be to viewers and producers. Last week, the American Idol contestants showed us a lot of variety, and I‘m hoping they do the same this week. We‘re almost at the halfway point, so it‘s time for the contestants to start branding themselves.Starting out, American Idol asks us to "remember when they were just a face," and I think to myself, "it was ages ago!" So let‘s all stroke our long white beards as we remember what these kids looked like before all the leather and all the jumpsuits.  Read more »
They sang and we listened. I asked and you voted, and 47% of you (as I write this article) think Stefano will be going home tonight. But we‘ve thought that before, and we have been wrong before. Can Stefano make it out of the bottom two again, sending yet another competitor next to him home? Stefano‘s performance of "Closer" last night was polarizing. A lot of his fans really liked it, and while I‘m rooting for Stefano, I didn‘t think it was great. It was memorable, though, because it was a dance track, but also because he was second-to-last. So while it seems inevitable that Stefano will be in the bottom three, I‘m not entirely convinced he‘s going home.  Read more »
This week the contestants sang songs from the 21st century. More importantly, the judges started giving real feedback and criticism, but it seemed like they were criticizing at random. I disagreed with most of their critiques, especially because it‘s too little too late (this week Scotty played it safe? Now they want Lauren Alaina to go for bigger notes and songs? No one is going to say anything about James‘s fondness for screaming?). I tentatively predict we‘ll see Stefano put out of his results-show misery (always a bridesmaid, never the bride, and by "bride" I mean the eliminated contestant). I‘ve said it so many times before, though, and I‘ve been wrong so many times. Maybe by now Stefano will just slip into the Top 10 of Season 11 unnoticed and keep on keepin‘ on. Speaking of keeping on, you go, Pia! Read more »
The CW typically gets ignored as a second-rate network, especially when compared to the others. Typically, when looking at the ratings, the shows on the CW are the lowest-rated programs of the night. Well, not today.Last night, a new episode of the CW‘s The Vampire Diaries beat the second episode of NBC‘s new comedy, The Paul Reiser Show. The Vampire Diaries was watched by by 2.65 million while The Paul Reiser Show got a measly 2.5 million.  Read more »
American Idol is thinking of changing their voting system at some point in the future, according to Hollywood Reporter. This wouldn‘t happen this season, but it appears that they want to make American Idol even more like So You Think You Can Dance, as producers are considering "limiting the number of text votes allowed, incorporating judges‘ opinions, and other ideas." Even though Nigel has claimed that Pia Toscano‘s elimination wasn‘t a surprise, the producers think she went too soon. Executive producer Ken Warwick has encouraged Pia to pursue other opportunities now that she‘s off the show, such as her appearance on Dancing with the Stars. To prevent this from happening again, or just to change the show more to keep it relevant, producers are looking at all their options. They‘re even considering limiting the number of times a contestant can use an instrument on stage. Warwick wanted to limit it to two, which producers have resisted. Read more »
Are you feeling nostalgic for the golden days of Idol? Are you eagerly anticipating the debut of Lady Gaga‘s new music video? Well, this is the news roundup for you!Simon Cowell Ready to Resurrect Paula Abdul as JudgeYay, yay, yay! Paula Abdul is back! If only it were in the capacity of Hey Paula. To have her back with Simon is just as good, though. Simon Cowell may have just put the final nail in the coffin of American Idol with his announcement that Paula Abdul will (probably) be a judge on The X-Factor. He has also announced that Cheryl Cole and Antonio "L.A." Reid will be joining him, but seriously you guys, PAULA ABDUL! This is good news for her, since Live to Dance was, well, short-lived.  Read more »
It doesn‘t get any guiltier than "Friday," so it‘s fitting that a Dancing with the Stars remix of the YouTube sensation would appear during Guilty Pleasures Week. Granted, it‘s debatable whether the song counts as a pleasure.Pleasurable or just guilty, "Friday" now has an "official" Dancing with the Stars remix, thanks to two of the remaining pairs (and one very special friend). Read more »
Because it‘s always a good idea (from a programming and ratings standpoint anyway) to have more and more of a good thing, Dancing with the Stars will have a special hour of the show airing before the official Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show at the normal time. Read more »
This week on American Idol, the Top 6 will sing songs by Carole King. I predict that it will be a good week for Haley (or at least, it should be), and maybe Casey and Jacob. So here are the Carole King songs I would like to hear them sing, because they can‘t all sing "I Feel the Earth Move."Jacob Lusk - "So Far Away"This song has that classy balladic feel that shows off Jacob‘s voice the best. I worry that a lot of Carole King‘s songs will require a tremendous amount of restraint from Jacob, which Randy has discouraged him from doing. I like Jacob when he utilizes dynamics and doesn‘t always blow the song‘s windows, so we‘ll see who he listens to! (Hint: Jacob will listen to Randy, not me. Randy has a little more pull on this show.) Read more »
There‘s a lot of Steven Tyler stuff floating around today, but that‘s a rabbit hole I‘m not ready to fall down yet. Instead, let‘s talk about the Top 6 doing duets this week! Carole King week is kind of an odd one to do duets, isn‘t it? I know that she‘s a legend and all, but her songs mostly have a similar feel to them, and might not work on everybody. I guess we‘ll see, though!I already predicted what songs I think the Top 6 might (or should) sing this week, but I don‘t really have a clue what songs they might choose as duets. Instead, I‘m going to pick who I want to see singing together. Read more »
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Tonight we lie on our beds and put this episode on repeat in a salute to Carole King. It‘s an interesting choice for American Idol, and I‘m eager to see how this group pulls it off, but it could be a pleasant surprise like Burt Bacharach week turned out to be in the past. If you‘re less familiar with Carole King, you may find yourself wondering, "Who gets to sing ‘I Feel the Earth Move‘?" We shall see, as the American Idol Top 6 sing solos and duets (because God forbid an episode should be only an hour long) from the Carole King songbook. The judges took on a new attitude last week, we‘ll see if they keep it up this week. Jacob is looking like a used car salesman again, and it looks like Lauren is doing that hair thing where part of it is blonde and the bottom part is black. Also, is there something wrong with Steven Tyler‘s legs or is that just the way he walks? Tonight is full of mystery. Read more »
Duets aside, I think Carole King week went really well. But someone has to leave, like every week. Do you think the duets will factor in to how people vote? I don‘t think so. Did they affect you at all?We‘ve reached the halfway mark, and tonight half of the remaining contestants will be in the bottom, because of math. I think James and Scotty, as usual, will be safe. Lauren and Haley are on the bubble, one on either end, and I predict we‘ll see Jacob and Casey in the bottom two.  Read more »
Tonight on American Idol, we discover who you, personally, sent home. You might as well have sent them anthrax, too, because Ryan Seacrest knows this was part of your evil plot all along and you have just ruined one person‘s life forever. This week the contestants sang solos and duets by Carole King. The solos were so much better than the duets, which didn‘t matter because people only voted based on the solos, really, and are people even doing that anymore or just voting for their favorites? We‘ll find out! (Haley Reinhart is the key.)Most of us think Jacob and Casey will be in the bottom two tonight, with one of the girls (probably Haley, even though I really like her now) rounding out the bottom three. Was Jacob‘s outfit that unforgivable? I used to really like Casey, but listening to him I realize that he does this thing on the end of notes way too often. I have trouble describing it, but he ends words with like, an "ng" sound and then releases it with "AH" and it sounds angry and forced. I like him better when he doesn‘t do that, and man, he did it a lot this week when he performed "Hi De Ho."  Read more »
And other tales! Paul McDonald and Casey Abrams have both recently been eliminated from American Idol. Did they just not receive enough votes, or is there a grander scheme in play? You might have noticed something else about their final performances, the presence of ... saxophone lady! Read more »
Has there been a general consensus yet that this will be the last season of American Idol? No? That‘s weird, because it seems like Idol mainstays, new and old, are already looking ahead to a future that doesn‘t include the singing competition juggernaut.Is it because of The X-Factor, guys? Is it because you heard Nicole Scherzinger might be the host? Relax, she could never hold a candle to you, Ryan Seacrest! But rumor has it Ryan Seacrest is developing alternative plans, with a new network. Seacrest already probably owns everything without us knowing it, but it looks like he could be leaving FOX after his 11-year contract with American Idol is up. And what is he leaving for? Another singing show! Read more »
Last night, FOX ruled the night with its ratings behemoth, American Idol.Even down 10% from last week, with a total of 22.79 million viewers, Idol is about as good as it gets for broadcast television ratings. And at an hour and-a-half runtime, there isn‘t much in the way of competition for the reality singing juggernaut. The top five performed last night, singing both contemporary hits and classics. Will Idol‘s ratings rise as the competitors dwindle? If history repeats itself, yes. Read more »
This week on American Idol, the theme is "Then and Now," or "Now and Then." It‘s a relevant theme because we can look back on "Then," when this competition started, and see how much older and more frustrated we are "Now" that American Idol still has five contestants left. I‘m still not totally used to Casey Abrams being gone, and I sort of forgot Jacob Lusk was still here. As long as the theme isn‘t "Sometimes" or "Now and Later," I‘m good.This week Jimmy Iovine must face the music, both literally and in terms of facing the contestants after he weighed in on their performances last week in the results show. Iovine must pay! I approve of the sign declaring a fan‘s love of Ryan Seacrest‘s side part. I love it, too. Read more »
We‘re down to five now, and I think it‘s pretty clear that Jacob will be going home on American Idol tonight. I predicted the same thing last week, though, and Casey ended up leaving. But this week, it looks like we‘re mostly in agreement. In the poll in last night‘s recap, I asked who you thought would be going home and 92% of you think it will be Jacob. That‘s a landslide, y‘all. No one thinks James will be going home, and I agree. I don‘t think he had the best performances last night at all, but the judges love him, and he has proven that he deserves to be in the finals. There‘s no denying that he‘s a good singer.  Read more »
What a great Thursday night for FOX. Rupert Murdoch broke out the good champagne to fill his pool with last night. Both American Idol and Bones saw sizable increases in viewers over last week. CBS fared well with The Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist.It was announced yesterday that Bones, FOX‘s hit forensic crime figurehead, would be renewed for a seventh season, despite star Emily Deschanel‘s pregnancy. Bones flourished under the news, with a whopping 18% increase over last week, and a total of 11.09 million viewers. Looks like FOX made the right call in renewing Bones. Read more »
Last night‘s results show featured a lot more filler than results. But in one of these pieces of filler, specifically the Bing commercial, Haley said something that made a lot of sense. She also provided one of the reasons I think Jacob Lusk was eliminated from American Idol. Before they put on goofy hats and too-small leather jackets, the contestants were asked how they choose a song each week. I don‘t know that we can trust the authenticity of most of these answers, since none of the kids mentioned how a stylist might dress them, but Haley seems pretty genuine. She said something to the effect of, Read more »
This week, in another example of American Idol refusing to just be an hour long, the Top 5 sang two songs each: one from the past, and one current song. If this episode was any indication, songwriting just isn‘t what it used to be. Or maybe it‘s that everyone seemed to be running out of gas this week. Nothing will fix that like an elimination! I hope Jimmy Iovine gives out his opinions again this week, as that was my favorite element last week and we need more than just Jennifer Lopez performing to make the hour tolerable.  Apparently, last week‘s "bottom three" were not necessarily the bottom three, they were just the one person who was eliminated (Casey) and two other people who were safe. I guess that makes sense that they wouldn‘t tell us who is actually in the bottom three at this point. Ryan just likes to give everyone a good scare. Still, I wonder if seeing Scotty there affected the voting?  Read more »
The Voice, The X-Factor, and Gaga, oh my! Can Idol stay on top?It‘s official! Paula and Simon will be reunited as judges on Simon Cowell‘s American version of The X-Factor. Simon missed our girl Paula, and Paula is just excited to be working again -- oops, I mean nurturing new talent. [Deadline]  Read more »
This week, the American Idol Final Four will be taking on songs from the Lieber & Stoller songbook. You might be surprised by how many songs of theirs you are familiar with (I was). They wrote a lot of music for Elvis Presley, and groups of the ‘50s and ‘60s whose names started with "The." The Exciters, The Drifters, The Clovers, The Shangri-Las, The Dixie Cups, The Peggy Lee. Wait a minute, I mean just "Peggy Lee." Peggy Lee! They wrote "Hound Dog" and "Yakety Yak," you guys! Read more about them on their Wikipedia page. Here is what I would like to hear them sing this week, when they will be mentored by Lady Gaga. Maybe they‘ll actually get to sing a full song this week? Read more »
Last night, FOX‘s American Idol proved there is life after Simon Cowell by beating its own ratings for not only last week, but last season‘s comparable episode as well.On last night‘s episode, the final four competitors took on songs by legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote such classics as "There Goes My Baby," "Yakety Yak," "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock," just to name a few. Oh, and "Stand By Me." Can‘t forget that one. In any case, Idol outperformed last week and last year. It was up 5% from last week, and it beat last season‘s top four episode by 1%, with 24.96 million viewers. Looks like Idol still has some blood flowing through its veins, even after all these years. I imagine the show will be around for a long time yet to come. Read more »
This week has largely been advertised as "Leiber & Stoller" week, which means some updated doo-wop-y songs that usually tell a story. For their second song of the night, though, because they can‘t just sing one full song and let the show be an hour, the American Idol Top 4 will be singing "Songs That Inspire." Oh god, songs that inspire! At least the Space Jam hit, "I Believe I Can Fly" has already been done this season. Who needs another reminder that they could be watching Space Jam for 90 minutes instead of American Idol? Not me!But seriously, "songs that inspire" almost always fail to inspire. And James Durbin is rumored to be singing "Don‘t Stop Believin‘," which is such an obvious song choice I feel like he‘s already done it. But Lady Gaga is here, so maybe she can fix everything. I also think she‘ll do a good job mentoring when it comes to the Leiber & Stoller songbook. Someone just sing "Stand By Me," do an amazing job, and get it over with! Read more »
Last night I learned a few things, and one was who the producers probably want in the Final 3. The other thing I learned is that you can‘t say anything negative about a song Randy helped produce, a song about September 11th, or a song for the tornado victims, so Haley and her "Earth Song" got all the criticism Round One could muster. No love for Michael Jackson? It‘s not "too soon" anymore?But another thing we‘ve learned is that Haley, and her fans/voters, will come back with a vengeance. Sometimes viewers respond more to a negative critique than a positive one, and Haley earned her stripes with that performance of "I Who Have Nothing." So for a while I thought Haley would be going, but I think the producers will be foiled again. Read more »
Should we play a drinking game where we take a drink every time Ryan says "shocking" on this show? While we‘re at it, drink every time Randy says "in it to win it," and have a medic on standby. After "songs that inspire"/Lieber and Stoller week, I am only shocked that no one sang "Stand By Me." If Ryan promises "results that may surprise you," we‘ll know someone who isn‘t Haley is going home. But I won‘t be surprised, because Haley earned her votes in her performance of "I Who Have Nothing" last night. I predict we may see Lauren go tonight, just based on performance, maturity, etc. My mom, who watches Idol and, for the record, doesn‘t care for Scotty McCreery ("He‘s weird,") had a very interesting theory about why Lauren may go home tonight. It all boils down to her performance of "Trouble," since you can‘t touch a song for tornado victims.  Read more »
Quick, roll call: who thought Haley Reinhart would make it to the Top 3 on American Idol?I certainly didn‘t. I remember liking her when I first got a good listen to her during the Hollywood round, but I always thought she did too much with her voice. I was fine with her making it to the Top 24, and later the Top 13, but I thought she‘s still trying to find her place in the competition. Remember how grunty her "You Really Got A Hold On Me" during Motown week was? Remember when we really wanted her to be sent home? Read more »
After a big increase last week for FOX viewers, ratings normalized last night for shows like American Idol and Bones. Idol saw a slight drop, while Bones remained steady. We also saw slight drops across the board.Idol‘s results show last night, in which the Halford-like rocker James Durbin was dealt the voter axe, dipped just slightly in viewers over last week, with 23.58 million viewers tuning in. Still a hefty number, and enough to put FOX on top for the evening. The elimination of James is a bit of a shock to some Idol fans. Many envisioned the young rocker making it to the final two. Will his leaving the show affect the viewership? Likely not. Besides, history has shown that winning Idol isn‘t always the most lucrative prize, as the runner-ups often see more success. Read more »
In case you missed Ryan Seacrest‘s mentions of it in this week‘s shows, the dates for this year‘s American Idol summer tour have been announced! That‘s your chance to see the Top 11 -- recently booted Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia -- perform live.The tour kicks off on July 6 in West Valley City, UT, and ends at September 10 in Rochester, NY. Tickets are available from May 13 via Ticketmaster; more details are available at the American Idol website. On to the dates, then: Read more »
Hey Idol fans, can you believe it‘s down to three? Four seemed like so many, but the Top 3 seems like it came on so suddenly. Maybe I‘m just still in shock that James isn‘t around to enjoy the week where the judges choose a song for the contestants, they choose a song for themselves, and Jimmy Iovine (the REAL judge) chooses a song for them. The show is going back to two hours on Wednesday.We‘ve got SPOILERS! Joe‘s Place has revealed the judges‘ picks for the Top 3 and I‘m somewhat underwhelmed. Let‘s discuss, then move on to a few speculations about what we think they might choose, or what Jimmy might choose for them, then what I would choose for them if I was important. Read more »
Back in the days of yore (and by "yore" I mean the Top 24 -- Top Twenty-Yore?), it seemed like this season of American Idol would really belong to the guys. The Top 12 Guys‘ performances were mostly superior to the performances from the Top 12 Girls, who sort of lacked variety. I predicted early on that it would come down to James Durbin and Scotty McCreery in the finale. But now, with James eliminated, the Top 3 has two girls and one guy in it. And I‘m one step closer to my dream of seeing From Justin to Kelly 2: From Scotty to Lauren realized. The only thing that has been 100% true so far is Randy Jackson‘s startling prediction that "a guy or a girl could win this season." Could the finale come down to two girls (something that hasn‘t happened since Fantasia Barrino beat out Diana DeGarmo in Season 3)? I‘m not sure. I don‘t know if Haley can take out Scotty. Since Scotty and Lauren are both within the country genre, some may argue that they would split the country music fan votes, but with unlimited voting, why not just vote twice as hard for your two favorites, in essence voting against the third?  Read more »
American Idol is back to two hours again tonight and it could be worse -- it could be the two-hour finale! This week, the contestants sing a song that one of the judges chose for them, a song of the producers‘ choosing, and a song they‘ve chosen for themselves. We know some of the songs they‘ll be singing (and all of Haley‘s songs) but the question remains: does it matter? Well, more specifically, can a performance sway votes anymore or will people just continue to vote for their favorites, just more vehemently?Other questions include: Will it be a country finale? Are we watching Nashville Star by mistake? How will Haley have to change some of the more vulgar lyrics to Alanis Morissette‘s "You Oughta Know"? I‘m curious to find out why they chose that song for her. Conspiracy theorists say it‘s to take her out of the competition. Also, the whole thing is rigged, maaaaan. Read more »
Last night, FOX‘s American Idol rose even further, up slightly from last week, and is sure to soar even higher for the season finale next week. With many of Wednesday‘s big shows out for the summer, Idol had little to no competition going into last night‘s two-hour singing extravaganza. On last night‘s episode, the final three competitors sang three songs a piece -- one chosen by coach Jimmy Iovine, one chosen by the judges and one chosen by the contestants themselves. The episode absolutely dominated ratings, with 24.36 million viewers. Going into the results show tonight, it‘s anyone‘s game. Be sure and check BuddyTV tonight for our recap of Idol, and find out who‘s surviving into the final episodes of the season!  Read more »
Tonight is the night when we find out who will be in the American Idol finale! According to the judges, the competition is pretty evenly matched. Do you agree? I‘ll get one thing out of the way right away, I think Scotty McCreery is going to the finale. I just don‘t see him getting eliminated tonight. If he is, I will be shocked and might rend my garments or something.Based on the poll in last night‘s recap, 53% of you (that‘s a little over half if you‘re not a math wizard like me) think Lauren Alaina is going home. 33% think Haley Reinhart will be going home. I think you can make a case for either one of them going home.  Read more »
There‘s just three episodes left of American Idol, and tonight we find out who will be squaring off in the finale. I‘ll say this now, I‘ll be most surprised if Scotty is eliminated. I was also surprised to see James go last week, though, so who knows what the voters are doing! Randy declared that they‘re all "in it to win it" after three rounds of songs. But tonight someone will be out, and maybe they‘ll be a little bit relieved because there‘s less pressure and they can just move on and sign a recording contract elsewhere. Jimmy Iovine is piping up again, saying that the country vote is very powerful, and Scotty isn‘t going anywhere. He also mentioned Lauren‘s prom dress, and that Haley needed "three tens" to get into the finale. He‘s probably right on all accounts, except that people loved Lauren‘s dress. Read more »
Last night, FOX dominated with the steadily rising American Idol and the season finale of Bones. Bones aired its season finale last night, and ended the episode with quite the surprise. The episode was Bones‘ highest rated finale since 2008, with 10.05 million viewers. Fans are hungry for more Bones, so it‘s going to be a long summer.And if you missed last night‘s finale, check out our Bones recap here. Read more »
Last night the viewers whittled American Idol down to two finalists: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. "Scotty & Lauren" and "Country Idol" were trending on Twitter last night, but I didn‘t investigate further to see if people were pleased or upset with the outcome. I‘m a little upset, because I think the finale would have been better, or at least more interesting, with Haley Reinhart competing in it. I would say I could predict who will win at this point, but I‘m honestly not sure. Here‘s why Scotty and Lauren will or won‘t win: Read more »
Tomorrow night on American Idol, it‘s the finale! It‘s Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery performing three songs each for the crown. If I was really mean I‘d call it "Country Prom Night" (thank this photo) but while we can expect to hear a lot of country tomorrow (save for David Cook performing this season‘s boot song), Wednesday night‘s show will also feature a bunch of performances from a bunch of artists, as well as the return of the Top 13. That means it‘s time to ask the question: who‘s appearing on the Idol finale? Read more »
We‘ve got the answers! Or at least some educated guesses. We will find out on Tuesday! Tuesday, not Wednesday. Don‘t miss the performance episode, only to tune in for the endless results show on Wednesday!The contestants will sing a song they felt they sang best during the season, then a producers‘ pick, and then a song to record. I‘m not sure if it will be a cover they‘re going to record, or a new song (a la "A Moment Like This"), but The Entertainment Lifestyle is saying each contestant has an original song written for them. I don‘t know how I feel about that yet.  Read more »
We‘ve been on a long journey with American Idol this season. Sometimes I forget about how much fun it‘s been, and sometimes I forget about Ashley Sullivan, which I promised myself I would never do! Let‘s take a look back at some of the fun/weird moments that made this season great.#15 Ryan Seacrest Debuts the Side-Part Read more »
The performance round of the American Idol finale is upon us. We‘ve had a good time getting to this point, I think. I hope everyone remembered that the finale starts tonight and not tomorrow night. You might accidentally watch the final results show! Do these performances even have that much bearing on the final result? Not to be all Randy Jackson about it but at this point, I think it‘s still anyone‘s game. For a long time I‘ve been thinking Scotty had it in the bag, but after watching a lot of both of their performances (and duets together), I‘ve realized that Lauren is a formidable opponent. They‘re both really good, and when was the last time we had such a wholesome pair of finalists? Without going too deep into theories, I wonder if the finale will have less votes than last week when Haley was still around? You know, before a bunch of people decided they wouldn‘t bother even watching the finale. Read more »
We‘ve seen Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina perform their final songs on American Idol tonight, but tomorrow‘s when we find out who wins ... after watching two hours of performances from the Top 13 and some all-star guests. And that means one thing: rumors! More rumors! Moooore rumors! Just who exactly is popping up? Here‘s what we‘re hearing so far. Read more »
ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars aired its season finale last night and saw a significant rise in viewers. Not only that, but it beat NBC‘s The Voice by a wide margin (which is significant, and you‘ll see why). FOX‘s American Idol, oddly enough, saw a slight dip in ratings from last week. Dancing with the Stars crowned football player Hines Ward as its champion last night. It was up 29% versus last week‘s penultimate episode, and up 15% from last year‘s season finale (which saw a series low), with 22.59 million viewers. Looks like DWTS has still got it where it counts!Read our DWTS finale recap here! Read more »
It was a dark and stormy night in the Nokia Theater. All of a sudden, CRACK! One of the vocal cords blew out. The wind carried the news to the internet, where rumors of Haley Reinhart‘s return to the Idol stage spread lightning-fast. Was it all part of a grander plan? As the curtains rose, Ryan Seacrest assured us everything was fine. Lauren Alaina said she was fine, and then they brought this guy out to tell us that yes, she‘s fine. Read more »
Well, maybe this is a leak. We won‘t know for sure until it‘s confirmed by the actual announcement of the results. The Drudge Report has leaked the name of the alleged American Idol Season 10 winner hours before the finale airs. So stop reading now if you want to be completely and totally surprised.Who has the site named as the winner, beating out their competitor two to one after over 120 million votes? Read more »
The finale is upon us. Tonight, after two hours of "surprises" (filler), we find out who won Season 10 of American Idol. Unless, of course, you read the potential spoilers. I‘ve thought about it so much that I won‘t be surprised if anything short of the spontaneous combustion of Ryan Seacrest happens. Not if I get there first, Ryan!The least we can do is have fun while we watch tonight. So let‘s take a shot every time Ryan says "Scotty the Body." By the way, when did that happen? I have watched every episode and I have no idea when or why that became a thing. As my mom pointed out, "It‘s not like he even has that good of a body." She watches for these kinds of things. Read more »
Well, we made it to the end. Scotty McCreery, the guy who I thought never had a chance of winning American Idol, actually took the top prize. The confetti has fallen, the bosses reap the rewards of the 122 million votes cast this week, and we all go out for drinks. (Cherry vodka or soda water, your pick.)This is my third year covering Idol for BuddyTV, and I know very well what happens to me when the finale comes by. One, I feel relieved, that the whole shebang‘s over for another year. Two, I feel happy for whoever wins -- they may not always be who I want to win, but they‘re still the deserving ones on my book.And yet, after last night‘s show, I feel a little empty inside. No, I‘m not being overdramatic, although I‘m not hiding the fact that I still mourn Haley Reinhart‘s elimination last week. It‘s just this nagging feeling that this season of Idol, for all the hype that surrounded it from the moment Simon Cowell said goodbye, hasn‘t delivered. Read more »
Last night, FOX‘s American Idol obliterated the competition with its season finale results show, beating out last week‘s results show and last year‘s finale by wide margins. On Idol last night, country singer Scotty McCreery took the title and became this season‘s American Idol. The finale had 29.3 million viewers, an absolutely staggering number. That‘s a 21% increase over last year‘s finale, and the first time in five years Idol has topped a previous season‘s finale. And if you weren‘t one of the 29.3 million that watched last night‘s Idol, check out our handy recap. Read more »
After Scotty McCreery‘s exciting win on American Idol, the time has come for the inevitable: a summer-themed feature film starring Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. Piggybacking on the tidal wave of success that was From Justin to Kelly, From Lauren to Scotty will surely be a box office hit, especially when released in 3D. Here is a rough outline for the film, including some sample dialogue, based on Season 10 of American Idol and my vague recollection of From Justin to Kelly. Without further ado, I give you From Justin to Kelly 2: From Lauren to Scotty. (Click here for the full-size poster image)The film opens with shots of high school and there‘s cool music. It is the last day of school.  Read more »
The 2010-2011 TV season is officially over now that American Idol has wrapped up, so it‘s time to look back and see what shows and networks were the big winners and losers of the year. Deadline has two fantastic lists ranking over 140 shows in terms of total viewers and the strong demographic of 18-49-year-olds. A quick look at the list for total viewers reveals that reality competitions and CBS crime procedurals are still in power, taking the top 12 spots on the list.  Read more »
Which judges may or may not be returning? How is Scotty doing as an artist after the big win? What show was Lauren Alaina rejected from before American Idol? Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed are engaged?! All this and more as we catch up with American Idol in the wake of Season 10. By the way, they‘re auditioning for Season 11, so apparently that‘s happening.Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed Might Be EngagedAfter a "super cool" two months of dating, American Idol finalist Paul McDonald and his Twilight star girlfriend, Nikki Reed, showed up at the MTV Movie Awards together, and Nikki Reed was sporting a sparkly ring on a very noteworthy finger. Is it an engagement ring?  Read more »
Carla writes about American Idol, the granddaddy of singing shows. Meghan writes about The Voice, the new addition to the reality family. Both watched last night‘s first live episode of The Voice, after which Meghan posed the most important question of all time to Carla: "What‘d you think?" Here is the heated chat debate that transpired.Meghan: As the Idol recapper, I am genuinely interested to hear what you thought of last night‘s live episode of The Voice. Carla: Call me a traditionalist, but I think The Voice is weird.Meghan: It is definitely weird. At least in the rules department. It‘s like the Calvin Ball of singing competitions. They seem to be making it up as they go along!  Read more »
American Idol is back already. Less than one month after Scotty McCreery won season 10, audition cities for season 11 are already on the horizon. As before, anyone between 15-28 is eligible.  Read more »
You‘re reading this on BuddyTV, which means you‘re probably familiar with all the things we do on this site: bring you the latest in the world of television, from which House star is appearing on The Good Wife to who got the shocking boot on last night‘s So You Think You Can Dance. Yeah, I think you‘re quite familiar with that. So, let‘s see how much you learned this week, shall we? Read more »
Today the nominations for the 2011 Teen Choice Awards were announced, and as usual, it‘s a collection of obvious choices. Guess what? Teens still love Twilight, and they also really like Justin Bieber, Glee and Justin Timberlakie (who, at 30 years old, will probably be given a Lifetime Achievement Award next year). Read more »
February may have passed us by, but Cupid‘s arrow just keeps on hitting targets - particularly the rich and famous. Today‘s quiz on rumored relationships and celebrity crushes proves that hardly anyone can escape the pangs of romance, especially when you have the paparazzi on your tail every time.We‘re here to test your knowledge on who‘s dating whom in the business of show. Also, keep an eye out for questions on the country‘s biggest sweethearts, heartthrobs, and hotties.   Read more »
Agreed, the point of reality TV competitions is to give the spotlight to a bunch of unknowns who are hoping to make it big in Hollywood. But they wouldn‘t really get anywhere without the guidance of professionals. We‘re dedicating this to the hosts and judges of reality television, who have given their support to dreamers all over the country. There‘s Big Brother‘s Julie Chen, the judging panel of America‘s Next Top Model, probably not Idol‘s Simon Cowell, and more.   Read more »
Leather jackets, one-liners as piercing as their eyes and the trademark devil-may-care attitude: that‘s what most TV bad boys are made of. Sometimes, we find out they‘re actually softies underneath all that. Other times, they‘re really just jerks.But there‘s always that guy, full of bravado, who makes heads turn as he swaggers into a room. So we‘re paying tribute to some of them today. Expect questions on The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore, Community‘s Jeff Winger, and a Big Brother winner who played it dirty.  Read more »
The Emmy competition for Reality Competition is fairly static. Since the category was first created in 2003, The Amazing Race and American Idol have been nominated every year, with TAR winning for the first seven times (until a surprise upset by Top Chef last year).In fact, for the past four years, the nominees have been exactly the same: The Amazing Race, American Idol, Top Chef, Dancing with the Stars and Project Runway. But hopefully it won‘t be five in a row.  Read more »
Have you ever wondered if they‘d eventually stage an awards night for hosts of awards nights? Well, it doesn‘t matter, since we at BuddyTV are paying tribute to performers who have carried the burden - nay, privilege - of manning an entire show that pays tribute to other shows. Before this gets too meta (or painfully redundant), let me explain. Our quiz for today covers the hosts of the Annual Emmy Awards, since the nominations are flooding in and the next big night is in two months.  Read more »
The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and as expected, last year‘s big winners, Mad Men and Modern Family, are the most nominated drama and comedy with 19 and 17 nominations, respectively. However, the nominees this year include a number of very pleasant surprises and big totals for HBO‘s freshman dramas Boardwalk Empire (18 nominations) and Game of Thrones (13 nominations).  Read more »
In a piece of news sure to be shocking to those who think Hollywood marriages end in nothing but happily-ever-afters, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have decided to separate after seven years of marriage.  Read more »
I think the So You Think You Can Dance gods are listening to me, because another one of my favorite dancers will be an All-Star next week.But, again, I shouldn‘t be too excited. For one, we‘ve got only two weeks left before the season ends. But this week‘s shows were so good (except for the eliminations) I can‘t help but feel pretty good for next week. More All-Stars! The Prince of Buccness! Pia freaking Toscano!Okay, you know I‘m not exactly a Pia fan... but that‘s a different topic altogether. Anyway, here‘s what to expect on SYTYCD next week. Read more »
This can‘t be a fun night for the remaining six contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. After weeks of performing and surviving eliminations, two of the dancers will have to go home -- right before the finals. Will Melanie and Marko continue their domination into the final week? Could Caitlynn sneak a victory over Sasha at the last moment? Will Ricky or Tadd snag a finale berth?We‘ll find out all of that tonight. Read more »
Just as FOX President Kevin Reilly was sitting down at the Television Critics Association (TCA), the first thing he said was, "This isn‘t going to a very news-y session," meaning we aren‘t going to learn much of anything new, but that doesn‘t mean the old stuff isn‘t worthy of reporting.  Fans of Glee, Bones, House, and Fringe all got a little love.  The first question right off the bat was about the Ryan Murphy controversy.  If you‘re unfamiliar, let me briefly sum up: First Murphy told a reporter that Glee‘s Lea Michele (Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt), and Cory Monteith (Finn) would be graduating and leaving the show.  A twitter explosion ensued with the three actors claiming to have found out they were fired indirectly.  Then Murphy comes clean with a reporter saying he had discussed a spin-off with the three actors and now they‘re going to wait to talk about it until the end of the season because it‘s just too much right now.  Clear as mud?  Good.  Now you understand how all the reporters feel.  Read more »
Being a twenty-something watching the Teen Choice Awards is like intruding in your little sister‘s party. You‘re lucky to be let in, but you don‘t understand most of what‘s going on.Like, why did Robert Pattinson still win the Choice Vampire award? I thought Twilight was so five minutes ago? (For now, at least, since the first Breaking Dawn movie has yet to come out, and I haven‘t seen frantic Twilight fans go out on the streets in ages.) And the fact that teenagers picked him rather than, say, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard or The Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder...Then again, it wasn‘t a bad night for TVD, as the show scooped five awards, including a sweep of the Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV category. It‘s pretty much a repeat of last year‘s Teen Choice Awards, really, except for the fact that Paul Wesley did not win; Ian did. Read more »
Each week we scour the internet for the latest and greatest photos of our favorite TV stars. From the latest photos for upcoming episodes to the hottest red carpet events to just walking down the street. It‘s clear that celebrities are working hard this summer.Check out last week‘s photos of Glee on the red carpet, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard and more.  Read more »
Each week we scour the internet for the latest and greatest photos of our favorite TV stars. From the latest photos for upcoming episodes to the hottest red carpet events to just walking down the street. It‘s clear that celebrities are working hard this summer. Read more »
Remember when American Idol lowered the age limit for its contestants to 15 this year? It obviously meant the show jumping on the chance to find the next Justin Bieber. And it also meant fans worrying about singers whose talents are still too raw for the big stage, and who might not be ready to deal with the biting criticism from judges. Then again, it worked for the show -- this season‘s finale was the youngest ever.So, cue more singing competitions featuring more young talent -- and, in the case of The Hub‘s upcoming series Majors & Minors, kids as young as ten years old. Read more »
FOX released its 2011-2012 schedule today, and as expected, it‘s all about The X Factor. The new Simon Cowell-led singing competition featuring Paula Abdul (thus making it Idol 2.0) will continue to fill the same three-hour Wednesday/Thursday block currently held by American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.  Read more »
With only days to go until the season 13 premiere of Dancing with the Stars, you might expect a whole bunch of news to be leaking off the ballroom stage. Apparently, you‘d be wrong. The stars seem to be rehearsing like crazy without time for making news. But here‘s what we could find to whet your appetite for DWTS news! Read more »
Starting tonight, The Hub network brings a different kind of singing talent show to the tube. While some of you may be rolling your eyes, listen up! Majors and Minors is bringing something different to the table. The show follows 12 kids between the ages of 10 and 16 as they work with some of today‘s biggest names in music. The mentors guide the talented kids and teach them everything they need to know to make it in the cut throat music industry. After watching the premiere, here are three things about Majors and Minors that make it worth a watch.  Read more »
Each week we scour the internet for the latest and greatest photos of our favorite TV stars. From the latest photos for upcoming episodes to the hottest red carpet events to just walking down the street. It‘s clear that celebrities are working hard this fall.Check out last week‘s photos of Chaz Bono from DWTS, FOX‘s premiere party, and Cory Monteith on The Marilyn Denis Show!  Read more »
Lots of updates on the American Idol front today -- this, despite the fact that the show isn‘t due to return until the start of next year. I guess all that talk about The X Factor is getting the Idols a bit antsy. Or maybe not. Read more »
And they‘re actually pretty good.Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year‘s nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right. Read more »
Saturday marked the 2011 Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony, where technical awards were given out prior to the primetime ceremony on Sunday, September 18 on FOX.The big winner was HBO‘s freshman drama Boardwalk Empire, which picked up seven awards. The record for most Emmy wins by a series in one year is nine by The West Wing for its first season, and with four more categories at the primetime ceremony, Boardwalk Empire could easily beat it.  Read more »

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